On August 11 Variety reported that actor Robin Williams has died at the age of 63. The Marin County Sheriff's Office is reporting the death as a suspected suicide. According to his publicist, the actor was found unresponsive inside his home around noon today. The coroner's report is listing his death as suicide by asphyxiation. Local authorities are still investigating the situation.
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago. He landed is first role in television playing the alien Mork on "Mork & Mindy," the ABC sitcom which ran from 1978 to 1982. The series was a spin-off since the character of Mork first appeared on "Happy Days," and Williams improvised much of his dialogue and acting. Williams is well known for his comedic acting and feature film roles which span over four decades.
Williams was nominated for four Academy Awards, and won Best Supporting Actor for playing the quirky therapist in the 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting" with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Williams has also earned five Grammy Awards, two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. He began acting in 1972, before attending accepted to Juilliard School for a prestigious acting program before leaving in 1976.
Robin Williams made himself a household name with smash hit box office comedies like "Mrs. Doubtfire," where he disguised himself as a many in order to see his children, to "Hook," where he played a grown up Peter Pan. He voiced the Genie in the Animated Disney classic "Aladdin" and a penguin in the 2006 arctic adventure "Happy Feet." He played a man lost in the jungle in "Jumanji," about a board game that comes to life when anyone plays it. He most recently played the role of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt in the action adventure "Night at the Museum," which is about to release the third film in the series.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed on August 11 that his publicist, Mara Buxbaum, confirmed his death and asked that everyone respect the families privacy at this time. Williams was married three times, most recently to Susan Schneider in 2011, and leaves behind three children. Buxbaum revealed that the actor had struggled with severe depression in the months leading to his death.
Robin Williams, who is also an established stand up comedian, has also had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. The actor admitted to being addicted to cocaine in the 1970s and 1980s, before getting clean for his family. However, the actor relapsed in 2006 and went to rehab for alcohol addiction. After having heart surgery in 2009, Williams spook out about the dangers of Propofol, a drug he was given during surgery, and emphasized it should only be administered in hospitals.
The actor was an amid video game player, even naming two of his children after characters from his favorite games. He played everything from online role playing games like Warcraft 3 to first person shooter games. He was also involved in charity work, and founded the Windfall Foundation as a way to contribute to multiple charities and causes.