|Robin Williams Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||July 21, 1951|
Robin Williams was an American actor, comedian, voiceover artist, and writer who is regarded as one of the best comedians of all time and gained acclaim with his improvisational skills and a wide variety of voices. He is known for his roles in projects like Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Mork & Mindy, The Fisher King, Good Morning, Vietnam, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Awakenings, Patch Adams, Mrs. Doubtfire, Happy Feet, One Hour Photo, Insomnia, Jumanji, The Birdcage, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, and Popeye. Moreover, his work won him an Academy Award, 2 Primetime Emmy Awards, 6 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and 5 Grammy Awards.
Robin McLaurin Williams
He was born on July 21, 1951.
At 63, Robin Williams committed suicide by hanging at his home in Paradise Cay, California, United States on August 11, 2014.
St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, United States
He studied at Gorton Elementary School and Deer Path Junior High School. Then, he joined the private Detroit Country Day School before getting enrolled at Redwood High School in nearby Larkspur.
After that, he studied political science at Claremont Men’s College but eventually dropped out to pursue acting. Later, he studied theatre for 3 years at the College of Marin and then attained a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in 1973.
Actor, Comedian, Voiceover Artist, Writer
- Father – Robert Fitzgerald Williams (Senior executive in Ford’s Lincoln-Mercury Division)
- Mother – Laurie McLaurin (Former model from Jackson, Mississippi)
- Siblings – He was an only child.
- Others – Robert R. Williams (Paternal Grandfather), Ellanora/Ollana E. Fitzgerald (Paternal Grandmother), Robert Amistead/Armistead Janin (Maternal Grandfather), Laura McLaurin Berry (Maternal Grandmother), Anselm J. McLaurin (Great-Great-Grandfather) (34th Governor of Mississippi from 1896 to 1900), Robert (also known as Todd) (Older Paternal Half-Brother), McLaurin (Older Maternal Half-Brother)
He was signed with Mara Buxbaum (Press Agent, Publicist).
Stand-up, Film, Television
Observational Comedy, Improvisational Comedy, Physical Comedy, Political Satire, Self-Deprecation, Surreal Humour
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
74 kg or 163 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Robin Williams had dated –
- Elayne Boosler (1974-1975) – He was romantically involved with comedian Elayne Boosler between 1974 and 1975 and the duo had a live-in relationship.
- Valerie Velardi (1976-1988) – In 1976, he met Valerie while working as a bartender at a tavern in San Francisco and they married in June 1978. They welcomed their son Zachary Pym “Zak” Williams on April 11, 1983, and the couple eventually divorced in 1988.
- Michelle Tish Carter (1984)
- Marsha Garces (1986-2010) – In 1986, there were reports that he started an affair with his first son’s nanny Marsha Garces, who later established herself as a film producer and philanthropist. They got married on April 30, 1989, when she was 6 months pregnant with his child. They were blessed with 2 children – daughter Zelda Rae Williams (b. July 31, 1989) and son Cody Alan Williams (b. November 25, 1991). However, in March 2008, Garces filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and the divorce was finalized in 2010.
- Susan Schneider (2010-2014) – After going out for a while, he married graphic designer Susan Schneider on October 22, 2011, in St. Helena, California and they lived in Sea Cliff, San Francisco, California. They remained together until his death in 2014.
Race / Ethnicity
He had English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French roots.
Salt and pepper
- Frequently played offbeat and eccentric characters
- Distinctive low-pitched (and extremely versatile) voice
- Clean-shaven in comedies and bearded in dramatic films
- Humble and softspoken
He appeared in the TV commercials for-
- St. Judes Children’s Hospital (PSA) (2006)
- Snickers candy bar (2013)
He grew up in his father’s Episcopal faith.
Robin Williams Favorite Things
- Band – Genesis
- Actor – Omarion
- Books – Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov
- Book As A Child – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Robin Williams Facts
- For his role as Sean Maguire in the 1997 drama film Good Will Hunting, he won the Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” in 1998.
- He shared a close bond with Pam Dawber, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Reubens, Fred Travalena, Jim Varney, and Kristin Chenoweth.
- He credited Jonathan Winters and Richard Pryor as his comedic idols.
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