The Acting Career of the late Robin Williams

Published On August 12, 2014 » 886 Views» By Darren Dimmick » Headlines, Movies
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Robin Williams was found dead yesterday (11th August) at his home in California from a suspected suicide, but who was the Oscar winning actor.

Robin Williams is alleged to have been battling with sever depression for some years, which has ultimately ended with his suicide at the age of 63.

The actor started of in the comedy sketch show ‘Can I do it till I need Glasses’, which led on to him having a guest appearance as Mork on Happy Days in 1978 which would also lead to his big break a spin off show called ‘Mork & Mindy’.  In 1980 Robin Williams took on the role as Popeye which would firmly place him as a great voice actor.

He would also go on to be recognised for his stand up work touring in the late 70’s and early 80’s, with one of his biggest fans being the late Richard Pryor.

The role that would secure Williams name as an actor was in Good Morning Vietnam in 1987, which would then go on to see him land roles in movies such as Dead Poets society in 1989 giving him an Oscar nomination, Hook in 1991 and the unforgettable Mrs Doubtfire in 1993.

1992 would see him pick up the role in Disneys animated movie Aladdin as the Genie, he would also go on to voice characters in further animated movies most recently as Ramon and Lovelace in the Happy Feet movies.

The list of excellent movies that Robin Williams has starred in is endless, including winning Best supporting actor along side Matt Damon in the 1997 movie ‘Good Will Hunting’.

Williams will be next seen this December when he reprises his roles as Teddy Roosevelt, in ‘Night at  the Museum: Secret of The Tomb.

Since news of Williams’ death broke, tributes have been pouring in from friends and former co-stars including Danny DeVito, Cona O’Brien, Henry Winkler, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Joel McHale. David E Kelley, creator of the William’ vehicle The Crazy Ones, called the star a “gentle soul who touched us all. A very special man, and our hearts are broken”.

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings”, said Susan Schenider, Robin Williams’ first wife. “I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

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* Since writing this article it has been confirmed that Robin Williams, had been previously diagnosed with Parkinsons disease prior to his death*

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