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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.



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Russell Tovey's Inspiration By The Late Robin Williams


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Russell Tovey was inspired to start acting by the late Robin Williams.

The 35-year-old actor has admitted the 'Mrs Doubtfire' actor - who tragically died in August 2014 aged 63 - made him want to have a successful career in front of the camera.

Speaking about the person who influenced him to ES Magazine, the 'The Pass' star said: ''The late Robin Williams. he made me want to do it all.''

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Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Tom Cruise: 10 Most Unexpected Bad Guys In Movies


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Some actors are born to play bad guys; Christoph Waltz, Christopher Lee, Alan Rickman. We're comfortable with them being the antagonist. However, some evil roles come from actors that are so unlikely, it seriously gives us the creeps. Patrick Stewart is only the latest to warp our perception of him.

Here are ten of our favourite moments actors have gone beyond the good guy stereotype:

Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart plays a skinhead in 'Green Room'

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Robin Williams' Widow Reveals That It Wasn't Depression That Caused Him To Commit Suicide


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More than a year after her husband’s tragic suicide, the widow of the late comic actor Robin Williams has revealed the real reason for his death. It wasn’t the depression that fans worldwide believed had caused him to take his own life, but a rare form of dementia.

Susan Schneider, Williams’ third wife and partner of seven years, gave her first interview since his death in August 2014 to Amy Robach on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ on Tuesday (November 3rd). She revealed in the tearful exchange that her husband was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia after he died, a disease closely associated with Parkinson’s and one exhibiting similar symptoms.

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia after his death

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Disney Directors Have Just Confirmed A Long Held 'Aladdin' Fan Theory


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Aladdin directors Ron Clements and John Musker have decided to confirm and debunk a few myths about the classic animation, to celebrate the release of the Aladdin: Diamond Edition on Blu-Ray. Speaking to E!, the directors set the record straight on a few things, including one long-held fan theory about Robin Williams’ Genie.

Robin WilliamsRobin Williams voiced the Genie in Aladdin.

It’s been long believed by many Aladdin fans that the peddler who appears at the beginning of the film is the Genie, as both characters are voice by Robin Williams and it seems they were correct. "I saw something that speculates that the peddler at the beginning of Aladdin is the Genie. That's true!" Clements said.

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Disney Releases New Outtakes Of Robin Williams As The Genie In 'Aladdin'


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Disney have released never before seen footage of Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin, 23 years after the classic film first hit our screens. The footage shows the late Williams in the recording booth, bringing to life the much loved Disney character.

Robin WilliamsDisney have released new footage of Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin.

On Friday’s edition of ‘Good Morning America’ the team behind the classic animated flick appeared to talk about the release of the new "diamond edition" Blu-ray pack, which features unseen moments from the film.

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Robin Williams’ Family Settle Legal Dispute Over His Estate


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Robin Williams’ family have finally settled their legal disputes over his estate. The issues between Williams’ third wife, Susan Schneider, and his three children began in December 2014. The dispute has reportedly been settled out of court and Schneider has decided to drop her petition.

Robin Williams and Susan SchneiderSusan Schneider with Robin Williams in SoHo, New York in 2012.

Read More: Zelda Williams Shares Emotional Open Letter A Year After Her Father's Death.

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Zelda Williams Shares Emotional Open Letter A Year After Her Father's Death


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Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda has posted a soul-baring open letter about coming to terms with grief and loss, just over a year after her father’s death.

26 year old Zelda posted a picture of a moonlit lake on Instagram on Saturday (September 5th), along with a heartfelt message to the world about how she’s come to terms with the tragedy. Her father, the legendary comedian, actor and star of dozens of hit movies, took his own life at the age of 63 in August last year.

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Simon Pegg Goes From Absolutely Anything Back To Star Trek


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At 45, Simon Pegg's career is going into overdrive. Not only is he in two of the biggest franchises in cinema (Star Trek and Mission: Impossible), but he's also appearing in this year's Star Wars movie. And in between those blockbusters, he took time to make two smaller British movies, the rom-com Man Up with Lake Bell and the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything with the Monty Python gang.

Simon Pegg in 'Absolutely Anything''Absolutely Anything' features Robin Williams as the voice of the dog

With such a range of films under his belt (he starred in six movies last year), Pegg understandably finds it difficult to pick a highlight from his career. "Anything from going back to when we walked onto the set of Spaced for the first time," he says, "and saw the environment they'd built for us based on the things we'd written, right up to things happening recently, like getting to write Star Trek 3. I feel lucky that my career has been filled with these moments."

