“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”- Dead Poets Society
Robin Williams, the Oscar winning actor and comedian was in true sense a versatile genius. He was known for his dramatic performances and his superlative skills as a stand-up comedian. He started his career as a comedian, later landed in his own TV show, Mork and Mindy and moved on to movies, eventually. He is well known for is amazing performances in movies like, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting
The actor was born on 21 July 1951 in Chicago, Ilinois. As a child, he was bullied badly due his overweight physique. He spent much of his time playing alone. Later, he joined wrestling and track teams and shed off the extra weight. He, along with his family moved to California after his father’s early retirement. It’s there he completed his education at Redwood High School. After graduation he attended the Claremont Men's College where he was studying Political Science but he left it to study acting at College of Marin. Soon, he got a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in New York City. Here, he studied with Christopher Reeve and became good friends. He honed his skills by practicing stand-up comedy in spare time.
He also met Valerie Velardi, the dancer and got married in 1978. Though, their marriage didn’t last long and they got divorced in the year 1988. In 1989, he got married to Marsha Garces. She was his first child, Zachary's nanny. They had two children, Zelda Rae and Cody Alan Williams. Even this marriage didn’t last long and they got divorced in 2010. His third wife was a graphic designer named Susan Schneider whom he married on October 22, 2011.
By 1977, he got a part in NBC’s Laugh-In – a comedy show, and one year later got ABC’s Happy Days. He played the role of an alien who was named “Mork". The response it got was unbelievable. The creator was so excited that, in the same year it made a spin-off titled, Mork and Mindy. The TV show went on till 1982 and was hugely popular till the end.
He then jumped into movies, his early appearances include, Popeye and The World According to Garp. Though, his major break came in the form of, Good Morning, Vietnam. Then was his mind boggling performance as an inspirational English teacher in Dead Poets Society. Family oriented movies include Mrs. Doubtfire and also gave the voice of the genie in the animated feature, Aladdin and is still remembered for his role in Jumanji . He was successful comedy actor but he also did sober roles as well, like in Good Will Hunting where he played the character of a psychiatrist mentoring a mathematically talented young man who is in trouble. This role helped him to bag the Oscar. He constantly proved his efficiency and talent by taking up different kinds of roles and performed each one of with them with sheer honesty. Be it the role of a doctor in Patch Adams, photo-lab technician in One Hour Photo or role of Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum.
In the later years, William portrayed the character of a man who tries to reconcile with friends and family in the comedy, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Boulevard was his last work, in which he was a gay man who befriends a male whore; it was released after his death. On 11th August, 2014, he was found dead in his home, as he hanged himself with a belt. He was known to be suffering from depression. It came as a shock to the entire nation and Hollywood in particular. O Captain! My Captain echoed after his death, reminding us the last scene of his famous movie, Dead Poets Society.
Children: Zachary, Zelda Rae and Cody Alan Williams Spouse: Susan Schneider
(FAN OF Mr. ROBIN WILLIAMS)
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