Robin Williams

Tragic Hero

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on July 21st, 1951. A little more than 20 years later, he began doing stand-up comedy in San Fransisco, and also starring as Mork in the sitcom "Mork and Mindy." Little did anyone know, that this would be the start of a great career.


He began starring on "Mork and Mindy" in 1978. After that, he starred in many other movies over his lifetime, including some of these well-known movies:
~Dead Poets Society

~Good Morning, Vietnam
~Mrs. Doubfire movies
~The voice of Aladdin
~Night at the Museum movies

Williams' improvisational skills also led him into the world of comedy. He was best known for coming up with these "on the spot" jokes,


Robin Williams partnered with USO, and would perform stand-up shows overseas for American soldiers. He lifted up the spirits of those serving our country, even when he began having problems of his own


Williams' downfalls were alcohol and drugs. He admitted to being an alcoholic in 2003; he had gone to rehab years before for the same problem, but returned to the habit that year. In 2010, he told of how he failed to maintain sobriety, but stopped abusing cocaine. Williams struggled with this throughout his entire career.
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What Makes him a Tragic Hero?

Robin Williams struggled with addictions nearly his entire career as an actor/comedian. Even though he had his own problems, he helped others to get through their hardships using entertainment and laughter. This is what makes him a tragic hero.