More Robin Williams Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Robots)Robin Williams first captured the attention of the world as Mork from Ork on the hit series Mork & Mindy. Born in Chicago and raised in Michigan and California, he trained at New York's Julliard School under John Houseman.
An Academy Award-winning actor and a multiple Grammy-winning performer unparalleled in the scope of his imagination, Williams continues to enhance his repertoire of indelible characters with several upcoming projects.
In addition to ROBOTS, Williams co-stars in the Lions Gate release House of D, directed by David Duchovny. In the drama, Williams portrays a mentally challenged 40 year-old friend of a delivery boy. Most recently, Williams completed principal photography on Mark Mylod's The Big White, a black comedy co-starring Holly Hunter, Woody Harrelson and Giovanni Ribisi.
In 1997, Williams received Academy and Screen Actors Guild awards for his performance as Sean Maguire, the therapist who counsels Matt Damon's title character, a math genius, in Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting. The Academy previously nominated Williams for best actor in The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society, and Good Morning Vietnam. Williams garnered a special honor from the National Board of Review for his performance opposite Robert De Niro in Awakenings.
Williams' filmography includes a number of blockbusters. In 1993, he starred in Chris Columbus' Mrs. Doubtfire. For Mike Nichols, Williams portrayed Armand Goldman, in The Birdcage, for which the cast won a SAG ensemble award. In 1996, The Birdcage and Jumanji reached the $100 million mark in the United States in exactly the same week. Williams assumed the dual roles of Peter Pan/Peter Banning in Steven Spielberg's Hook and played a medical student who treats patients with humor in Patch Adams. Other blockbusters included the aforementioned Good Will Hunting, Dead Poet's Society and Good Morning,Vietnam; plus Flubber and Aladdin.
Williams collaborated with two accomplished young directors: Christopher Nolan and Mark Romanek. For Nolan, Williams starred in Insomnia opposite Al Pacino as reclusive novelist Walter Finch, the primary suspect in the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaskan town in Insomnia. In Romanek's One Hour Photo, Williams played a photo lab employee who becomes obsessed with a young suburban family. Recently, Williams starred as a cutter (a person with the power to edit individuals' recorded histories) in Omar Naim's sci-fi thriller 'The Final Cut," co-starring Mira Sorvino and James Caviezel.
Williams' early motion picture credits include Paul Mazursky's Moscow on the Hudson, in which he played a Russian musician who decides to defect, and The World According to Garp, George Roy Hill's adaptation of John Irving's acclaimed best-selling novel about a writer and his feminist mother. He made his cinematic debut as the title character in Robert Altman's Popeye.
Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, is well known for monologues in which he makes free associative leaps punctuated by one-liners about subjects as varied as politics, history, religion, ethnic strife and sex. Using only his voice, Williams created one of the most vivid characters in recent memory - Aladdin's Blue Genie of the Lamp (which redefined how animations are voiced). For audio versions of his one-man shows and the children's record Pecos Bill, Williams won five Grammy Awards. His stage credits include a landmark production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, directed by Mike Nichols, co-starring Steve Martin, and, most recently, a short run in San Francisco of The Exonerated.
Offstage, Williams takes great joy in supporting causes too numerous to identify, covering the spectrum from health care and human rights, to education, environmental protection, and the arts. He toured the Middle East twice in as many years to help raise morale among the troops, and he is perhaps best known philanthropically for his affiliation with Comic Relief.
Bio courtesy Fox for "Robots" (12-Mar-2005)
Biography #3 (for Insomnia)Robin Williams is one of the most gifted and abundantly talented actors of our time. He is the recipient of the 1997 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for bringing compassion and intelligence to the part of Dr. Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting, a role for which he also received the Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role.
Williams first captured the attention of television audiences with his guest-star role as Mork on the hit situation comedy television series Happy Days. His rapid fire, sharply hilarious yet heartfelt portrayal won him instant stardom, with viewer response so great that he was quickly signed for the now-legendary spin-off series Mork and Mindy.
In 1980, Williams made the leap to feature films, debuting in Robert Altman's Popeye. Audiences then embraced a more poignant Williams in his portrayal of T.S. Garp in George Roy Hill's hugely successful The Word According to Garp, followed by Paul Mazursky's Moscow on the Hudson. Barry Levinson's landmark film Good Morning Vietnam earned Williams his first Academy Award nomination, with Peter Weir's Dead Poet's Society, an enormous critical and popular success, bringing him a second Oscar nomination.
Williams next starred opposite Robert De Niro in Penny Marshall's Awakenings, followed by Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King, for which Williams received his third Academy Award nomination. He additionally starred in Barry Levinson's Toys, Steven Spielberg's Hook, and Mike Nichols' The Birdcage.
Williams received a Golden Globe Award for his unforgettable performance in Chris Columbus' Mrs. Doubtfire and also earned a Special Achievement Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his vocal contributions as Genie in Walt Disney Pictures now-classic animated blockbuster feature Aladdin.
In 1996 E! Entertainment Television named Williams Celebrity of the Year for his singularly outstanding feature film career, which now includes the immensely successful Flubber and the 1998 box office hit Patch Adams, directed by Tom Shadyac. In 1999 Robin Williams executive produced and starred in Blue Wolf Productions' Jakob The Liar, a story of life in a Nazi occupied Polish ghetto. In 2000 Williams re-teamed with director Chris Columbus in the screen adaptation of the Isaac Assimov story Bicentennial Man. Most recently, Williams starred in Danny De Vito's dark comedy Death To Smoochy.
Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams attended high school in Marin County, California, where he was known for his natural comedic talents. In his senior year, his classmates voted Williams Most Humorous and Least Likely to Succeed.
After a short stint studying political science at Claremont Men's College in Southern California, Williams entered College of Marin to study theatre. His innate comedic and dramatic skills led to his acceptance at The Julliard School in New York, where he spent three years under the tutelage of acclaimed actor John Houseman and other noted professionals. In 1998 he performed on stage with co-star Steve Martin in Mike Nichols' off-Broadway production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, has won four Grammy Awards, including one for Robin Williams Live at the Met on HBO, the culmination of a 23-city SRO tour. He also won Emmy Awards for the television specials, Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin and ABC Presents a Royal Gala. He is also active in several humanitarian organizations, and has been a primary force in Comic Relief, a benefit to aid the homeless, which has raised American consciousness and 50 million dollars to date.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Insomnia" (01-Sep-2002)