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ROBIN WILLIAMS (Chris Nielsen), one of the most gifted and beloved actors of our time, received the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his outstanding performance as Dr. Sean McGuire in Good Will Hunting; a role for which he also received the Screen Actors Guild 'Actor" award. He earned his first Oscar nomination for Barry Levinson's Good Morning Vietnam, his second nomination for Peter Weir's Dead Poet's Society and his third Academy Award nomination for Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King.

Among his other accomplishments, Williams was honored with a Golden Globe Award for his unforgettable performance in Mrs. Doubtfire, four Grammy Awards, including one for Robin Williams Live at the Met on HBO (from his 23-city SRO tour), and two Emmy Awards for the television specials, Carl, Carol, Whoopi and Robin and ABC Presents a Royal Gala. He also garnered a Special Achievement Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his vocal contributions as "Genie" in Walt Disney Pictures' now-classic animated blockbuster feature Aladdin, a special honor from the National Board of Review for his role opposite Robert De Niro in Penny Marshall's Awakenings, and was crowned E! Entertainment Television's 1996 "Celebrity of the Year" for his singularly outstanding feature film career.

Williams first captured the attention of television audiences when he landed a guest-starring role on the hit situation comedy television series Happy Days as "Mork," the manic, hilarious extraterrestrial. His rapid fire, sharp wit brought him instant stardom, with viewer response so great that he was quickly signed for the now-legendary spin-off series, Mork and Mindy.

In 1980, Williams made the leap to feature film, debuting in Robert Altman's Popeye. He then went on to portray T.S. Garp in George Roy Hill's The World According to Garp which was followed by Paul Mazursky's Moscow on the Hudson. He also starred in such films as Flubber, Barry Levinson's Toys, Steven Spielberg's Hook, Mike Nichols' The Birdcage, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry. He also reprised his role of the Genie in Disney's Home Video Aladdin and the King of Thieves.

Born in Chicago in 1951, his family later moved to Mann County in Northern California. By the time he graduated high school, Williams was already known for his innate comedic talents and was voted "Most Humorous" and "Most Likely to Succeed" by his senior classmates.

After a short stint studying political science at Claremont Men's College in Southern California, he entered the College of Mann to study theater. His natural theatrical abilities led to his acceptance at The Juilliard School in New York where he spent three years under the tutelage of acclaimed actor John Houseman and other noted professionals. In 1988, he co-starred with Steve Martin in Mike Nichols' off-Broadway production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.

He is also active in several humanitarian organizations and has been a primary force in "Comic Relief' an annual benefit to aid the homeless which has raised America's consciousness and $38 million to date.


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