Robin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 and passed away on August 11, 2014. Robin’s life has been one of the most interesting lives in Hollywood history. He started out as a child star in TV and movies before going into stand-up comedy where he found his true calling. Robin had an amazing ability to make people laugh which is what led him to become such a successful actor. A lot of times when we think about Robin Williams all we see are the funny things that he did; however, there were many more layers to this man than just being funny.
How was life like for Robin Williams?
Robin was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1951. His father owned a stationery store and his mother had many different jobs. They were married but divorced when he was 12 years old.
Robin attended Juilliard Academy of Performing Arts where he discovered that the stage is what made him happy; it’s something more than just a hobby.
After graduating Robin began working with the improvisational group, The Second City Touring Company in New York where he made many connections but also was told that comedy would not make him rich and famous like the other actors at this time.
This is when Robin decided to go into stand-up comedy which eventually led him to Hollywood!
How did Robin Williams die?
Robin Williams passed away on August 11, 2014. Williams suffered from depression for decades before he committed suicide by hanging himself at his home near Tiburon California on the morning of Monday 11th August 2014 at around 12:00 hrs Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Robin Williams’ death has been ruled a suicide after investigations into his financial state and toxicology reports revealed that there were no traces of alcohol or drugs in his system while only minor traces of anti-depressants and sleeping aids were found present when it would have taken more than just those to kill a grown up man.
Robin Williams’ Battle with Depression
Robin Williams’ life was no less than extraordinary. He battled with alcoholism and drug addiction in the past but got clean 20 years ago after he realised that his life depended on it. The battle with drugs led him into depression which later eventually lead him to suicide due to having heart disease when he died at 63 years old . His wife confirmed the cause of death by telling people who didn’t know about what happened previously that Robin’s lifelong battle with depression caused him too much pain which ultimately made him want to end his own life because
In 2014 he revealed his lifelong battle with depression when he said “Do you ever have that feeling where you’re not sad but it’s kind of like your brain is telling you ‘oh yeah this isn’t good?’ And I’m living a half life.”
His wife Susan Schneider confirmed the cause of death to be suicide due to his history with depression and heart disease. Robin had been sober for 20 years after being addicted to cocaine which led him to depression and being hospitalized. Robin was quoted as saying “I always thought there is going to be a cure, I am not going to die from this.”
Robin Williams’ Impact
Robin Williams became one of America’s most beloved comic actors who had an amazing ability to disarm audiences from around world. His TV roles ranged from playing Mork on ‘Mork & Mindy’ (1978) through several seasons of his own self-titled series as well as being “Dr.” Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting (1997).
He also starred in many successful movies such as Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, Good Morning Vietnam and Happy Feet just to name a few! Robin Williams was one of those rare talents who made millions laugh not only with the hilarious characters he created but from the stand-up comedy he had been performing for several years before his big break on TV.
What can we learn from Robin Williams’ life?
We can learn that it is important many to follow your dreams even if they seem farfetched because there are people out there waiting for someone like you! Remember this quote by Robin “We’re all trying to get with enough love during our lifetime.” Even though Robin passed away in 2014 we can still celebrate him and be reminded about how much laughter he brought to the world.