Got a Tip? Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here
READ NOW

TMZ SPORTS

  • FS1
    M-T-Th-F:
    9:00 PM PST

    W:
    9:30 PM PST
clock-iconREMIND ME TO WATCH

Robin Williams

Powered by imdb

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana. Williams had English, German, French, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.Robin briefly studied political science before enrolling at Juilliard School to study theatre. After leaving Juilliard, he performed in nightclubs where he was discovered for the role of "Mork, from Ork", in an episode of Happy Days. The episode, My Favorite Orkan, led to his famous spin-off weekly TV series, Mork & Mindy. He made his feature starring debut playing the title role in Popeye, directed by Robert Altman.Williams' continuous comedies and wild comic talents involved a great deal of improvisation, following in the footsteps of his idol Jonathan Winters. Williams also proved to be an effective dramatic actor, receiving Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role in Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, and The Fisher King, before winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Good Will Hunting.During the 1990s, Williams became a beloved hero to children the world over for his roles in a string of hit family-oriented films, including Hook, FernGully: The Last Rainforest, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Flubber, and Bicentennial Man. He continued entertaining children and families into the 21st century with his work in Robots, Happy Feet, Night at the Museum, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Happy Feet 2, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Other more adult-oriented films for which Williams received acclaim include The World According to Garp, Moscow on the Hudson, Awakenings, The Birdcage, Insomnia, One Hour Photo, World's Greatest Dad, and Boulevard.On Monday, August 11th, 2014, Robin Williams was found dead at his home in Tiburon, California USA, the victim of an apparent suicide, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Department. A 911 call was received at 11:55 AM PDT, firefighters and paramedics arrived at his home at 12:00 PM PDT, and he was pronounced dead at 12:02 PM PDT.  See full bio on IMDb »

LATEST STORIES
  
Mike Tyson -- Robin Williams' Drug Dealer ... Was My Drug Dealer

Mike Tyson
Robin Williams' Drug Dealer ... Was My Drug Dealer

Mike Tyson says he and Robin Williams battled drug addiction TOGETHER -- and bonded over the fact they bought drugs from the same "lowlife dealer."Mike appeared on "The Howard Stern Show" on… READ MORE >

Robin Williams -- Private Celebrity Tribute Held

Robin Williams
Private Celebrity Tribute Held

Robin William's famous friends and family gathered for a private memorial Saturday in San Francisco ... and Billy Crystal was in tears during the emotional tribute.The event was reportedly held at… READ MORE >

- 730 days ago
Robin Williams -- Turned Down HUGE Vegas Offer

Robin Williams
Turned Down HUGE Vegas Offer

Robin Williams turned down a huge Las Vegas offer 2 years before he died ... and sources connected with Robin tell us it's further proof he did NOT have money troubles.TMZ has obtained an AEG Live… READ MORE >

- 762 days ago
'Friday' Star John Witherspoon -- Robin Williams Was A Coke Fiend

'Friday' Star John Witherspoon
Robin Williams Was A Coke Fiend

John Witherspoon has thrown cold water on the homages to Robin Williams ... saying he was a hardcore junkie.Witherspoon -- who played the father in "Friday" -- worked with… READ MORE >

- 766 days ago
Robin Williams' Son -- Smiling and Mingling With Friends

Robin Williams' Son
Smiling and Mingling With Friends

Robin Williams' son Cody put on a brave face ... mingling with friends Tuesday in San Francisco to celebrate his dad's life.Cody was dressed casually as he arrived at an invitation-only event at… READ MORE >

- 768 days ago
Robin Williams -- Kid From 'Jumanji' Now Open About HIS Depression

Robin Williams
Kid From 'Jumanji' Now Open About HIS Depression

Robin Williams is inspiring people even in death ... his young co-star from "Jumanji" has decided it's time for people like him suffering from depression to shed the shame. Somehow our photog… READ MORE >

- 768 days ago
Robin Williams -- CREMATED -- Ashes Scattered At Sea

Robin Williams
CREMATED Ashes Scattered At Sea

Robin Williams' body was cremated the day after he died ... and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay ... this according to the official death certificate.The document -- issued in Marin… READ MORE >

- 768 days ago
Robin Williams -- Suicide Was 'Spontaneous' ... NOT Premeditated

Robin Williams
Suicide Was 'Spontaneous' NOT Premeditated

Robin Williams did not plan his suicide ... in fact, hours before he hanged himself he was making plans for upcoming projects.A confidante of Robin's who spoke with him the day before his body was… READ MORE >

- 771 days ago
Robin Williams -- 'Crazy Ones' Cancellation Devastating ... A 'Personal Failure'

Robin Williams
'Crazy Ones' Cancellation Devastating 'A Personal Failure'

Robin Williams was "devastated' when his TV show, "The Crazy Ones," was cancelled ... sending him into a deep depression that ultimately led to his suicide. Sources who frequently interacted… READ MORE >

- 773 days ago
Robin Williams -- Money Complaints Just Typical 'Divorce Jokes'

Robin Williams
Money Complaints Typical 'Divorce Jokes'

Robin Williams did not have money trouble and money had no connection to his depression ... although he DID complain about being taken to the cleaners "the way most divorced husbands do" ... so… READ MORE >

- 773 days ago

Around The Web