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ROBIN WILLIAMS – Lance  

Robert Williams (Lance) An Academy Award-winning actor and a multiple Grammy-winning performer unparalleled in the scope of his imagination, Robin Williams continues to add to his repertoire of indelible characters.  

Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, is currently in the middle of a sold-out comedy tour entitled "Weapons of Self-Destruction”. The tour is his first in six years, taking him across the United States and Canada, garnering critical praise along the way. In November 2008, Williams returns to the United Kingdom to perform two nights at the historic Gielgud Theatre on London's West End. 

Proceeds from Williams' first London performances in almost twenty-five years will benefit the Prince's Trust. 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 thirty-six 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 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, Robin appeared opposite Ben Stiller in the hit comedy, Night at the Museum. To date, the film has earned over $200 million in the United States alone. 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. 

Robin 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 Julliard 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. Most 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 causes too numerous to identify -covering the spectrum from health care and human rights, to education, environmental protection, and the arts. 

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 non-profit organization to help America's homeless. To date, the overall efforts of the "Comic Relief” organization have raised over $50 Million. 

In 2009, Williams will continue his comedy tour "Weapons of Self-Destruction” as well as appear in a couple of highly anticipated films. In May he reprises his role as ‘Teddy Roosevelt' in the sequel, Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian opposite Ben Stiller. 

And Thanksgiving marks the release of the Disney comedy, Old Dogs, with Williams starring opposite John Travolta. The film is a buddy comedy revolving around two best friends and business partners whose lives are turned upside down when they find themselves in the care of 7-year-old twins. 

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