Robin Williams

Written by admin on November 26th, 2010

Early life

Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Laura (ne Smith, 19222001), was a former model from New Orleans, Louisiana. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906? October 18, 1987) was a senior executive at Lincoln-Mercury Motorship in charge of the Midwest area. Williams was raised in the Episcopal Church, though his mother practiced Christian Science. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the Detroit Country Day School, and Marin County, California, where he attended the public Redwood High School. Williams also attended Claremont McKenna College (then called Claremont Men’s College) for four years.

He has two half-brothers: Todd (who died August 14, 2007) and McLaurin.

Williams has described himself as a quiet child whose first imitation was of his grandmother to his mother. He did not overcome his shyness until he became involved with his high-school drama department.

In 1973, Williams was one of only 20 students accepted into the freshman class at the Juilliard School, and one of only two students to be accepted by John Houseman into the Advanced Program at the school that year, the other being Christopher Reeve. In his dialects class, Williams had no trouble mastering all dialects quickly. WIlliams left Juilliard in 1976.

Television career

After appearing in the cast of the short-lived The Richard Pryor Show on NBC, Williams was cast by Garry Marshall as the alien Mork in the hit TV series “Happy Days”. As Mork, Williams improvised much of his dialogue and devised plenty of rapid-fire verbal and physical comedy, speaking in a high, nasal voice. Mork’s appearance was so popular with viewers that it led to a spin-off hit television sitcom, Mork and Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982. Although playing the same character as in his appearance in Happy Days, the show was set in the present day, in Boulder, Colorado, instead of late ’50s in Milwaukee. Mork was an extremely popular character, featured on posters, coloring books, lunchboxes, and other merchandise.

Starting in the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, Williams began to reach a wider audience with his standup comedy, including three HBO comedy specials, Off The Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1982), and Robin Williams: Live at the Met (1986). Also in 1986, Williams reached an ever wider audience to exhibit his style at the 58th Academy Awards show; noting the Hollywood writers strike that year he commented that the Hollywood writer… “is the only man in the world that can blow smoke up his own ass.” As a result, Williams has never hosted the Academy Awards again.

His standup work has been a consistent thread through his career, as is seen by the success of his one-man show (and subsequent DVD) Robin Williams Live on Broadway (2002). He was voted 13th on Comedy Central’s list “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time” in 2004.

After some encouragement from his friend Whoopi Goldberg, he was set to make a guest appearance in the 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, “A Matter of Time”, but he had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict; Matt Frewer took his place as a time-traveling con man, Professor Berlingoff Rasmussen.

Williams also appeared on an episode of the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 3, Episode 9: November 16, 2000). During a game of “Scenes from a Hat”, the scene “What Robin Williams is thinking right now” was drawn, and Williams stated “I have a career. What the hell am I doing here?”

Cinema career

Most of Williams’ acting career has been in film, although he has given some performances on stage as well (notably as Estragon in a production of Waiting for Godot with Steve Martin). His performance in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) got Williams nominated for an Academy Award. Many of his roles have been comedies tinged with pathos, for example The Birdcage and Mrs. Doubtfire.

His role as the Genie in the animated film Aladdin was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting. Williams also used his voice talents in Fern Gully, as the holographic Dr. Know in the 2001 feature A.I. Artificial Intelligence, the 2005 animated feature Robots, the 2006 Academy Award winning Happy Feet, and an uncredited vocal performance in 2006’s Everyone’s Hero. Furthermore, he was the voice of The Timekeeper, a former attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort about a time-traveling robot who encounters Jules Verne and brings him to the future.

Williams has also starred in dramatic films, which got him two subsequent Academy Award nominations: First for playing an English teacher in Dead Poets Society (1989), and later for playing a troubled homeless man in The Fisher King (1991); that same year, he played an adult Peter Pan in the movie Hook. Other acclaimed dramatic films include Awakenings (1990) and What Dreams May Come (1998). In the 2002 dramatic thriller Insomnia, Williams portrays a writer/killer on the run from a sleep-deprived Los Angeles policeman (played by Al Pacino) in rural Alaska. And also in 2002, in the psychological thriller One Hour Photo, Williams played an emotionally disturbed photo development technician who becomes obsessed with a family for whom he has developed pictures for a long time.

