WHAT DREAMS MAY COME
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
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
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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