Geek Of The Week: Robin WIlliams

Geek Of The Week: Robin WIlliams

Robin Williams was an American actor, stand-up comedian, film producer, and screenwriter. He was found dead in his Northern California home earlier today.

Rising to fame with his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–82), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Feet (2006). He also appeared in the video “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin.

Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor three times, Williams received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and five Grammy Awards.

The above all comes from Wikipedia. On a personal note, I have been a huge fan of his since I was a kid. I was a huge Mork and Mindy fan, and I remember howling with laughter the first time I saw his stand up. I truly believe that he is a legend, and the world is worse off now that he is gone. He will be missed. It is a sad one, but a truly deserved Geek of the Week.

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