Thursday 20 June 2019

Robin Williams: Comic found with the 'Mork' of genius

Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams jokes with reporters as he arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of the film
Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams jokes with reporters as he arrives for the Los Angeles premiere of the film "One Hour Photo" in Beverly Hills, California, August 22, 2002. Reuters
Actor Robin Williams, star of the new film "One Hour Photo", arrives for the film's premiere at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Reuters
Robin Williams and daughter Zelda Williams at the premiere of their film "House of D" in New York, April 10, 2005. Reuters
Robin Williams and wife Susan Schneider
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Comedians Robin Williams (R), Billy Crystal (L) and Whoopi Goldberg share a hug on the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall at the end of HBO's "Comic Relief 8" show, in 1998. Reuters
Robin Williams, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in "Good Will Hunting", arrives with his wife Marsha at the 70th Annual Academy Awards
Robin Williams holds his Oscar after winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in "Good Will Hunting" at the 70th Annual Academy Awards
Actor and comedian Robin Williams arrives at the premiere of the film "World's Greatest Dad" during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah

Scott D'Arcy

1951: Robin McLaurin Williams is born in Chicago, Illinois.

1974: He is discovered for the role of Mork on an episode of Happy Days, while performing in a nightclub.

1978: Makes his big breakthrough in TV series Mork & Mindy, as Mork. Marries his first wife Valerie Velardi in June.

1987: Gains his first Oscar nomination for his role as a DJ on Armed Forces Radio in Good Morning, Vietnam.

1988: Divorces from Velardi, the couple having had one child together.

1989: He is nominated for an Oscar for portraying an unconventional poetry teacher in Dead Poets Society. Marries his second wife Marsha Garces Williams.

1991: Williams wins a third Oscar nomination for depicting a homeless man in Fisher King. He later captures imaginations as Peter Pan, opposite Dustin Hoffman's Hook in the film of the same name.

1992: Voices the Genie in Disney classic Aladdin, reportedly ad-libbing most of his lines.

1993: Stars as Mrs Doubtfire, a dad who dressed up as a nanny, complete with a latex mask, a wig and a Scottish accent, in order to spend time with his young kids. A sequel was planned for 2015.

1995: Appears in cult-hit Jumanji.

1997: Wins an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting. He is also voted funniest man alive by Entertainment Weekly.

2006: Takes on the role of Teddy Roosevelt in comedy Night at the Museum, opposite Ben Stiller.

2010: Divorces from second wife, having had two children together. Later, in an interview with the Guardian's Decca Aitkenhead, he speaks about how he had started drinking again in 2003, after 20 years of sobriety, and that he had had his aortic valve replaced in 2009. He admitts he is a workaholic.

2011: Marries Susan Schneider. Appears on Broadway in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, as the ghost of a dead tiger.

2014: The 63-year-old is found dead at his home in Tiburon, California, in what police call a suspected suicide.

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