Monday, August 11, 2014

Robin Williams, DEAD (1951-07-21, 2014-08-11)

Robin Williams dies with 63. Actor.
Love his kindness and his movies. He was always so funny and amazing in the movies and on TV.

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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as Popeye (1980), The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin.

Williams was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.

Williams suffered from depression throughout his life, and also struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. On August 11, 2014, he was found dead after committing suicide by hanging at his home in Paradise Cay, near Tiburon, California.

Early life and education

Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 21, 1951. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (c. 1923 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from Jackson, Mississippi, whose own great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region. Williams had English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French ancestry. He was raised in the Episcopal Church (while his mother practiced Christian Science), and later authored the comedic list, "Top Ten Reasons to be an Episcopalian."

Williams attended elementary school in Lake Forest, Illinois and began middle school there. His young friends recall him as being very funny. When Williams's father was transferred to Detroit, the family moved from the Chicago area to a 40-room farm house in suburban Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the Detroit Country Day School. He excelled in school and became president of the class. He was on the school's soccer team and wrestling team. In middle school, Williams was bullied and would seek out new routes home to avoid his tormentors. He told jokes to his mother to make her laugh and pay attention to him. Williams spent much of his time alone in the family's large home, playing with his 2,000 toy soldiers. "My only companions, my only friends as a child were my imagination," he said.

Williams's father was away much of the time and, when he was home, Williams found him "frightening". His mother worked too, leaving Williams to be attended to by the maids they employed. Williams claimed his upbringing left him with an acute fear of abandonment and a condition he described as "Love Me Syndrome."

When Williams was 16, his father took early retirement and the family moved to Woodacre, California, where he attended the public Redwood High School in nearby Larkspur. When he graduated in 1969, the senior class voted him both "Most Likely Not to Succeed" and "Funniest."

Williams studied political science at Claremont McKenna College (then called Claremont Men's College) in Claremont, California. Williams left Claremont and attained a full scholarship to the esteemed Juilliard School in New York City. In between Claremont and Juilliard, he returned to Marin County and studied theatre for three years at a community college, the College of Marin, where according to drama professor James Dunn, Williams's talent first became evident when he was cast as Fagin in Oliver!. He had two brothers: Robert Todd Williams (June 14, 1938 – August 14, 2007) and McLaurin Smith.

Williams described himself as a quiet child whose first imitation was of his grandmother to his mother. He did not overcome his shyness until he became involved with his high school drama department. In 1973, Williams was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class at Juilliard and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year; the other was Christopher Reeve. William Hurt was another classmate. Williams left Juilliard during his junior year in 1976 at the suggestion of Houseman, who told him, "There's just nothing more we can teach you. So you should go out and work."

Personal life

Marriages and children

On June 4, 1978, Robin Williams married his first wife, Valerie Velardi. They met in 1976 when he worked as a bartender at a tavern in San Francisco. Their son Zachary Pym "Zak" Williams was born on April 11, 1983. During Williams's first marriage, he was involved in an extramarital relationship with Michelle Tish Carter, a cocktail waitress whom he met in 1984. Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988.

On April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces, a Filipino American and Zachary's nanny, who was several months pregnant with his child. They had two children, Zelda Rae Williams (born July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan Williams (born November 25, 1991). In March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences. Williams married his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, on October 23, 2011, in St. Helena, California. Their residence was Williams's house in Sea Cliff, a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

Of what gives him a sense of wonder, Williams stated, "My children give me a great sense of wonder. Just to see them develop into these extraordinary human beings."

Family and friends

While studying at Juilliard, Williams befriended Christopher Reeve. They had several classes together in which they were the only students, and they remained good friends for the rest of Reeve's life. Williams visited Reeve after the horse-riding accident that rendered him a quadriplegic, and cheered him up by pretending to be an eccentric Russian doctor (similar to his role in Nine Months). Williams claimed that he was there to perform a colonoscopy. Reeve stated that he laughed for the first time since the accident and knew that life was going to be okay.

On August 14, 2007, Williams's elder brother, Robert Todd Williams, died of complications from heart surgery performed a month earlier.

Other interests

Williams was a passionate supporter of his hometown's professional sports teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the San Francisco Giants.

