1952 - Robin McLaurim Williams born on the 21st of July, is an Academy Award-winning American actor and comedian. As an actor he has had starring roles on television, stage, and film. Williams was born in Chicago. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, who was of English, Welsh and Irish descent, was a senior executive at Ford in charge of the Midwest area. His mother, Laurie, is a New Orleans-born former model of French descent. He was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Marin County, California.
1978 - First marriage was to Valerie Velardi on the 4th of June, with whom he had one child, Zachary.
1978 - 1982 - Portrayal of Mork from Ork delighted audiences and generated so great a response that producer Garry Marshall gave Williams his own sitcom. The show was a hit and established Williams as one of the most popular comedians (along with Richard Pryor and Billy Crystal) of the '70s and '80s.
1980 - Made his big screen debut in the title role of Robert Altman's elaborate but financially disastrous comic fantasy Popeye.
1987 - Nominated for an Academy Award and established a screen identity. Many of his roles have been comedies tinged with pathos, for example, The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire.
1989 - Married Marsha Garces on the 30th of April. They have two children, Zelda Ray and Cody Alan.
1997 - Won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role as a psychologist in Good Will Hunting.
2005 - Once again used his voice talents in Bicentennial Man, the animated feature Robots.
2006 - Appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on the 29th of June. During the appearance he lampooned Rush Limbaugh for his addiction to prescription pain medication by asking "Where was he (Rush) staying in the Caribbean? Club Medicated?"
- Entered himself into a rehabilitation center for alcoholism on the 9th of August.
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