In 1998, he won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role as a psychologist in Good Will Hunting. However, by the early 2000s, he was thought by some to be typecast in films such as Patch Adams (1998) and Bicentennial Man (1999) that critics complained were excessively maudlin. In 2006 Williams starred in The Night Listener, a thriller about a radio show host who realizes he has developed a friendship with a child who may or may not exist.

He is known for his improvisational skills and impersonations. His performances frequently involve impromptu humor designed and delivered in rapid-fire succession while on stage. According to the Aladdin DVD commentary, most of his dialogue as the Genie was improvised.

In 2006, he starred in five movies including Man of the Year and was the Surprise Guest at the 2006 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. He appeared on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that aired on January 30, 2006.

At one point, he was in the running to play the Riddler in Batman Forever until director Tim Burton dropped the project. Earlier, Williams had been a strong contender to play the Joker in Batman. He had expressed interest in assuming the role in The Dark Knight, the sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins, although the part of the Joker was played by Heath Ledger, who went on to win, posthumously, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He was portrayed by Chris Diamantopoulos in the made-for-TV biopic Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005), documenting the actor’s arrival in Hollywood as a struggling comedian.

Disputes with Disney

In gratitude for his success with the Disney/Touchstone film Good Morning, Vietnam, Robin Williams voiced the Genie in the Disney animated film Aladdin for SAG scale pay (,000), on condition that his name or image not be used for marketing, and his (supporting) character not take more than 25% of space on advertising artwork, since Toys was scheduled for release one month after Aladdin’s debut. The studio went back on the deal on both counts, especially in poster art by having the Genie in 25% of the image, but having other major and supporting characters portrayed considerably smaller. Disney’s Hyperion book, Aladdin: The Making Of An Animated Film, listed both of Williams’ characters “The Peddler” and “The Genie” ahead of main characters, but was forced to refer to him only as “the actor signed to play the Genie”.

Williams and Disney had a bitter falling-out, and as a result Dan Castellaneta voiced the Genie in The Return of Jafar, the Aladdin animated television series, and had recorded his voice for Aladdin and the King of Thieves. When Jeffrey Katzenberg was fired from Disney and replaced by former 20th Century Fox production head Joe Roth (whose last act for Fox was greenlighting Williams’ film Mrs. Doubtfire), Roth arranged for a public apology to Williams by Disney. Williams agreed to perform in Hollywood Pictures’ Jack, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and even agreed to voice the Genie again for the King Of Thieves sequel (for considerably more than scale), replacing all of Castellaneta’s dialogue.

When Williams re-teamed with Doubtfire director Chris Columbus for 1999’s Bicentennial Man, Disney asked that the budget be cut by approximately ?million, and when the film was released on Christmas Day, it flopped at the box office. Williams blamed Disney’s marketing and the loss of content the film had suffered due to the budget cuts. As a result, Williams was again on bad terms with Disney, and Castellaneta was once again recruited to replace him as Genie in the Kingdom Hearts video game series and the House of Mouse TV series. The DVD release for Aladdin has no involvement whatsoever from Williams in the bonus materials, although some of his original recording sessions can be seen.

Robin Williams has recently made peace with the Walt Disney Company and in 2009 agreed to be inducted into the Disney hall of fame, designated as a Disney Legend.

Stand-up career

Robin Williams has done a number of stand-up comedy tours since the early 1970s. Some of his most notable tours include An Evening With Robin Williams (1982), Robin Williams: At The Met (1986) and Robin Williams LIVE on Broadway (2002). The latter broke many long held records for a comedy show. In some cases, tickets were sold out within thirty minutes of going on sale.

After a six-year break, in August 2008 Williams announced a brand new 26-city tour titled “Weapons of Self Destruction”. He was quoted as saying that this was his last chance to make cracks at the expense of the current Bush Administration, but by the time the show was staged only a few minutes covered that subject. The tour started at the end of September 2009, finishing in New York on December 3, and was the subject of an HBO special on December 8, 2009.


