Robin Williams

Lowest Rated: 5% Old Dogs (2009)
Birthday: Jul 21, 1951
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Onstage, on television, in the movies or in a serious interview, listening to and watching comedian/actor Robin Williams is an extraordinary experience. An improvisational master with a style comparable to Danny Kaye, his words rush forth in a gush of manic energy. They punctuate even the most basic story with sudden subject detours that often dissolve into flights of comic fancy, bawdy repartee, and unpredictable celebrity impressions before returning earthward with some pithy comment or dead-on observation. Born in Chicago on July 21st, 1951, Williams was raised as an only child and had much time alone with which to develop his imagination, often by memorizing Jonathan Winters' comedy records. After high school, Williams studied political science at Claremont Men's College, as well as drama at Marin College in California and then at Juilliard. His first real break came when he was cast as a crazy space alien on a fanciful episode of Happy Days. William's portrayal of Mork from Ork delighted audiences and generated so great a response that producer Garry Marshall gave Williams his own sitcom, Mork and Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982. The show was a hit and established Williams as one of the most popular comedians (along with Richard Pryor and Billy Crystal) of the '70s and '80s. Williams made his big screen debut in the title role of Robert Altman's elaborate but financially disastrous comic fantasy Popeye (1980). His next films included the modestly successful The World According to Garp, The Survivors, Moscow on the Hudson, Club Paradise, The Best of Times. Then in 1987, writer-director Barry Levinson drew from both sides of Williams - the manic shtickmeister and the studied Juliard thesp - for Good Morning, Vietnam, in which the comedian-cum-actor portrayed real-life deejay Adrian Cronauer, stationed in Saigon during the late sixties. Levinson shot the film strategically, by encouraging often outrageous, behind-the-mike improvisatory comedy routines for the scenes of Cronauer's broadcasts but evoking more sober dramatizations for Williams's scenes outside of the radio station. Thanks in no small part to this strategy, Williams received a much-deserved Oscar nomination for the role, but lost to Michael Douglas in Wall Street. Williams subsequently tackled a restrained performance as an introverted scientist trying to help a catatonic Robert De Niro in Awakenings (1990). He also earned accolades for playing an inspirational English teacher in the comedy/drama Dead Poets Society (1989) -- a role that earned him his second Oscar nomination. Williams's tragi-comic portrayal of a mad, homeless man in search of salvation and the Holy Grail in The Fisher King (1991) earned him a third nomination. In 1993, he lent his voice to two popular animated movies, Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest and most notably Aladdin, in which he played a rollicking genie and was allowed to go all out with ad-libs, improvs, and scads of celebrity improvisations. Further successes came in 1993 with Mrs. Doubtfire, in which he played a recently divorced father who masquerades as a Scottish nanny to be close to his kids. He had another hit in 1995 playing a rather staid homosexual club owner opposite a hilariously fey Nathan Lane in The Bird Cage. In 1997, Williams turned in one of his best dramatic performances in Good Will Hunting, a performance for which he was rewarded with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Williams kept up his dramatic endeavors with both of his 1998 films: the comedy Patch Adams and What Dreams May Come, a vibrantly colored exploration of the afterlife. He next had starring roles in both Bicentennial Man and Jakob the Liar, playing a robot-turned-human in the former and a prisoner of the Warsaw ghetto in the latter. Though it was obvious to all that Williams' waning film career needed an invigorating breath of fresh air, many may not have expected the dark 180-degree turn he attempted in 2002 with roles in Death to Smoochy, Insomnia and One Hour Photo. Catching audiences off-guard with his portrayal of three deeply disturbed and tortured souls, the roles pointed to a new stage in Williams' career in which he would substitute the sap for more sinister motivations. Absent from the big-screen in 2003, Williams continued his vacation from comedy in 2004, starring in the little-seen thriller The Final Cut and in the David Duchovny-directed melodrama The House of D. After appearing in the comic documentary The Aristocrats and lending his voice to a character in the animated adventure Robots in 2005, he finally returned full-time in 2006 with roles in the vacation laugher RV and the crime comedy Man of the Year. His next project, The Night Listener, was a tense and erosive tale of literary trickery fueled by such serious issues as child abuse and AIDS. Williams wasn't finished with comedy, however. He lent his voice to the cast of the family feature Happy Feet and Happy Feet 2, played a late night talk show host who accidentally wins a presidential election in Man of the Year, portrayed an enthusiastic minister in License to Wed, and played a statue of Teddy Roosevelt that comes to life in Night at the Museum and its sequel Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. He would also enjoy family-friendly comedic turns in World's Greatest Dad, Shrink, and Old Dogs. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Highest Rated Movies



96% Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Actor 2018
18% Absolutely Anything Dennis the Dog $0.7M 2017
52% Boulevard Nolan mack $47.2K 2015
47% Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Teddy Roosevelt $81.6M 2014
15% A Merry Friggin' Christmas Mitch Mitchler 2014
69% Altman Actor 2014
10% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Henry Altmann 2014
42% The Face of Love Roger Stillman $0.2M 2014
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler Dwight D. Eisenhower $116.7M 2013
7% The Big Wedding Father Moinighan $21.6M 2013
83% Richard Pryor: Omit The Logic Actor 2013
No Score Yet Looking For Lenny Actor 2012
45% Happy Feet Two Ramon/Lovelace $64M 2011
25% Certifiably Jonathan Actor $8.3K 2011
86% Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? Actor $30.3K 2010
5% Old Dogs Dan $49.5M 2009
89% World's Greatest Dad Lance Clayton $0.2M 2009
45% Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian Teddy Roosevelt $177.2M 2009
No Score Yet Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction Actor Screenwriter 2009
No Score Yet Ladies or Gentlemen Actor 2009
100% Dreams With Sharp Teeth Actor 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
No Score Yet History of the Joke Actor 2008
No Score Yet Rona Barrett's Hollywood: Nothing but the Truth Actor 2008
36% August Rush Maxwell 'Wizard' Wallace $31.6M 2007
7% License to Wed Reverend Frank $43.9M 2007
60% Fog City Mavericks Actor 2007
42% Night at the Museum Teddy Roosevelt $249.4M 2006
76% Happy Feet Ramón/Lovelace $197.9M 2006
22% Man of the Year Tom Dobbs $37.5M 2006
42% Everyone's Hero Napoleon Cross $14.5M 2006
40% The Night Listener Gabriel Noone $7.8M 2006
82% A Prairie Home Companion Himself 2006
23% RV Bob Munro $71.5M 2006
30% The Big White Paul Barnell 2005
79% The Aristocrats Actor $6.2M 2005
64% Robots Fender $128.2M 2005
No Score Yet The Rutles 2---Can't Buy Me Lunch Hans Hankie 2004
36% The Final Cut Alan Hakman $0.6M 2004
10% House of D Pappass $0.4M 2004
28% Noel Charlie Boyd 2004
No Score Yet Richard Pryor - I Ain't Dead Yet #%$#@!! Uncensored Actor 2004
No Score Yet BThere DVD Magazine Actor 2003
No Score Yet An Uncommon Kindness: The Father Damien Story Narrator 2003
81% One Hour Photo Sy Parrish $31.5M 2002
40% Robin Williams: Live on Broadway Actor 2002
92% Insomnia Walter Finch $67.4M 2002
42% Death to Smoochy `Rainbow' Randolph Smiley $8.4M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes Actor 2001
No Score Yet Chuck Jones: Extremes and Inbetweens - A Life in Animation Actor 2000
No Score Yet The Directors Interviewee 2000
36% Bicentennial Man Andrew Martin 1999
29% Jakob the Liar Jakob Heym Executive Producer 1999
71% Get Bruce Himself 1999
22% Patch Adams Hunter `Patch' Adams 1998
54% What Dreams May Come Chris Nielsen 1998
73% Deconstructing Harry Mel 1997
97% Good Will Hunting Sean McGuire 1997
24% Flubber Prof. Philip Brainard 1997
25% Fathers' Day Dale Putley 1997
95% Hamlet Osric 1996
50% Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent' The Professor 1996
19% Jack Jack Powell 1996
79% The Birdcage Armand Goldman 1996
54% Jumanji Alan Parrish 1995
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt 1995
26% Nine Months Dr. Kosevich 1995
27% Aladdin and the King of Thieves Genie 1995
No Score Yet In Search of Dr. Seuss Actor 1994
54% Being Human Hector 1994
71% Mrs. Doubtfire Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Doubtfire Producer 1993
No Score Yet Andy Kaufman: I'm from Hollywood Actor 1992
30% Toys Leslie Zevo 1992
94% Aladdin Genie 1992
67% FernGully - The Last Rainforest Batty Koda 1992
38% Shakes the Clown Jerry 1992
No Score Yet Shakespeare: The Animated Tales Actor 1992
26% Hook Peter Banning/Peter Pan 1991
83% The Fisher King Parry 1991
83% Dead Again Dr. Cozy Carlisle 1991
No Score Yet Wish for Wings That Work The Kiwi 1991
No Score Yet Opus & Bill - A Wish For Wings That Work Actor 1991
No Score Yet We All Have Tales Narrator 1991
88% Awakenings Dr. Malcolm Sayer 1990
55% Cadillac Man Joey O'Brian 1990
84% Dead Poets Society John Keating 1989
No Score Yet Andy Kaufman: I'm from Hollywood Actor 1989
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen King of the Moon 1989
No Score Yet Will Rogers: Look Back in Laughter Actor 1988
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears - The Story of Pecos Bill Actor 1988
90% Good Morning, Vietnam Adrian Cronauer 1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Narrator 1987
No Score Yet Seize the Day Tommy Wilhelm 1986
11% Club Paradise Jack Moniker 1986
31% The Best of Times Jack Dundee 1986
No Score Yet Jonathan Winters Actor 1986
No Score Yet Barbra Streisand - One Voice Actor 1986
86% Moscow On The Hudson Vladimir Ivanoff 1984
9% The Survivors Donald Quinelle 1983
80% The World According to Garp Garp 1982
No Score Yet An Evening with Robin Williams Actor 1982
60% Popeye Popeye 1980
No Score Yet Can I Do It...Till I Need Glasses? Actor 1977


No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
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54% The Crazy Ones
Simon Roberts
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No Score Yet Independent Lens
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No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
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No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Appearing Guest
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No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
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No Score Yet The Talk
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No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
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No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2013
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No Score Yet Inside Comedy
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94% Louie
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No Score Yet Sesame Street
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82% Wilfred
Dr. Eddy
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No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • 2011
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No Score Yet SpongeBob SquarePants
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No Score Yet The Jay Leno Show
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No Score Yet American Masters
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72% American Idol
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No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Guest Merritt Rook
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No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
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No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • 2000
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
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100% The Larry Sanders Show
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No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest
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95% Mork & Mindy
Director Mork
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No Score Yet Happy Days
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60% The Richard Pryor Show