American-born comedian and actor Robin Williams was popular for his style of improvisation as a comic. His comedy career began in the 1970s and he eventually became one of the funniest comedians in the history of the American entertainment industry.
Prior to fame, Robin Williams worked with television programs such as; Laugh , Eight is Enough, as well as The Richard Pryor Show His Mork character was first seen in the series called Happy Days before he had his own Mork and Mindy show in which he starred alongside Pam Dawber. He was also on the cast of Can I Do It ‘I Need Glasses? – a 1977 splurge, but he made his big-screen debut on the 1980s Popeye set where he played the role of a famous spinach-eating sailor.
Robin’s ability to take on serious work, as well as his stellar comedic talents, were on display in the years to come as he took on a series of successful film roles. He was also on the set of The World According to Garp as the title track, as well as the 1984 Moscow on the Hudson, portraying the character of the Russian musician who is lacking in America. 1987 saw him on the set of Good Morning Vietnam, playing the role of irreverent radio
DJ Adrian Cronauer. Robin Williams was also cast as a free teacher, John Keating in Dead Poets Societywhich happened in 1989 and both roles earned him Academy Award nominations for lead role to name a few among several other films for which he was nominated and won multiple awards.
Who was Robin Williams?
His birthplace was Chicago, Illinois and he was born on July 21, 1951 to his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, who worked for the Lincoln-Mercury division of the Ford Motor Company as a senior executive. Her mother has been identified as a former model of Laurie McLaurin, who hails from Jackson, Mississippi. His siblings include; a couple of older half-brothers – Robert, aka Todd who is on his paternal side while McLaurin is on his mother’s side.
Regarding his lineage, Robin Williams descends from a mixture of French, English, German, Irish, Welsh and Scottish ancestry. Although his mother practices Christian Science, he was raised in his father’s denomination, which is the Episcopal Church.
On his education and qualifications, Robin Williams had his early education at Gorton Primary School located in Lake Forest, now known as the Gorton Community Centre. From elementary school, he went to Deer Path Junior High School, now called Deer Path Middle School, for his early education. When his family moved to Detroit, he attended Detroit Country Day School where he excelled as a student. Additionally, Robin was active on the school’s wrestling team, as well as the soccer team and he eventually became the class president.
When his father retired and moved the family to Marin County, settling in Tiburon, California, Robin Williams joined Redwood High School in Larkspur. He was voted “most likely not to pass” and “funniest” upon his graduation in 1969 by his classmates. He then went on to study political science at Claremont Men’s College in Claremont, California, but dropped out to pursue a career in acting. Robin then enrolled at the College of Marin, a community college in Kentfield, California, where he majored in theater for three years, after which he attended the Juilliard School on a full scholarship.
Robin Williams was 31 when his first ex-wife Valerie Velardi made him a father for the first time with the birth of their son named Zak Williams, born April 11, 1983. His daughter Zelda Williams, from his second wife Marsha Garces Williams, made him a father for the second on July 31, 1989. Marsha also made him a third father after the birth of their last child – a son named Cody Williams who announced his entry on November 25, 1991.
The actor’s net worth stands at $50 million which is the earnings accrued throughout his entertainment career. It is also known that Robin Williams has earned different amounts from all his productions and sources indicate this every 30 minutes. Mork and Mandy earned him around $35,000 and he reportedly earned $500,000 on the set of Popeye , $100,000 on Aladdin , $15,000,000 on Jumanji , and $20,000,000 on Bicentennial Man
His other earnings also include $65,000 on The Night
Listener , $1,000,000 for Man of the Year , and $165,000 for The Madmen to name a few.
When and how did he die?
The information that came out was that RobinWilliams was found dead in his Paradise Cay, California home where he allegedly committed suicide on August 11, 2014. The next day they were taken to the Montes Hills Chapel in San Anselmo to be cremated there with his ashes scattered in San Francisco Bay.
According to the autopsy report, he died of asphyxiation from hanging, but there was no trace of illegal drugs or alcohol in his system. His usual prescription drugs were found at therapeutic levels, but his brain exam suggested he had diffuse Lewy body dementia.