Robin Williams

Robin McLaurin Williams, better known by his stage name Robin Williams, was an American actor and comedian. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest comedians of all time. He began his career as a stand-up comedian in the mid-1970s and catapulted to fame after starring in the sitcom Mork & Mindy from 1978 to 1982 as the alien Mork. Robin Williams went on to star in a number of films, television shows, and sitcoms, earning him the title as one of the greatest comedians of all time. He has received various distinctions and awards for his contributions.

Williams, sadly, committed suicide in August of 2014. Williams had Lewy body disease, which was later verified. At the age of 63, he passed away.

Net Worth of Robin Williams:

Robin Williams, When he died, He has estimated to be worth around $50 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. According to TMZ, his trust stipulated that his three children would get equal amounts of money as they grew older, albeit this was not contingent on his death. He also stated that mementos, trophies, jewelry, photos, and other knickknacks that Williams had purchased before to his 2010 marriage to Susan Schneider will be passed along to his children. Those items could be really valuable.

What is Robin Williams Famous For?

  • Considered one of the best comedians of all time.
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Young Robin Williams in his early career.
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Where was Robin Williams Born?

On July 21, 1951, Robin Williams was born. Robin McLaurin Williams was his birth name. He was born in the United States, in the city of Chicago. He was a citizen of the United States. Robert Fitzgerald Williams was his father, and Laurie McLaurin was his mother. Robert, his paternal half-brother, and McLaurin, his maternal half-brother, were his two older half-brothers. His ancestors came from England, France, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. He was of Caucasian racial origin. His horoscope said that he was born under the sign of Cancer. His mother was a Christian Science practitioner, but he was brought up in his father’s Episcopal faith.

He attended Gorton Elementary School and Deer Path Junior High School, according to his educational background. After joining his high school acting department, he overcame his timidity. After his father was transferred to Detroit in 1963, he attended the prestigious Detroit Country Day School. He was class president and a member of the wrestling team at the time. After his father retired, the family relocated to Tiburon, California. At the moment, he was 16 years old. Redwood High School was his alma mater, and he graduated in 1969. His classmates selected him “Most Likely Not to Succeed” and “Funniest.”

About College:

Robin Williams went to Claremont Men’s College to study political science after graduating from high school. He did, however, drop out of college to pursue a career in acting. He spent three years at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, studying theater. In 1973, he was awarded a full scholarship at Juilliard, where he studied until 1976. He was in the same class as William Hurt and Mandy Patinkin, and shared a room with Franklyn Seales. Until Christopher Reeve’s death in 2004, he was good friends with him. Many of Reeve’s medical expenditures were paid by Reeves, and he supported his family financially.

During the summers of 1974, 1975, and 1976, he worked as a busboy at The Trident in Sausalito, California. In 1976, he dropped out of Juilliard during his junior year.

Robin Williams Career:

  • Starting from 1976, Robin Williams began performing stand-up in the Francisco Bay Area.
  • He gave his first performance at the Holy City Zoo in San Francisco, where he also worked as a bartender.
  • Williams moved to Los Angeles, where he continued performing stand-up at clubs.
  • He made his television debut from television show, Laugh-In in 1977. TV producer George Schlatter saw him and offered to work.
  • Robin Williams performed a show at the L.A. Improv for Home Box Office in 1977.
  • He continued performing stand-up at comedy clubs.
  • He landed a role in Happy Days spin-off, Mork & Mindy in 1978. It became his breakthrough and appeared on the sitcom until its conclusion in 1982.
  • He starred in HBO comedy specials, Off The Wall, An Evening with Robin Williams, and A Night at the Met in the 1980s.

Won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy

  • Robin Williams won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for the recording of his 1979 live show, Reality…What a Concept.
  • He started using drugs and alcohol due to the stress of performing stand-up.
  • He continued performing stand-ups until 2002.
  • Robin Williams was voted 13th on Comedy Central’s list “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time”.
  • He took 6-year hiatus from stand-up and returned in August 2008.
  • He announced a 26-city tour, Weapons of Self-Destruction. His tour started in September 2009 and ended in December 2009.

On talk shows

  • He appeared on talk shows, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman for over 50 times.
  • He has guest appeared on several television series and sitcoms.
  • Robin Williams starred in the lead role in the CBS series, The Crazy Ones in 2013. The show was canceled after one season.
  • Robin Williams made his film debut in a minor role in the low-budget comedy film, Can I Do It…’Til I Need Glasses? in 1977.
  • His first film in the lead role is in Popeye in 1980.
  • He made his breakthrough in films after he starred in the 1987 film, Good Morning, Vietnam. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role.
  • Robin Williams films during the 1980s: The World According to Garp, The Survivors, Moscow on the Hudson, The Best of Times, Club Paradise. Seize the Day, Good Morning, Vietnam, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Portrait of a White Marriage, and Dead Poets Society.
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Robin Williams won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting in 1998.
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  • His movies during the 1990s: Cadillac Man, Awakenings, Shakes the Clown, Dead Again, The Fisher King, Hook, Toys, Mrs. Doubtfire (Also producer), Being Human, Nine Months, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (Uncredited Cameo), Jumanji, The Birdcage, Jack, The Secret Agent (uncredited), Hamlet, Father’s Day, Deconstructing Harry, Flubber, Good Will Hunting, What Dreams May Come, Patch Adams, Jakob the Liar (also an executive producer), Bicentennial Man.

