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Robin McLauri Williams

(1951-07-21)July 21, 1951
Died August 11, 2014(2014-08-11) (aged 63)
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, stand-up comedian
Years active 1976–2014
Spouse(s) Valerie Velardi
(m. 1978–1988; divorced)
Marsha Garces Williams
(m. 1989–2010; divorced)
Susan Schneider
(m. 2011–2014; his death)
Children 3, including Zelda Williams
Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting
Emmy Awards
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
1992 Aladdin
Cecil B. Demille Award
Grammy Awards
Best Comedy Recording
1980 Reality...What a Concept
ABC Presents A Royal Gala
A Night at the Met
Good Morning, Vietnam
Robin Williams - Live 2002
Best Spoken World Album
Live 2002
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Cast - Motion Picture
1996 The Birdcage
Best Supporting Actor
Good Will Hunting

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian. He first became famous on the television show Mork and Mindy. He starred in many movies.

Early life

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.

Williams appeared in the music video for "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin. In 2013, Williams starred as President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' The Butler.

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.

Personal life

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.

Williams lived in San Francisco and Paradise Cay in California.


On August 11, 2014 Williams died at his home.

Williams was cremated. His ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay.

Notable movies


  • 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

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