He was a member of the Episcopal Church. He described his denomination in a comedy routine as "Catholic Lite—same rituals, half the guilt."

Williams was an avid enthusiast of video games and named two of his children after game characters. He named his daughter after Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda action-adventure game series. They both have been featured in an ad for the Nintendo 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. His son may have been named after Cody from the beat 'em up game Final Fight. He also enjoyed pen-and-paper role-playing games and online video games, playing Warcraft III, Day of Defeat, Half-Life, and the first-person shooter Battlefield 2 which he played as a sniper. He was also previously a fan of the Wizardry series of role-playing video games. In the wake of his passing, a petition was started by several players of World of Warcraft and eventually signed by over 11,000 players, requesting him to be memorialized in the game in some way. The day after the petition was announced, Blizzard Entertainment responded that they will indeed memorialize Robin Williams in the game with an NPC (non-player character) at the Worlds End Tavern in the in-game city of Shattrath, in which he will tell jokes and entertain players in the game.

On January 6, 2006, Williams performed live at the Consumer Electronics Show during Google's keynote. In the 2006 E3, on the invitation of Will Wright, he demonstrated the creature editor of Spore while simultaneously commenting on the creature's look: "This will actually make a platypus look good." He also complimented the game's versatility, comparing it to Populous and Black & White. Later that year, he was one of several celebrities to participate in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day.

Williams's favorite book was the Foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov, the actor expressed enthusiasm at the idea of playing the character Hari Seldon in an adaptation. His favorite book growing up as a child was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which he later shared with his children, "I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said 'Don't do any voices. Just read it as yourself.' So I did, I just read it straight, and she said 'That's better.'"

A fan of professional road cycling, Williams was a regular on the US Postal and Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team bus and hotels during the years Lance Armstrong dominated the Tour de France. He owned over 50 bicycles.

Williams enjoyed rugby union and was a fan of a former All Black, Jonah Lomu.

Williams enjoyed listening to jazz, "specifically Keith Jarrett piano solos". He also listened to Tom Waits, Radiohead, and Prince.

Williams was a supporter of eco-friendly vehicles. He drove a Toyota Prius and was on the waiting list for an Aptera 2 Series electric vehicle before the company folded in December 2011.

In 2010, Williams announced that he would love to play the Riddler in the next installment to the Batman films by director Christopher Nolan, though Nolan has stated that the Riddler would not be featured in the film.

On Israel's 60th Independence Day in 2008, Williams appeared in Times Square along with a number of other celebrities to wish Israel a "happy birthday". He had described himself as an "honorary Jew".

Charity work

Williams and his second wife, Marsha, founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many charities. Williams devoted much of his energy to charity work, including the Comic Relief fundraising efforts (the program was hosted by himself, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg). In December 1999, he sang in French on the BBC-inspired music video of international celebrities doing a cover of The Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" for the charity Children's Promise.

In response to the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, Williams donated all proceeds of his "Weapons of Self Destruction" Christchurch performance to helping rebuild the New Zealand city. Half the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross and half to the mayoral building fund. Williams performed with the USO for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Williams also supported St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for several years.

Addiction and health problems

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Williams had an addiction to cocaine. Williams was a close friend of and frequent partier alongside John Belushi. He said the death of his friend and the birth of his son Zak prompted him to quit drugs and alcohol: "Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level. The grand jury helped too."

Williams started drinking alcohol again in 2003, while working in a small town in Alaska. On August 9, 2006, he checked himself in to a substance-abuse rehabilitation center in Newberg, Oregon. He later said that he was an alcoholic. His publicist delivered the announcement:

After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family.

While acknowledging his failure to maintain sobriety, Williams would never return to use of cocaine, declaring in a 2010 interview:

"No. Cocaine – paranoid and impotent, what fun. There was no bit of me thinking, ooh, let's go back to that. Useless conversations until midnight, waking up at dawn feeling like a vampire on a day pass. No."

Williams was hospitalized in March 2009 due to heart problems. He postponed his one-man tour in order to undergo surgery to replace his aortic valve. The surgery was successfully completed on March 13, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic.

