1951 : Robin Williams Born

July 21, 2018 all-day

Photo of Robin Williams, as printed on the March 12, 1979, cover of Time magazine, and installed in the National Portrait Gallery to commemorate him posthumously.

Believe it or not, but Robin Williams, famous actor and comedian lived in Michigan for four years during his early teenage years.

In late 1963, when Robin Williams was 12, his father, a senior executive for  Ford Motor Company’s Lincoln-Mercury Division was transferred to Detroit. The family lived in a 40-room farmhouse on 20 acres in suburban Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at the private Detroit Country Day School. He excelled in school, where he was on the school’s soccer team and wrestling team, and was elected class president.

As his father traveled frequently for work and his mother also worked, Williams was attended to by the family’s maid, who was his main companion. When Williams was 16, his father took early retirement and the family moved to California.

In addition to the tv series Mork and Mindy, he also had many popular movies such as Popeye, Dead Poet’s Society, Good Will Hunting, Hook, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Night at the Museum.

Unfortunately, health issues caused him to commit suicide at age 63.

Source:  Robin Williams wikipedia entry.

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