For about the past 30 years, comedian and actor Robin Williams has been one of the most well-known funny stars. The following is a look at the actor’s personal life, movie career, and random thoughts.
Facts on His Personal Life
Robin Williams was voted “most funny but least likely to succeed” during high school.
He worked on the streets as a mime in New York City while he was attending school
The actor struggled with a cocaine and alcohol addiction for years.
He was first married to Valerie Velardi who appeared in the movie Popeye with him.
He has three kids from two marriages: Zachary, Zelda, and Cody. And yes, his daughter Zelda was in fact named after the video game character Zelda.
Robin Williams decided he wanted to be an actor after seeing the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
He trained to be an actor at New York’s Juilliard School. Christopher Reeves was his roommate at the Juilliard School.
Notable roles: “Mork” in the TV series Mork & Minday; “Popeye” in his debut film Popeye; “Adrian” in the movie Good Morning Vietnam; “John Keating” in the drama Dead Poets Society; “Parry” in The Fisher King; “Mrs. Doubtfire” in the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire; “Arman Goldman” in remake of The Birdcage; and “Sean” in the Oscar winning Good Will Hunting.
The first time he played his alien character Mork was for a guest spot on Happy Days. In fact, his show Mork & Mindy was a spin-off from his work on Happy Days.
He has won a People’s Choice Award for favorite funny male star two times.
Fun Robin William Quotes
On being hairy: “A lot of people go ‘don’t wear fur’. . . I am fur!” Robin Williams joked about his body hair on the Conan O’Brien talk show.
On San Francisco: “I grew up in San Francisco. Saw a lot of cowboys, just no horses.” From an interview with Conan O’Brien.
On the Kid’s Choice Awards show: “It’s the Oscars for the hearing-impaired.” The actor said this during an interview on the Ellen Degeneres Show.
On Katie Holmes silent child birth: “I hope she was allowed to make some noise like ‘ouch’.” He said this also during the Ellen Degeneres Show.
Guardian, “Robin Williams: ‘I was shameful, did stuff that caused disgust – that’s hard to recover from'” by Decca Aitkenhead. (www.guardian.co.uk)
Yahoo Movies, “Robin Williams Biography”. (movies.yahoo.com)