Illness and death

In mid-2014, Williams had admitted himself into the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Lindstrom, Minnesota, for continued sobriety treatment related to his alcoholism. According to his publicist, Williams suffered from depression.

At around 11:45 a.m. (PDT) on August 11, 2014, Williams was discovered by his personal assistant at his home in Paradise Cay, an unincorporated enclave of the town of Tiburon, California. About ten minutes later, county emergency 911 dispatchers received a telephone call reporting Williams was unresponsive and not breathing. The Marin County Sheriff's Office and firefighters from two local fire protection districts immediately responded to the scene, and Williams was pronounced dead shortly after they arrived, at 12:02 p.m. (PDT). To prevent unauthorized photos from being taken or disclosed (since Marin County has no county morgue), Williams's body was brought to the Napa County morgue for autopsy by Marin County's chief forensic pathologist, Dr. Joseph Cohen.

At a press conference on August 12, 2014, the Coroner Division of the Marin County Sheriff's Office disclosed that Williams had apparently hanged himself with a belt, and that the cause of death based on preliminary autopsy results was "asphyxia due to hanging." Results from toxicology tests are expected in two to six weeks.


Year Title Role Notes
1977 Can I Do It Til I Need Glasses? Lawyer / Man with Tooth Ache
1980 Popeye Popeye[1]
1982 The World According to Garp T.S. Garp
1983 The Survivors Donald Quinelle
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Vladimir Ivanov Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1986 Seize the Day Tommy Wilhelm
1986 Club Paradise Jack Moniker
1986 The Best of Times Jack Dundee
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam Adrian Cronauer
1988 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen King of the Moon
1988 Portrait of a White Marriage Air Conditioning Salesman Uncredited
1988 Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill Narrator Voice
1989 Back to Neverland Himself Part of The Magic of Disney Animation attraction at Walt Disney World Resort
1989 Dead Poets Society John Keating Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor– Motion Picture Drama
1989 I'm from Hollywood Himself
1990 Cadillac Man Joey O'Brien
1990 Awakenings Dr. Malcolm Sayer National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (tied with Robert De Niro)
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1991 Dead Again Doctor Cozy Carlisle
1991 The Fisher King Henry "Parry" Sagan Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1991 Hook Peter Banning / Peter Pan
1991 Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship Narrator Voice
1992 Toys Leslie Zevo Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1992 Aladdin Genie / Merchant Voice
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Special Golden Globe Award
MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
1992 The Timekeeper The Timekeeper Voice
Circle-Vision 360° film
1992 FernGully: The Last Rainforest Batty Koda Voice
1992 Shakes the Clown Mime Class Instructor
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance
1994 Being Human Hector
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss Father
1995 Jumanji Alan Parrish Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor
1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt Uncredited
1995 Nine Months Dr. Kosevich Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Genie Voice
1996 Hamlet Osric
1996 The Secret Agent The Professor
1996 Jack Jack Powell Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor
1996 The Birdcage Armand Goldman Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Nathan Lane)
1997 Good Will Hunting Sean Maguire Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1997 Flubber Professor Philip Brainard Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor/Actress – Family
Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor
1997 Deconstructing Harry Mel
1997 Fathers' Day Dale Putley
1998 Patch Adams Hunter "Patch" Adams Nominated – American Comedy Award for Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1998 Junket Whore Himself
1998 What Dreams May Come Chris Nielsen
1999 Bicentennial Man Andrew Martin Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Nominated – Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Comedy
Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
1999 Jakob the Liar Jakob Heym / Narrator Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor
1999 Get Bruce Himself
2001 A.I. Artificial Intelligence Dr. Know Voice
2002 The Rutles 2: Can't Buy Me Lunch Hans Hänkie
2002 Insomnia Walter Finch Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Death to Smoochy "Rainbow" Randolph Smiley Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
2002 One Hour Photo Seymour "Sy" Parrish Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actor
Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
2004 Noel Charlie Boyd Uncredited
2004 House of D Pappass
2004 The Final Cut Alan W. Hakman
2005 The Big White Paul Barnell
2005 Robots Fender Voice
Nominated – Blimp Award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Feature
Nominated – Visual Effects Society Award for Outstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
2005 The Aristocrats Himself
2006 Man of the Year Tom Dobbs
2006 Night at the Museum Theodore Roosevelt
2006 Happy Feet Ramon / Lovelace Voice
2006 Everyone's Hero Napoleon Cross Voice
2006 RV Bob Munro
2006 The Night Listener Gabriel Noone
2007 License to Wed Reverend Frank
2007 August Rush Maxwell "Wizard" Wallace
2009 Shrink Jack Holden
2009 World's Greatest Dad Lance Clayton
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Theodore Roosevelt
2009 Old Dogs Dan Rayburn
2011 Happy Feet Two Ramon / Lovelace Voice
2011 Stage Left: A Story of Theater in the Bay Area Himself Documentary
2013 The Big Wedding Father Monighan
2013 The Butler Dwight D. Eisenhower Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2013 The Face of Love Roger
2014 Boulevard[2] Nolan Mack
2014 The Angriest Man in Brooklyn[3] Henry Altmann
2014 Merry Friggin' Christmas Mitch Posthumous
2014 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Theodore Roosevelt Posthumous
2015 Absolutely Anything Dennis the Dog Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1977 The Richard Pryor Show Various roles Writer
2 episodes
1977 Laugh-In

