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GOOD WILL HUNTING

ROBIN WILLIAMS plays Sean McGuire,a college professor/therapist who shares his life experience with a younger person ­ Will Hunting ­ to teach him how to deal with his own life.

Hailed for his comic genius, Williams has earned equal acclaim for his powerful performances in a number of decidedly dramatic roles. He first dazzled audiences when he landed a guest­starring role as Mork, an extraterrestrial on the TV series "Happy Days," which led to the hit spin­off series "Mork and Mindy."

In 1980, Williams made his film debut in Robert Altman's "Popeye," followed by "The World According to Carp" and "Moscow on the Hudson." "Good Morning Vietnam" earned Williams his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor. "Dead Poet's Society" earned him a second.

Williams next appeared opposite Robert De Niro in Penny Marshall's "Awakenings," for which he was honored by The National Board of Review; in Terry Gilliam's "The Fisher King," for which he received a third Oscar nomination, and in Steven Spielberg's "Hook," Barry Levinson's "Toys" and Bill Forsyth's "Being Human."

His recent films include "Father's Day," "Nine Months," "Jumanji," "The Birdcage," "Jack" and Kenneth Branagh's 'Hamlet." This fall, along with "Good Will Hunting," he can be seen in Disney's "Flubber."

Williams received a Golden Globe Award for his starring performance in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and earned special achievement awards from the Hollywood Foreign Press for his work as the genie in Disney's' animated feature "Aladdin" and its home­video sequel, "Aladdin and the King of Thieves."

Williams was born in Chicago and raised in northern California. He studied political science at Claremont College and theater, and at the Juilliard School in New York, then began his career as a stand­up comedian.

Williams has won four Grammy Awards and starred in HBO's "Robin Williams Live at the Met," the culmination of a 23­city tour. He and Whoopi Goldberg have been a primary force in the HBO fundraising comedy specials, "Comic Relief" annual benefits to aid the homeless.

He also won Emmy Awards for his television specials "Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin" and "ABC Presents A Royal Gala." On stage, he performed with Steve Martin in Mike Nichols' off­Broadway production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot."

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