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Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Known for his improvisational skills and the wide variety of characters he created on the spur of the moment and portrayed on film, in dramas and comedies alike, he is often regarded as one of the best comedians of all time. Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s, and rose to fame playing the alien Mork in the ABC sitcom Mork & Mindy (1978–1982).
After his first starring film role in Popeye (1980), Williams starred in several critically and commercially successful films including The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), Patch Adams (1998), One Hour Photo (2002), and World's Greatest Dad (2009). He also starred in box office successes such as Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Good Will Hunting (1997), and the Night at the Museum trilogy (2006–2014). He was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting. He also received two Primetime Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards.
On August 11, 2014, at age 63, Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California. His widow, Susan Schneider Williams, as well as medical experts and his autopsy, attributed his suicide to his struggle with Lewy body disease.
You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to.
I love running cross country....On a track, I feel like a hamster.
I love running cross-country...You come up a hill and see two deer going, 'What the hell is he doing?' On a track I feel like a hamster.
If we're going to fight a disease, let's fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.
Don't associate yourself with toxic people. It's better to be alone and love yourself than surrounded by people that make you hate yourself.
The hurricanes have been getting bigger and bigger. And they usually give them names that don't really inspire fear.
We had gay burglars the other night.
They broke in and rearranged the furniture.
I enjoy performing for heavily armed people. It's easier than going to Georgia.
Ballet: men wearing pants so tight that you can tell what religion they are.
On stage you're free. You can say and do things that if you said and did any place else, you'd be arrested.
When I'm riding my bicycle I feel like a Buddhist who is happy just to enjoy his mundane existence.
It's been a tough year... Someone said I should send out Buddhist thank-you cards since Buddhists believe that anything that challenges you makes you pull yourself together.
What's my credibility? Why are they looking to me for advice? Isn't there someone more qualified?
I stopped drinking when I had children because I wanted to be awake and aware. I did not want to be going, you know, daddy loves you and then drop my head on the table. I do not want to miss anything that they do or say. It is important to me.
Terrible wars have been fought where millions have died for one idea -- freedom. And it seems that something that means so much to so many people would be worth having.
I learned that by being entertaining you make a connection with another person.
If I could light my own farts I could fly to the moon or at least Uranus.
It's frightening and exhilarating. It's like combat. Look at the metaphors: You kill when it works; you die when it doesn't.
I'm a very tolerant man, except when it comes to holding a grudge.
That's the formaldehyde. That's why Granny's so well-preserved.
In California, we are a sixty percent Hispanic state, we elected an Austrian governor. Even old Nazis are going That's weird.
Oh, no. To live... to live would be an awfully big adventure.
Gentlemen, haven't we learned anything from the music of John Lennon? All we need is love.
You're still young. Being a true loser takes years of inaptitude.
You're best when you're not in charge. The ego locks the muse.
Carpe per diem. Seize the check.
An alcoholic is someone who can violate his standards faster than he can lower them.
With a bike you go from zero to a hundred in terms of mobility.
I have a difficult time doing an Irish accent; even now, it kind of fades slowly into Scottish.
It never fails -- you get in the bath and there's a rub at the lamp.
I love to ride my bike, which is great aerobics, but also just a great time for me to think, so it's like this terrific double bill.
Good people end up in Hell because they can't forgive themselves.
Canadian money is also called the loony. How can you take an economic crisis seriously?
We were talking briefly about cocaine... yeah. Anything that makes you paranoid and impotent, give me more of that!
Change is not popular; we are creatures of habit as human beings. 'I want it to be the way it was.' But if you continue the way it was there will be no 'is.'
Things that I see in the future. I see... it could be quite incredible if we can master a few problems, like the air and the water thing might be nice. I see governments dissolving these barriers are all falling down for economic reasons. They're all so interbound.
I prefer to be handcuffed at home. The idea of voice work to me is great fun, especially when it's a chance to do two different voices.
You appreciate little things, like walks on the beach with a defibrillator.
Cocaine for me was a place to hide. Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down. Sometimes it made me paranoid and impotent, but mostly it just made me withdrawn.
As intellectual as we think we are, you still trip, we still have human foibles, sexuality, all the different things to still make you aware of your humanity.
To be free. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world.
Decaf is like masturbating with an oven mitt!
If I asked you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell.
Clouds are like boogers hanging on the nostrils of the moon.
All you have to do is think one happy thought, and you'll fly like me.
Montovani? They play Montovani to insomniacs that don't respond to strong drugs.
Keith Richards is the only man who can make the Osbournes look Amish.
Even when I did my Broadway show, I did 15 minutes no one had seen before, because that was the night that Michael Jackson protested about Al Sharpton bailing on him. I said, Wow, if that man bails on you, this must be really a lost cause.
Please, don't worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting.
What is this demilitarized zone? Whatever it is, I like it! Gets you on your toes better than a strong cup of cappuccino.
I got to ninth grade and there was wrestling, and I went, 'Wait a minute, this is fun.' Basically, it was a chance for a small kid like me to get a chance to wail on another small kid. I went, 'I love this.' The discipline of it was great. Plus, I really started to be good at it.
