Robin Williams net worth: Robin Williams was an American Actor and comedian who had a net worth of $50 million. Robin Williams was born on July 21st, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. Williams grew up in a very prominent family. His father, Robert was a senior executive at Lincoln-Mercury Motors in charge of the Midwest area and his mother, Lauren, was a former model from New Orleans. Before high school, Robin and his family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. As a child, Robin was a shy kid who hardly spoke. One of the only early inclinations that he might grow up to be a comic was his dead-on impersonation of his grandmother. Beyond that, he really didn't come out of his shell until he began to participate in high school plays.
Robin attended Redwood High School in Larkspur, California followed by College of Marin in Kentfield, California. He then enrolled in the prestigious Julliard School in New York City. It was here where Robin would meet longtime friend and future Super Man star Christopher Reeve. While at Julliard, Robin was encouraged by an instructor to shift his focus away from drama and onto standup comedy. With that advice in hand, Williams began to hit the comedy circuit around New York. Audiences quickly fell in love with his erratic behavior and quick one-liners. Eventually Hollywood came calling and he was cast as a dim-witted alien "Mork" who made periodic appearances on the sitcom "Happy Days". His stint on the show was such a success that the show's executive producer Garry Marshall soon crafted a spin off based solely on Robin's character. That show, of course, was "Mork & Mindy" which went on to film 94 episodes over four seasons between 1978 to 1981. Robin earned $35,000 per episode of Mork, which is equal to $130,000 today after adjusting for inflation. Robin then used his new found fame to produce three wildly successful HBO comedy specials.
One of Robin's first feature film roles was in the live action version of "Popeye", followed by "The World According to Garp". Over the next 30 years, Robin appeared in dozens of popular movies in both comedic and dramatic roles. Some of his most famous dramatic roles include "Good Will Hunting", "The Fisher King" and "One Hour Photo". Some of his other hits include "Hook", "Jumanji", and the wildly successful Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin even received an Oscar for best supporting actor Good Will Hunting and an Oscar nomination for "Good Morning Vietnam". In total, his films grossed more than $6 billion dollars worldwide (after adjusting for inflation). The highest single paycheck Robin ever earned came from the 1999 movie "Bicentennial Man", for which he was paid $20 million. Robin was paid just $75,000, the Screen Actors Guild minimum, for his voice work in the Disney movie Aladdin. Robin agreed to take the low salary on two conditions: #1) That his character not be used to sell any merchandise to children and #2) that his character not be shown in more than 25% of the film's advertisements. Disney eventually broke both promises which caused Robin to refuse to work with Disney for many years. Disney did eventually attempt to apologize by sending him a Pablo Picasso painting, but Robin would not work with the studio again for many years and only after the executive in charge had been dismissed.
Tragically, Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014 at his home in Tiburon, California of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old and had been reportedly battling severe depression. Robin was married three times, first to Valerie Velardi from 1978-1988, then from Marsha Garces from 1989 to 2010 and finally to Susan Schneider from 2011 until his death. He reportedly paid his first two wives more than $30 million in combined divorce settlements. He is survived by three children, one from his first marriage and two from his second. He will be terribly missed. Rest in peace.