Robin Williams

His Journey of Struggles and Success



The legendary Robin Williams was born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. As a kid, he was harshly bullied for being overweight and because of that, he spent most of his time hiding away from his tormentors. Eventually, he lost his weight by participating in track and wrestling and also realized that he could make kids laugh as a way to gain respect from them.


After graduating from Redwood High School, Williams made the decision to study political science at Claremont's Men's College but then changed his mind and instead attended Juilliard School to pursue acting. His talent was first recognized when he was cast in the musical, Oliver!. From then on, he became a popular stand-up comedian and later an actor. His first major break was Good Morning, Vietnam and consequently, he rose exponentially in fame and success. He's been in numerous beloved films like Aladdin, Jumanji, Popeye, Hook, and more. Because of that, he has won countless awards like Grammies, Golden Gold awards, Emmys, and Oscar, etc.

Personal Life

Besides his prosperous career, Williams also had many other important things in his life. He married two times until he finally met "the one" and married Susan Schneider. He had three children named Zelda, Zachary, and Cody. He has participated in multiple charity events and also made his support for veterans, women's rights, and literacy crystal clear. Unfortunately, Williams died by suicide on August 11, 2014 in Paradise, California.

“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.” -Robin Williams

Overcoming Obstacles


Besides the bullying he received as a child, Robin Williams also faced many other struggles. Although he was diagnosed with depression and Pakinson's disease, it has been later revealed that he was misdiagnosed and instead had Lewy body dementia. This illness has caused him to feel depressed, have troubles with memory, and to have hallucinations. He also battled with addictions with cocaine and alcohol.


Despite having to deal with those difficulties, that didn't stop him from being extremely successful or making others content. Of course, he did not get cured suddenly of his diseases and addictions. He received loads of support from his loved ones, took medication, and went to rehab at a facility in Minnesota. Like mentioned before, Williams won an incredible amount of battles, especially considering his conflicts and is therefore thought as a comedic, iconic hero to many.

Robin Williams' Funniest Moments

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