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After ''Mork and Mindy'' was cancelled, Robin still struggled on the big screen, through ''Film/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson'', ''Film/TheBestOfTimes'', and the ''very'' poorly-received ''Film/ClubParadise''. It wasn't until ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' that people started taking this comic seriously, and he got his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated again for ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' two years later, and yet again for ''Film/TheFisherKing'' two years after that. He didn't win for any of them. He continued to churn out classic roles, like a grown-up Literature/PeterPan in ''Film/{{Hook}}'', the Genie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' (which helped establish the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film) and the title role in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. Williams was cast as the older Alan Parrish in 1995's ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. In 1996, he starred in the Creator/FrancisFordCoppola dramedy ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'' and starred alongside Nathan Lane in the hit comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage''. In 1997, he finally won his rightfully-deserved Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. After that, he went through a period of overly-maudlin films such as ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', ''Film/PatchAdams'', ''Film/JakobTheLiar'' and ''Film/BicentennialMan''.

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After ''Mork and Mindy'' was cancelled, Robin still struggled on the big screen, through ''Film/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson'', ''Film/TheBestOfTimes'', and the ''very'' poorly-received ''Film/ClubParadise''. It wasn't until ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' that people started taking this comic seriously, and he got his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated again for ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' two years later, and yet again for ''Film/TheFisherKing'' two years after that. He didn't win for any of them. He continued to churn out classic roles, like a grown-up Literature/PeterPan in ''Film/{{Hook}}'', the Genie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' (which helped establish the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film) and the title role in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. Williams was cast as the older Alan Parrish in 1995's ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. In 1996, he starred in the Creator/FrancisFordCoppola dramedy ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'' and starred alongside Nathan Lane Creator/NathanLane in the hit comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage''. In 1997, he finally won his rightfully-deserved Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. After that, he went through a period of overly-maudlin films such as ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', ''Film/PatchAdams'', ''Film/JakobTheLiar'' and ''Film/BicentennialMan''.


* Actor Jamie Costa performed as Robin in a 2021 short film depicting Williams in 1982, learning of the death of John Belushi. Costa's performance was widely praised, although Zelda Williams understandably took umbrage at fans constantly spamming her with links to the short: "Jamie is SUPER talented, this isn’t against him, but y’all spamming me an impression of my late Dad on one of his saddest days is weird." Noting the distress it had caused her, Costa subsequently removed the video.

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* Actor Jamie Costa performed as Robin in a 2021 short film, with Sarah Murphree as Pam Dawber. The film depicting depicts Williams in 1982, learning of the death of John Belushi. Costa's performance was widely praised, although Zelda Williams understandably took umbrage at fans constantly spamming her with links to the short: "Jamie is SUPER talented, this isn’t against him, but y’all spamming me an impression of my late Dad on one of his saddest days is weird." Noting the distress it had caused her, Costa subsequently removed the video.
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* Actor Jamie Costa performed as Robin in a 2021 short film depicting Williams in 1982, learning of the death of John Belushi. Costa's performance was widely praised, although Zelda Williams understandably took umbrage at fans constantly spamming her with links to the short: "Jamie is SUPER talented, this isn’t against him, but y’all spamming me an impression of my late Dad on one of his saddest days is weird." Noting the distress it had caused her, Costa subsequently removed the video.


* JustForFun/OneOfUs: He was a huge fan of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. During ''Film/OneHourPhoto'', his character gives a young boy a stock model of one of the EVA units; the model was from Williams' own collection. He also lobbied for the role of Gendo Ikari in the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies. And, of course, he named his daughter [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]].

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* JustForFun/OneOfUs: He was a huge fan of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and mecha in general, as [[https://desu-usergeneratedcontent.xyz/m/image/1526/50/1526504626569.jpg his own mecha toy collection can attest]]. During ''Film/OneHourPhoto'', his character gives a young boy a stock model of one of the EVA units; the model was from Williams' own collection. He also lobbied for the role of Gendo Ikari in the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies. And, of course, he named his daughter [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]].


* BigNameFan: Of [[MechaShow mecha anime]], which he religiously watched and even collected a huge amount of robot figures.

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* BigNameFan: Of [[MechaShow mecha anime]], which he religiously watched and even collected a huge amount of robot figures.


** A bit from ''Weapons of Self-Destruction'' has him recall the time his GPS told him to make a right turn [[SuicideDare while he was in the middle of driving over a bridge]]. Quite the FunnyAneurysmMoment these days, but at the time it was merely yet another joke mocking one of his {{Box Office Bomb}}s.

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** A bit from ''Weapons of Self-Destruction'' has him recall the time his GPS told him to make a right turn [[SuicideDare while he was in the middle of driving over a bridge]]. Quite the FunnyAneurysmMoment HarsherInHindsight moment these days, but at the time it was merely yet another joke mocking one of his {{Box Office Bomb}}s.


