Robin McLaurin Williams born July 21, 1951 – sadly died August 11, 2014, was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy – Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.
His film career included such acclaimed films as The World According to Garp, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting, as well as financial successes such as Popeye, Hook, Aladdin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, The Birdcage, Night at the Museum, and Happy Feet. He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.
Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.
On August 11, 2014, Williams was found unresponsive at his residence in Marin County, California and was pronounced dead at the scene. According to Marin County’s coroner’s office, the probable cause of death was asphyxiation. The children of actor Robin Williams have paid tribute to their father after he was found hanged in his bedroom at his California home .
Williams and his former wife, Marsha, founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many charities. Williams devoted much of his energy to charity work, including the Comic Relief fundraising efforts (the program was hosted by himself, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg). In December 1999, he sang in French on the BBC-inspired music video of international celebrities doing a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock & Roll” for the charity Children’s Promise.
In response to the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, Williams donated all proceeds of his “Weapons of Self Destruction” Christchurch performance to helping rebuild the New Zealand city. Half the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross and half to the mayoral building fund. Williams has performed with the USO for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to his publicist, Williams had suffered depression before his death, though he would not confirm the reports that the death was suicide. A forensic examination and toxicology test is scheduled for August 12. A month earlier, Williams had admitted himself into the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Lindstrom, Minnesota for continued sobriety related to his alcoholism.
Williams’ wife Susan Schneider said
“I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken.”
Celebrities paid tribute to Williams, including fellow comedian Steve Martin, who tweeted
“I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”
Williams also supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for several years
How will you remember Robin William ?