NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM SECRET OF THE TOMB
ROBIN WILLIAMS (Teddy Roosevelt) was an Academy Award, Emmy and Grammy winning
performer, unparalleled in the scope of his imagination, and with a repertoire
of indelible characters.
He passed away earlier this year.
In 2013, Williams returned to television in the new CBS show "The Crazy Ones,"
opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar and James Wolk. Williams played a renowned
advertising genius at a powerful agency whose unorthodox methods have his
daughter (Gellar) constantly working to keep him in check.
On the big screen, Williams was seen as Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' The
Butler, opposite an all-star cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave,
John Cusack, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda, among others. The film is based on the
life of former White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), who
served eight U.S. presidents during his tenure.
Williams' most recent films are Dito Montiel's Boulevard, a dramatic feature
that tells the story of a devoted husband in a marriage of convenience, who is
forced to confront his secret life. He stars in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,
opposite Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, James Earl Jones and Melissa Leo. The film
follows an obnoxious patient who is falsely told he only has 90 minutes to live
by a stand-in doctor. The man tries to use his remaining time to connect with
all the people he has wronged in his life, while his regular doctor tries to
track him down to tell him he's been misdiagnosed. Williams also stars in A
Friggin' Christmas Miracle, starring opposite Joel McHale and Lauren Graham.
Williams began his career in stand-up comedy and, in April 2012, he was honored
with the Stand-Up Icon Award at the 2012 Comedy Awards. In late 2008, Williams
returned to his roots as a stand-up comedian with his critically acclaimed,
sold-out, "Weapons of Self Destruction" comedy tour, which was hailed as one of
the most successful stand-up comedy tours of the year. Over the course of the
tour, Williams performed 90 shows in 65 cities in front of 300,000 fans across
the country, as well as internationally in London, Canada and Australia. The
tour grossed an astounding $40 million and it was taped over two nights at
Washington, D.C's DAR Constitution Hall for an HBO special that premiered as the
network's highest rated stand-up comedy special of 2009.
William's 2002 comedy special entitled "Robin Williams: Live on Broadway" became
the highest-grossing comedy tour ever and was nominated for five Emmy Awards.
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 Williams 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 is perhaps most widely revered for his performance as 'Sean Maguire,'
the therapist who counsels Matt Damon's math genius character in Gus Van Sant's
Good Will Hunting. Williams' performance earned him an Oscar and Screen Actors
Guild award. 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' filmography includes a number of blockbusters. In 1993, he starred in
Chris Columbus' Mrs. Doubtfire, which became a fan favorite. For the late
director Mike Nichols, Williams portrayed 'Armand Goldman' in The Birdcage, for
which the cast won a SAG ensemble award. In 1996, both The Birdcage and
Williams' adventure film, Jumanji, reached the $100 million mark in the U.S. in
the same week. Williams went on to assume the dual roles of Peter Pan/Peter
Banning in Steven Spielberg's Hook. He later starred as a medical student who
treats patients with humor in Patch Adams, and in Disney's family film, Flubber.
In 2006, Williams appeared opposite Ben Stiller in the hit comedy, Night at the
Museum, and he reprised his role as 'Teddy Roosevelt' in the sequel, Night at
the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. In addition, Williams' award-winning
vocal talents helped propel the Warner Bros. animated film, Happy Feet, to
almost $400 million at the box office, and the film won the Academy Award for
Best Animated Feature Film. He reprised that role in 2011 for Happy Feet Two.
In a departure from the usual comedic and family fare he was 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.
In 2009, Williams starred in Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad. The film
premiered to raves at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and Williams' performance
was touted as one of the best of his career.
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.
Williams also lent his vocal talents to the blockbuster hit animated feature
Williams also appeared in several stage productions, most recently making his
Broadway debut in 2009 in Rajiv Joseph's "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo." His
performance earned him critical praise and a nomination for the Drama League's
Distinguished Performance Award. In this darkly comic tale, Williams served as
narrator as the titular tiger held captive in the Baghdad Zoo. The play follows
the intertwined lives of two American marines and one Iraqi gardener as they
search through the rubble of war for friendship, redemption and a toilet seat
made of gold. Williams' additional stage credits include a landmark production
of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," directed by Mike Nichols and
co-starring Steve Martin, and a short run in San Francisco of "The Exonerated,"
which tells the true stories of six innocent survivors of death row.
Offstage, Williams took 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. Headlining a number of USO tours,
Williams traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan five times to help raise morale among
the troops. He 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.
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