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Robin Williams is a Actor and Producer American born on 21 july 1951 at Chicago (USA)

Robin Williams

Robin Williams
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Birth name Robin McLaurin Williams
Nationality USA
Birth 21 july 1951 at Chicago (USA)
Death 11 august 2014 (at 63 years) at Tiburon (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy (1978–82), he went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.

After his film debut in the musical comedy Popeye (1980), he starred or co-starred in widely acclaimed films, including the comedy-drama The World According to Garp (1982), war comedy Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), dramas Dead Poets Society (1989) and Awakenings (1990), comedy-drama The Fisher King (1991), the animated musical-fantasy Aladdin (1992), drama Good Will Hunting (1997), and psychological thriller One Hour Photo (2002), as well as financial successes such as the fantasy adventure film Hook (1991), comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), fantasy adventure Jumanji (1995), comedy The Birdcage (1996), and fantasy adventure-comedy Night at the Museum (2006).

In 1998, Williams won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Grammy Awards throughout his career, and was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2009.

Biography

Marriages and children

Williams married his first wife Valerie Velardi in June 1978, following a live-in relationship with comedian Elayne Boosler. Velardi and Williams met in 1976 while he was working as a bartender at a tavern in San Francisco. Their son Zachary Pym "Zak" Williams was born in 1983. Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988.

On April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces, Zachary's nanny, who was pregnant with his child. They had two children, Zelda Rae Williams (born 1989) and Cody Alan Williams (born 1991). In March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized in 2010. Williams married his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, on October 22, 2011, in St. Helena, California.

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


Other interests

Williams was a member of the Episcopal Church. He described his denomination in a comedy routine as "Catholic Lite—same rituals, half the guilt." He has also described himself as an "honorary Jew," and on Israel's 60th Independence Day in 2008, he appeared in Times Square, along with several other celebrities to wish Israel a happy birthday.

Williams became a devoted cycling enthusiast, having taken up the sport partly as a substitute for drugs. Eventually, he accumulated a large bicycle collection of his own and became a fan of professional road cycling, often traveling to racing events, such as the Tour de France.


Philanthropy
In 1986, Williams teamed up with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal to found Comic Relief USA, an annual HBO television benefit devoted to the homeless, which has raised US$80 million, as of 2014. Bob Zmuda, creator of Comic Relief, explains that Williams felt blessed because he came from a wealthy home, but wanted to do something to help those less fortunate. Williams made benefit appearances to support literacy and women's rights, along with appearing at benefits for veterans. He was a regular on the USO circuit, where he traveled to 13 countries and performed to approximately 100,000 troops. After his death, the USO thanked him "for all he did for the men and women of our armed forces."

Williams and his second wife Marsha founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many charities. 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, he donated all proceeds of his "Weapons of Self Destruction" Christchurch performance to help 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.



For several years, Williams supported St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Addiction and health problems
During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Williams had an addiction to cocaine. He was a casual friend of John Belushi, and the sudden death of Belushi, with 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 turned to exercise and cycling to help alleviate his depression shortly after Belushi's death. According to bicycle shop owner Tony Tom, Williams stated, "cycling saved my life."

In 2003, he started drinking alcohol again while working on the film The Big White in Alaska. In 2006, he checked himself in to a substance-abuse rehabilitation center in Newberg, Oregon, saying he was an alcoholic.

Years afterward, Williams acknowledged his failure to maintain sobriety, but said he never returned to using 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."

In March 2009, he was hospitalized due to heart problems. He postponed his one-man tour for surgery to replace his aortic valve. The surgery was completed on March 13, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic.

In mid-2014, Williams admitted himself into the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Lindstrom, Minnesota for treatment related to his alcoholism.

His publicist Mara Buxbaum commented that he was suffering from severe depression prior to his death. Williams' wife Susan stated that in the period before his death, he had been sober, but was diagnosed with early stage Parkinson's disease, which was something he was "not yet ready to share publicly."

