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Robin Williams

Actor Date of birth 21st July 1951
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
Year of debut 1980
First feature film Popeye

Awards

  • Academy Awards won1
  • Academy Awards nominated4
  • BAFTA Awards nominated2
  • Golden Globe Awards won3
  • Golden Globe Awards nominated8
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Biography

Robin Williams was an introverted child who overcame his shyness by acting in high school plays. After training at Juilliard, he started doing stand up gigs. His energetic comic style led to a lead role on Mork & Mindy, a hit TV sitcom that ran for four years. He moved into movies with memorable comic roles in Mrs.Doubtfire and The Birdcage. He is also an accomplished dramatic actor, winning an Oscar for his performance in Good Will Hunting.

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Robin Williams's films

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Packshot for the film The Butler
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
127 Mins
Released
2013

Inspired by a true story. A poor man (Forest Whitaker) becomes a butler at the White House. With Robin Williams. Moderate violence, disturbing images & one use of strong language.

Rent for £3.99
Packshot for the film The Big Wedding
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
87 Mins
Released
2013

A divorced couple (Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton) pretend to be married for their son's wedding. With Katherine Heigl. Strong language, once very strong, & strong sex references.

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Packshot for the film Night At The Museum
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
104 Mins
Released
2006

The exhibits in a museum come to life. With Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams and Steve Coogan. Contains comic scary moments.

Rent for £2.50
Packshot for the film Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
100 Mins
Released
2009

Ben Stiller heads to a magical museum to rescue some old friends. Co stars Amy Adams, Hank Azaria and Owen Wilson. Mild comic violence and scary moments.

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Packshot for the film Happy Feet
Certificate
U Certificate
Duration
104 Mins
Released
2006

Animated adventure starring a dancing penguin (Elijah Wood). With Robin Williams and Hugh Jackman. Contains mildly scary imagery.

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Packshot for the film Insomnia
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
113 Mins
Released
2002

An L.A detective (Al Pacino) teams up with a local cop (Hilary Swank) to track a killer in a small town. Contains frequent strong language and sex references, some grisly images.

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Did you know?

  • Robin Williams met Christopher Reeve at Juilliard and they became close friends. A week after Christopher's horse riding accident, Robin visited him in hospital wearing scrubs, a surgical mask and talking in a Russian accent. When Robin revealed his true identity, Christopher told Robin it was the first time he had laughed since his accident. Robin dedicated his Cecille B. DeMille lifetime achievement award to Christopher who passed away in 2004.
  • He admits that he was addicted to cocaine during the seventies. His wake up call came when his good friend John Belushi died of a drugs overdose.
  • He often improvises in his roles. He regularly ad-libbed on Mork & Mindy to the point where the sitcom's writers would leave gaps in the script and write "Mork can go off the handle here". He improvised over sixteen hours of material for his role as the genie in Aladdin.
  • When Steven Spielberg was making Schindler's List, he would frequently call up Robin up and put him on speakerphone so he could tell jokes to the cast and crew to cheer them up.
  • He has an eight inch scar on his chest after undergoing heart surgery in 2009.

Awards

  • 1 Academy Awards won

    • 1997 Actor in a Supporting role - Good Will Hunting
  • 4 Academy Awards nominated

    • 1997 Actor in a Supporting role - Good Will Hunting
    • 1991 Actor in a Leading Role - The Fisher King
    • 1989 Actor in a Leading Role - Dead Poets Society
    • 1987 Actor in a Leading Role - Good Morning, Vietnam
  • 2 BAFTA Awards nominated

    • 1989 Actor in a Leading Role - Dead Poets Society
    • 1988 Actor in a Leading Role - Good Morning, Vietnam
  • 3 Golden Globe Awards won

    • 1994 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Mrs.Doubtfire
    • 1992 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - The Fisher King
    • 1988 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Good Morning, Vietnam
  • 8 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 1999 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Patch Adams
    • 1998 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Good Will Hunting
    • 1994 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Mrs.Doubtfire
    • 1992 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - The Fisher King
    • 1991 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Awakenings
    • 1990 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - Dead Poets Society
    • 1988 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Good Morning, Vietnam
    • 1985 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Moscow On The Hudson