Robin Williams gained a reputation for stealing material from other comics to the extent that David Brenner claims that he confronted Williams personally and threatened him with bodily harm if he heard Williams utter another one of his jokes.

Personal life

Robin Williams’ first marriage was to Valerie Velardi on June 4, 1978, with whom he has one child, Zachary Pym (Zak) (born April 11, 1983). During Williams’ first marriage, he was involved in an extramarital relationship with Michelle Tish Carter, a cocktail waitress whom he met in 1984. She sued him in 1986, claiming that he did not tell her he was infected with the herpes simplex virus before he embarked on a sexual relationship with her in the mid-1980s, during which, she said, he transmitted the virus to her. The case was settled out of court.

On April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces, his son’s nanny who was already several months pregnant with his child. They have two children, Zelda Rae (born July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan (born November 25, 1991). However, in March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing irreconcilable differences.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Williams had an addiction to cocaine; he has since quit. Williams was a close friend and frequent partier alongside John Belushi. He says the death of his friend and the birth of his son prompted him to quit drugs: “Was it a wake-up call? Oh yeah, on a huge level. The grand jury helped too.”

On August 9, 2006, Williams checked himself in to a substance-abuse rehabilitation center (located in Newberg, Oregon), later admitting that he was an alcoholic. His publicist delivered the announcement:

“After 20 years of sobriety, Robin Williams found himself drinking again and has decided to take proactive measures to deal with this for his own well-being and the well-being of his family. He asks that you respect his and his family’s privacy during this time. He looks forward to returning to work this fall to support his upcoming film releases.”

On August 20, 2007, Williams’ elder brother, Robert Todd Williams, died of complications from heart surgery performed a month earlier.

Williams is a member of the Episcopal Church. He has described his denomination in a comedy routine as “Catholic Lite?; same rituals, half the guilt.”

While studying at Juilliard, Williams befriended Christopher Reeve. They had several classes together in which they were the only students, and they remained good friends for the rest of Reeve’s life. Williams visited Reeve after the horse riding accident that rendered him a quadriplegic, and cheered him up by pretending to be an eccentric Russian doctor (similar to his role in Nine Months). Williams claimed that he was there to perform a colonoscopy. Reeve stated that he laughed for the first time since the accident and knew that life was going to be okay.


Williams was hospitalized in March 2009 due to heart problems. Williams postponed his one-man tour in order to undergo surgery to replace his aortic valve. The surgery was successfully completed on March 13, 2009, at the Cleveland Clinic.

Other interests

Williams speaking at the 2008 BBC World Debate

Williams is an avid enthusiast of games (even naming his daughter after Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda video game series), enjoying pen-and-paper role-playing games and online video games, recently playing Warcraft 3, Day of Defeat, Half-Life, and the first-person shooter Battlefield 2 as a sniper. On January 6, 2006, he performed live at Consumer Electronics Show during Google’s keynote. In the 2006 E3, on the invitation of Will Wright, he demonstrated the creature editor of Spore while simultaneously commenting on the creature’s look: “This will actually make a platypus look good.” He also complimented the game’s versatility, comparing it to Populous and Black & White. Later that year, he was one of several celebrities to participate in the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day.

Williams has gone on record as a fan of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, and incorporated a scene referencing it in One Hour Photo where he purchases a model kit from it as a gift.

A fan of professional road cycling, he was a regular on the US Postal and Discovery Channel Pro Cycling team bus and hotels during the years Lance Armstrong dominated the Tour de France. He owns over 50 bicycles.

He also enjoys rugby union and is a big fan of former All Black, Jonah Lomu.

Williams is a supporter of eco-friendly vehicles. He currently drives a Toyota Prius, but is on the waiting list to be an early adopter of the Aptera 2-series electric vehicle.

Charity work

Williams and his former wife, Marsha, founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many different charities. Williams devotes much of his energy doing work for charities, including the Comic Relief fund-raising efforts. In December 1999, he sang in French on the BBC-inspired music video of international celebrities doing a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock & Roll” for the charity Children’s Promise.