Best films

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
(Actor)
Happy Feet (2006)
(Actor)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
(Actor)
Hook (1991)
(Actor)
Jumanji (1995)
(Actor)
Robots (2005)
(Actor)

Usually with

Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy
(3 films)
Marsha Garces
Marsha Garces
(3 films)
Terry Gilliam
Terry Gilliam
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Robin Williams (89 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

Boulevard
Boulevard (2015)
, 1h28
Directed by Dito Montiel
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Bisexuality-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker, Roberto Aguire, Giles Matthey, J. Karen Thomas
Roles Nolan Mack
Rating58% 2.9013952.9013952.9013952.9013952.901395
Nolan Mack (Williams) has worked at the same bank for almost 26 years in a life of monotony. He and his wife Joy (Baker) have embraced their marriage as a convenient distraction from facing reality. However one day, what starts as an aimless drive down an unfamiliar street turns into a life-altering decision for Nolan. When he meets a troubled young man named Leo (Aguire) on his drive home, Nolan finds himself breaking from the confines of his old life and coming to terms with who he really is.
Absolutely Anything, 1h25
Directed by Terry Jones
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Comedy science fiction films, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Simon Pegg, Kate Beckinsale, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cleese
Roles Dennis the Dog (voice)
Rating59% 2.997252.997252.997252.997252.99725
Neil Clarke (Simon Pegg) is a disillusioned schoolteacher, who suddenly finds and uses the ability to do anything he wants, a challenge bestowed upon him by a group of power-crazed aliens (John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin) watching him from space. As he struggles to deal with these new found powers and the events that subsequently arise, he calls upon his loyal canine companion and best friend Dennis (Robin Williams) to help him along the way.
A Merry Friggin' Christmas, 1h28
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about families, Christmas films, Transport films, Road movies
Actors Robin Williams, Lauren Graham, Joel McHale, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ryan Lee, Pierce Gagnon
Roles Mitch Mitchler
Rating51% 2.5502652.5502652.5502652.5502652.550265
Boyd Mitchler and his family must spend Christmas with his estranged family of misfits. Upon realizing that he left all his son's gifts at home, he hits the road with his dad in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, 1h23
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones, Richard Kind
Roles Henry Altmann
Rating56% 2.849662.849662.849662.849662.84966
Henry Altmann (Robin Williams) is stuck in Brooklyn traffic while on his way to a doctor's appointment. His car is suddenly struck by a taxi, which propels him into a rage which he unleashes upon the taxi driver. Henry goes to the Brooklyn hospital, where Dr. Sharon Gill (Mila Kunis) is covering for his usual doctor, with whom she is having an affair. After examining scans of his brain, Sharon informs Henry that he has a brain aneurysm and his outlook is bad. Henry erupts, throwing insults at Sharon and demanding that she tell him how long he has to live. She tries to dodge the question, but Henry is persistent. Panicking, Sharon tells him that he will die in ninety minutes. Henry leaves the hospital in a rage.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, 1h37
Directed by Shawn Levy
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Actors Ben Stiller, Rami Malek, Rebel Wilson, Robin Williams, Ben Kingsley, Dan Stevens
Roles Theodore Roosevelt
Rating62% 3.1000053.1000053.1000053.1000053.100005
In 1938, in Egypt a team of archaeologists is searching for a tomb and its treasure. A young boy falls into it, calling to his father and the team; they discover a significant artifact, the tablet of Ahkmenrah. The locals tell them that if they remove the tablet, "the end will come".
The Big Wedding, 1h29
Directed by Justin Zackham
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about marriage
Actors Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried, Topher Grace, Ben Barnes
Roles Father Monaghan
Rating56% 2.801582.801582.801582.801582.80158
Don and Ellie Griffin were a New England couple married for twenty years before they divorced. They have three children from their marriage – Lyla, Jared, and adopted son Alejandro, who was from Colombia.
The Butler
The Butler (2013)
, 2h12
Directed by Lee Daniels
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Politique, Films about racism, Films about the labor movement, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Alex Pettyfer, Forest Whitaker, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Alan Rickman
Roles Dwight Eisenhower
Rating72% 3.601553.601553.601553.601553.60155
In 2009, an elderly Cecil Gaines recounts his life story, while waiting at the White House to meet the newly inaugurated president.
