Thursday, November 12, 2009

Biography of Robin Williams

Let�s present to you the biography of Robin Williams. Born on July 21, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois, Robin McLaurin Williams spent his childhood years in Chicago and Bloomfield, Michigan; his father Robert Fitzgerald Williams was an executive at Ford Motor Company while mother Laurie was a New Orleans-born former model of French descent. Upon his father�s early retirement, the family moved to Marin County, California, near San Francisco. Williams dropped out of his political science studies at Claremont Men�s College in Claremont, California, to begin studying drama at the Juilliard School in New York City. Back in the San Francisco area, he began performing as both a mime and a stand-up comedian on the burgeoning West Coast comedy club circuit. So what more do we have in the biography of Robin Williams.

He first achieved notice for his stand-up routines in San Francisco. After studying with the Strut and Fret theatre group in Claremont, California and at Juilliard Drama School, Garry Marshall cast him as the alien Mork in a guest star part in Happy Days that was so popular it led to his own television series, Mork and Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982. This can be considered one the initial landmarks in this biography of Robin Williams. The majority of his acting career has been for cinema, although he has made some memorable performances on stage as well (notably as Estragon in a production of Waiting for Godot).

His first starring roles in Popeye and in The World According to Garp were both major flops, but with Good Morning Vietnam Williams established a screen identity. Many of his roles have been comedies tinged with pathos (e.g. The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire). In particular, his role as the Genie in the animated film Aladdin was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting. Later Williams once again used his voice actor talents in the 2005 animated feature Robots. He has also starred in dramatic films such as Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990) and What Dreams May Come (1996). In 1998 he won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role as a psychologist in Good Will Hunting. However, by the early 2000s, he was thought by some to be stereotyped in films such as Patch Adams (1998) and Bicentennial Man. This apparently prompted him to take radically unconventional roles beginning with the dark comedy Death to Smoochy, followed by One Hour Photo, Insomnia, and The Final Cut. Here ended a big phase in the biography of Robin Williams.

Williams has made his share of headlines for his personal life, beginning early in his career, when he was reputed to have had a cocaine habit, and to have snorted cocaine with comic John Belushi just before the latter�s death of an overdose in 1982. That was one of the worst patches in the biography of Robin Williams. In 1986, Williams was sued for $6.2 million by a former girlfriend who alleged he had given her herpes. He countersued for extortion. The case was later settled out of court, and the terms were undisclosed. Williams and his first wife, Valerie Velardi, divorced in 1988 after a decade of marriage; he subsequently married Marcia Garces, who had worked as a nanny for his son Zachary. He and Garces have two children, Zelda and Cody. Garces is also Williams' partner in a production company, Blue Wolf Productions. He is also active in charities and other welfare actvities. Robin Williams and his wife Marsha Garces Williams founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many different charities. Also he devotes much of his energy doing work for charities, including the Comic Relief fund-raising efforts. He along with other celebrities, has performed for U.S. Army troops stationed in Iraq, for as long as three years. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedian's Comedian, he was voted amongst the top 50 comedy acts ever by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. He was portrayed to perfection by Chris Diamantopoulos in the made for television biopic Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005), documenting the actor's arrival in Hollywood a struggling comedian and becoming an overnight star when he landed the role in Mork & Mindy and these took the biography of Robin Williams to great success.