Robin was considered to play Jack Torrance in The Shining but lost it to Jack Nicholson. He also lost his role of The Joker to Nicholson for Tim Burton's first Batman film.
In 1998, Robin won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role playing Sean Maguire on Good Will Hunting.
Robin married Susan Schneider in Napa Valley in October 22, 2011.
Robin has won a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording for Reality, What a Concept (1979), Best Comedy Recording for Robin Williams: A Night at the Met (1988), Best Recording for Children for Pecos Bill (1989), and for Best Comedy Recording for Good Morning, Vietnam (1989).
In 1989, Robin was awarded with the American Comedy Award for Funniest Stand-Up (Male).
Robin won both the (1994) MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance and (1993) a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture for his work in Mrs. Doubtfire.
Robin was awarded with both the People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Movie Actor and the NATO/ShoWest Male Star of the Year Award in 1994.
Robin won an MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance in Aladdin, as well as a Saturn Award for the Best Supporting Performance in Aladdin. He received both in 1993.
Robin has performed in many of the Los Angeles comedy clubs. These comedy clubs include The Comedy Store, Improvisation, and the Ice House
Robin has performed in many of San Francisco's nightclubs. These clubs include Holy City Zoo, Intersection, the Great American Music Hall and The Boardinghouse.
At the Juilliard School in New York, New York, Robin majored in drama. He also studied for three years for a full scholarship.
Robin majored in acting at the College of Marin at Kentfield, California.
Robin majored in political science at the Claremont Men's College in Claremont, California.
Robin belongs to the Creative Artists Agency.
Robin has been nominated for seven Emmys. In 1979, Robin was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series playing Mork on Mork & Mindy. In 1987, he won Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Carol, Carl, Whoopi and Robin. In 1988, Robin won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program in his work on ABC Presents: A Royal Gala. In 1994, Robin was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Homicide: Life On The Street. In 1996, he was nominated for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for Comic Relief 7. In 2003, Robin was nominated for both Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for Robin Williams: Live On Broadway. In 2008, he was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Robin was offered the role of Frank Ginsberg in Little Miss Sunshine. The role was written for Bill Murray, but after he turned it down the studio wanted Robin. However, the role ended up going to Steve Carell.
Robin was ranked number 7 on Star TV's Top 10 Box Office Stars of the 1990's.
Robin wrote the foreword for the book The Far Side Gallery 4.
Robin was named "Funniest Male Star" at the 2007 People's Choice Awards.
Robin executive produced Jakob The Liar and Comic Relief. He also produced Mrs. Doubtfire.
Robin was going to play Drew Barrymore's father in Home Fries but had to pull out days before his scenes were supposed to be shot.
Early in Robin's career he told reporters he was born in Scotland. Robin later said he was "under the influence".
Robin was ranked number 63 on Empire magazines list of the 100 greatest movie stars of all time.
The reason Robin got the role of Mork from Ork is because Garry Marshall thought Robin acted alien during his audition.
Robin was one of the finalists for the role Joe Miller in Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia. However the role went to Denzel Washington.
Robin made 20 million dollars for Bicentennial Man.
In 1996 two of Robin's movies reached the 100 million dollar mark in the same week. They were The Birdcage and Jumanji.
While working on Mork And Mindy Robin adlibbed so much and so well that the producers stopped trying to make him stick to the script.
Robin helped close friend, Christopher Reeve pay his medical bills in the final years of his life.
Robin is a huge Star Trek fan.
Robin was named the 50th Greatest Movie Star Of All Time by Entertainment Weekly.
Robin was obese as a child. Because of this nobody wanted to play with him so he started talking to himself in different voices.
Robin moved to San Francisco when he was 16.
To get into character for Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin rode the bus dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire.
Robin named his daughter Zelda because his oldest son Zachary was a devoted fan of the Legend Of Zelda video game series.
Robin was ranked number 13 on Comedy Central's list of 100 greatest stand-ups.
Robin's most famous stage performance was as Estragon in Waiting For Godot.
One of Robin's most famous routines was his successful one-man show and DVD, Robin Williams Live On Broadway.
Robin has had two HBO stand up specials. They were An Evening With Robin Williams and Robin Williams: Live At The Met.
Robin's first imitation was of his grandmother's southern accent.
Robin was a quiet child. He didn't break out of his shell until he got involved with his high school drama department.
Robin won a lawsuit against Michael Clayton, an ex-cast member in the Imperial Palace Legends in Concert show and his manager, Michael Pool for misrepresenting Clayton as the real Robin Williams to a newspaper reporter and a Missouri Fire Department. Clayton received an injunction stopping him from ever performing as Robin Williams.
