Robin Williams Biography

Date of Birth: July 21, 1952 (65)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Gender: Male

Robin Williams has more than 40 industry honors to his credit including four Oscar nominations and one win, two Emmy awards, four Grammys and six Golden Globes, including the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille Award.

In 2009, he concluded his hugely successful comedy tour entitled "Weapons of Self Destruction." The show was filmed over two nights at Washington, DC's DAR Constitution Hall, and premiered on HBO as the network's most successful stand-up comedy special of the year, earning three Emmy award nominations.

Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian and has created a repertoire of indelible characters, first in the hit series "Mork & Mindy" and then in numerous film roles. In 1997, Williams received Academy and Screen Actors Guild awards for his performance in "Good Will Hunting," having been previously nominated by the Academy for performances in "The Fisher King," "Dead Poets Society" and "Good Morning Vietnam." Williams' blockbuster films include "Mrs. Doubtfire," "The Birdcage," "Jumanji," "Hook," two "Night at the Museum" films, and the animated films "Aladdin," "Robots" and "Happy Feet."

Having trained at the famed Juilliard School under John Houseman in New York, his other stage credits include a landmark production of Samuel Beckett's WAITING FOR GODOT directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Steve Martin, and a short run in San Francisco of THE EXONERATED, which tells the true stories of six innocent survivors of death row.

Best known philanthropically for his affiliation with "Comic Relief," Williams supports numerous causes and has toured the Middle East numerous times with the USO.