Williams has performed with the USO for U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.







Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses?






The World According to Garp

T.S. Garp


The Survivors

Donald Quinelle


Moscow on the Hudson

Vladimir Ivanov

Nominated? Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy


Seize the Day

Tommy Wilhelm

Club Paradise

Jack Moniker

The Best of Times

Jack Dundee


Good Morning, Vietnam

Adrian Cronauer

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Nominated? Academy Award for Best Actor

Nominated? BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role


The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

King of the Moon

Credited as Ray D. Tutto

Portrait of a White Marriage

Air Conditioning Salesman

Rabbit Ears: Pecos Bill




Dead Poets Society

John Keating

Nominated? Academy Award for Best Actor

Nominated? BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Nominated? Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama

I’m from Hollywood




Dr. Malcolm Sayer

Nominated? Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Drama

Cadillac Man

Joey O’Brien

Back to Neverland




Peter Banning / Peter Pan

The Fisher King


Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Nominated? Academy Award for Best Actor

Dead Again

Doctor Cozy Carlisle

“Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship”





Leslie Zevo





The Timekeeper

The Timekeeper

FernGully: The Last Rainforest

Batty Koda


Shakes the Clown

Mime Class Instructor


Mrs. Doubtfire

Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire

Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Being Human



In Search of Dr. Seuss



Aladdin and the King of Thieves




Alan Parrish

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

Nine Months

Dr. Kosevich




The Secret Agent

The Professor


Jack Powell

The Birdcage

Armand Goldman

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Good Will Hunting

Sean Maguire

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated? Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor Motion Picture

Nominated? Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture


Professor Philip Brainard

Deconstructing Harry

Mel/Harry’s Character

Fathers’ Day

Dale Putley


Patch Adams

Hunter “Patch” Adams

Nominated? Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Junket Whore


What Dreams May Come

Chris Nielsen


Bicentennial Man

Andrew Martin

Jakob the Liar

Jakob Heym/Narrator

Get Bruce



Model Behavior



A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Know



The Rutles 2: Can’t Buy Me Lunch

Hans Hnkie


Walter Finch

Death to Smoochy

‘Rainbow’ Randolph Smiley

One Hour Photo

Sy Parrish



Charlie Boyd/The Priest

House of D


The Final Cut

Alan W. Hakman


The Big White

Paul Barnell




The Aristocrats



Man of the Year

Tom Dobbs

Night at the Museum

Theodore Roosevelt

Happy Feet



Everyone’s Hero

Napoleon Cross



Bob Munro

The Night Listener

Gabriel Noone


License to Wed

Reverend Frank

August Rush

Maxwell “Wizard” Wallace




World’s Greatest Dad

Lance Clayton

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Theodore Roosevelt

Old Dogs

Dan Rayburn


Wedding Banned

John Fischer

In development


Happy Feet 2 in 3D


Voice role








Richard Pryor Show



“Man with Bad Arm,” “John Brownstein, Defense Attorney/Archeologist/Shopper,” “Himself,” “Himself/Titanic Survivor/Voice of Gun”


Eight is Enough

Episode: “The Return of Auntie V”


Happy Days


Episode: My Favorite Orkan

America 2-Night

Jason Shine

Episodes: “Jason Shine” and “Olfactory Distosis Telethon”


Mork & Mindy


Appeared in 92 episodes


Happy Days


Episode: “Mork Returns”

Out of the Blue

Episode: “Random’s Arrival”


Saturday Night Live




The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour


Episode: #1.1

Faerie Tale Theatre

Frog/Prince Robin

Episode: “Tale of the Frog Prince”

SCTV Network 90


Episode: “Jane Eyrehead”


Saturday Night Live



Pryor’s Place


Episode: “Sax Education”


Saturday Night Live



The Max Headroom Show


Episode: “Max Headroom’s Giant Christmas Turkey”


Saturday Night Live









The Larry Sanders Show


Episode: “Hank’s Contract”


Homicide: Life on the Streets

Robert Ellison

Episode: “Bop Gun”

