From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Robin Williams (born July 21, 1952) is a multi-award-winning American actor and comedian who was born in Chicago, Illinois. He first achieved notice for his stand-up routines in San Francisco. His first major acting role was in the television series Mork and Mindy, which ran from 1978 to 1982. The majority of his acting career has been for cinema.
Many of his roles have been comic (eg. The Birdcage, Mrs. Doubtfire). He has also starred in serious movies (Awakenings , What Dreams May Come) and in 1998 he won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role as a psychiatrist in Good Will Hunting.
Robin Williams and his wife Marsha Garces Williams founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many different charities. Robin Williams devotes much of his energy doing work for charities, including the Comic Relief fund-raising efforts.
Williams was married to Valerie Velardi from June 4, 1978 to 1988) with whom he had one child. He is currently married to Marsha Garces Williams whom he wed on April 30, 1989. They have two children together.
Williams is reported to have bipolar disorder.