Robin Williams (21.07.51 - 11.08.14)
Robin Williams was an American actor and comedian, best known for his stand-up comedy, and his work in films like 'Good Will Hunting', 'Alladin', and 'Night at the Museum'.
Net Worth: At the time of his death, in 2014, Celebrity Net Worth released an article stating that Robin Williams had a net worth of 50 million USD.
Childhood: Robin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Laurie and Robert Fitzgerald Williams. He studied at Gorton Elementary School just outside of Chicago, before moving on to Deer Path Junior High School. At 16, William's family moved to Tiburon, California, and Williams attended Redwood High School. Williams briefly studied political science at Claremont Men's College, California, before leaving to pursue his career in acting. He spent three years studying theatre at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. He later earned a scholarship to Juilliard School in New York City and studied there alongside Christopher Reeve. He left in 1976 when he was told that there was nothing more he could learn. From the mid-1970s, Williams began performing stand-up comedy, with his first gig taking place at Holy City Zoo in San Francisco.
Career: While living in Los Angeles, Williams was performing stand-up comedy at The Comedy Club in 1977. Television producer George Schlatter saw him perform, and invited him to make his debut television appearance on the show, 'Laugh-In'. While the show failed to connect with audiences, Williams developed a career in television very quickly. His televised 1979 stand-up performance 'Reality. What a Concept' earned him a Grammy Award. Williams shot to the public eye with an appearance as an alien in an episode of 'Happy Days' in 1978. Viewers connected so well with the performance, that Williams was given a spin-off series, entitled 'Mork and Mindy', which ran from 1978 to 1982. Due to his sudden success, Williams earned two HBO shows during the 1980s, entitled 'An Evening with Robin Williams' and 'Robin Williams: Live at the Met'. He also hosted the Academy Awards in 1985. Williams made his film debut in 1977, in 'Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?', although his first starring role came in 1980 with his performance of the title character in 'Popeye'. In 1987, Williams appeared in his breakout role - the main character in 'Good Morning, Vietnam', which earned him an Academy Award nomination. The performance is best known for being largely unscripted, with Williams improvising something new for each take. He appeared in a number of comedy roles throughout the 1990s, often with a strong element of pathos underlying the performance. In 1991, he appeared in 'Hook', followed by an appearance in the animated film, 'Aladdin' in the following year. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1997's 'Good Will Hunting'. During the 2000s, he appeared as President Theodor Roosevelt in the 'Night at the Museum' series, appearing in three films, one of them posthumously.
Personal Life: Robin Williams married Valerie Velardi in June, 1978, after meeting her two years beforehand. They had a son in 1983, and the following year he met Tish Carter and began an extramarital affair. His marriage to Valerie ended in 1988. The following year, he married Marsha Garces, the nanny for his son who was also pregnant with his child. In 1989, they had a daughter, before having a son in 1991. Marsha and Robin Williams were divorced in 2010. In 2011, Williams married his third wife, Susan Schneider. On the 11th August, 2014, Robin Williams was found dead in his home in California. The cause of death was stated as suicide, and his ashes were later scattered across San Francisco Bay.
The video was made by actor Jamie Costa to honour his late hero.
A video of an actor impersonating some of Robin Williams’ most iconic characters has going viral, so far notching up over a million views on Youtube. The two minute tribute made by look-a -like and fan Jamie Costa features impersonations of 20 of Williams’ most famous characters mashed together.
Williams passed away last August.
Titled ‘Never Had A Friend Like Him’, the video puts together 20 Williams impressions in just over two minutes. Costa, who bears a striking resemblance to the late star, impersonates a range of characters from Williams’ career including Mork, Mrs Doubtfire and Peter Pan.
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This isn't a tell-all doc about the iconic filmmaker: it's a love letter from his friends and family. With a terrific range of film clips, home movies, behind-the-scenes footage and never-seen stills, this movie explores how Robert Altman's work has forever changed the way Hollywood makes movies, simply because his inventive filmmaking style forced everyone else to try and keep up.
After getting his start directing industrial films in Kansas City, Altman made the jump to Hollywood in the late 1950s, annoying a range of studio executives with his preference for naturalistic, overlapping dialogue in television programmes. Then he made the jump to cinema and took the world by storm with M.A.S.H. In 1970, winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes and introducing the "Altmanesque" combination of earthy interaction, ensemble casts and political subtext. In his documentary, filmmaker Ron Mann cleverly asks many of Altman's actors to define the word Altmanesque, not as it relates to the movies but as it relates to the man himself.
Altman was a rare filmmaker who was loved by his casts and crews as well as the critics. Notoriously picky film journalist Pauline Kael famously wrote that "he can make film fireworks out of next to nothing", and this documentary demonstrates this with clips and backstage moments from his classics, ranging from McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Buffalo Bill and the Indians (1976) and Popeye (1980) to The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993) and Gosford Park (2001). The film's focus is on his movies, although it's narrated through personal interviews with Altman and his widow Kathryn Reed and features some superb footage of his sons. It also traces his ongoing health issues, from his heart transplant to his death from leukaemia in 2006. But there's little mention of his lifelong anti-war efforts or his controversial efforts to legalise marijuana.
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For the first time since the late comedian died, his 25-year-old daughter opened up about dealing with her father taking his own life.
Even though it has been over six months since Robin Williams tragically took his own life in August last year at his Northern Californian home aged 63, his daughter Zelda still can't quite understand what drove her late father to suicide.
Zelda opened up about her father's suicide for the first time on Thursday
"I don't think there's a point," the 25-year-old actress said in an interview with 'Today' on Thursday (Feb 26th). "It's not important to ask, because it's done."
Robin Williams' estate is the subject of intense negotiations.
The widow of Robin Williams and his three children from previous marriages are currently embroiled in a legal battle over the comedian's vast estate, with everything from clothing to action figures set to be the subject of intense negotiations.
Robin Williams had a long and illustrious career but struggled with addiction and depression
Williams' third wife Susan Schneider, whom he married in 2011, filed court documents making her case for the estate, while Zak, Zelda and Cody submitted their papers in January. According to the New York Times, everything from "photographs, bicycles, fossils, toys and his awards," is at stake and that the matter will be resolved "as quickly and efficiently as possible."
Continue reading: Sadly, Robin Williams' Wife and Kids are Feuding over Estate
If there's one place were Owen Wilson feels at home, it's the 'Night At The Museum' set.
It's probably true when it comes to most family comedies that being involved is less stressful than a more serious drama, but Owen Wilson feels that doesn't ring more true than on the set of 'Night Of The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'.
There may be a lot of chaos what with wild animals and cavemen running loose in London, but 'Night At The Museum' is a set that star Owen Wilson, who plays miniature cowboy Jedediah in the franchise, feels right at home on - mainly because of the stellar cast he has surrounding him. 'Working with Ben Stiller... we've worked together on a lot of things and for me it's just very familiar and very comfortable', he explains. 'And then Steve Coogan and Ben Stiller, that's who my scenes are usually always with... those guys just made me laugh.'