ROBIN WILLIAMS (Patch Adams) is one of the most gifted and abundantly talented actors of our time
ROBIN WILLIAMS (Patch Adams) is one of the most gifted
and abundantly talented actors of our time. He is the recipient
of the 1997 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award® for bringing
compassion and intelligence to the part of Dr. Sean Maguire in
Good Will Hunting, a role for which he also received the
Screen Actors Guild Actor Award.
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 wildly manic
and humorous extraterrestrial. His sharply hilarious yet heartfelt
portrayal won him instant stardom. Viewer response was 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 films, debuting in
Robert Altman's Popeye. Audiences then embraced a more
poignant Williams in his portrayal of T.S. Garp in George Roy
Hill's hugely successful The World According to Garp followed
by Paul Mazursky's Moscow on the Hudson. Barry Levinson's
landmark film, Good Morning Vietnam earned Williams his
first Academy Award® nomination, with Peter Weir's Dead
Poets Society earning him a second Oscar® nomination.
Williams next starred opposite Robert De Niro in Penny Marshall's
Awakenings (bringing him a special honor from the National
Board of Review), followed by Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King
for which Williams received his third Academy Award® nomination.
He additionally starred in Barry Levinson's Toys, Steven
Spielberg's Hook, and Mike Nichols' The Birdcage.
Williams received a Golden Globe Award for his unforgettable performance
in Mrs. Doubtfire and also earned a Special Achievement
Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his vocal
contributions as the Genie in Walt Disney Pictures' now-classic
animated blockbuster feature Aladdin.
In 1996, E! Entertainment Television named Williams as "Celebrity
of the Year" for his singularly outstanding feature film
career, which now includes the immensely successful Flubber,
as well as memorable appearances in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet
and Woody Allen's Deconstructing Harry. He has also reprised
his role of the Genie in Disney's Home Video Aladdin and the
King of Thieves.
Next year Robin Williams will executive produce and star in Blue
Wolf Productions' Jakob The Liar, a story of life in a
Nazi occupied Polish ghetto during 1944.
Born in Chicago in 1951, when Williams was a senior in high school,
his Marin County, California classmates voted Robin, already known
for natural comedic talents, as Most Humorous and Most Likely
After a short stint studying political science at Claremont Men's
College in Southern California, Williams entered College of Marin
to study theater. His innate comedic and dramatic skills 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 performed on stage when
he co-starred with Steve Martin in Mike Nichols' off-Broadway
production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, has won
four Grammy Awards, including one for Robin Williams Live at the
Met on HBO, the culmination of a 23-city SRO tour. He also won
Emmy Awards for the television specials Carol, Carl, Whoopi and
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