MAN OF THE YEAR
An Academy Award┬«-winning actor and a multiple Grammy-winning performer
unparalleled in the scope of his imagination, ROBIN WILLIAMS (Tom Dobbs)
continues to add to his repertoire of indelible characters.
In 1998, Williams received Academy┬« and Screen Actors Guild awards for his
performance as Sean McGuire, the therapist who counsels Matt Damon's title
character—a math genius—in Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting. The Academy
previously nominated Williams for Best Actor in The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society
and Good Morning, Vietnam. Williams also garnered a special honor from the National
Board of Review for his performance opposite Robert De Niro in Awakenings. In 2004,
Williams received the prestigious Career Achievement Award from the Chicago
International Film Festival and, in 2005, the HFPA honored him with the Cecil B.
DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.
Williams most recently appeared in Sony Pictures' comedy RV, for director Barry
Sonnenfeld, and opposite Toni Collette in Patrick Stettner's The Night Listener.
The final quarter of 2006 will see the release of three major films, each which will
once again display the amazing diversity of Williams as an actor. In addition to
October's Man of the Year, in November, Williams lends his award-winning vocal talents
to Warner Bros.' highly anticipated animated film Happy Feet. In December, he will
appear as Theodore Roosevelt, opposite Ben Stiller, in Twentieth Century Fox's film
Night at the Museum.
In addition, Williams will star in two films expected for release in 2007. In
Kirsten Sheridan's August Rush, he'll appear as a caretaker to a musically gifted orphan
named August, portrayed by Freddie Highmore. The film also stars Jonathan Rhys
Meyers and Terrence Howard. In the comedy License to Wed, Williams stars as a pushy
minister who orders a young couple (played by Mandy Moore and John Krasinski) to
complete a grueling marriage preparation course if they want to marry in his church.
Williams first captured the attention of the world as Mork from Ork on the hit
television series Mork & Mindy. Born in Chicago and raised in Michigan and California,
he trained at New York's Juilliard School under John Houseman. Williams made his
cinematic debut as the title character in Robert Altman's Popeye. Additional early
motion-picture credits include Paul Mazursky's Moscow on the Hudson, in which he
played a Russian musician who decides to defect, and The World According to Garp,
George Roy Hill's adaptation of John Irving's acclaimed best-selling novel about a writer
and his feminist mother.
Williams' filmography includes a number of blockbusters. In 1993, he starred in
Chris Columbus' Mrs. Doubtfire. For Mike Nichols, Williams portrayed Armand
Goldman in The Birdcage, for which the cast won a SAG ensemble award. In 1996, both
The Birdcage and Jumanji reached the $100-million mark in the U.S. in exactly the same
week. Williams went on to assume the dual roles of Peter Pan/Peter Banning in Steven
Spielberg's Hook, play a medical student who treats patients with humor in Patch Adams
and star in Disney's Flubber.
In a departure from the usual comedic and family fare he is best known for,
Williams collaborated with two accomplished young directors on dramatic thrillers. For
Christopher Nolan, he starred opposite Al Pacino as reclusive novelist Walter Finch—the
primary suspect in the murder of a teenage girl in a small Alaska town—in Insomnia. In
Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo, Williams played a photo-lab employee who becomes
obsessed with a young suburban family.
Using only his voice, Williams created one of the most vivid characters in recent
memory—the Blue Genie of the Lamp in Disney's Aladdin. The performance redefined
how animations were voiced. Audio versions of his one-man sh
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