After ''Mork and Mindy'' was cancelled, Robin still struggled on the big screen, through ''Film/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson'', and the ''very'' poorly-received ''Film/ClubParadise''. It wasn't until ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' that people started taking this comic seriously, and he got his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated again for ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' two years later, and yet again for ''Film/TheFisherKing'' two years after that. He didn't win for any of them. He continued to churn out classic roles, like a grown-up Literature/PeterPan in ''Film/{{Hook}}'', the Genie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' (which helped establish the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film) and the title role in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. Williams was cast as the older Alan Parrish in 1995's ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. In 1996, he starred in the Creator/FrancisFordCoppola dramedy ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'' and starred alongside Nathan Lane in the hit comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage''. In 1997, he finally won his rightfully-deserved Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. After that, he went through a period of overly-maudlin films such as ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', ''Film/PatchAdams'', ''Film/JakobTheLiar'' and ''Film/BicentennialMan''.

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After ''Mork and Mindy'' was cancelled, Robin still struggled on the big screen, through ''Film/TheWorldAccordingToGarp'', ''Film/MoscowOnTheHudson'', ''Film/TheBestOfTimes'', and the ''very'' poorly-received ''Film/ClubParadise''. It wasn't until ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' that people started taking this comic seriously, and he got his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He was nominated again for ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' two years later, and yet again for ''Film/TheFisherKing'' two years after that. He didn't win for any of them. He continued to churn out classic roles, like a grown-up Literature/PeterPan in ''Film/{{Hook}}'', the Genie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' (which helped establish the CelebrityVoiceActor as the "star" of an animated film) and the title role in ''Film/MrsDoubtfire''. Williams was cast as the older Alan Parrish in 1995's ''Film/{{Jumanji}}''. In 1996, he starred in the Creator/FrancisFordCoppola dramedy ''Film/{{Jack|1996}}'' and starred alongside Nathan Lane in the hit comedy ''Film/TheBirdcage''. In 1997, he finally won his rightfully-deserved Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting''. After that, he went through a period of overly-maudlin films such as ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'', ''Film/PatchAdams'', ''Film/JakobTheLiar'' and ''Film/BicentennialMan''.


* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: He used a lot of Yiddish in his comedy, both because the words sounded funny and he could sneak profanity and obscenity past TV censors. On ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', it got to the point where Creator/{{ABC}} had to hire a Yiddish-speaking censor expressly to monitor what he was saying. Later on, so did ''an entire country''!

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* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: He used a lot of Yiddish in his comedy, both because the words sounded funny and he could sneak profanity and obscenity past TV censors. On ''Series/MorkAndMindy'', it got to the point where Creator/{{ABC}} had to hire a Yiddish-speaking censor expressly to monitor what he was saying. Later on, so did ''an entire country''!


* JustForFun/OneOfUs: He was a huge fan of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. During ''Film/OneHourPhoto'', his character gives a young boy a stock model of one of the EVA units; the model was from Williams' own collection. He also lobbied for the role of Gendo Ikari in the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies.

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* JustForFun/OneOfUs: He was a huge fan of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. During ''Film/OneHourPhoto'', his character gives a young boy a stock model of one of the EVA units; the model was from Williams' own collection. He also lobbied for the role of Gendo Ikari in the ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movies. And, of course, he named his daughter [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]].


* OddFriendship: With Creator/ChristopherReeve, who he met at Juilliard, and a more mismatched but [[TrueCompanions deeply close]] pair you would never find. One of the first times anyone got Reeve to laugh after his injury came when a bearded Eastern European doctor barged into the hospital room and started jabbering in an indecipherable accent about all the rectally invasive procedures they were going to perform on Reeve - who then burst out laughing when he realized it was Robin. Reeve later said it was the first time he realized he'd be okay and attributed support from Robin and his wife to helping him.

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* OddFriendship: With Creator/ChristopherReeve, who he met at Juilliard, and a more mismatched but [[TrueCompanions deeply close]] pair you would never find. One of the first times anyone got Reeve to laugh after his injury came when a bearded Eastern European doctor barged into the hospital room and started jabbering in an indecipherable accent about all the rectally invasive procedures they were going to perform on Reeve - who then burst out laughing when he realized it was Robin. Reeve later said it was the first time he realized he'd be okay and attributed support from Robin and his wife to helping him.


* OddFriendship: With Creator/ChristopherReeve, who he met at Juilliard, and a more mismatched but [[TrueCompanions deeply close]] pair you would never find. One of the first times anyone got Reeve to laugh after his injury came when a bearded Eastern European doctor barged into the hospital room and started jabbering in an indecipherable accent about all the rectally invasive procedures they were going to perform on Reeve - who then burst out laughing when he realized it was Robin.

