Birthday: 21-07-1951
Date of death: 11-08-2014
Star sign: Leo
Robin Williams is a legendary actor and comedian. He was born as Robin McLaurin Williams on July 21, 1951 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago to Laurie McLaurin and Robert Fitzgerald Williams. He belongs to English, Welsh, Scottish, German, French and Irish lineage and brought up as Episcopalian. Initially, he studied at Gorton Elementary School and later at Deer Path Junior High School in Illinois. Robin is a very quiet and shy type of person until he joined the drama department in high school. At 12, his father was relocated to Detroit. They lived in Bloomfield Hills in Michigan where he studied at Detroit Country Day School. He joined the soccer and wrestling team at school. At 16, William’s father retires from work so they transferred to Tiburon, California. He studied at Redwood High School near Larkspur.

When he graduated from high school, he studied at Claremont Men’s College in California and took up Political Science. Later, he drops out to pursue his acting career. He studied theatre at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. He was cast in the musical play ‘Oliver!’ and James Dunn, his professor stated that his talent became evident after playing the role of Fagin in the play. In year 1973, he received a full scholarship at the Juilliard School in New York City. He was one of the few students who got the chance to be in the freshman class along with Christopher Reeve who became his classmate and one of the two students that was accepted in the Advanced Program in school. Robin and Christopher developed their friendship and remained friends until 2004 when Christopher had an accident and died.

When he moved to Marin, County, he started his career as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco Bay Arena. He first performed at the Holy City Zoo in San Francisco. He later moved to Los Angeles to continue doing stand-up shows in different clubs. In 1977, he was spotted by George Schlatter, a producer and offered him for a role the sketch up comedy, Laugh-In which became her debut in television. Though the Laugh-In failed, this lead Robin to a better career in television.

Robin received a Grammy Award for his 1979 live show entitled, ‘Reality…What a Concept’. Later, he has done tours like, An evening with Robin Williams, Robin Williams: At The Met and Robin Williams Live on Broadway. He took a hiatus for six years and returned in August 2008 when he broadcasted the Weapons of Self-Destruction, his 26-city tour.

Robin stated that because of the stress that he got in doing his job as a stand-up comedian, he turned to using drugs and alcohol. He also added that he never use drugs or alcohol while performing, only when he has hangover from the prior performances. The actor used cocaine at that time and he said, that thing made him paranoid when on stage.

After the Laugh-In revival and his appearance in The Richard Pryor Show, he was cast as Mork, an alien from Ork in two episodes of the television sitcom, Happy Days. The producer was impressed to his unique sense of humor and his character became popular to the viewers. Later, he was cast in Mork & Mindy opposite Pam Dawber. From 1978 to 1982. The show got a 60-million weekly audience and it was credited to his name. He was starred in three comedy specials from HBO such as, Off The Wall in 1978, An Evening with Robin Williams in 1982 and the Robin Williams: Live at the Met in 1986. He became a regular guest on several talk Shows. He appeared in Late Night with David Letterman for over 50 times. Robin was also in an unscripted cameo in the pilot episode of the 3rd season of the television series, Friends. He was also seen in ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ and later featured in an episode of the police procedural series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2010, he was also seen with Robert De Niro in the late-night live sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live. He also appeared as himself in the comedy-drama series, Louie and in the television series, Wilfred. In 2013, he was starred as Simon Roberts in the sitcom, The Crazy Ones but the show was canceled after one season.

He was debuted in the big screen through the low-budget comedy film, Can I Do It ‘Till I Need Glasses. Then in 1980, he was starred in the musical comedy film, Popeye. He acted as T.S. Garp in the 1982 comedy drama film, The World According to Garp. Later, he continued in doing small roles in films like Club Paradise and The Survivors.

His first major break was from the 1987 war comedy film, Good Morning, Vietnam which gained him a nomination at the Academy Award for Best Actor. His portrayal as Dr. Sean Maguire in the drama film, Good Will Hunting opposite Matt Damon earned him a Best Supporting Actor award at the Academy Award and a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globe Award. He played as John Keating, an English teacher in the 1989 drama film, Dead Poets Society where he was nominated few times for Best Actor in a Leading Role category. Robin played as Parry, a homeless man in the 1991 fantasy comedy film, The Fisher King. He also acted as Peter Banning or popularly known as Peter Pan in the fantasy film, Hook on the same year.

Some of his acclaimed dramatic roles came from the movies, Moscow on the Hudson, What Dreams May Come and the Awakenings. In 2002, he bagged the role of a writer and killer in the psychological thriller film, Insomnia. He portrays the role of Seymour ‘Sy’ Parrish, a photo technician who is emotionally disturbed in another psychological thriller film, One Hour Photo.

