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Robin Williams

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Biography

Williams in 2011

Source: Wikipedia

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.

Fact file

  • Born: Robin McLaurin Williams July 21, 1951 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Died: August 11, 2014 (aged 63) Paradise Cay, California, U.S.
  • Cause of death: Suicide by hanging
  • Occupation: Actor, comedian
  • Years active: 1976–2014
  • Spouse(s): Valerie Velardi (m. 1978; div. 1988) Marsha Garces (m. 1989; div. 2010) Susan Schneider (m. 2011; his death 2014)
  • Children: 3, including Zelda Williams
  • Medium: Stand-up comedy, film, television
  • Genres: Observational comedy, improvisational comedy, character comedy, self-deprecation, surreal humor
  • Influences: Jonathan Winters, Warner Bros. Cartoons, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Peter Cook
  • Influenced: Conan O'Brien, Frank Caliendo, Dat Phan, Jo Koy, Gabriel Iglesias, Alexei Sayle, Eddie Murphy[citation needed]
  • Website: Official website

Read more about Robin Williams at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

“Sunday Morning” Matinee: “Mrs. Doubtfire: The Musical”
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2020-04-17 15:24:35
The coronavirus pandemic has closed Broadway shows, including a new musical based on the Robin Williams comedy “Mrs. Doubtfire,” which was still in previews when theatres in New York were shut down. But that didn’t stop star Rob McClure and the cast from performing (while social distancing!) the song “As ...

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Variety, 2020-01-28 21:53:10
In the Broadway-bound musical version of “Mrs. Doubtfire,” actor Rob McClure has the unenviable job of following in the footsteps of comedy great Robin Williams, who memorably played the title role in the 1993 film on which the stage show is based. Listen to this week’s podcast below: How does ...

Pauly Shore: Eyewitness to Comedy History
NY Times Movies, 2020-01-24 10:00:14
While the club owner Mitzi Shore fostered stand-ups and feuded with them, her son was soaking in everything he could from Richard Pryor, Robin Williams and others.

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