Short Biography of Robin Williams

On August 11, 2014, Robin Williams was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California USA, the victim of an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Department. A 911 call was received at 11:55 AM PST, firefighters and paramedics arrived at his home at 12:00 PM PDT, and he was pronounced dead at 12:07 PM PST.
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Actor and comedian Robin Williams was known for his fast-paced, improvisational performance style and for his performances in films like Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society and many others.

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, He was a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator Anselm J. McLaurin. He briefly studied political science, before enrolling at Juilliard School to study theatre. After he left Juilliard, he performed in nightclubs where he was discovered for the role of Mork on an episode of Happy Days (1974) and the subsequent spin-off Mork & Mindy (1978).

Williams' wild comic talent involved a great deal of improvisation, following in the footsteps of his idol Jonathan Winters. Robin Williams has also proven to be an effective dramatic actor and received many awards.

Quick Overview 

Date of Birth 21 July 1951 , Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 11 August 2014 , Tiburon, California, USA  (suicide)
Birth Name Robin McLaurin Williams
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

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Andy Dougan's biography provides a detailed look at of Robin Williams's life and career from his poor-little-rich-kid childhood to his successes in such films as The Fisher King, Awakenings, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Dougan interviewed Williams five times and spoke with the actor's schoolmates, teachers, colleagues, and costars.

Robin Williams Quick Facts

Mork & Mindy (TV-14; 03:07) Actor and comedian Robin Williams caught his first big break when he auditioned for the role of Mork on Happy Days. That one appearance would eventually land the actor with his own spin off show, "Mork & Mindy."

Robin Williams Achievements 

Robin Williams was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.

TV producer George Schlatter, gave him his first TV spot in Laugh-In after found him doing stand-up comedy in 1977 certain that Williams would become an important "force" in the entertainment industry.

Terry Gilliam, who directed Robin Williams in two films, was impressed byhis acting range, to "go from manic to mad to tender and vulnerable," stating that Williams was a unique actor.

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