Robin Williams. biography
Robin McLaurim Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois and developed a background in acting through New York City’s renowned Julliard School before venturing into the comedic screen and thriving as a stand-up comedian.
Robin initially jumpstarted his Hollywood career as the alien Mork in the TV series Happy Days (1978-79), which eventually led to his own show, titled Mork and Mindy (1978-82). He then transformed into a spinach-eating sailor in Popeye (1981) prior to earning his first Academy Award for his performance in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987).
Despite struggling with a drug addition during this time, Robin was still able to receive another Oscar nomination stemming from his portrayal of professor John Keating in Dead Poets Society (1989) as well as master the voice of Genie in Aladdin (1991). He continued gaining a huge following soon after becoming a cross dresser in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), getting sucked into a board game in Jumanji (1995) and coming out of the closet looking fabulous in The Birdcage (1996) opposite Nathan Lane.
Following several family comedies, including Jack (1996) and Flubber (1997), Robin returned to his dramatic roots as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting (1997) for which he earned his first Academy Award for Best Actor. The following year, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his work in Patch Adams (1998) before playing an unstable photo developer in One Hour Photo (2002) and a murder suspect in Insomnia (2002) opposite Al Pacino.
After landing the role of Teddy Roosevelt in Night at the Museum and suffering a drug relapse in 2006, Robin picked himself up with a memorable comedic performance as the priest of Mandy Moore and John Krasinski in License to Wed (2007) as well as his reprised role in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009).
Robin’s most recent projects include, the comedy The Big Wedding (2013) with Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton, the dramedy The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2013) with Mila Kunis, the romantic drama Look of Love (2013), the drama The Butler (2013) alongside Forest Whitaker and John Cusack, the comedy A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle (2013), the made-for-TV comedy The Crazy Ones (2013) opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar, the sci-fi comedy Absolutely Anything (unknown release date) and the drama Boulevard (unknown).
Robin Williams Wife, Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
1978 – 1988
Robin married actress Valerie Velardi on June 4, 1978 and later welcomed their son Zachary Pym on April 11, 1983. During their marriage, Robin strayed away from Valerie and into the arms of cocktail waitress Michelle Tish Carter whom he met in 1984. He successfully kept the affair under wraps until Michelle sued him for passing on the herpes simplex virus to her even though he knew he was infected prior to their affair. Robin and Valeria ultimately divorced in 1988 while the case was settled out of court.
1989 – 2008
Soon after ending his marriage with Valeria, Robin rebounded with his son’s nanny Marsha Garces, who was already pregnant with his child, before tying the knot on April 30, 1989. The two went on to welcome their daughter Zelda Rae on July 31 of that same year and their son Cody Alan on November 25, 1991, but later divorced in March 2008.
2011 – Present
On October 23, 2011, Robin and graphic designer Susan Schneider got hitched in St. Helena, California.