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Robin Williams
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Biography

Mini biography

Williams briefly studied political science before enrolling at Juilliard to study theatre. After graduation, he performed in night clubs where he was discovered for the role of Mork on an episode of "Happy Days" and the subsequent "Mork & Mindy" (1978) TV series. Williams' wild comic talent involves a great deal of improvisation, following in the footsteps of his idol, Jonathan Winters. Williams has also proven to be an effective dramatic actor.
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Spouse
Marsha Garces Williams (1989 - present); 1 daughter, 1 son
Valerie Velardi (1978 - 1988) (divorced); 1 son
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Trade mark


Wild improvised stream-of-consciousness comedy dialogue where he will do cultural references, impersionations and one liners with rapid switching.
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Trivia


Moved to San Francisco when he was 16

Robin studied acting briefly at Julliard. He studied under John Houseman. Houseman told him he was wasting his talent at Julliard and he should strike out on his own and do stand-up comedy.

Resides with his family in San Francisco's Seacliff neighborhood

Was set to play Drew Barrymore's father in the film Home Fries (1998) and had the role during production, but pulled out of the part days before his scenes were to be shot.

(1992) Son, with Williams, Cody

(1989) Daughter, with Williams, Zelda

(1983) Son, with Velardi, Zachary, born

(October 1997) Ranked #63 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.

(1997) Voted funniest man alive by Entertainment Weekly.

Described as "hairy" by Hugh Grant on "Tonight Show, The" (06/95)

Has three children: Zachary, Zelda, Cody

He was in Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy" music video.

Has won 3 grammys. One for the audio recording of "Jumanji"; one for "Live at the Met" and one for the audio recording of "Good Morning Vietnam"

Attended Claremont McKenna College.

When he auditioned for the role of Mork from Ork, he met Gary Marshall who told him to sit down. Robin immediately sat on his head on the chair. Gary Marshall immediately chose him saying that he was the only alien who auditioned.

During the making of Mork and Mindy, Williams departed from the scripts and ad libbed so many times and so well, that the producers stop trying to make him stick to the script and deliberately left gaps in the later scripts leaving only "Mork can go off here" in those places so Robin could improvise.

Was considered for the role of the Riddler in Batman and Robin (1995).
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Personal quotes


"If you can remember the sixties, you weren't there."

"Cocaine is God's way of telling you you are making too much money"

"Williams is 'the Tasmanian devil of comedy'" (entertainment weekly)

Calls people "Chief" in almost every movie he does.

Robin Williams stared in:

Title Year Saw with/at: Own On? Rating
Popeye 1980 With Peter L. Bomb
World According to Garp 1982 With Peter L. 1/2 *
The Survivors 1983 With Peter Loge & Anne Lavin? at York Square * 1/2
Club Paradise 1986 With Jessica * 1/2
Good Morning Vietnam 1988 With Jessica Video *** 1/2
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen 1989 With Jessica ***
Dead Poets Society 1989 With Jessica **
Cadillac Man 1990 With Jessica **
Dead Again 1991 With Greta at Showcase North Haven Digital ****
The Fisher King 1991 Trish Ryden at Showcase Orange * 1/2
Hook 1991 With Greta at Showcase North Haven **
Aladdin 1992 Don't Remember Digital ***
FernGully: The Last Rainforest 1992 Hanna Digital * 1/2
Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 1/2 *
Nine Months 1995 w/ Suzy & Kendra ** 1/2
Jumanji 1995 With Kim and the Kids **
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995 w/ Family on DVD ***
The Birdcage 1996 *** 1/2
Flubber 1997 family in Ohio *
Good Will Hunting 1997 Don't Remember DVD *** 1/2
What Dreams May Come 1998 w/ Suzy at home ** 1/2
Death to Smoochy 2002 w/ Suzy at Showcase Berlin *** 1/2
Robots 2005 family on DVD * 1/2
Night at the Museum 2006 Destina Middletown w/ folks from Church of the Epiphany ** 1/2
Man of the Year 2006 family on DVD ** 1/2
Happy Feet 2006 family on DVD **
RV 2006 kids on DVD * 1/2
August Rush 2007 Family Digital *** 1/2
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 Family at Destina Middletown Digital ***
The Big Wedding 2013 Suzy Digital ** 1/2
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb 2014 Hanna Digital ** 1/2