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.
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.
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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."
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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’ 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.
If you could change absolutely anything in the world, what would it be? This is the ultimate question that Neil Clarke finds himself faced with when he wakes up with the ability to become whoever he wants to be, have whatever he wants and make the impossible very easily possible. Little does he know that this is a test set up by some disgruntled extra-terrestrial lifeforms, who have given the following ultimatum: use this ultimate power for good, or watch the Earth burn. Unfortunately, Neil has a lot of things in his own life that he would like to change, let alone important things in the rest of the world. He wishes for an easier life, to be more attractive and to win the heart of his neighbour Catherine. But, as Spider-Man once said, with great power comes great responsibility, so if he is thinking of making some big changes, he ought to make sure he's really thought them through first.
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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.'
Date of birth
21st July, 1951
Date of death
11th August, 2014