Robin Williams was an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker who rose to fame in the late 1970s
Robin Williams was a beloved American actor, comedian, and performer known for his quick wit, improvisational skills, and contagious energy on stage. He first rose to fame in the late 1970s as a stand-up comedian before transitioning into television and film. Throughout his career, Williams starred in numerous popular movies such as “Good Will Hunting,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Dead Poets Society.” Sadly, Williams passed away in 2014.
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. His mother was a former model and his father worked as an executive at Ford Motor Company. Growing up in Michigan and Illinois with two older half-brothers from his mother’s previous marriage proved challenging for Robin.
Although he attended both public schools and Catholic school at times throughout his childhood years early on Robin showed more of an affinity for acting than athletics or other academic pursuits.
After graduating from high school, he went on to attend Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna College) as a political science major but then switched to theatre arts before heading out to Marin County near San Francisco where he began honing himself into the unique character which later became his trademark.
He got noticed by major TV producers when he appeared for an emergency improv session that came about due to another comic falling ill.
By the end of the seventies Robin had already marked him self with performances on tv shows such as "Laff-In" , "Tonight Show"
Rise To Fame
Williams' big break came when he landed the role of Mork from Ork on the hit sitcom "Happy Days." Due to how wildly popular Mork became with audiences of all ages - CBS awarded producer Garry Marshall & writer Dale Mcráven their very own show "Mork And Mindy"
His comedic style took off and flourished throughout the stand up comedy scene in comedy clubs and theaters across America. Some of his Big-screen film appearances that catapulted him into a household name status include "Popeye", "The World According to Garp"and "Moscow On The Hudson"
Robin Williams was married three times throughout his life. His first marriage was to Valerie Velardi, with whom he had a son named Zachary. He later married Marsha Garces, who worked as his children’s nanny while he was still married to Velardi. They had two children together: Zelda and Cody.
Williams struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction throughout much of his adult life, eventually seeking help in rehab programs multiple times. In 2014, Williams committed suicide at the age of 63 after being diagnosed with Lewy body dementia.
Robin Williams has left behind a lasting legacy for his fans that will continue for generations to come. Not only were his comedic talents unparalleled on stage and screen, but he also used his celebrity status for good causes such as fundraising for St Jude's hospital as well as initiating food delivery charities through New York City's Mayors office during tough economic times.
His performances continue to inspire aspiring actors and comedians worldwide from all backgrounds too reach ever higher levels while remaining grounded enough even in the struggles they may face along their journeys towards success.