Robin Williams

Actor and Comedian
Born Jul 21, 1951

Robin McLaurin Williams is an American actor and comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy, and later stand-up comedy work, Williams has performed in many feature films since 1980. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting. He has also won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.… Read More

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1951 Birth Robin McLaurin Williams was born at St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1951. … Read More


1963 11 Years Old In late 1963, when Williams was twelve, his father was transferred to Detroit. … Read More
1969 17 Years Old At the time of his graduation in 1969, he was voted "Most Likely Not to Succeed" and "Funniest" by his classmates. … Read More


1973 21 Years Old In 1973, Williams attained a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City. … Read More
1976 24 Years Old Williams left Juilliard during his junior year in 1976 at the suggestion of Houseman, who said there was nothing more Juilliard could teach him. … Read More
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He moved to Los Angeles and continued doing stand-up shows at various clubs, including the Comedy Club, in 1977, where TV producer George Schlatter saw him. … Read More
1978 26 Years Old 1 More Event
After the Laugh-In revival and appearing in the cast of The Richard Pryor Show on NBC, Williams was cast by Garry Marshall as the alien Mork in a 1978 episode of the hit TV series Happy Days. … Read More
Williams won a Grammy Award for the recording of his 1979 live show at the Copacabana in New York, "Reality What a Concept". … Read More


1986 34 Years Old Also in 1986, Williams co-hosted the 58th Academy Awards. … Read More
1988 36 Years Old Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988.
1989 37 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1989 Williams played a private school teacher in Dead Poets Society, which included a final, emotional scene which some critics said "inspired a generation" and became a part of pop culture. … Read More


Terry Gilliam, who co-founded Monty Python and directed Williams in two of his films, The Fisher King and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), noted in 1992 that Williams had the ability to "go from manic to mad to tender and vulnerable," adding that to him Williams was "the most unique mind on the planet. … Read More


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…  In the 2002 film Insomnia, Williams portrayed a writer/killer on the run from a sleep-deprived Los Angeles policeman (played by Al Pacino) in rural Alaska. … Read More
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In March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized in 2010.
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In response to the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, he donated all proceeds of his "Weapons of Self Destruction" Christchurch performance to help rebuild the New Zealand city. … Read More
2011 59 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He made his Broadway acting debut in Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, which opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on March 31, 2011.


2013 61 Years Old …  She described the early symptoms of his disease as beginning in October, 2013 and including a sudden and prolonged spike in fear and anxiety, constipation, urinary difficulty, heartburn, sleeplessness and insomnia, a poor sense of smell, stress, and a slight tremor in his left hand. … Read More
On August 11, 2014, Williams committed suicide by hanging at his home in Paradise Cay, California. … Read More
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