Robin sang a version of Come Together with Bobby McFerrin on the Beatles tribute album, In My Life.
Robin voiced the Timekeeper, a time traveling robot who goes in the future in the former Walt Disney World attraction.
Robin's friend, Whoopi Goldberg encouraged him to make an appearance in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode a Matter Of Time. However Robin dropped out last minute due to hectic scheduling conflicts.
Robin went to visit Christopher Reeve in the hospital after he fell off a horse and became paralyzed. He tried to cheer him up by showing up dressed as a clown doctor. In an interview Reeve said Robin was the first thing to make him laugh after the incident.
While attending Juilliard, Robin was roommates with Christopher Reeve. Robin and Reeve were friends for the remainder of Reeve's life.
Robin has released 5 comedy albums.
Robin was nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Actor" for his role In Dead Poet's Society. In 1992, Robin was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role playing Parry on The Fisher King.
In 1988, Robin was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actor In A Leading Role playing Adrian Cronauer on Good Morning, Vietnam.
In high school Robin was "Voted Most Likely Not To Succeed".
Robin was a prime candidate to play The Riddler in Batman Forever until Tim Burton cancelled it, but Joel Schumacher later decided to direct that film. Mickey Dolenz auditioned for the role of The Riddler, but it was later passed to Jim Carrey.
Robin is friends with Steve Martin. When they aren't busy they get together and watch DVDs of Doctor Who.
Robin is a big fan of the popular anime series, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Actually the toy used in One Hour Photo belonged to him.
Robin donated blood several times after 9/11.
Robin is fluent in French.
Robin voiced the Genie in Aladdin 1 and 3. It was reveled on the DVD that most of his dialog was improvised.
Robin shortly dated porn star Christy Canyon.
Robin had an addiction to cocaine. He was a close friend of John Belushi. He said the death of his friend and birth of his son were serious wake up calls.
Robin had a drinking problem during the 1970s and 1980s. He stayed sober for 20 years. However he checked back into rehab on August 9th 2006.
Robin is a democrat.
Robin performed his comedy routine for the U.S. troops in Iraq several times and once for the troops in Afghanistan.
In his final year of Cornell, he was one of two students selected (Christopher Reeve was the other) to study at Juilliard under the renowned John Houseman. Houseman told him he was wasting his talent at Juilliard and should go out into the world and do stand-up.
Robin won the Grammy Award for "Best Spoken Comedy Album" in 2003 for Live 2002.
Robin attended Claremont Men's College. While he was there he played soccer.
Robin currently lives with his family in San Francisco's Seacliff neighborhood.
Robin is typically clean-shaven in his comic roles and bearded in his serious ones.
In Robin's comedy act he uses a wild improvised stream-of-consciousness comedy dialogue where he will do cultural references, impersonations and one liners with rapid switching.
Robin spends much of his time working with charities. Robin and his wife created the Windfall Foundation, an organization that raises money for different charities.
Robin loves everything Monty Python.
Robin enjoys cycling and owns dozens of bicycles. He attends the Tour De France often and is friends with Lance Armstrong, who he sometimes trains with.
Robin is a rugby union fan. He is also a close friend of Jonah Lomu.
Robin briefly studied political science before he went to Juilliard.
Robin is 5'8" tall.
Robin: (About his outrageous hairiness) The only thing I'm really suited for is the musical version of Congo.
Robin: It's been a sequence. With Good Morning, Vietnam, people said, 'Ah, at last he's found a way to be funny and still be a little restrained.' With Dead Poet's Society, they went, 'Oh, this is interesting--he's even more restrained.' And with Awakenings, it'll be, 'Look! He's medicated! He's gone even further. What's he playing next? He's playing a door. And after that? A black hole'.
Robin: Our freedoms are under siege - for our own good, they tell us.
Robin: On stage you're free. You can say and do things that if you said and did any place else, you'd be arrested.
Robin: (about his 1993 film "Mrs. Doubtfire") It was an interesting way of looking at how children are dealt with in divorces. A lot of times, children are little hostages being passed back and forth, and this film uses comedy and the character to look at that. That's the whole reason I wanted to do it, and it's wonderful getting to play a person inside a person. It's almost like possession, like the old Mardi Gras masks-you know there's someone inside there.
Robin: I started doing comedy because that was the only stage that I could find. It was the pure idea of being on stage. That was the only thing that interested me, along with learning the craft and working, and just being in productions with people.
Robin: I had my back waxed once by two women... and at one point they said, 'Do you mind if we take a break?'
Robin: I always wanted to play a big, black man, but that would cost too much make-up.
Robin: You're only given one little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.