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On this Day in Movie History, July 21, 1951: Robin Williams born

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Born on this day, July 21, 1951, American actor, voice actor, and stand-up comedian Robin Williams (B: Robin McLaurin Williams) has established a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting.

Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy, hs film career includes such acclaimed films as Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006).

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams went on to receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting (1997) and has also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards

Birthdays
1926 - Paul Burke (actor: Anatomy of Terror, Valley of the Dolls, Francis in the Navy, Twelve O’Clock High, Noah’s Ark, Naked City, Hot Shots, Dynasty; died Sep 13, 2009)

1926 - Norman Jewison (director: Moonstruck, Agnes of God, And Justice for All, Jesus Christ, Superstar, Fiddler on the Roof, Rollerball)

1943 - Edward Herrmann (actor: Big Business, Beacon Hill, Reds, The Paper Chase, Mrs. Soffel, The Great Gatsby, Eleanor & Franklin)

1945 - Leigh Lawson (actor: Battling for Baby, O Pioneers!, Tears in the Rain, Tess, Love Among the Ruins, Brother Sun, Sister Moon)

1957 - Jon Lovitz (comedian, actor: Saturday Night Live, A League of Their Own, City Slickers: The Legend of Curly’s Gold)

1960 - Lance Guest (actor: Lou Grant, Knots Landing, Life Goes On, The Wizard of Loneliness, Jaws: The Revenge, The Last Starfighter, Halloween II: The Nightmare isn’t Over)

1960 - Matt Mulhern (actor: Biloxi Blues, Major Dad)

1978 - Josh Hartnett (actor: Pearl Harbor, Cracker, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, The Virgin Suicides)

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