Robin Williams: Age, Net Worth, Wife and Family

Among renowned and beloved entertainers, few have been as widely recognized and celebrated as the late actor and comedian Robin Williams. With his larger-than-life personality, performance style, and comedic timing, Robin Williams’s star shined brightly long before his passing in 2014.

At the core of Williams’s life story is his expansive and successful career as a comedian and actor. His originality, creativity, and exceptional comic talent made him a one-of-a-kind performer. Let’s take a closer look at Williams’s extraordinary life and career, from the joys and successes to the struggles, heartaches, and tragedy.

Age

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. He was the only child of Robert Fitzgerald Williams, a Ford Motor Company executive and former U.S. serviceman, and Laurie McLaurin, a model. Williams was raised in Marin County, California, where he later grew to adulthood. He passed away at age 63, on August 11, 2014, in California. Williams had battled with depression and substance abuse issues before his death.

Net Worth

Robin Williams made a significant amount of money during the course of his career. Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth at the time of his death to have been $50 million. Throughout his professional life, Williams earned money from film and television, stand-up comedy tours, and voice roles in films, TV series, and video games. His productions, performances, and investments over the years, including his home at the time of his death, likely accounted for a significant portion of his wealth.

Wife and Family

Robin Williams married three times in his lifetime and had three children. His first marriage to Valerie Velardi, lasted from 1978 to 1988 and produced his first son, Zachary Pym Williams. He then married Marsha Garces Williams in 1989 and welcomed two children, Zelda Rae Williams and Cody Alan Williams, during that union. Williams’s final marriage was to Susan Schneider in 2011.

Film Career

Williams’s career success eventually landed him with a role on the popular sitcom Mork and Mindy, produced by Paramount Television, which premiered in 1978. On the show, his character Mork, a strange alien from the planet Ork, was a huge sensation with audiences of all ages, capturing the public’s attention and catapulting Williams’s career.

Before long, Williams was able to capitalize on the success of Mork & Mindy and launch his movie career. His first film performance was a small part in the 1980 feature Popeye, a musical adaptation of the cartoon character. Williams later returned to television in 1986 as a recurring character on the HBO comedy sketch series, The Paul Reiser Show.

Williams earned his first Academy Award nomination for his lead role in Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), followed by a nominee for Best Supporting Actor in Dead Poets Society (1989). He later earned his first Oscar win in 1998 in the category of Best Actor for his role in the film Good Will Hunting. Williams also earned two Emmy Awards (the second posthumously) throughout his career and five Golden Globe Awards.

Stand-Up Comedy

Funnyman Robin Williams honed his comedic chops on the stand-up stage early on in his career. He was known for wearing a wide array of crazy costumes, doing impressions, and delivering one-liner punches. He used his high-energy, improvisational skills to entertain audiences in a manner that no one else could. In his early years, he also earned money by doing performances in clubs.

In 1982, Williams released his first album, Reality … What a Concept, and in 2002, his second stand-up album, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway. Williams hit the stage with comedic broadcasts such as the HBO special Weapons of Self-Destruction (2009) and his classic one-man show, Robin Williams: Live at The Met (1986).

Personal Life

Although Robin Williams is remembered primarily for his comedic career, he was an in-demand actor and beloved public personality who was respected and admired throughout his life. Williams was known for his relentless energy and quick wit, often appearing on late-night TV talk shows as a guest, eventually becoming something of a regular with show producers. He was described by one of his publicists, Mara Buxbaum as having “a complicated and sometimes troubled life,” but that ultimately he was a “person who gave so much to so many people,” both on and off the screen.

Throughout his life, Williams grappled with substance abuse and bouts of depression, which likely played a major role in his death at age 63. His lack of sober years, married to his vibrant personality and ever-growing fame, likely took a toll on his mental, emotional, and physical stability. According to reports from the coroner’s office at the time of his death, Williams was found with a belt around his neck, having committed suicide as a result of severe depression, combined with the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

Robin Williams’s career is one that came with a mixture of wonder and sorrow. He had the ability to amaze audiences and fill them with joy, but throughout his life and career, he was constantly grappling with internal challenges that often left him in an emotionally tenuous place.

His struggles, challenges and successes played out in his relationships and across the stages and screens of countless venues. Despite the tragedy of his passing, Robin Williams will always be remembered as an incomparable force of comedic genius, a light-hearted entertainer, and a unique and beloved star.

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