Movies during the 2000s:

  • His movies during the 2000s: One Hour Photo, Death to Smoochy, Insomnia, The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch, The Final Cut, House of D, Noel (Uncredited), Robots, The Big White, The Night Listener, RV, Man of the Year, Night at the Museum, License to Wed, August Rush, World’s Greatest Dad, Shrink, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and Old Dogs.
  • His movies during the 2010s: The Big Wedding, The Butler, The Face of Love, Boulevard, and The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.
  • He had voice roles in films, Happy Feet, Happy Feet Two, Everyone’s Hero, Robots, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Aladdin, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, and FernGully: The Last Rainforest.
  • He made his Broadway acting debut in Rajiv Joseph’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo in 2011.
  • Robin Williams had appeared in Off-Broadway, Waiting for Godot in 1988.
  • He hosted a talk show for Audible. It was premiered in April 2000.
  • His last television work was The Crazy Ones, where he appeared in the role of Simon Roberts.
  • His movies A Merry Friggin’ Christmas, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Absolutely Anything, were released posthumously.

Robin Williams Awards, Honors, Achievements:

  • Won Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting in 1998.
  • He had earned 3 Academy Awards nominations for Best Actor for Good Morning, Vietnam (1988), Dead Poets Society (1990), and The Fisher King (1992).
  • Won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Carol, Carl, Whoopi, and Robin (1987), ABC Presents A Royal Gala (1988).
  • Won Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for Mork & Mindy in 1979.
  • He Won Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Good Morning, Vietnam in 1988.
  • Won Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for The Fisher King in 1992.
  • Honored with Special Golden Globe Award for Vocal Work in a Motion Picture for Aladdin in 1993.
  • Won Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Mrs. Doubtfire in 1994.
  • Honored with Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2005.

Germany Award:

  • Won Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for Reality…What a Concept in 1980.
  • Won Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for A Night at the Met in 1988.
  • Got Award for Best Comedy Album for Good Morning, Vietnam in 1989.
  • Won Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album for Pecos Bill in 1989.
  • Won Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Comedy Album for Robin Williams Live – 2002 in 2003.
  • Got Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actor for Mrs. Doubtfire in 1994.
  • Won two MTV Awards for Best Comedic Performance in a Movie for Aladdin (1993) and Mrs. Doubtfire (1994).
  • Won Saturn Award for Best Film Supporting Actor for Aladdin in 1993.
  • Got Saturn Award for Best Film Lead Actor for One Hour Photo in 2003.
  • Won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture for The Birdcage in 1997.
  • Won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Good Will Hunting in 1998.
  • Got Jupiter Award for Best International Actor for Dead Poets Society in 1990.
  • Won National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (shared with Robert De Niro) for Awakenings in 1991.
  • Won Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting in 1998.

Robin Williams Wife:

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Robin Williams, his second wife Marca Garces, and his children.
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Robin Williams married three times in his life. In June 1978, he married Valerie Velardi, his first wife. Zachary Pym “Zak” Williams, their son, was born to them. In 1988, the couple divorced. He previously had a disastrous live-in relationship with comic Elayne Boosler.

Year of 1986, he began dating Marsha Garces. In April of 1989, they married. Zelda Rae Williams and Cody Alan Williams were their two children. In 2010, the couple divorced.

In October 2011, Williams married Susan Schneider, his third wife. Her profession is that of a graphic designer. The two had been living in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood. They remained together until his death in 2014, when he committed suicide.

Williams struggled with drug and alcohol addiction

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Williams struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. To conquer his addiction, he resorted to cycling and exercise. Cycling, he claimed, saved his life at the time. In 2003, while shooting on a film in Alaska, he began drinking again. In 2006, he checked himself into a treatment facility. He struggled to stay sober, but he never used drugs (cocaine). Year of 2009, he was admitted to the hospital owing to heart difficulties. In March 2009, he successfully underwent surgery to replace his aortic valve, fix his mitral valve, and rectify his erratic pulse. In 2014, he entered the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to recover from his drinking.

On August 11, 2014, Williams hanged himself at his house in Paradise Cay, California. Williams had widespread Lewy body dementia, according to an autopsy report. He had been sober for a while when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in its early stages. It had a role in his depression and suicide. He “died of suffocation due to hanging,” according to the final autopsy report. He had no alcohol or narcotics in his system. Monte’s Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo was where his corpse was burned. His ashes were spread across the Bay of San Francisco.

Robin Williams Height:

Robin Williams was 1.7 meters tall, or 5 feet and 7 inches tall. He weighed 170 pounds, or 77 kilograms. He was of ordinary height and build. His eyes were blue, and his hair was a mix of salt and pepper. He wore a size ten shoe (US). He identified as a straight man. At the time of his death, he had a net worth of $50 million.

Quick Facts About Robin Williams

Celebrated Name Robin Williams
Age 69 Years
Nick Name Robin Williams
Birth Name Robin McLaurin Williams
Birth Date 1951-07-21
Gender Male
Profession Comedian
Place Of Birth Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Birth Nation United States
Famous For Considered one of the greatest comedians of all time
Father Robert Fitzgerald Williams
Mother Laurie McLaurin
Siblings 2
Brothers Robert and McLaurin (half-brothers)
Ethnicity White
Horoscope Cancer
School Elementary School, Deer Path High School
High School Detroit Country Day School, Redwood High School
College / University Claremont’s Men’s College, College of Marin, Juilliard School
Debut Television Show/Series Laugh-In (1997)
Debut Movie Can I Do It…’Til I Need Glasses? (1997)
Awards 1 Academy Award, 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, 5 Golden Globe Awards, 5 Grammys among others
Marital Status Married Until his death
Wife Valerie Velardi (1978-1988), Marsha Garces (1989-2010), Susan Schneider (2011-his death in 2014)
Cause Of Death Suicide
Death Date 2014-08-11
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 170 lbs (77 kg)
Body Shape Average
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Salt and Pepper
Shoe Size 10(US)
Sexual Orientation Straight
Net Worth $50 million