The Face of Love, 1h32
Directed by Arie Posin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romantic comedy, Romantic drama, Romance
Actors Robin Williams, Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Amy Brenneman, Jess Weixler, Linda Park
Roles Roger
Rating62% 3.100073.100073.100073.100073.10007
Nikki (Bening) is a recent widow whose husband, Garret (Ed Harris), died in a drowning accident and has not yet gotten over it. Objects, people and situations that remind Nikki of the love of her life still haunt her. Resigned to life alone, Nikki visits an art gallery she often frequented with Garret and sees a man (Harris in a dual role) whose resemblance to her husband stuns her. She returns to the gallery several more times, hoping to see him. Eventually, Nikki identifies him as a professor at a small local college. She finds "Tom" on the internet and visits an art class he is teaching; but she is emotionally overwhelmed and flees. Eventually, Nikki calms down and invites Tom to give her private, at home, tutoring in painting. She doesn't disclose to him his physical resemblance to her late husband.
Persistence of Vision, 1h23
Origin Canada
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the visual arts, Documentary films about the film industry
Actors Richard Williams, Charles Fleischer, Art Babbitt, Robin Williams, Howard Blake, Robert Zemeckis
Roles Himself
Rating79% 3.9607053.9607053.9607053.9607053.960705
Animator Richard Williams attempts to finish his masterpiece, a long-term vanity project called The Thief and the Cobbler. Though he did not participate in the making of the film, archival footage of Williams is combined with interviews with his co-workers.
Happy Feet Two, 1h40
Directed by George Miller
Origin Australie
Genres Comedy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about birds, Musical films, Films about penguins, Buddy films, Children's films
Actors Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria, Brad Pitt, Elizabeth Daily, Matt Damon
Roles Ramon / Lovelace (voice)
Rating59% 2.9500852.9500852.9500852.9500852.950085
Erik, son of the penguins Mumble and Gloria, is unable to dance like Emperor-Land. Erik and his two best friends, Bodicea and Atticus, follow Ramon to Adélie-Land and find that Adélie-Land has been ruled by a God-like "penguin" named Sven. Sven is actually a puffin in Adélie-Land who survived the loss of his native fishing grounds due to his "miraculous" ability to fly. Erik instantly becomes enamored with Sven, who takes a liking to him. Sven and Lovelace tell the others that they were saved by humans. The two eventually flee (under Sven's mistaken assumption that the humans were going to eat them) and end up on Antarctica, where Sven performs his first miracle by revealing moss to the local penguins. Sven uses his power of "Sven Think" to help Ramon find a mate. Ramon instantly falls in love with Carmen, another Adélie penguin who is uninterested. Mumble follows the chicks' footprints to Adélie-Land and orders them to return to Emperor-Land, but they refuse. Sven sends Erik back to Emperor-Land with Mumble.
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?, 1h56
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Ringo Starr, Robin Williams
Roles Himself
Rating76% 3.8407353.8407353.8407353.8407353.840735
David Leaf and John Scheinfeld interviewed close to three dozen of Nilsson's friends, colleagues and extended family, who all shared their memories of Harry Nilsson, his music and how it affected them. This was put together in a documentary where we follow Harry Nilsson from childhood to death, enjoying the highs and lows along with him, from Grammy wins through divorce and substance abuse.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, 1h45
Directed by Shawn Levy
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about immigration, Mafia films, Seafaring films, Politique, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Political films, Gangster films, White House in fiction
Actors Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Owen Wilson, Hank Azaria, Matthew McConaughey, Christopher Guest
Roles Theodore Roosevelt
Rating60% 3.0000153.0000153.0000153.0000153.000015
Two years after the events of the previous film, Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) is now CEO of Daley Devices, a direct response television company that sells inventions inspired by his experiences as a night security guard at the American Museum of Natural History. While wealthy and successful, he has not had the time to see his museum exhibit friends in several months.
The Graduates, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Lena Hall, Robin Williams
Roles Mike "The Resonator" Resniski
Rating48% 2.4209052.4209052.4209052.4209052.420905
The film explores the life of 18-year-old Ben, shortly after earning his degree from an unnamed high school in Maryland. Ben is heading to Senior Week to hang out with friends, party, and chase the hottest girl in high school, Annie (played by Stephanie Lynn).