Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. Robin attended Claremont Men’s College, College of Marin and after that he went to Julliard School in New York. In Julliard, he became good friends with another actor named Christopher Reeve. He started his career as a stand up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles. After that he did little parts on TV programs for The Richard Pryor Show, Laugh in, and Eight is enough.
Later on, he became widely known to America as the Alien Mork. Mork started out on a show called Happy Days, but ended up getting its own show called Mork and Mindy. Robin co-stared with Pam Dawber. Mork and Mindy ended after four seasons. After a few more roles that included Can I do It… Till I need Glasses, Robin made a leading role in Popeye the Sailor in 1980.
He co-stared with Shelley Duvall. After this, he was given many success roles over the years. In 1982, he played the lead in The World According to Garp. In 1984, he played a Russian Musician in Moscow on the Hudson and was in Good Morning Vietnam. In 1989, he played a teacher, John Keating, in Dead Poets Society. Both Moscow on the Hudson and Dead Poets Society earned Robin Academy Awards nominations for lead actor.
During these events, Robin faced drug and alcohol problems for more than two decades. During Robin’s first marriage with Valerie Velardi, he was involved with other women. They had one kid named Zachary Williams. They soon divorced in 1988. The next year, he married Marsha Garces, his son’s nanny. They had two kids named Zelda and Cody Williams. In 1990, Robin was in Awakenings with Robert De Niro and Julie Kavner.
In 1991, he was in The Fisher King, which got his third Oscar nomination. In 1992, he starred in Aladdin. 1993, he starred in Mrs. Doubtfire. 1995, he was in Jumangi. 1996, Robin was in The Birdcage. 1997, he was in Flubber and Good Will Hunting. 1998, Williams starred in Patch Adams. In 1999, he was in Jacob the Lair and Bicentennial Man.
In 2001, Robin did some voice acting in Artificial Intelligence. His major roles started in 2002 with One Hour Photo. Then later in 2006, he continued with The Night Listener, Night at the Museum, and a TV show called RV. In 2006, also in 2006, Williams suffered a drug relapse, which cased him to go into Rehabilitation. 2007, Robin was in License.
2008, Williams started touring for his stand up comedy show. The same year him and his wife Marsha divorced saying they had their differences. During 2009, Robin was taken out of his stand up comedy show for health reasons. He was short of breath. He had to cancel many performances and had to have heart surgery.
While recovering from heart surgery Robin starred in The Night at the Museum and Battle of the Smithsonian. In November of 2009, he starred with John Travolta in Old Dogs. The next year, Robin stuck more to TV shows like Louie and Wilfred. In 2011, he appeared in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo that lasted till July of 2011.
Also in 2011, Williams lent his voice to the movie Happy Feet Two. He then got married again to graphic designer Susan Schneider in October of 2011. In 2013, Robin played in roles from The Big Wedding and The Butler. He announced that he would also go back onto the sitcom The Crazy Ones. He co-starred with Sarah Michelle Gellar. The Crazy ones were only on for one season. In 2014, starred as Henry Altmann in Angriest Man.
On August 11, 2014, 63-year-old Robin Williams was found dead in his home. His publicist released this statement: “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve through this difficult time.” The Marin County sheriff’s office on August 12 stated, “The Preliminary results of the forensic examination revealed supporting physical signs that Mr. Williams life ended from asphyxia due to hanging.”
They also found a pocketknife at the crime scene and many cuts were found on Robin’s left wrist. The last report was released in 2014 and said no alcohol or illegal drugs had been found in his body. Prescription drugs were found in his system though. Susan Schneider spoke on August 13; she said that her dead husband had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which he had not shared publicly. She also said her husband was battling both depression and anxiety.
She stated “Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.”