Robin Williams remembered by Mirna Vezzali

Robin McLaurin Williams was born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago on July 21, 1951.

He had two half-brothers: Robert Todd Williams and McLaurin Smith.

When Williams was a kid, he described himself as a quiet and shy child but his friends said that he was very funny.

After high-school Robin Williams enrolled at Claremont Men’s College in Claremont, to study political science but later he dropped out to pursue acting. He then studied theatre for three years at Marin College in California. Williams’ talent became evident when he was cast in Oliver as Fagin.

In 1973 Williams achieved a scholarship for Juilliard School in New York City. He was one of the 20 students accepted and one of the two students to be accepted by John Houseman in the Advanced Program.

But later he left school because the school’s classical style didn’t suit him.

After his family moved to Marin Country he began his career with comedy shows in the mid 70s. He took part in the Laugh In show.

Robin Williams began, because of stress, to use drugs and alcohol, he used also cocaine and he started drinking in 2003. In 2006 he went to a rehabilitation centre in Newberg.

Before his death his wife Susan admitted that he was sober but he had an early stage of Parkinson disease.

He had a role in Good Morning Vietnam which led Williams to, a nomination for the Best Actor. He was in a lot of films for example: Hook or Good Will Hunting, he also starred as voice actor in Alladin, FernGully: The last Rainforest, Robots and Happy Feet.

He married Susan Schneider in 2011 and their residence was in Sea Cliff, San Francisco.

He died on the morning of August 11, 2014 at his home in Paradise Cay. The first report stated that he had hung himself with a belt. The news of Williams’ death spread quickly throughout the world, his wife said:” I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings”.


“He was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as alien but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit”

– Barack Obama

© Mirna Vezzali


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