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.
Robin Williams’ fans and colleagues remembered him on Tuesday (21st July), on what would have been his 64th birthday.
Robin Williams’ fans and colleagues remembered him on Tuesday (21st July), on what would have been his 64th birthday. It’s been almost a year since Williams passed away but his fans remain loyal to his memory. They have been sharing pictures and quotes of the legendary actor and comedian on what would have been his 64th birthday. Amongst those who chose to remember Williams on what should have been a happy day were people he worked with during his prolific career, including actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.
From L-R: Amanda Setton, James Wolk, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams at the 2013 CW, CBS and Showtime Summer TCA Party.
Disney has ordered a live-action version of ‘Aladdin’, a prequel focussing on the beloved Genie character.
Yes, there’s yet another Disney live-action movie in the works. This time it’s not an original animated film which is getting a make-over but a prequel to Aladdin, based around the Genie character. The news was confirmed by Disney on Wednesday (15th July).
Robin Williams voiced the Genie in the 1992 Aladdin animated film.
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."
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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.'
With January 2014 becoming the wettest month on record for the UK, it seems unsurprising that the filming for 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' saw a fair bit of rain.
For the recent third instalment of the 'Night at the Museum' series, Ben Stiller and the cast and crew of the previous two films travelled to London to film in The British Museum. But aside from the fun times on set, what did Stiller find to be the best thing about filming in the UK?
Ben Stiller and Robin Williams star in 'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb'
Well, "The best thing about filming in the UK," according to Stiller, "was the sunshine. Just loads of sunshine when we were filming there. And the warmth." He was joking, of course. "We filmed in January" he confessed, before explaining that "I think it rained every second we were there." This isn't exactly surprising, as January 2014 saw the south of England's wettest month on record, with around five months' worth of rain in some parts of the country. Stiller continued to say "all the exterior shots it would rain, and then when we went inside it would stop raining." He kept optimistic, however, as he explained "it was great because it looks good on camera to see the wet surfaces on everything."
Robin Williams was still in high spirits on the set of 'Night at the Museum 3'.
We all know Robin Williams was one of the funniest men in Hollywood and we all probably knew he had a heart of gold, too. The comedian died earlier this year but it seems that even during shooting on one of his final projects - Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - Williams was still on top form.
Robin Williams [R] and Ben Stiller [Bottom left] made one young guy very, very happy
Skyler Gisondo, who played the son of Ben Stiller's character in the movie, was away from home when his friends were asking girls to the prom in the U.S. Unable to ask his fate face-to-face, Skyler called upon Williams and Stiller to do the work for him - telling the Hollywood Reporter that it was "the most awesome three minutes of my life."
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Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller have paid tribute to their late co-star.
The cast of Night At The Museum: Secret of the Tomb has paid tribute to cast member Robin Williams who died earlier this year. Speaking to People Magazine, the film’s stars celebrated the life and performance of their late co-star whose suicide in August devastated Hollywood.
Robin Williams and the cast of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
In what would be one of his final film appearances Williams reprised his role of President Theodore Roosevelt in the third instalment of the comedy franchise.
With the recent, tragic passing of Robin Williams, the creators of 'Night at the Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' hope the film will serve as a tribute.
This year's sequel 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' may not be particularly notable as a special effects action comedy, but it's notable for containing Robin Williams' final performance, a third turn as a waxwork of Teddy Roosevelt brought to life in a New York museum. This time he travels to London for more antics at the British Museum.
'Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' Stars Ben Stiller And Robin Williams
When Williams died in August at age 63, he had completed his work on the film. So director Shawn Levy found it very emotional returning to the editing room after Williams' death. "It's sad, but I do feel in some weird way honoured to be serving this legacy of work, this legacy of performances of which this will be his last," he said. "It will be around long after him and long after all of us."
The late comedian's 31-year-old son recently opened up about life after his father's tragic death.
Even though it has been over three months since Robin Williams tragically took his own life in August at his Northern Californian home aged 63, the loss of the iconic comedian is still just as hard to process for his children.
Williams committed suicide in August, aged 63
"I miss him all the time," Williams's 31-year-old son Zak told this week's issue of People magazine. "Often I see something or if I'm watching a film, I think, 'Oh, man, he would have appreciated this' or 'He would have gotten a laugh out of this.'"
