Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, IL. åÊWhen the actor was 16 he moved to San Francisco, ironically near where he lives today. åÊHe studied drama and acting with the famed acting instructor John Houseman however, Houseman told Williams he was wasting his talent and should do stand-up comedy instead. åÊWhile at Juliard Williams met and studied with Christopher Reeve and the two remained super close friends up until Reeves passing. åÊAfter Reeves equestrian accident that caused his paralysis, Williams showed up at the hospital in full scrubs and a face mask and began speaking with a Russian accent. åÊReeves said it was the first laugh he had since the accident. åÊWilliams enjoys cycling and has sometimes been seen playing paintball in public paintball areas. åÊIn College at Claremont Men’s College, Williams played soccer. åÊOverweight as a child the actor took to entertaining himself. åÊIn high school he was voted most humorous and least likely to succeed – an honor in itself that seems extremely unnecessary and cruel, but in the end, thankfully, proved to be absolutely false.
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In 1974 Williams was discovered for Mork on Happy Days while doing stand-up. åÊMork went on to make regular guest appearances inåÊHappy DaysåÊand later a spin-offåÊMork & MindyåÊwas launched in 1978, which enjoyed a 4 year successful run. åÊWhen auditioning for MorkåÊWilliams was asked to sit in a chair, and he did – on his head in the typical Mork style seen on Mork & Mindy. åÊProducer Gary Marshall gave Williams the role on the spot claiming Williams was the only alien that auditioned for the part. åÊWilliams ad-libbed and went off script a great deal as Mork, which originally frustrated writers and producers but Williams was so successful ad-libbing that writers eventually wrote in sections of the script where Williams would just ad lib. åÊ16 hours of tape was produced when Williams did the Disney character Aladdin for the movieåÊAladdin. åÊIn fact most of Williams part inåÊAladdinåÊis ad-libbed to the point the movie was knocked out of the running for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards. åÊSince an actor with the comedic range of Williams had never been encountered before, John Houseman can perhaps be forgiven for not recognizing talent so beyond the mold.
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For his role inåÊMork & MindyåÊWilliams received $35,000 per episode. åÊLater when the talented actor starting receiving feature film roles he made considerably more including $20 million foråÊBicentennial ManåÊin 1999 and $15 million foråÊJumanji in 1995. åÊFollowing 2 divorces in which it is estimated the actor had to pay $20 million each, Willams admitted that he has had to downsize. åÊIn åÊa Parade interview he statedåÊ”There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I‰Ûªm selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can‰Ûªt afford it anymore.‰Û åÊThe particular ranch he is referring to is the 20,000 square feet home on 640 acres in Napa Valley. åÊIt is a functioning vineyard worth an estimated $30 million. åÊAmong other features it has a 65 foot pool with infinity edges, a 7 horse stall, a wine cellar, tennis courts and horse and hiking trails. åÊThe place was largely built from the ground up to Williams detailed specifications. åÊThe actor now spends most of his time in the exclusive El Camino Del Mar in a 4,080 square foot home with views of the ocean.