(Andrew Martin) was most recently seen in "Jakob The Liar" and the Universal Pictures
presentation "Patch Adams;' which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Williams 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 f or bringing compassion and intelligence to the part of Dr. Sean McGuire in "Good Will Hunting," a role for which he also received the Screen Actors Guild Supporting Actor Award.
Williams first captured the attention of television viewers when he landed a guest-starring role on the hit situation comedy 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 quickly signed for the now-legendary spin-off comedy series "Mork & 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 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" which earned the ensemble cast of the film an Actor Award from the Screen Actors Guild.
Williams received a Golden Globe Award for his performance in "Mrs. Doubtfire" and also earned 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."
Born in Chicago, Williams attended high school in Mann County, California. After a short stint studying political science at Claremont Men's College in Southern California, Williams entered the College of Mann to study theater, and 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. He also won Emmys for the television specials "Carol, Carl, Whoopi, and Robin," and "ABC Presents A Royal Gala."
He is also active in several humanitarian organizations and has been a primary force in "Comic Relief," an annual benefit to aid the homeless raising over $50 million to date.
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