Actor, Comedian. Born Robin McLaurin Williams in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, he was the son of a wealthy automotive company executive. His family later moved to Woodacre, California, where he attended Redwood High School. He studied at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, then attained a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City, New York. In between Claremont and Juilliard, he attended the College of Marin for theatre. In 1978, Williams was cast in an episode of the hit television 1950s-based comedy series “Happy Days” as an alien named ‘Mork’. His appearance was so popular with viewers that it led to a spin-off hit television sitcom, “Mork & Mindy”, which ran from 1978 to 1982. Soon after he became a television star, he graduated into movie roles that included “Popeye” (1980) and “The World According to Garp” (1982). His acting career reached new acclaim in 1987 with his performance in “Good Morning, Vietnam”, which earned him his first Oscar nomination. Two years later, he earned his second nomination for “Dead Poets Society”. In dozens of roles that followed, he proved to be versatile in films such “Awakenings” (1990), “The Fisher King” (1991) (which would bring his third Oscar nomination), “Aladdin” (1992), “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), “Jumanji” (1995), and “The Birdcage” (1996). Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, he went on to receive the award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in “Good Will Hunting” (1997). Among other films he appeared in were “Patch Adams” (1998), “One Hour Photo” (2002), “The Big White” (2005), “Night at the Museum” (2006), “Lee Daniels' The Butler” as well as voicing several other movies and cartoons. On television, he starred in three HBO comedy specials, “Off The Wall” (1978), “An Evening with Robin Williams” (1982), and “Robin Williams: Live at the Met” (1986), as well as guest-starring roles and cameo appearances on several shows. In addition to his Academy Award, he also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
Bio by: Louis du Mort