Live & Kicking


The Larry Sanders Show


Episode: “Montana”



Episode: “Filmen ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ svensk premir”

In the Wild


Episode: “In the Wild: Dolphins with Robin Williams”


Primer Plano



American Masters


Episode: “Take Two: Mike Nichols and Elaine May”

Primer Plano





HBO First Look


Episode: “Fathers Day”



Himself/Sean Maguire

Episode: “Filmen ‘Good Will Hunting”

Hollywood Squares


Guest appearance

Noel’s House Party


Episode: #8.10


L.A. Doctors

Hugo Kinsley

Episode: “Just Duet”


Whose Line Is It Anyways?


Episodes: #3.4 and #3.9


Comedy Central Canned Ham


Episode: “Death to Smoochy”

Leute heute


Supermarket Sweep





Episodes: “E3 03, Playa;” “Players Halloweenie Televizzie”

Freedoom: A History of Us

Josiah Quincy/Ulysses S. Grant/Missouri Farmer/Wilbur Wright/Orville Wright

Episodes: “Wake Up America,” “A War to End Slavery,” “Liberty for All,” and “Safe for Democracy”

Life With Bonnie

Kevin Powalski

Episode: “Psychic”


This Hour Has 22 Minutes



Just For Laughs



Extreme Makeover: Home Edition


Mind of Mencia


Episode: “That’s F**king Historical”



Episode: #15.15


American Idol: The Search for a New Superstar

Ivan “Bob” Poppanoff the “Russian Idol”/Himself

Episodes: “Idol Gives Back” and “Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated”

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Merrit Rook

Episode: “Authority”


SpongeBob SquarePants


Episode: “Truth or Square”

TV Land Moguls


Episode: “The 80s”


Williams sings a version of “Come Together” with Bobby McFerrin on In My Life, a Beatles tribute album produced by George Martin. He also sings “A Mi Manera (My Way)”, on the Happy Feet soundtrack. For the 1993 soundtrack of Mrs. Doubtfire, and the film, he sings a rendition of a fragment of Gioachino Rossini’s “Largo al factotum” from The Barber of Seville.

Williams appeared in the music video of Bobby McFerrin’s hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”.

Reality…What a Concept (1979)

Throbbing Python of Love (1983)

A Night at the Met (1986)

Pecos Bill (1988)

Live 2002 (2002)

DVDs and videos

An Evening with Robin Williams (1982, VHS)

Robin Williams: Live at the Met (1986, VHS)

Robin Williams: Live on Broadway (2002)

Robin Williams: Raul’s House 2 (2009)[citation needed]

Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction (TBA)


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^ “Mork & Me”. The Archies. 2005-12-05.


^ Robin Williams plays Spore

^ Dungeons and Dragons Game Day at London Dungeon,

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^ Bobby McFerrin Homepage

“Road Trip with Robin”

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“Robin Williams’ impersonator stopped” (

“Robin Williams Enters Rehab”, August 9, 2006 (Access Hollywood)

Lovece, Frank, New York Newsday (April 27, 2006)


Jay David (1999). The Life and Humor of Robin Williams: A Biography. New York: Quill. ISBN 978-068815245-1.?

Andy Dougan (1999). Robin Williams: A Biography. Thunder’s Mouth Press. ISBN 978-156025213-9.?

Stephen J. Spignesi (1997). The Robin Williams Scrapbook. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Pub.. ISBN 978-080651891-6.?

External links

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Awards for Robin Williams


Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

John Gielgud (1981)? Louis Gossett, Jr. (1982)? Jack Nicholson (1983)? Haing S. Ngor (1984)? Don Ameche (1985)? Michael Caine (1986)? Sean Connery (1987)? Kevin Kline (1988)? Denzel Washington (1989)? Joe Pesci (1990)? Jack Palance (1991)? Gene Hackman (1992)? Tommy Lee Jones (1993)? Martin Landau (1994)? Kevin Spacey (1995)? Cuba Gooding, Jr. (1996)? Robin Williams (1997)? James Coburn (1998)? Michael Caine (1999)? Benicio del Toro (2000)