1977 Eight is Enough
Episode: "The Return of Auntie V"
1978 Happy Days Mork Episode: "My Favorite Orkan"
1978 America 2-Night Jason Shine Episodes: "Jason Shine" and "Olfactory Distosis Telethon"
1978–1982 Mork & Mindy Mork 92 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (won in 1979 and nominated in 1980)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Comedy Series
1979 Happy Days Mork Episode: "Mork Returns"
1979 Out of the Blue Mork Episode: "Random's Arrival"
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre Frog/Prince Robin Episode: "Tale of the Frog Prince"
1982 SCTV Network Various Episode: "Jane Eyrehead"
1984 Pryor's Place Gaby Episode: "Sax Education"
1987 Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Baby-san Voice
1990 Sesame Street Himself Episode 2749[1]
1991 Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake Himself This is a Sesame Street special that aired during the show's usual time slot on March 15, 1991.[2]
1991 Sesame Street Himself Episode 2795[3]
1991 A Wish For Wings That Work The Kiwi Voice
Credited as Sudy Nim
1993 Sesame Street Himself Episode 3077[4]
1994 Homicide: Life on the Streets Robert Ellison Episode: "Bop Gun"
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series
1992–1994 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss The Father Movie
1997 Friends Tomas Uncredited
Episode: "The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion"
1998 Sesame Street Himself Episode 3709[5]
1998 One Saturday Morning Genie 2 episodes
1999 L.A. Doctors Hugo Kinsley Episode: "Just Duet"
2001 Sesame Street Himself Episode 3923[6]
2003 Freedom: A History of Us Josiah Quincy
Ulysses S. Grant
Missouri farmer
Wilbur Wright
Orville Wright
4 episodes
2003 Life With Bonnie Kevin Powalski Episode: "Psychic"
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Merritt Rook Episode: "Authority"
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor – Drama Series
2009 SpongeBob SquarePants Himself Episode "Truth or Square"
2012 Wilfred Dr Eddy / Himself Episode: "Progress"
2012 Louie Robin Episode: "Barney/Never"
2012 Sesame Street Himself Episode 4280[7]
2013–2014 The Crazy Ones Simon Roberts 22 episodes
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Robin Williams
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Williams at the Happy Feet Two premiere, 2011
Born Robin McLaurin Williams
July 21, 1951
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died August 11, 2014 (aged 63)
Paradise Cay, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Asphyxia due to hanging
(preliminary autopsy results)
Alma mater Juilliard School
Occupation Actor, stand-up comedian, film producer, screenwriter
Years active 1972–2014
Spouse(s) Valerie Velardi (m. 1978–88)
Marsha Garces (m. 19892008)
Susan Schneider (m. 2011; until his death in 2014)
Children 3 (including Zelda Williams)
Comedy career
Medium Stage, film, television
Genres Character comedy, improvisational comedy
Influences Jonathan Winters,[1][2] Warner Bros. Cartoons,[3] Dudley Moore,[4] Peter Sellers,[4] Peter Cook,[4] Jerry Lewis[5]

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