Robin McLaurin Williams
1951 - 2014
Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. Williams was a part of a drama club in high school and later got accepted into Juilliard School in New York, the prestigious American academy for the arts.One of his teachers persuaded him to take up comedy.
Williams loved playing video games to such an extent that he named two of his children after game characters. He named his daughter after Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda action-adventure game series. Both of his children featured in an ad for the Nintendo 3DS remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. He also had a liking for pen-and-paper role-playing games and online video games and had been recently playing Warcraft 3, Day of Defeat, Half-Life,and the first-person shooter Battlefield 2 as a sniper.
Robin was first known for his comic performance partnering an alien, whom he imitated in an amusing way in the 1970s TV show Mork and Mindy. His showbiz career was bookended by TV roles: his breakout performance as an alien on ABC sitcom “Mork & Mindy” in 1978 and his return to TV last season on CBS’ “The Crazy Ones” in which he stood opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, the show got cancelled after one season. Few of the latest movies that he starred in include “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn”,“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” One of his movies “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” is supposed to released on December 19.
Williams would often speak publicly about his addiction to drugs: “It’s (addiction) — not caused by anything, it’s just there,” he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer in 2011. “It waits. It lays in wait for the time when you think, ‘It’s fine now, I’m OK.’ Then, the next thing you know, it’s not OK. Then you realize, ‘Where am I? I didn’t realize I was in Cleveland.'”
Williams wasn't all about comedy and it was proven by his dramatic role as a nurturing psychotherapist in “Good Will Hunting” . Besides this movie he also played dramatic role as a man of medicine, playing a character based on euroscientist Oliver Sacks in the 1990 movie “Awakenings.” (I(In a movie with a really completely different tone, he additionally competed as a doctor — one who’ll do something to cheer up his patients — in the hit comedy “Patch Adams.”) Francis Ford Coppola’s “Jack” posed a motivating challenge for the actor, as he was basically taking part as a boy imprisoned in a man’s body.
WIlliams recently appeared in Christopher Nolan’s Alaska-set thriller “Insomnia" in which he played the role of secretly twisted murderer alongside Al Pacino. He also played a role alongside Theodore Roosevelt in the very successful Ben Stiller comedy “Night at the Museum” and “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.”
Williams was an old resident of the San Francisco Bay Area where he grew up. He owned houses at various times in San Francisco, Tiburon and Napa and was a solid supporter of Bay Area expressions and excitement. He also served as co-host of a broadcast pledge drive Comic Relief since its foundation in 1986 along with Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.
He is survived by his wife and three children.Williams and his previous wife, Marsha, established the Windfall Foundation, a generous association to raise cash for some foundations related to charity. Williams devoted a lot of his time towards charity. In December 1999,he sang in french along with international celebrities while doing a music video in a cover of The Rolling Stones "Its Only Rock & Roll" for the sake of Children's Promise Charity.
For 2010 Canterbury Earthquake, Williams gave all proceeds of his "Weapons of Self Destruction" Christchurch performance to provide assistance and support in rebuilding the city of New Zealand. A large part of the returns were delivered to the Red Cross and half to build the confidence of the mayor. Williams also performed with the USO for American troops positioned in Iraq and Afghanistan to show support for the fight against terrorism.
Ben Stiller, who had the pleasure of working alongside Robin in Night At The Museum, shared his condolences, saying: "A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams heart and soul and talent. This is so sad." He continued: "OK, I’ll try. I met him when I was 13 and a huge fan and he was so kind and I watched him be kind to every fan I ever saw him with.
Williams was last seen alive at his home, where he lives with his wife, at about 10 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's statement said."An investigation into the cause, manner and circumstances of the death is currently underway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff's Office," the sheriff's statement said."Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made."