Robin Williams was an American actor and comedian who had a net worth of $50 million. Born on July 21st, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, Williams grew up in a prominent family. His father, Robert, was the Manager of Lincoln-Mercury Motors in charge of the Midwest and his mother, Lauren was a former model from New Orleans. Before high school, Robin and his family moved to San Francisco. As a child he was shy but wasn’t really outgoing until he participated in high school plays.
One of the early inclinations that might have led him to a career as being a comic was his dead-on impersonation of his grandmother. Beyond that there really wasn’t much else signaling such things with anything like concrete evidence until high school when it became clearer that he would pursue theatre in college.
Early life & Career
At the age of 17, Robin Williams attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, California. He then moved on to attend the prestigious School of Arts and Sciences at College of Marin in Kentfield, California. In 1977, Robin enrolled at Julliard’s Tisch School of the Arts. Soon after this decision, he met college friend & future Superman actor Christopher Reeve and an instructor who encouraged him to shift his focus away from drama and onto comedy.
While still performing his comedy sets as early as 1978, Robin eventually landed a recurring role in comedy sitcom Happy Days. The success of that show led to spin-off Mork & Mindy which ran for 94 episodes over 4 years between 1978-1981. In 1978, when Robin was already earning $35K per episode for Mork, he starred in 3 HBO specials which earned him $130K today when adjusted for inflation. Then, in 1992 Robin found himself on yet another successful new sitcom Friends which has since aired 600 episodes since its inception.
Robin, who started his career in live-action and voice acting (particularly Disney), was widely regarded as having appeared in some of the biggest movies of his time. Some of Robin’s most famous live-actions include “Good Will Hunting”, Mr. Nobody”, “One Hour Photo”, “Laura”, and “Hook”.
Robin also did voice work for successful films like “Bicentennial Man”, “Jumanji” and The Lion King.” For all his success on screen, though, he was paid just $75,000 – 87% less than his costars – which caused a controversy. After initially refusing to work with Disney after they violated an agreement to remove promotional merchandise featuring Robin’s likeness from movies, he ultimately agreed to resume cooperation with them after Disney dismissed the executive involved.
Robin Williams Death
Robin Williams, 63 years old, tragically died on August 11, 2014 in his home town of Tiburon, California. It is unclear if he committed suicide or suffered a medical event. Robin was married three times and the first two marriages resulted in significant divorce settlements. His children are from his previous marriages. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Thank you for your service to this world.