Robin Williams facts for kids
Williams in 2011
Robin McLauri Williams
July 21, 1951
|Died||August 11, 2014
Paradise Cay, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, stand-up comedian|
(m. 1978–1988; divorced)
Marsha Garces Williams
(m. 1989–2010; divorced)
(m. 2011–2014; his death)
|Children||3, including Zelda Williams|
|Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting
|Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
1987 Carol and Carl and Whoopi and Robin
1988 ABC Presents A Royal Gala
|Golden Globe Awards|
|Best Actor – TV Series Musical or Comedy
1978 Mork & Mindy
Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
1991 The Fisher King
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire
Special Achievement Award
Cecil B. Demille Award
|Best Comedy Recording
1980 Reality...What a Concept
1988 ABC Presents A Royal Gala
1988 A Night at the Met
1989 Good Morning, Vietnam
2003 Robin Williams - Live 2002
Best Spoken World Album
2003 Live 2002
|Screen Actors Guild Awards|
|Outstanding Performance by a Cast - Motion Picture
1996 The Birdcage
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting
Williams was born Robin McLaurin Williams in Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1951. His father Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987) worked for Ford Motor Company. His mother Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001) was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His great-great-grandfather on his mother's side was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Williams' ancestors were English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French.
When he was young, Williams lived in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and in Marin County, California. He studied at Redwood High School and at Claremont McKenna College. He studied to become an actor at the Julliard School in New York City and at the College of Marin.
After his family moved to Marin County, Williams began his career doing stand-up comedy shows in the San Francisco Bay Area in the mid-1970s. His first performance took place at the Holy City Zoo, a comedy club in San Francisco, where he worked his way up from tending bar to getting on stage.
Williams became famous for his role as Mork in the television series Mork & Mindy (1978–1982). His idol Jonathan Winters also appeared in the show. Williams went on to a successful career in both stand-up comedy and movie acting.
He acted in the movies The World According to Garp, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King, Good Will Hunting, Popeye, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, Night at the Museum, and Happy Feet.
Before his death, Williams starred in the short-lived comedy The Crazy Ones. It was cancelled shortly before his death.
Once Williams got angry with Disney for using his voice as the Genie in Aladdin to sell merchandise for the movie. Disney tried to apologize to Williams. The Disney company bought a Picasso painting for him.
Williams was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times. He received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
Williams married Valerie Velardi in 1978. They divorced in 1988. In 1989, Williams married Marsha Garces. She divorced him in 2008. Williams married Susan Schneider in 2011. Their marriage lasted until Williams' death in 2014. Williams had a son with Velardi. He had a daughter and son with Garces. His son, Zak Williams, is an actor, businessman, and filmmaker. His daughter, Zelda Williams, is an actress.
On August 11, 2014 Williams died at his home.
- Popeye (1980)
- The World According to Garp (1982)
- Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
- Dead Poets Society (1989)
- Awakenings (1990)
- Hook (1991)
- The Fisher King (1991)
- Aladdin (1992)
- Toys (1992)
- Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
- Jumanji (1995)
- The Birdcage (1996)
- Flubber (1997)
- Good Will Hunting (1997)
- Patch Adams (1998)
- Bicentennial Man (1999)
- Death to Smoochy (2000)
- One Hour Photo (2002)
- Robots (2005)
- Night at the Museum (2006)
- Happy Feet (2006)
- Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
- Happy Feet Two (2011)
- The Butler (2013)
- The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)
- Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
- 1979: Reality...What a Concept!
- 1983: Throbbing Python of Love
- 1986: A Night at the Met
- 1987: Good Morning Vietnam Soundtrack
- 1988: Pecos Bill; narrated a children's book, with music by Ry Cooder
- 2003: Live 2002; recorded from a tour on Broadway, 2002
- 2010: Weapons of Self Destruction; filmed in Washington D.C. during Williams' national tour
Images for kids
Williams performing stand-up comedy at a USO show on December 20, 2007
Williams performing at a United Service Organizations holiday show held for the Aviano Air Base community on December 22, 2007
Photo of Robin Williams, as printed on the March 12, 1979 cover of Time magazine, and installed in the National Portrait Gallery to commemorate him posthumously.
Williams performing at the 2008 USO World Gala in Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2008
Williams speaking at the 2008 BBC World Debate
One of several fan tributes to Williams, this at the steps of the San Francisco Pacific Heights home used for Mrs. Doubtfire
The star of Robin Williams on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
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