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American comedian and actor Robin Williams (July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014) was born in Chicago, Illinois to a mother who was a model and a father who was a senior executive in the Lincoln-Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Company. The family moved to Tiburon, California when he was 16 after his father retired. Robin was a stand-up comedian in both Los Angeles and San Francisco who became world famous as Mork in the Mork & Mindy sitcom which was on television from 1978 to 1982. He starred in such movies as "The World According to Garp," "Good Will Hunting," "Mrs. Doubtfire," and "The Birdcage." A special talent, and by all accounts a humanitarian, Robin struggled with cocaine addiction and health problems which included depression and heart disease which compelled him to have his aortic valve replaced in 2009. He was diagnosed with Parkinsons Disease, according to his wife, Susan, which led to further depression. He committed suicide in his home in Paradise Cay, California, by hanging himself. He had been married three times and had three children.

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