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Transcript of Robin Williams
1.Robin Williams was born on July 21, 1951.
2.His mother, Laurie McLaurin was a former model from Jackson, Mississippi and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company in charge of the Midwest region.
4.He had an older brother named R. Todd Williams who was the co-founder of Toad Hollow Vineyards.
3.Williams had English, Welsh, Irish,Scottish, German, and French ancestry.
5.Robin graduated from Redwood High School which is just North of San Francisco. He was voted "Least Likely To Succeed" in high school.
7.Williams 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.
8.John houseman was the man who initially saw the talent of Williams while being trained at Julliard. This was the reason who told him to focus more on his stand up comedy routines rather than wasting time through acting classes.
10.When Williams was first starting out, he performed as a mime outside New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art to make money.
11.Williams later experimented with comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles, developing a successful stand-up act.
12.Big break came when cast as an alien on Happy Days in 1978; his character, Mork, was spun off into the hit series Mork & Mindy.
13.While his career was taking off, Williams faced many personal challenges. He developed a drug and alcohol problem while working on the sitcom Mork and Mindy, and would struggle with addiction for more than two decades.
15.On June 4, 1978, Robin Williams married his first wife, Valerie Velardi. Their son Zachary Pym "Zak" Williams was born on April 11, 1983.
16.During Williams's first marriage, he was involved in an relationship with Michelle Carter, a waitress whom he met in 1984. She sued him in 1986, claiming that he did not tell her he was infected with the herpes virus before he embarked on a relationship with her in the mid-1980s, during which, she said, he transmitted the virus to her. The case was settled out of court. Williams and Velardi divorced in 1988.
17.On April 30, 1989, he married Marsha Garces who was several months pregnant with his child. They had two children, Zelda Rae Williams (born July 31, 1989) and Cody Alan Williams (born November 25, 1991). In March 2008, Garces filed for divorce from Williams, citing differences.
18.Robin Williams was so good at his work that he kept improvising and the writers of Mork and Mindy left gaps in the screenplay so that he could improvise along with the play.
23.Williams owned a vineyard in California, which he joked in a TIME "10 Questions" interview is "weird," like "Gandhi owning a delicatessen."
24.He postponed his one-man show, Weapons of Self-Destruction, to undergo heart surgery in March 2009, but toured in September.
In 1996, Robin Williams reached an amazing milestone which not many actors can ever claim. He had two movies both reach the $100 million mark in the same week in the U.S. The movies were Jumanji and The Birdcage.
Williams suffered from depression. In mid-2014, Williams had admitted himself into the Hazelden Foundation Addiction Treatment Center in Lindstrom, Minnesota, for continued sobriety treatment related to his alcoholism.
On August 11, 2014, the 63-year-old comedian was found dead in his California home. His publicist released this statement: "Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time." He will be terribly missed. Rest in peace.
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