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.
Moved to San Francisco, California when he was 16.
Studied acting briefly at Julliard under John Houseman. Houseman told him he was wasting his talent at Juilliard and he should strike out on his own and do stand-up comedy.
When he auditioned for the role of Mork from Ork on Happy Days (1974), producer Garry Marshall told him to sit down. Williams immediately sat on his head on the chair. Marshall hired him, saying that he was the only alien who auditioned.
Studied at Julliard with actor Christopher Reeve. The two remained good friends until Reeve's death in 2004.
Graduated from Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, north of San Francisco. Other famous alumni from Redwood include Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills, 90210(1990)) and Erin Gray (Kate Summers from Silver Spoons (1982)), and Jason Branson, radio talk show guest/therapist and author. Was voted "Least Likely to Succeed" by his fellow graduates at Larkspur.
Most of his dialogue in Aladdin (1992) was ad-libbed
After having won the Academy Award for Good Will Hunting (1997), he sent Peer Augustinski (who was his standard German dubbing voice) a little Oscar replica with a note: "Thank you for making me famous in Germany.".
1997: Voted funniest man alive by Entertainment Weekly.
Resided with his family in San Francisco's Seacliff neighborhood for many years. before moving to San Francisco suburb of Tiburon in the 2000s, just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, California.
A statement was released by his wife Susan Schneider, after his death, in which she said that Robin's sobriety was intact and that he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.
He was cremated after death and his ashes were scattered along the San Francisco Bay.
"Comedy is acting out optimism."
"You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."
"The truth is, if anything, I'm probably addicted to laughter"
Source: IMDB Biography: Robin Williams
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