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Robin Williams Biog

ROBIN WILLIAMS (Seymour “Sy” Parrish)

Robin Williams received both the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award® and the Screen Actors Guild “Actor” award for his compassionate, intelligent portrayal of Dr. Sean McGuire in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting.”

His first feature film was Robert Altman’s “Popeye” in 1980. Audiences then embraced a more poignant Williams in his portrayal of T.S. Garp in George Roy Hill’s hugely successful “The World According to Garp” followed by Paul Mazursky’s “Moscow on the Hudson.” Barry Levinson’s landmark film, “Good Morning Vietnam” earned Williams his first Academy Award nomination, with Peter Weir’s enormously popular “Dead Poets Society,” earning him a second Oscar® nomination.

Subsequently Williams starred opposite Robert De Niro in Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings” (bringing him a special honor from the National Board of Review) followed by Terry Gilliam’s “The Fisher King,” for which Williams received his third Academy Award® nomination. He also starred in Barry Levinson’s “Toys,” Steven Spielberg’s “Hook,” and Mike Nichols’ “The Birdcage.”

Williams received Golden Globe Awards for his unforgettable performances in “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “The Fisher King” and also earned a Special Achievement Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his vocal contributions as Genie in the animated blockbuster feature “Aladdin.”

Recently, Williams’ successes have included Les Mayfield’s “Flubber” and the 1998 box office hit “Patch Adams” directed by Tom Shadyac. In 1999, Williams executive produced and starred in Blue Wolf Productions’ “Jakob The Liar,” a story of life in a Nazi-occupied Polish ghetto. In 2000, he again teamed-up with director Chris Columbus in the screen adaptation of the Isaac Asimov story “Bicentennial Man.”

First capturing the attention of television audiences when he guest-starred as Mork on the hit sit-com “Happy Days,” Williams was quickly signed for the spin-off series “Mork and Mindy.” Williams, who began his career as a stand-up comedian, has won four Grammy Awards, including one for “Robin Williams Live at the Met” on HBO, the culmination of a 23-city SRO tour. He also won Emmy Awards for the television specials, “Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin” and “ABC Presents A Royal Gala.”

In the upcoming year, Williams will star in Danny DeVito’s “Death To Smoochy” and opposite Al Pacino in Chritopher Nolan’s “Insomnia.”

He is also active in several humanitarian organizations, and has been a primary force in “Comic Relief,” an annual benefit to aid the homeless, which has raised America’s consciousness, and $38 million to date.

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