Golf is one of the few sports where a white man can dress like a black pimp and not look bad.
Golf is a game where white men can dress up as black pimps and get away with it.
Sometimes with a comedy it's just having the instinct of how real you play it and what level you want it.
The first time I tried organic wheat bread, I thought I was chewing on roofing material.
It's always great when you want scientific fact to get a really good science fiction writer to talk to you about it.
My children give me a great sense of wonder. Just to see them develop into these extraordinary human beings.
My children give me a great sense of wonder. Just to see them develop into these extraordinary human beings. And a favorite book as a child? Growing up, it was 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' - I would read the whole C.S. Lewis series out loud to my kids. I was once reading to Zelda, and she said 'don't do any voices. Just read it as yourself.' So I did, I just read it straight, and she said 'that's better.'
I had to stop drinking alcohol, because I used to wake up nude in front of my car with my keys in my ass.
I had my back waxed once by two women... and at one point they said, Do you mind if we take a break?
But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart, forever.
After my training wheels, my first real bike was a Schwinn, and my first time out, I rode down a hill, didn't know how to stop, and ran right into a tree. So, that was a nice experience ... like realizing, oh, there are brakes!
Three wishes -- no substitutes, exchanges or refunds.
I can see it now: Osama bin Laden goes up to the pearly gates where George Washington comes out, starts beating him and is then joined by 70 other members of the Continental Congress. Osama will say, Hey, wait! Where are my 71 virgins? And George will reply It's 71 Virginians, you asshole!
My childhood was really nice. My parents never forced me to do anything; it was always, If you want to do that, fine. When I told my father I was going to be an actor, he said, Fine, but study welding just in case.
How much more can you give? Other than, literally, open-heart surgery onstage? Not much. But the only cure you have right now is the honesty of going, this is who you are. I know who I am.
A human life is just a heartbeat in heaven.
Along with the Oscars, the Academy is giving out a green card.
I met Jonah Lomu. I never knew how huge he was. I felt like a peasant in a Godzilla movie. 'Quickly! Tell the other villagers! We go now!'
The great thing about marriage is the idea of really getting to know someone. And really getting to know a woman is a life long task.
Just now when I said, I have a crush on you, you didn't say, no way loser. I'd rather have a lobotomy by a leper. That means something.
Jamie Kilstein is amazing and I will be spreading the word. He has the spark that energized my conscience. We need more comedians kicking it hard the way he does every night.
There was an old, crazy dude who used to live a long time ago. His name was Lord Buckley. And he said, a long time ago, he said, 'People -- they'r e kinda like flowers, and it's been a privilege walking in your garden.' My love goes with you.
My preference is live performance, because you get the feedback. There's an energy. It's live theater. That's why I think actors like that.
My preference is live performance. Because you get the feedback. There's an energy. It's live theater. That's why I think actors like that. You know, musicians need it, comedians definitely need it. It doesn't matter what size and what club, whether it's 30 people in the club or 2,000 in a hall or a theater. It's live, it's symbiotic, you need it.
Explore an idea until you've exhausted it, really go to all the different parameters of it.
Freud: If it's not one thing, it's your mother.
I bought one of the first Nintendo systems and brought that home, and we were playing 'Legend of Zelda' at the time, and it was addicting, and I was playing it for hours and hours and hours.
A woman would never make a nuclear bomb. They would never make a weapon that kills, no, no. They'd make a weapon that makes you feel bad for a while.
A woman wouldn't make a bomb that kills you. A woman would make a bomb that makes you feel bad for a while. That's why there should be a woman President. There'd never be any wars, just every twenty-eight days there'd be very intense negotiations.
Do you get the feeling with Sarah Palin, in high school, she was voted least likely to write a book and most likely to burn one?
Women are incredibly intuitive. If anybody on the planet is going to evolve to the next level, that telekinetic thing, women will.
Sometimes, keeping track of people. It's always a weird combination of worrying so much about the outside world, and not... you have to be more aware of the inner circle, the folks that matter.
In the dictionary under redundant it says see redundant.
It's hotter than a snake's ass in a wagon rut.
I know size can be daunting but don't be afraid.
I've never had a hankering to direct. I can perform, but I can't write on that level. I tend to go off on tangents. Directing also requires a kind of specificity and I don't have it.
You might say he was one taco short of a combination platter.
You know the difference between a tornado and divorce in the south? Nothing! Someone is losing a trailer.
Taking Viagra after open heart surgery is like a Civil War re-enactment with live ammo. Not good.
Women! Can't live with 'em, can't live with 'em!
We were totally opposite -- me coming from the West Coast and a junior college, and him Christopher Reeve from the hard-core Ivy League. He used to be the studly studly of all studlies, and I was the little fool ferret boy.
I knew Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were really talented. As actors, they were both studly young men, and they had great writers' chops.
I'm history! No, I'm mythology! Nah, I don't care what I am, I'm free!
Being a famous print journalist is like being the best-dressed woman on radio.
Here's the best birth control in the whole world, if you really, if you have no pills, if you have no diaphragm, if you have no other form of contraception. Use it for ladies, if he comes at you with that little thing in his hand, just laugh at it. They can't deal with it, OK, it'll be gone.
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