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69. Robin Williams: Behind the Laughter
Robin Williams was probably the single funniest man
grace American television, and cinema. Williams's zany antics
timeless delivery served him well in a career
spanned for more than four decades. He had
unique comedic style that has been much imitated,
never equaled. In later years, Williams starred in
roles that were suited for his amazing talents.
had an energy that had rarely been matched.
excelled in acting, screenwriting, film producing, and comedy.
in Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1951, Williams'
moved to California when he was 16. He
his start in the entertainment industry as a
-up comedian performing in San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
high school classmates described Williams as quiet and
leading to Williams being named "Least Likely to
" in his senior year. He won this "award"
though he was elected class president. Williams's big
came when he appeared on the popular 70's
show Happy Days. The show introduced Williams to
His guest appearance on happy Days
to the creation of his own TV series
Mork and Mindy, where he reprised his role
the wise-cracking alien. This was just the beginning
Williams, though. He went on to star in
number of Hollywood blockbusters including The World According
Garp, Popeye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning Vietnam, and
Dead Poet's Society. He credited the legendary comedian
Winters for being a big influence on his
. Robin Williams died in August, 2014. He will
be known as one of the greatest comedic