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Absolutely Anything Review

Terrible

Simon Pegg continues his rollercoaster career, alternating between superior blockbuster franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star Trek) and awkward British romantic-comedies (Hector and the Search for Happiness). And this might just be his most disastrous move yet. Despite a promising cast, which includes a reunion of the surviving Monty Python members, this madcap sci-fi comedy never finds its tone, veering wildly from nutty slapstick to sentimental silliness. It's hard to remember laughing even once while watching it.

The story kicks off when an American space probe launched in 1972 is intercepted by the Intergalactic Council (voiced by the Pythons). Their investigation into Earth consists of watching YouTube videos, so of course they decide to destroy the planet. But first, they'll give one earthling a chance to save the world: they randomly choose North London schoolteacher Neil (Simon Pegg) and give him superpowers that allow him to do absolutely anything. After a few mishaps, he tries to use his abilities to improve his life, making his his dog Dennis speak (in the voice of Robin Williams) and appearing irresistible to his neighbour Catherine (Kate Beckinsale). Even though she already likes him. But Neil only has 10 days to do the right thing with his powers, or Earth is doomed.

Yes, this is essentially the same plot as Bruce Almighty, but the film never quite settles on an approach. It's produced in the style of an over-wacky child's movie, but the humour is eerily adult-oriented, so it's difficult to see who would enjoy it. The main plot is never remotely coherent, meandering through the story without any sense of direction. There are also a few corny sideroads to pad out the slim running time, including Neil's work colleague (Sanjeev Baskar) becoming an object of religious devotion, while Catherine's American military one-night-stand (Rob Riggle) becomes an obsessive stalker. Neither of these strands goes anywhere funny. Nor do extended cameos by Eddie Izzard (as a gruff headmaster) or Joanna Lumley (as a snooty TV presenter).

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Robin Williams Remembered By On-Screen Daughter, Sarah Michelle Gellar, On What Would Have Been His 64th Birthday


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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.

Robin Williams From L-R: Amanda Setton, James Wolk, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams at the 2013 CW, CBS and Showtime Summer TCA Party.

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Robin Williams - Robin Williams leaving the film location for TV comedy 'The Crazy Ones' - Los Angeles, United States - Thursday 22nd August 2013

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Robin Williams and Susan Schneider - Susan Schneider and Robin Williams Saturday 6th October 2012 Robin Williams out shopping in SoHo with his wife

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Robin Williams and Susan Schneider
Robin Williams and Susan Schneider
Robin Williams and Susan Schneider
Robin Williams and Susan Schneider

Robin Williams Sunday 6th March 2011 Opening night of the Broadway production of 'That Championship Season' at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - Arrivals. New York City, USA

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Robin Williams, Ed Sullivan and The Late Show With David Letterman Monday 28th February 2011 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan Theater - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Robin Williams, Ed Sullivan and The Late Show With David Letterman
Robin Williams, Ed Sullivan and The Late Show With David Letterman
Robin Williams, Ed Sullivan and The Late Show With David Letterman

Robin Williams and David Letterman - Wednesday 13th May 2009 at Ed Sullivan Theatre New York City, USA

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Robin Williams and David Letterman
Robin Williams and David Letterman
Robin Williams and David Letterman
Robin Williams and David Letterman
Robin Williams and David Letterman
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Robin Williams

Date of birth

21st July, 1951

Date of death

11th August, 2014

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.7






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Robin Williams Movies

Boulevard Movie Review

Boulevard Movie Review

This dark, introspective drama hinges on one of Robin Williams' final film performances before his...

Absolutely Anything Movie Review

Absolutely Anything Movie Review

Simon Pegg continues his rollercoaster career, alternating between superior blockbuster franchises (Mission: Impossible and Star...

Absolutely Anything Trailer

Absolutely Anything Trailer

If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is...

Altman Movie Review

Altman Movie Review

This isn't a tell-all doc about the iconic filmmaker: it's a love letter from his...

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Movie Review

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The Face of Love Movie Review

The Face of Love Movie Review

Middle-aged romances are rare on the big screen, so it's frustrating that this one is...

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Trailer

Larry Daley, the former security guard at the American Museum of Natural History in New...

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer

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The Butler Movie Review

The Butler Movie Review

This is an strangely slushy movie from Lee Daniels, whose last two films (Precious and...

The Butler Trailer

The Butler Trailer

Cecil Gaines is a modest and dedicated butler at the White House who manages to...

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