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An Academy Award®-winning actor and multiple Grammy®- winning performer unparalleled in the scope of his imagination, ROBIN WILLIAMS (Dan) continues to add to his repertoire of indelible characters.

Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, is currently on the second leg of his sold-out comedy tour entitled "Weapons of Self Destruction.” The critically-acclaimed tour has taken him across the United States and Canada, and to the United Kingdom where he performed two nights at the historic Gielgud Theatre on London's West End to benefit the Prince's Trust. The current leg will include Williams' highly anticipated return to the New York City stage and two dates in Washington, DC, where the show will be filmed for an HBO special to air in December 2009.

On the big screen, Williams was most recently seen starring in the dark comedy, "World's Greatest Dad.” The film premiered to raves at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Williams' performance has been touted as one of the best of his career. Bobcat Goldthwait directed the film, which was released by Magnolia Pictures in August 2009.

Well known for his free-associative monologues and for pointing out life's absurdities through his astute social and political observations, Williams' last stand-up comedy tour was in 2002. After a 16-year absence from the stand-up scene, he hit the road and toured America with a critically acclaimed one-man show that visited 36 cities. That tour became the highest-grossing comedy tour ever and culminated in a final performance filmed by HBO and broadcast live from New York on July 14, 2002. The special, entitled "Robin Williams: Live on Broadway,” was nominated for five Emmy Awards®.

In 1997, Williams received an Oscar® and a Screen Actors Guild Award® for his performance as Sean Maguire, the therapist who counsels Matt Damon's math genius character 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 garnered a special honor from the National Board of Review for his performance opposite Robert DeNiro 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' 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 USA in exactly the same week. Williams went on to assume the dual roles of Peter Pan/Peter Banning in Steven Spielberg's "Hook,” to play a medical student who treats patients with humor in "Patch Adams” and to star in Disney's "Flubber.” In 2006, Williams appeared opposite Ben Stiller in the hit comedy "Night at the Museum.” To date, the film has earned more than $250 million in the United States alone. In May 2009, he reprised his role as Teddy Roosevelt in the sequel "Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian,” which so far has earned another $400 million for the franchise worldwide. In addition, Williams' award-winning vocal talents helped propel the Warner Bros. animated film "Happy Feet” to another $200 million box office, as well as the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film.

Williams first captured the attention of the world as Mork from Ork on the hit series "Mork & Mindy.” Born in Chicago and raised in both 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. More recent credits include Sony Pictures' hit comedy "R.V.,” Barry Levinson's political comedy "Man of the Year,” and the Ken Kwapis comedy "License to Wed,” opposite John Krasinski and Mandy Moore.

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 teenaged girl in a small Alaskan 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 shows and the children's record "Pecos Bill” have won him five Grammy Awards®. More recently, Williams lent his vocal talents to the blockbuster hit animated feature "Robots.”

Williams' stage credits include a landmark production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot,” directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Steve Martin, and, most recently, a short run in San Francisco of "The Exonerated,” which tells the true stories of six innocent survivors of death row.

Offstage, Williams takes great joy in supporting numerous causes including health care, human rights, education, environmental protection and the arts, among others. He has toured the Middle East four times to help raise morale among the troops and is, perhaps, best known philanthropically for his affiliation with "Comic Relief,” which was founded in 1986 as a nonprofit organization to help America's homeless. To date, the overall efforts of the "Comic Relief ” organization have raised more than $50 million.


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