ROBIN WILLIAMS (Walter Finch) 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 McGuire in Good Will Hunting, a role for which he also
received the Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Male
Actor in a Supporting Role.
Williams first captured the attention of television audiences
with his guest-star role as Mork on the hit situation comedy television series Happy
Days. His rapid fire, sharply hilarious yet heartfelt portrayal won 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 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
Word 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 Poet's
Society, an enormous critical and popular success, bringing him a second
Williams next starred opposite Robert De Niro in Penny
Marshall's Awakenings, 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 Chris Columbus' 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
In 1996 E! Entertainment Television named Williams
"Celebrity of the Year" for his singularly outstanding feature film
career, which now includes the immensely successful Flubber and the 1998
box office hit Patch Adams, directed by Tom Shadyac. In 1999 Robin
Williams executive produced and starred in Blue Wolf Productions' Jakob The
Liar, a story of life in a Nazi occupied Polish ghetto. In 2000 Williams
re-teamed with director Chris Columbus in the screen adaptation of the Isaac
Assimov story Bicentennial Man. Most recently, Williams starred in Danny
De Vito's dark comedy Death To Smoochy.
Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams attended high school in
Marin County, California, where he was known for his natural comedic talents. In
his senior year, his classmates voted Williams "Most Humorous" and
"Least Likely to Succeed."
After a short stint studying political science at Claremont
Men's College in Southern California, Williams entered College of Marin to
study theatre. His innate comedic and dramatic skills led to his acceptance at
The Julliard School in New York, where he spent three years under the tutelage
of acclaimed actor John Houseman and other noted professionals. In 1998 he
performed on stage with co-star 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 Robin and ABC Presents a
Royal Gala. He is also active in several humanitarian organizations, and has
been a primary force in
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