Robin Williams

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Robin McLaurin Williams
  • Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/21/1951, Cancer
  • Date of Death: 08/11/2014
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; producer; writer; director
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Robin Williams Fast Facts:
  • Voted "most funny" and "least likely to succeed" in high school.
  • Was inspired to pursue acting after seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey with his parents in 1969.
  • Was roommates with Christopher Reeve at New York's Juilliard School and the two remained close friends.
  • His stream-of-consciousness comedy was a hit in San Francisco before he moved to Los Angeles to pursue television. 
  • Big break came when cast as an alien on Happy Days in 1978; his character, Mork, was spun off into the hit series Mork & Mindy.
  • Made a disastrous film debut in Robert Altman's misfire Popeye in 1980 but rebounded with stellar performances in The World According to Garp and Good Morning, Vietnam, for which he received his first Oscar nomination; won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting.
  • Returned to stand-up roots in 2004 and entertained troops in Iraq.
  • Appeared in six films in 2006, including The Night Listener and Night at the Museum.
  • Postponed his one-man show, Weapons of Self-Destruction, to undergo heart surgery in March 2009, but toured in September.
  • Robin Williams Relationships:
  • Laurie Williams - Mother
  • Susan Schneider - Wife
  • Zachary Williams - Son
  • Robert Williams - Father
  • Zelda Williams - Daughter
  • Cody Alan Williams - Son
  • Marsha Garces Williams - Ex-wife
  • Todd Williams - Half Brother
  • Valeria Velardi - Ex-wife
  • Robin Williams Awards:
  • 1987 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program - Nominee
  • 1979 Grammy: Best Comedy Recording - Winner
  • 1988 Grammy: Best Recording for Children - Winner
  • 1994 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1997 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1989 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1987 Grammy: Best Comedy Recording - Winner
  • 1990 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Winner
  • 1991 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2002 Grammy: Best Spoken Comedy Album - Winner
  • 1988 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1998 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1991 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1985 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1999 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1992 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2007 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Funny Male Star - Winner
  • 2009 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Scene Stealing Guest Star - Winner
  • 1979 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Male Performer in a New TV Program - Winner
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards: Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1994 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Actor in a Comedy Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2003 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Special Achievement - Winner
  • 1979 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 2005 Golden Globe: Cecil B. DeMille Award - Winner
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1987 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 1979 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2010 Emmy: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Nominee
  • 1988 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
  • 1988 Grammy: Best Comedy Recording - Winner
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Performance for a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
  • 1980 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2008 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Funny Male Star - Winner
  • 1989 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1988 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Claremont Men's College, Claremont, California, United States; attended College of Marin, Kentfield, California, United States; attended the Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States

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