/ : Robin Williams /


Birthdate: July 21, 1952
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer, Comedian, Producer
Quote: "It's been a sequence. With Good Morning, Vietnam, people said, 'Ah, at last he's found a way to be funny and still be a little restrained.' With Dead Poet's Society, they went, 'Oh, this is interesting--he's even more restrained.' And with Awakenings, it'll be, 'Look! He's medicated! He's gone even further. What's he playing next? He's playing a door. And after that? A black hole'." - Rolling Stone magazine, Feb 21, 1991
 
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Claim to Fame: Mork in the ABC series Mork and Mindy

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Valerie Velardi, former dancer; married June 4, 1978; separated 1987; divorced 1988
Michelle Tish Carter; dated 1984-86
Wife: Marsha Garces Williams, producer, former nanny, former personal assistant; born in 1957; began relationship while she was working as Robin's personal assistant; married April 30, 1989; her third marriage

Family:
Father: Robert Williams, car salesman, auto-industry executive; born 1901; died 1987
Mother: Laurie Williams; born September 1922
Son: Zachary; born in 1983; mother, Valerie Velardi
Daughter: Zelda; born July 31, 1989; mother, Marsha Garces Williams
Son: Cody Alan; born November 25, 1991; mother, Marsha Garces Williams

Biography
A hyperkinetic performer who made his name as part of the burgeoning West Coast comedy scene in the late 1970s, Williams first seized the nation's imagination as the ad-libbing extra-terrestrial, Mork from Ork, on the popular sitcom "Happy Days," which quickly led to the spin-off show, "Mork and Mindy". Although his launch as a film lead, in "Popeye" (1980), was a disappointment--audiences were thrown by director Robert Altman's purist vision--boxoffice success came two years later with George Roy Hill's "The World According to Garp" (1982).

Williams, who divides his time between live SRO comedy appearances, TV specials and film work, is renowned for his free-associative comic rants. Although some of his finest moments in "Good Morning, Vietnam" (1987) were the result of on-set improvisations, his unpredictability was at one point seen as a barrier to a dramatic screen career. He has, however, defied initial scepticism and proven himself capable of disciplined work in such films as "Dead Poets Society" (1989), "Awakenings" (1990) and "The Fisher King" (1991). Ironically, one of Williams' most sucessful film outings was the animated feature, "Aladdin" (1992), for which he supplied the voice of the Genie. Freed from the physical restrictions of live-action acting, Williams takes off on some inspired riffs, impersonating scores of pop-culture icons from Arnold Schwarzenegger to William F. Buckley, as the animated images provide lightning-fast visual correlatives to his verbal pyrotechnics. He later reprised the role in the second direct-to-video sequel, 1996's "Aladdin and the Prince of Thieves".

Filmography
Pecos Bill
Rome: Video Portrait of a City
Comic Relief 2, Part 1
Comic Relief 2, Part 2
We All Have Tales: The Fool and the Flying Ship
In the Wild: Dolphins with Robin Williams
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Insomnia (2002)
One Hour Photo (2002)
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
The Directors: Barry Levinson (2000)
Get Bruce! (1999)
Jakob the Liar (1999)
Bicentennial Man (1999)
What Dreams May Come (1998)
In My Life (1998)
Patch Adams (1998)
Fathers' Day (1997)
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
Flubber (1997)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
The Birdcage (1996)
Jack (1996)
Hamlet (1996)
The Secret Agent (1996)
Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)
Nine Months (1995)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
Jumanji (1995)
In Search of Dr. Seuss (1994)
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (1993)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Being Human (1993)
A Wish for Wings That Work (1992)
Aladdin (1992)
Comic Relief V (1992)
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Shakes the Clown (1992)
Toys (1992)
Dead Again (1991)
Florence with Robin Williams (1991)
Rabbit Ears: Fool and the Flying Ship (1991)
Hook (1991)
More Than a Movie (1991)
The Fisher King (1991)
Awakenings (1990)
Best of Comic Relief '90 (1990)
Cadillac Man (1990)
The Earth Day Special (1990)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)
Comic Relief III (1989)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
The Young Comedians All-Star Reunion (1989)
An All-Star Salute to the Improv (1988)
Rabbit Ears Storybook Classics Collection (1988)
Tenth Annual Young Comedians Reunion (1988)
Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter (1988)
An All-Star Toast to the Improv (1988)
Pecos Bill (1988)
Comic Relief II (1987)
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam (1987)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Reunion: 10th Annual Young Comedians (1987)
Robin! Tour De Face! (1987)
The Best of Comic Relief (1986)
The Best of Times (1986)
Club Paradise (1986)
Jonathan Winters on the Edge (1986)
Seize the Day (1986)
Richard Lewis: I'm in Pain (1985)
Moscow on the Hudson (1984)
Catch a Rising Star's 10th Anniversary (1983)
An Evening with Robin Williams (1983)
The Survivors (1983)
The Tale of the Frog Prince (1983)
The World According to Garp (1982)
Faerie Tale Theatre: Tale of the Frog Prince (1982)
Robin Williams Live! (1981)
Popeye (1980)
Children of Babylon (1980)
Video Yesterbloop (197?)
Can I Do It... Till I Need Glasses? (1977)
Comedy Tonight (1977)
Pecos Bill (1971)
 

Awards:
1978: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Television Series (Comedy or Musical), Mork and Mindy
1979: Grammy: Best Comedy Recording, Reality, What a Concept
1986/87: Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, Carol Burnett Special...Carol, Carl, Whoopi & Robin
1987/88: Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, ABC Presents a Royal Gala
1987: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Good Morning, Vietnam
1988: Grammy: Best Comedy Recording, Robin Williams: A Night at the Met
1988: American Comedy Award: Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture, Good Morning, Vietnam
1989: CableACE: Best Performance in a Comedy Special, Comic Relief '87
1989: Grammy: Best Recording for Children, Pecos Bill; award shared with Ry Cooder
1989: Grammy: Best Comedy Recording, Good Morning, Vietnam
1989: American Comedy Award: Funniest Stand-Up (Male)
1990: National Board of Review: Best Actor, Awakenings; tied with costar Robert DeNiro
1991: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), The Fisher King
1992: National Board of Review: Special Award, Aladdin; honored for voice work as The Genie in Disney's animated feature
1992: Golden Globe: Special Achievement Award, Aladdin; honored for voice work in Aladdin
1992: CableACE: Best Entertainment Host, Comic Relief V; shared with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg
1993: CableACE: Best Entertainment Host, Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (broadcast on HBO)
1993: MTV Movie Award: Best Comedic Performance, Aladdin
1993: Saturn Award: Best Supporting Performance, Aladdin
1994: MTV Movie Award: Best Comedic Performance, Mrs. Doubtfire
1993: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Mrs. Doubtfire
1994: People's Choice: Favorite Comedy Movie Actor
1994: NATO/ShoWest: Male Star of the Year Award
1996: The Actor: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture, The Birdcage; shared award; presented by the Screen Actors Guild
1997: The Actor: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, Good Will Hunting; presented by the Screen Actors Guild
1997: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor, Good Will Hunting

Factoids:
Performed in San Francisco nightclubs, including Holy City Zoo, Intersection, the Great American Music Hall and The Boardinghouse, and in Los Angeles at The Comedy Store, Improvisation and the Ice House

Education:
Claremont Men's College, Claremont, California; majored in political science
College of Marin, Kentfield, California; majored in acting
The Juilliard School, New York, New York; majored in drama; studied for three years on full scholarship

Agency:
Creative Artists Agency

 


 

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