Robin Williams was considered a highly successful comedian and actor known for his fast-paced and hilarious improve performances and his parts in Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting.
Born in 1951 in Chicago, Robin would eventually become one of the most well-known and most-loved actors in America, winning a total of 63 awards and earning 73 nominations over his lifetime.
Robin first worked as a stand-up comedian where he developed his improvisational style that always took audiences off guard. His quick and hilarious comedy led him to scoring his own television show, Mork and Mindy. After multiple nominations for his parts in both dramatic and comedic productions, Robin finally won a well-deserved award for his role in Good Will Hunting as the best supporting actor. In 2014, grief struck his large following of fans when his body was discovered in his home last year.
Born Robin McLaurin Williams on July 21st, the 63-year-old actor hadn’t slowed down at all over his highly successful acting and comedy career that spanned many decades. Robin soon scored the title as one of the funniest performers in America, but before he became an on-screen and on-stage favorite, Robin went through some personal turmoil.
Robin attended Claremont Men’s College and College of Marin before he enrolled in the Juilliard School located in New York City. It was there that Robin befriended actor Christopher Reeve. After leaving college, Robin began stand-up in LA and San Francisco and began gaining local attention for his unique and entertaining style.
Before becoming widely known as Mork, Robin had previously appeared on television on programs such as The Richard Pryor Show. When the character of Mork premiered on the show Happy Days, it was so well-received by fans that the producers decided to give Robin the role on his own show where he co-starred with Pam Dawber. The show premiered in 1978 and ran for a total of four seasons.
In 1980, Robin played the well-loved character of Popeye where he worked with director Robin Altman and co-starred with Shelley Duvall. After his many successful performances, the 80s and following decades launched Robin’s career into even higher ranks.
Over the next decades, Robin would go on to star and lead in multiple hit films that showcased his unique comedy style and bright spirit. He also took part in some more serious roles, often making the switch between drama and comedy films very successfully. In the 80s, he took on some of his most serious roles in all of his career with the movies The World According to Garp in 1982 and Moscow on the Hudson two years later in 1984. Later during that same decade, Robin played in the two great films Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society. His acting in both earned him nominations for multiple awards.
But, even though Robin’s career was taking off, he was struggling with personal issues. He suffered from a substance and alcohol abuse problem while working on the show Mork and Mindy, and he continued to struggle with his addiction for another two decades following.
His romantic endeavors often led to more trouble, such as the case with Valeria Velardi. When married to the actress, he became involved with multiple other women and they ultimately got a divorce in the late 80s. The next year, Robin remarried, this time to the nanny of his son, Marsha Garces.
Even though Robin had his own personal issues, his career never faltered, nor did his comedic edge. He often switched between serious roles and comedic parts with ease, and a lot of fans loved seeing the different sides of his talents. Despite dealing with a lot of issues in his personal life, Robin continued to bring smiles to millions of faces with his various productions.
The 90s saw even more success for the actor, and so did the 2000s and 2010s. With parts in various acclaimed films and TV shows, Robin hadn’t skipped a beat. His acting was favored by audiences of all ages, and his parts in more recent movies like Night at the Museum only led to an even larger and more devoted audience.
Despite his hugely successful career and much-loved style, fans of Robin said their goodbyes last year after he was found dead in his home. It was later determined to be a suicide, and fans around the world mourned the loss of the great actor, with multiple memorials set up across the country and thousands of fan tributes and TV specials devoted to him.
Even though Robin is gone, his fans continue to praise his work and enjoy his old films.