Actor Robin Williams, who was seen on screen most recently in the CBS comedy “The Crazy Ones” died Monday, August 11, 2014. While no official cause of death has been listed, rumors indicate the 63 year old actor took his own life via asphyxiation.
Williams recently entered rehab for another stint at overcoming drug abuse. He also battled with alcoholism and depression throughout his career. While his publicist refused to name suicide as the official cause of death, a rep did indicate the star had been battling with depression recently.
Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1951. After a brief stint studying political science, Williams found a love for performing and later enrolled in Julliard where he began to study theater. He then eventually turned to comedy where he found his niche.
His first major role was Mork, an alien from the planet Ork, on the popular ‘70’s sitcom “Happy Days.” The character turned out to be so hugely popular that Williams was given his own spin off, “Mork and Mindy,” which aired on ABC from 1978 to 1982.
Though Williams specialized in off the cuff, rapid fire improvisational humor, he was also quite adept with dramatic roles as well. Viewers may remember him from titles such as Dead Poets Society where he played teacher John Keating, Awakenings where he played Dr. Malcolm Sayer, and Good Will Hunting where he played Sean Maguire. Williams snagged an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Good Will Hunting.
Williams was slated to appear in the third installment of the Night at the Museum franchise which is currently listed in post-production per the Internet Movie Database. (IMDB.com) He’s also listed to appear in Absolutely Anything and Merry Friggin’ Christmas which are also both listed in post-production.
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