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Williams briefly studied political science before enrolling at Juilliard to study theatre. After graduation, he performed in night clubs where he was discovered for the role of Mork on an episode of "Happy Days" and the subsequent "Mork and Mindy" (1978) TV series. Williams' wild comic talent involves a great deal of improvisation, following in the footsteps of his idol, Jonathan Winters
A LOT of people think Robin William is the funniest man alive, and when he launches into one of his trademark manic riffs it's hard to disagree. It's only when he's locked into someone else's script that he occasionally misfires. The only child of a wealthy Ford Motor executive, as a kid he amassed 2,000 toy soldiers in his parents' thirty-room mansion. ...
Quote: Cocaine is God's way of saying you're making too much money.
Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams moved frequently with his family. When he was a senior in high school, his father retired to Marin County, CA, where Williams was voted "Most Humorous" and "Most Likely to Succeed" by his graduating classmates. He attended Claremont Men's College, studied theater at Marin College, and then enrolled at The Juilliard School where he spent three years studying under John Houseman.
He had no big successes until Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), in which he gave a manic comic performance as real-life U.S. forces disc jockey Adrian Cronauer; the film established him as a screen star and earned him the first of three Oscar nominations. Off-screen, in the '80s he had a serious drug problem, which he was able to overcome. He is active in political causes and co-hosts the annual "Comic Relief" charity telethon. His hit comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) was produced by his wife, who is also his manager.