Robin Williams

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Robin McLaurim Williams[1][2] (born July 21, 1951)[3] is an American actor and comedian. Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork and Mindy, and later stand-up comedy work, Williams has performed in many feature films since 1980. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting. He has also won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.


Early life

Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura (née Smith, 1922–2001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana.[4] His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987) was a senior executive at Ford Motorship in charge of the Midwest area. He is of English, Welsh and Irish descent on his father's side, and of French descent on his mother's side.[5] Williams was raised in the Episcopal Church, though his mother practiced Christian Science.[6][7] He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the Detroit Country Day School,[8] and Woodacre, Marin County, California, where he attended the public Redwood High School. Williams also attended Claremont McKenna College (then called Claremont Men's College) for four years.[9] He has two half-brothers: Todd (who died August 14, 2007) and McLaurin.[10]

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