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In his high school yearbook, what was Robin Williams voted?

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How could anyone have ever thought that Robin Williams was the least likely to succeed? Regardless, he grew up and proved all his old high school classmates wrong. How do you like them apples?

When he was still a struggling actor, what strange job did Williams have?

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Williams hardly seems like the strong, silent type, but he did work as a mime when he was still trying to make ends meet as an actor. He used to work in New York near the Metropolitan Museum of Art. How classy!

Where was Robin Williams born?

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Even though, while under the influence, Williams told a reporter he was born in Scotland, this was either a joke or an outright lie. He was actually born in Chicago, Illinois.

What show did Mork from Mork & Mindy actually premiere on?

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That’s right, Mork & Mindy was actually a spinoff show of Happy Days. Mork’s episode premiered in 1978, and when he was casting for the role, producer Garry Marshall hired Williams almost immediately, quipping that Williams was the only alien who auditioned.

What was Robin Williams’ major film debut?

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It wasn’t a great start for Williams. Though he played Popeye in his first major film role, the film is widely considered a failure. Who knows though, comic book movies are pretty popular right now…remake time?
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How did Disney woo Williams for the role of the genie in Aladdin?

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In order to woo Williams for the role of the Genie in Aladdin, Disney animated and lip-synced the Genie performing Williams’ stand-up comedy. Williams was so impressed that he signed on immediately.

What was one of Mork’s catchphrases on Mork & Mindy?

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The word “Shazbot” was invented by Williams and has been featured on The Simpsons, the Tribes series of video games, and was even one of the last recorded words of AC/DC singer Bon Scott. 

What famous acting school did Robin Williams attend?

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When Williams began training at the prestigious Juilliard School, he was told to focus more on his stand-up comedy rather than waste time in acting classes. But it turns out he had a talent for acting, too!

Robin Williams gave back to his alma mater, Juilliard, by setting up a scholarship for incoming students. What famous actress was one of its recipients?

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Jessica Chastain acknowledged her great debt to the generous Robin Williams after his death, saying, “Robin Williams changed my life. His generous spirit will forever inspire me to support others as he supported me. He will forever be missed.”

Robin Williams’ last film Absolutely Anything placed him alongside which legendary comedic team?

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Released on the one-year anniversary of his death in 2015, Absolutely Anything fulfilled a dream for Williams, as it was the first film to feature all of the surviving members of the legendary comedy group Monty Python since their 1983 film The Meaning of Life. Williams was a huge Monty Python fan.
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What movie earned Williams the 1998 Best Supporting Actor Oscar?

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Williams won Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards for his poignant role as Dr. Sean Maguire, Will Hunting’s therapist in Good Will Hunting.

What video game was Williams’ daughter named after?

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Williams was an avid fan of role-playing games, anime, and video games, and he named his daughter Zelda after the massively popular video game The Legend of Zelda.

The death of which comedian helped convince Williams to get sober?

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In the late 70s and early 80s, Williams was heavily addicted. It was the death of his friend John Belushi as well as the birth of his oldest son that finally convinced him to quit. In fact, the night before Belushi's death, Belushi and Williams had been partying together. Now that’s a wake up call.

Which Stanley Kubrick film did Williams almost star in?

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Williams was considered for the lead role in The Shining, but then Kubrick saw Mork & Mindy and decided that Williams was “too psychotic.” Um, you’re one to talk, Mr. Kubrick.

Which famous actor did Williams’ befriend while at Juilliard School?

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Williams and Superman actor Christopher Reeve became really good friends when they both attended Juilliard. Williams claimed that Reeve was “literally feeding me because I don’t think I literally had money for food or my student loan hadn’t come in yet, and he would share his food with me.”
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How did Williams meet his second wife Marsha Garces?

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After he and his first wife, Valerie Velardi, got divorced, Williams married his child’s nanny, Marsha Garces.

How many children does Williams have?

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His three children are Zak, Zelda, and Cody.

Williams tested out his Mrs. Doubtfire costume by doing what?

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Williams decided to test the believability of his Mrs. Doubtfire costume by walking into a sex shop dressed as the nanny, and buying something. Anything for the craft, right?

Why was Aladdin rejected for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay?

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Robin Williams is famous for his talents in improvisation, and a huge chunk of his work as the genie in Aladdin was improvised. Because of this, the Academy declared Aladdin ineligible for Best Adapted Screenplay.

How many Oscar nominations does Robin Williams have?

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Williams has been nominated for Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, The Fisher King, and Good Will Hunting.
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What film was the last time Robin Williams appeared on screen?

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The last movie he appeared in an onscreen role in was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, where he played President Teddy Roosevelt once more. His official last movie (which he only does a voice for) was Absolutely Anything.

Robin Williams appeared alongside what other improv king in an episode of Friends?

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Williams and Crystal just happened to be near the set where Friends filmed, and decided to drop in and offer their services. Naturally, the scene they appear in is heavily improvised.

True or False: Williams only had one wife throughout his life.

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Williams actually married three times over the course of his life: first to Valerie Velardi, then to Marsha Garces, and finally to Susan Schneider. When he died in 2014, he was unmarried.

To help him cope with his depression, Williams started doing what physical activity?

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Williams credits cycling with saving his life and helping him to stay sober and on the straight and narrow. He even cycled with disgraced sports superstar Lance Armstrong.

Why did the writers of Mork & Mindy leave gaps in the script for Williams?

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Williams is famous for his improvisation work on many of his films, but he was just starting out when he starred in Mork & Mindy, and the script writers figured out that if they left him space to ad-lib, Williams would take it and run with it.
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For what movie did Williams earn his highest salary?

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Williams was paid an enormous $20 million to play the lead role in Bicentennial Man, although the film itself was a flop. Interestingly, Williams was only paid $75,000 to do Aladdin, one of his most memorable films.

In 1996, two of Williams’ films reached the $100 million-mark at the box office in the same week. Which two were they?

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Both Jumanji and The Birdcage topped over $100 million at the box office during the same week in 1996. Very few actors can boast of the same accomplishment. If that’s not success, I don’t know what is.

What Batman Forever character was Williams originally offered to play?

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Williams was originally pegged to play The Riddler in Batman Forever, but he passed it up, and the role ended up going to fellow funnyman Jim Carrey.

What was the first impression Robin Williams ever did?

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As a child, Williams was painfully shy, overweight, and more than a little lonely. He used to perform voices to himself as a way of staving off the isolation, and his first impression ever was of his grandmother, performed to his mother.

What film was Williams’ first Oscar nomination for?

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In 1988, Williams was nominated for his first Oscar for his breakthrough role in Good Morning, Vietnam. He would go on to be nominated for three more Oscars, finally winning a decade later for Good Will Hunting.
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Robin Williams was so much more than a comedian: he was a bright light in a world that is sometimes full of darkness. Although he’s now gone, he’ll never be forgotten, and he left behind a long list of beloved films to remember him by. From his rambunctious hijinks to his critically acclaimed, Oscar-winning acting roles, there’s so much to learn about his full, beautiful life. But how much do you really know about him?


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