He played as Henry Altmann in the comedy-drama film, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. The film was his last movie that was released this 2014. He also lent his voice in several animated films including the 1992 film, Aladdin where he voiced the character of the Genie. 
Robin Williams’ contribution to the television and film industry will never be forgotten. Almost 106 acting credits are credited to his name from year 1977 to 2015. The brilliant actor dies on August 11, 2014 in California. An autopsy report stated that he died by suicide. Alcohol and drugs were also involved and there are prescription drugs found in his body. A report is also noted that he suffered paranoia. Robin Williams’ was cremated and his ashes were spread in San Francisco Bay.
Darren E. Scott English Actor

Darren E. Scott

Darren E. Scott is a popular actor, model, stuntman and a television host. He was born on May 30, 1972 at Richmond, BC Canada to his Chinese Malaysian father and Scottish Canadian mother. He studied Karate when he was just 8 and got his black belt when he turned 11. Darren became the 3 times National Black Belt Kata Champion in 1995. He also got the Fourth Degree Black Belt and a Certified Instructor in 1997 and also got the 5th Place in Capoeira’s World Collegiate Championships.He was debuted in the 1995 film, The Hunted where he played as a ninja. Darren was trained by his masters in Japan for a year, along with the Tenri University Karate Team, and he also learns few Japanese languages. Darren also hosted Business Concierge, a business travel show which was aired on Channel News Asia. He was also a Giorgio Armani model in Asia. He acted as Quentin Wong in the Hong Kong-based film, Supercapitalist in 2012. The actor has done the American martial arts film, The Man with the Iron Fists which was written and directed by RZA. He bagged the role of Rodent Chief, who leads the Rodent clan, along with Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu. He also donned his first Chinese film entitled, Game of Assassins where he essayed the role of Assassin Lei. Darren has also done films like Beyond Redemption, Hush (short film), Mortal Challenge and Gus and Chloe. He was also seen in Cmoda Productions’ The Nearness of You. Darren also played as Stunt Actor in the superhero film, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007 and he was also featured in Paramount Pictures’ Case 39.Darren Scott also did several television shows. He is a regular in the series, Almost Human which was aired on Fox. The actor was also part of the television series, iZombie on The CW. He works as Stunt Actor in The Tomorrow People, Smallville, 4400, Jeremiah and The Sentinel. He was featured in shows like Masters of Horror, Touching Evil, John Doe, Special Unit 2, Once A Thief and Undercover. Darren is an expert in several Martial Art Disciplines, stage fighting and also an expert in handling firearms. He is also proficient in many recreational sports like snowboarding and motorcycle racing.

Previous

Chris O'Donnell

Chris O’Donnell is a popular American model turned actor. He was born as Christopher Eugene O’Donnell on June 26, 1970 at Winnetka in Illinois. His mother is Julie Ann Rohs Von Brecht and his father is William Charles O’Donnell. Chris is the youngest among his four sisters and two brothers. He came from a German and Irish lineage. He was brought up in a Catholic household and graduated high school in a Catholic school, Loyola Academy in Illinois. He graduated Bachelor of Science in Marketing at Boston College. He started his modeling career when he was 13 years old and has done various commercials.Chris was spotted on a McDonald’s commercial while serving Michael Jordan. In 1986, he made his first television appearance in Jack and Mike series. At 17, he auditioned for the comedy-drama film, Men Don’t Leave that stars Jessica Lange and he was luckily selected. During the 90s, he appeared in various successful films like Fried Green Tomatoes in year 1991, School Ties in year 1992 and the drama film, Scent of a Woman along with Al Pacino. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globe Award for his performance in this film. Chris was considered as one of the John Willis’ 12 Promising New Actors of year 1992. He also bagged a role in the 1994 drama film, Blue Sky and the 1995 film, Circle of Friends and because of the success of both films, he was bagged in to play the role of Dick Grayson/Robin in the 1995 superhero film, Batman Forever with Val Kilmer as Batman. Chris was part of the selections that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Corey Haim, Ewan McGregor, Matt Damon, Jude Law, Corey Feldman, Scott Speedman and Toby Stephens but Chris got the role. He was also the favorite choice to essay the role of Jack Dawson in the box-office epic romantic film, Titanic in 1997 but Leonardo DiCaprio got the role.Followed by this is a starring role in the thriller film, The Chamber in 1996. Later, he repeated his role as Robin in the sequel of Batman and Robin in year 1997 with George Clooney as Batman. The film was a success but it was criticize and Chris called it as the lowest point of his career. He took a break on doing films for two years. He was selected to play the role of James Edwards in the 1997 film, Men In Black but the actor turned the offer down. He also did reasonably successful films like Cookie’s Fortune, The Bachelor and Vertical Limit. After this, he took a 4-year break and returned in year 2004 in the biographical drama film, Kinsey. He also appeared in an episodic in the sitcom, Two and a Half Men. The episode was entitled as ‘An Old Flame with a New Wick’. In 2005, Chris was starred in the primetime comedy drama show, Head Cases on Fox Network. However, the show was cancelled after airing two episodes. Subsequently, he appeared in the Medical drama show, Grey’s Anatomy as Finn Dandridge, a veterinarian.Chris was also featured in the miniseries, The Company as Jack McAuliffe. In 2008, he has done Max Payne and the comedy film, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl. In 2009, he appeared in the television series, NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS network. In 2010, Chris was cast in the film, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore which is a sequel to the 2001 film, Cats & Dogs. Chris got married to Caroline Fentress in year 1997 and they presently have 5 children.

Next
Chris O'Donnell English Actor

OTHER MOVIE ACTORS