On August 11, 2014, the world lost an icon – Hollywood great, Robin Williams. While the comedian and actor left a void after his death, he also left his three children to carry on his legacy; among them is Zachary Pym Williams.
At first, the younger Williams followed his father’s career path, but that didn’t last long. He seems to have chosen a life that doesn’t involve the lights and cameras and the crinkum-crankum that comes with the limelight. What is Zachary Pym Williams up to these days and what does he think of his father? Find out below.
Meet Zachary Pym Williams
Legendary actor late, Robin Williams and his wife Valerie Velardi, who is also in the acting business, welcomed their only child on April 11, 1983 – Zachary Pym Williams. He was born in San Francisco, California.
Like most children born to spies, Zachary didn’t have much of a choice and started acting when he was just a kid through his father’s influence. As a child star, he has appeared on shows like Extra and Entertainment Tonight. He completed his high school and college education at unknown institutions and earned an MBA from Columbia University, New York. At this point it became clear that acting is not his forte. So he decided to abandon his father’s footsteps and go his own way, but not without appearing in a few more productions, including The Graduates (2008).
The last time he played an on-screen role was in 2018 when he appeared in a documentary. The project, titled Robin Williams: Get Inside My Head , chronicles the life and career achievements of Robin Williams and is directed by American filmmaker Marina Zenovich. In the HBO report, Zachary Pym Williams shed his heart for the struggles his late father had to live with.
Zachary Pym Williams is currently living a full life away from show business that allows for all the glitz and glamor of charity. He now works with non-profit organizations to make life easier and bearable for the less privileged. He serves on the boards of several humanitarian organizations, including Bring Change to Mind, the San Francisco Film Society, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
In 2014, his wife Alexandra Mallick sold him the idea of helping prisoners create hope for the future. This prompted him to teach at San Quentin State Prison, California, where he was with Curtis Carroll, his partner in the campaign, every week. Her focus is on imparting financial knowledge to prisoners. Along with one of his nonprofit organizations, he also spreads awareness of mental health through other projects aimed at the betterment of humanity.
In addition to his nonprofit work and serving as a board member in nonprofit organizations, the former actor is also an employee of a technology company called Fizz.io.
What Zachary Pym Williams thinks of his father
Even though Robin Williams’ life was full, Zachary Pym Williams still has so much love and respect for his memory. According to him not a day goes by that he misses his father because when the famous actor died he lost a best friend.
In his statement a day after his father committed suicide, Zak expressed his sadness at the loss of not only his father but a best friend and he also implored his fans to remember him as the gentle, kind and generous man he was was. Zak also appeared in the HBO documentary series about his father, detailing the late film icon’s struggles and how he always felt unsuccessful in his career when, to Zak, his father is the most successful person he knows.
Robin Williams: Get Inside My Head – released January 2018 (Sundance) and July 16, 2018 (HBO) is the documentary film that follows the career and life of Robin Williams. The 117-minute piece features interviews with some of Hollywood’s big wigs like Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, Billy Crystal and others, including Robin’s son Zachary. Rare clips from Robin’s stand-up routines can also be seen in the series.