Complete list? (19361940)? (19411960)? (19611980)? (19812000)? (2001-present)


Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program

Harvey Korman / Brenda Vaccaro (1974)? Jack Albertson / Cloris Leachman (1975)? Chevy Chase / Vicki Lawrence (1976)? Tim Conway / Rita Moreno (1977)? Tim Conway / Gilda Radner (1978)? George Hearn (1985)? Whitney Houston (1986)? Robin Williams (1987)? Robin Williams (1988)? Linda Ronstadt (1989)? Tracey Ullman (1990)? Billy Crystal (1991)? Billy Crystal (1992)? Dana Carvey (1993)? Tracey Ullman (1994)? Barbra Streisand (1995)? Tony Bennett (1996)? Bette Midler (1997)? Billy Crystal (1998)? John Leguizamo (1999)? Eddie Izzard (2000)

Complete list: (19742000)? (2001resent)


Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Dudley Moore (1981)? Dustin Hoffman (1982)? Michael Caine (1983)? Dudley Moore (1984)? Jack Nicholson (1985)? Paul Hogan (1986)? Robin Williams (1987)? Tom Hanks (1988)? Morgan Freeman (1989)? Grard Depardieu (1990)? Robin Williams (1991)? Tim Robbins (1992)? Robin Williams (1993)? Hugh Grant (1994)? John Travolta (1995)? Tom Cruise (1996)? Jack Nicholson (1997)? Michael Caine (1998)? Jim Carrey (1999)? George Clooney (2000)

Complete List? (19501960)? (19611980)? (19812000)? (2001resent)


Golden Globe Award for Best Actor Television Series Musical or Comedy

Flip Wilson (1970)? Carroll O’Connor (1971)? Redd Foxx (1972)? Jack Klugman (1973)? Alan Alda (1974)? Alan Alda (1975)? Henry Winkler (1976)? Henry Winkler (1977)? Robin Williams (1978)? Alan Alda (1979)? Alan Alda (1980)? Alan Alda (1981)? Alan Alda (1982)? John Ritter (1983)? Bill Cosby (1984)? Bill Cosby (1985)? Bruce Willis (1986)? Dabney Coleman (1987)? Michael J. Fox/Judd Hirsch/Richard Mulligan (1988)? Ted Danson (1989)

Complete List? (1970-1989)? (1990resent)


Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Martin Landau (1994)? Ed Harris (1995)? Cuba Gooding, Jr. (1996)? Robin Williams (1997)? Robert Duvall (1998)? Michael Caine (1999)? Albert Finney (2000)

Complete list? (1994-2000)? (2001-present)


MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance

Billy Crystal (1992) Robin Williams (1993) Jim Carrey (1994) Jim Carrey (1995) Jim Carrey (1996) Jim Carrey (1997) Jim Carrey (1998) Adam Sandler (1999) Adam Sandler (2000) Ben Stiller (2001) Reese Witherspoon (2002) Mike Myers (2003) Jack Black (2004) Dustin Hoffman (2005) Steve Carell (2006) Sacha Baron Cohen (2007) Johnny Depp (2008) Jim Carrey (2009)


Hosts of the Academy Awards ceremonies

Johnny Carson (1981)? Johnny Carson (1982)? Liza Minnelli / Dudley Moore / Richard Pryor / Walter Matthau (1983)? Johnny Carson (1984)? Jack Lemmon (1985)? Alan Alda / Jane Fonda / Robin Williams (1986)? Chevy Chase / Goldie Hawn / Paul Hogan (1987)? Chevy Chase (1988)? None (1989)? Billy Crystal (1990)? Billy Crystal (1991)? Billy Crystal (1992)? Billy Crystal (1993)? Whoopi Goldberg (1994)? David Letterman (1995)? Whoopi Goldberg (1996)? Billy Crystal (1997)? Billy Crystal (1998)? Whoopi Goldberg (1999)? Billy Crystal (2000)

Complete List? (19291940)? (19411960)? (19611980)? (19812000)? (2001-present)



Williams, Robin


Williams, Robin McLaurim


Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian




Chicago, Illinois, United States



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