Who is Robin Williams?
Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian with a net worth in millions. Starting as a stand-up comedian in the late 1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. After rising to fame as Mork in the TV series “Mork and Mindy” (1978–1982), Williams established a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting” (1997).
He is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Robert Fitzgerald Williams and Laura McLaurin (née Smith). His maternal grandparents were Welsh, and his father was a former Ford Motor Company employee from Tennessee. He had two half-brothers; musician/actor Michael Fitzgerald (born 1938) and Robert Fitzgerald Jr. (1943–1978).
Robin Williams Net Worth
Robin Williams began his career doing stand-up comedy in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1970s. He was discovered while performing at The Comedy Store, a nightclub act he developed. According to Williams, his stand-up special was “the only stand-up special on HBO.” In 1979, Williams began starring in the sketch comedy series “Mork & Mindy,” which lasted four seasons on NBC. The show won critical acclaim but failed to garner much of a television audience. He also performed in several films throughout the 1980s.
According to Forbes, the actor Robin Williams had a net worth of USD 100 million it is large because of the real estate that he left behind. He left a large fortune in image licensing unfortunately which his family members cannot benefit from.
It is because Robin left a clause in his trust agreement that prevents his name, photo, voice, or signature from being used in movies, ads, or endorsements 25 years after his death. It kind of eliminates the chances of future earning which could have added to Robin Williams’s net worth and help his family.
Robin Williams family information
Robin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 21, 1951. He is the son of former chief executive of the Ford Motor Company, Dr. Robert E. Williams, and his wife, Laurie (née Menzies), a former model and a restaurant hostess. His maternal grandfather was a Canadian showman and hotelier George Jessel.
In June 1978, Williams married his first wife, Valerie Velardi. He and Velardi were married six months and had a son: actor Zak Williams (born in 1983). Their marriage was annulled on January 3, 1988, after Velardi filed for divorce.
Robin married Zak’s many Marsha Garces in 1986. His second wife, Marsha Garces Williams, gave birth to their daughter, Zelda Rae, in 1989.
Robin married a third wife, Susan Schnieder, on October 22, 2011, in St Helena, California. Susan is a graphic designer. The couple lived in Sea Cliff, San Francisco.
Alcohol Problems And Drug Abuse
Williams’ initial diagnosis of depression occurred when he was just a teenager. After years of alcoholism, cocaine abuse, and drug addiction, he finally went into rehab in 2006. He continued to struggle with alcoholism.
Final Years And Death
On August 11, 2014, Williams was found dead in his home at the age of 63. It was reported that the cause of death was asphyxiation from hanging.
Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, Marin County, California. He was 63 years old. His wife and children were at his side. Police received a 911 call from Williams at 1:55 p.m. local time. After a brief struggle inside the house, he shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at 2:11 p.m. Police said that Williams was sober at the time of his death.
- Dead Poets Society (1989)
- Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
- Aladdin (1992)
- Good Will Hunting (1997)
- Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
- Jumanji (1995)
- The Birdcage (1996)
- Happy Feet Two – Christian the Lion and Clarence the Elephant in London Zoo for Children in Need. Red Nose Day 2011 Special on BBC TV and BBC America 17 November 2011. Plus US Version 22 November 2011.