Now in its third instalment, it's clearer than ever that this franchise is based on one joke that has been stretched far beyond the breaking point. And not too cleverly at that. Fortunately, this movie retains much of the deranged idiocy that made the second part rather enjoyable. So it's watchable even if there aren't many new ideas, and even if filmmaker Shawn Levy is far too happy to settle for unnecessary digital effects work where a bit of character comedy would have been much more engaging.
Back on the job as a night watchman in New York, Larry (Ben Stiller) is now orchestrating the museum exhibits when they come to life to provide spectacular shows for visitors who think this is all a special effect. Even his boss (Ricky Gervais) isn't sure what's really going on. But when a glitch in the magical Ancient Egyptian powers causes chaos, Larry learns that he needs to travel to London so he can reunite Ahkmenrah (Rami Malek) with his father (Ben Kingsley), who's on display at the British Museum. Larry's teen son Nick (Skyler Gisondo) comes along, as do his revived pals Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams), tiny soldiers Octavius and Jedediah (Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson) and others. But in London, while sneaking around local night guard Tilly (Rebel Wilson), Larry's team awakens a statue of the knight Lancelot (Dan Stevens), who dives into their quest with rather a bit too much gusto.
Until Lancelot turns up, everything about the film feels oddly tired, from the starry cameos to effects work that strains to be clever. Then Stevens injects a badly needed jolt of blue-eyed charisma and warped comical timing that makes the rest of the movie rather good fun. Rebel Wilson's side-plot is also rather amusing, with some wonderfully ridiculous touches. And even the cameos get better, notably a scene on a West End stage that's genuinely inspired silliness. Coogan and Wilson offer some raucous banter to accompany everything that happens, and Stiller kind of hangs on for dear life. But the filmmakers don't really care about these characters; they're just trying to create something visually impressive that's also goofy fun.
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The suicide of the best-loved actor and comedian Robin Williams was the most searched for term on Google in 2014. Internet users searched for news on the Mrs Doubtfire star more than for the football World Cup (second), the Ebola virus (third) and the missing Malaysia Airlines flight (fourth).
Robin Williams' death was the most searched for term on Google in 2014.
Williams died on the morning of August 11, 2014 at his home in Paradise Cay, California. The final autopsy report affirmed that Williams had committed suicide and that neither alcohol or drugs - both of which Williams struggled with during his career - played a role in his death.
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Middle-aged romances are rare on the big screen, so it's frustrating that this one is so badly compromised by a series of contrived plot points. One gimmick wasn't enough for director-cowriter Arie Posin, who continually twists and turns the events in ways that are both bizarre and melodramatic. Within this, Annette Bening and Ed Harris still manage to create intriguing characters, but it becomes increasingly difficult to care when the screenwriters clearly have trouble on their minds.
It opens as Nikki (Bening) is flooded with memories of her husband Garret (Harris), who died five years ago while they were vacationing in Mexico. Now that their daughter (Jess Weixler) is moving away from home in Los Angeles to attend college in Seattle, Nikki has time to think. Although she wants to remain friends and nothing more with her lusty widowed neighbour Roger (Robin Williams), an old friend of Garret's. Then Nikki meets a man who looks uncannily like Garret and begins stalking him. Tom (Harris again) is an art professor, and when Nikki gets up the nerve to talk to him, she knows she's going to a very odd place.
The film is like a variation on Vertigo, as Posin plays up the freaky doppelganger storyline to add a heightened sense of dangerous tension. But it's not so easy for the audience to accept such a set-up, when one honest conversation would solve everything. Instead, Nikki lies to everyone she knows, hides Tom from them and then lies to Tom as well. It's difficult to take a romance seriously when it has such a fraudulent foundation. Thankfully, Bening gives Nikki a fragility that makes her sympathetic, and her interaction with Harris bristles with unexpected connections because they are experiencing their blossoming relationship in such strikingly different ways. Both of them add layers of interest to their characters that make them engaging between the lines. Sadly, Williams' character never gets a chance to evolve.
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Date of birth
21st July, 1951
Date of death
11th August, 2014