Robin Williams

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Robin Williams

Williams at "Stand Up for Heroes" in 2007
Birth name Robin McLaurin Williams
Born July 21, 1951 (1951-07-21) (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 1972–present
Genres Character comedy, physical comedy, improvisational comedy, satire/political satire, observational comedy, blue comedy
Influences Peter Sellers, Richard Pryor, Jonathan Winters, George Carlin, Chuck Jones
Influenced Conan O'Brien, Frank Caliendo,[1] Dat Phan, Jo Koy, Gabriel Iglesias
Spouse Valerie Velardi
(1978–1988; 1 child)
Marsha Garces Williams
(1989–2008; 2 children)
Susan Schneider
(2011–present)
Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting
Emmy Awards
Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
1987 Carol and Carl and Whoopi and Robin
1988 ABC Presents A Royal Gala
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actor – TV Series Musical or Comedy
1978 Mork & Mindy
Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1987 Good Morning, Vietnam
1991 The Fisher King
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire
Special Achievement Award
1992 Aladdin
Cecil B. Demille Award
2005
Grammy Awards
Best Comedy Recording
1980 Reality...What a Concept
1988 ABC Presents A Royal Gala
1988 A Night at the Met
1989 Good Morning, Vietnam
2003 Robin Williams - Live 2002
Best Spoken World Album
2003 Live 2002
Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Cast - Motion Picture
1996 The Birdcage
Best Supporting Actor
1997 Good Will Hunting

Robin McLaurin Williams (born July 21, 1951) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist.[2] He first became famous on the television show Mork and Mindy. Since that time he has appeared in many movies.

Early life[change | edit source]

Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura McLaurin (née Smith, September 24, 1922 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana.[3] 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. His maternal great-great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin.[4] Williams' ancestry includes English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, and French.[5][6][7]

Notable movies[change | edit source]

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Free Time | Caliendo hopes 'Frank TV' makes good first impression". Pantagraph.com. http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2007/11/24/freetime/doc47471a3d6fc50366297886.txt. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  2. "Robin Williams Biography". http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000245/bio.
  3. "If Robin Williams' comedies are inspired by his life no wonder he's been in therapy". Sunday Herald. 1999-03-14. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/smgpubs/access/70123882.html?dids=70123882:70123882&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Mar+14%2C+1999&author=&pub=Sunday+Herald&desc=If+Robin+Williams'+comedies+are+inspired+by+his+life+no+wonder+he's+been+in+therapy&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  4. Rubenstein, Steve (2001-09-08). "Laurie Williams – comedian's mother – SFGate". San Francisco Chronicle. http://articles.sfgate.com/2001-09-08/news/17615883_1_christian-science-elvis-impersonator-modeling. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  5. "People News". monstersandcritics.com. http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1206619.php/Robin_Williams_talks_about_rehab_and_alcoholism.
  6. "Full text of "Anselm J. McLaurin (late a senator from Mississippi)"". Archive.org. 1911. http://www.archive.org/stream/anselmjmclaurinl01unit/anselmjmclaurinl01unit_djvu.txt. Retrieved 2014-01-05.
  7. The Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi, 1908, Pg. 977; "He [Anselm J. McLaurin] was married at Trenton, Miss., February 22, 1870, to Laura Elvira Victoria Rauch, daughter of John Rauch and wife, Epsilon Rauch, of Trenton, Miss. Mrs. McLaurin's paternal ancestors immigrated to America from Germany; maternal from England and Germany."

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