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), Williams went on to establish a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisational skills.
After his film debut in the musical comedy Popeye (1980), he starred or co-starred in widely acclaimed films, including the comedy-drama The World According to Garp (1982), the war comedy Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), the dramas Dead Poets Society (1989) and Awakenings (1990), the comedy-drama The Fisher King (1991), a voice role in the Disney animated musical fantasy Aladdin (1992), the drama Good Will Hunting (1997), and the psychological thriller One Hour Photo (2002), as well as financial successes such as the fantasy adventure film Hook (1991), the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), the fantasy adventure Jumanji (1995), the comedy The Birdcage (1996), and the fantasy adventure-comedy Night at the Museum (2006).
Williams won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Dr. Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards throughout his career. Williams married his first wife Valerie Velardi in June 1978, following a live-in relationship with comedian Elayne Boosler.
Velardi and Williams met in 1976 while he was working as a bartender at a tavern in San Francisco. Their son Zachary Pym "Zak" Williams was born in 1983. Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988. On April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces, Zachary's nanny, who was pregnant with his child. They had two children, Zelda Rae Williams (born 1989) and Cody Alan Williams (born 1991).
In March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized in 2010. Williams married his third wife, graphic designer Susan Schneider, on October 22, 2011, in St. Helena, California. Williams stated, "My children give me a great sense of wonder. Just to see them develop into these extraordinary human beings."
On August 11, 2014, after a long history of depression, Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, Marin County, California.
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