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.
Russell Tovey was inspired to start acting by the late Robin Williams, but he was unfortunately unable to ever meet the star before he died in 2014.
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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Williams had been wrongly diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the months before his death.
Robin Williams’ widow Susan Schneider Williams has opened up on the final months of her husband’s life and his devastating struggle with Lewy body disease.
In an essay titled ‘The terrorist inside my husband’s brain’ for the American Academy of Neurology, Schneider Williams reveals that Williams was initially wrongly diagnosed with Parkinson’s, something that often happens to LBD sufferers.
Robin Williams’ widow has described her husband’s battle with Lewy body disease (LBD)
Good guys gone very, very bad.
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 Stewart plays a skinhead in 'Green Room'
Williams took his own life in August 2014, and his widow Susan Schneider spoke publicly for the first time since the tragedy.
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 Williams was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia after his death
To celebrate the release of the new 'Aladdin' blu-ray, the animation’s directors have been spilling some secrets.
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 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.
Continue reading: Disney Directors Have Just Confirmed A Long Held 'Aladdin' Fan Theory
The new footage appears on the new "diamond edition" of the classic movie’s Blu-ray.
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.
Disney 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.
Continue reading: Disney Releases New Outtakes Of Robin Williams As The Genie In 'Aladdin'
The legal dispute over Robin Williams’ estate between his children and his widow has been settled.
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.
Susan Schneider with Robin Williams in SoHo, New York in 2012.
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Comedy and acting veteran Robin Williams took his own life in August 2014.
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.
He's incredibly busy at the moment, so he was glad that his new movie provided early finishes.
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.
'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."
Continue reading: Simon Pegg Goes From Absolutely Anything Back To Star Trek
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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Date of birth
21st July, 1951
Date of death
11th August, 2014
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