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* OddFriendship: With Creator/ChristopherReeve, who he met at Juilliard, and a more mismatched but [[TrueCompanions deeply close]] pair you would never find. One of the first times anyone got Reeve to laugh after his injury came when a bearded Eastern European doctor barged into the hospital room and started jabbering in an indecipherable accent about all the rectally invasive procedures they were going to perform on Reeve - who then burst out laughing when he realized it was Robin. Reeve later said it was the first time he realized he'd be okay and attributed support from Robin and his wife to helping him.


Robin [=McLaurin=] Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian of stage and screen. Born in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, he grew up in Chicago's northern suburbs and the suburbs of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} before graduating high school in Southern California. He began his performing career studying drama at the Juilliard School in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. At Juilliard, he demonstrated a gift for accents[=/=]dialects and amazed everyone by showing that he could turn off his dynamo energy and fully disappear into a character. He left before graduating after his instructors, some of the leading actors of their generation, told him they had nothing more to teach him. While at Juilliard, he was roommates with Creator/ChristopherReeve, with whom he became fast friends and the two swore to each other they'd support each other through thick and thin[[note]]it was Williams who helped Reeve find the will to live after becoming paralyzed and Williams unhesitatingly offered to cover his friend's medical expenses[[/note]]. Somewhat ironically, considering his reputation as a motormouth, he supported himself during his studies by busking as a mime in Central Park.

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Robin [=McLaurin=] Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian of stage and screen. screen.

Born in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, he grew up in Chicago's the city's northern suburbs and the suburbs of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} before graduating high school in Southern California. He began his performing career studying drama at the Juilliard School in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. At Juilliard, he demonstrated a gift for accents[=/=]dialects and amazed everyone by showing that he could turn off his dynamo energy and fully disappear into a character. He left before graduating after his instructors, some of the leading actors of their generation, told him they had nothing more to teach him. While at Juilliard, he was roommates with Creator/ChristopherReeve, with whom he became fast friends and the two swore to each other they'd support each other through thick and thin[[note]]it was Williams who helped Reeve find the will to live after becoming paralyzed and Williams unhesitatingly offered to cover his friend's medical expenses[[/note]]. Somewhat ironically, considering his reputation as a motormouth, he supported himself during his studies by busking as a mime in Central Park.


Towards the end of his life, Williams fought depression and was eventually diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2014. He tragically hanged himself in his Paradise Cay home on August 11. An autopsy revealed he really had [[https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lewy-body-dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352025 diffuse Lewy body dementia]], [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-lewy-body-dementia-gripped-robin-williams1/ an even nastier condition]] which may have been misdiagnosed as Parkinson's, and was likely an aggravating factor in his depression.[[note]]Lewy body dementia is related to Alzheimer's.[[/note]] He was 63 years old.

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Towards the end of his life, Williams fought depression and was eventually diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2014. He tragically hanged himself in his Paradise Cay home on August 11.11 of that year. An autopsy revealed he really had [[https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lewy-body-dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352025 diffuse Lewy body dementia]], [[https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-lewy-body-dementia-gripped-robin-williams1/ an even nastier condition]] which may have been misdiagnosed as Parkinson's, and was likely an aggravating factor in his depression.[[note]]Lewy body dementia is related to Alzheimer's.[[/note]] He was 63 years old.





Robin [=McLaurin=] Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian born in Chicago, Illinois.

He began his performing career studying drama at the Juilliard School, where he demonstrated a gift for accents[=/=]dialects and amazed everyone by showing that he could turn off his dynamo energy and fully disappear into a character. He left before graduating after his instructors, some of the leading actors of their generation, told him they had nothing more to teach him. While at Juilliard, he was roommates with Creator/ChristopherReeve, with whom he became fast friends and the two swore to each other they'd support each other through thick and thin[[note]]it was Williams who helped Reeve find the will to live after becoming paralyzed and Williams unhesitatingly offered to cover his friend's medical expenses[[/note]]. Somewhat ironically, considering his reputation as a motormouth, he supported himself during his studies by busking as a mime in Central Park.

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Robin [=McLaurin=] Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian born of stage and screen. Born in Chicago, Illinois.

UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}, he grew up in Chicago's northern suburbs and the suburbs of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} before graduating high school in Southern California. He began his performing career studying drama at the Juilliard School, where School in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity. At Juilliard, he demonstrated a gift for accents[=/=]dialects and amazed everyone by showing that he could turn off his dynamo energy and fully disappear into a character. He left before graduating after his instructors, some of the leading actors of their generation, told him they had nothing more to teach him. While at Juilliard, he was roommates with Creator/ChristopherReeve, with whom he became fast friends and the two swore to each other they'd support each other through thick and thin[[note]]it was Williams who helped Reeve find the will to live after becoming paralyzed and Williams unhesitatingly offered to cover his friend's medical expenses[[/note]]. Somewhat ironically, considering his reputation as a motormouth, he supported himself during his studies by busking as a mime in Central Park.

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