Robin McLaurin Williams was an American comedian and actor. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco’s comedy renaissance. He was known for his improvisational skills. Williams won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, six Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five Grammy Awards throughout his career.
Winning An Oscar Is An Honor, But, Between You And Me, It Does Not Makes Things Easier.
I'm Sorry, If You Were Right, I'd Agree With You.
You Have This Idea That You'd Better Keep Working Otherwise People Will Forget. And That Was Dangerous.
Reality Is Just A Crutch For People Who Can't Cope With Drugs.
I Only Ever Play Vegas One Night At A Time. It's A Hideous, Gaudy Place; It May Not Be The End Of The World Per Se, But You Can Certainly See It From There.
Having George W. Bush Giving A Lecture On Business Ethics Is Like Having A Leper Give You A Facial, It Just Doesn't Work!
You'll Notice That Nancy Reagan Never Drinks Water When Ronnie Speaks.
We've Had Cloning In The South For Years. It's Called Cousins.
Divorce Is Expensive. I Used To Joke They Were Going To Call It 'All The Money,' But They Changed It To 'Alimony.' It's Ripping Your Heart Out Through Your Wallet.
No Matter What People Tell You, Words And Ideas Can Change The World.
A Woman Would Never Make A Nuclear Bomb. They Would Never Make A Weapon That Kills - No, No. They'd Make A Weapon That Makes You Feel Bad For A While.
Canada Is Like A Loft Apartment Over A Really Great Party.
In The Process Of Looking For Comedy, You Have To Be Deeply Honest. And In Doing That, You'll Find Out Here's The Other Side. You'll Be Looking Under The Rock Occasionally For The Laughter.
Do I Perform Sometimes In A Manic Style? Yes. Am I Manic All The Time? No. Do I Get Sad? Oh Yeah. Does It Hit Me Hard? Oh Yeah.
If Heaven Exists, To Know That There's Laughter, That Would Be A Great Thing.
One Of My Favourite Actors Of All Time, Although He Doesn't Necessarily Play Villains, Is Peter Lorre.
I Have An Idea For A Movie Called 'The Walken Dead' Which Is About A Town Where, Instead Of Zombies, Everyone Becomes Chris Walken.
I Basically Started Performing For My Mother, Going, 'Love Me!' What Drives You To Perform Is The Need For That Primal Connection. When I Was Little, My Mother Was Funny With Me, And I Started To Be Charming And Funny For Her, And I Learned That By Being Entertaining, You Make A Connection With Another Person.
I Do Believe In Love; It's Wonderful - Especially Love Third Time Around, It's Even More Precious; It's Kind Of Amazing.
I Write On Big Yellow Legal Pads - Ideas In Outline Form When I'm Doing Stand-up And Stuff. It's Vivid That Way. I Can't Type It Into An Ipad - I Think That Would Put A Filter Into The Process.
When Jonathan Winters Died, It Was Like, 'Oh, Man!' I Knew He Was Frail, But I Always Thought He Was Going To Last Longer. I Knew Him As Being Really Funny, But At The Same Time, He Had A Dark Side.
I Used To Think That The Worst Thing In Life Was To End Up Alone. It's Not. The Worst Thing In Life Is To End Up With People Who Make You Feel Alone.
When I Went Home From Juilliard, I Couldn't Find Acting Work.
The Improv, Sometimes It Works, Sometimes It Doesn't, But When It Does, It's Like Open-field Running.
I Think 'Dead Poets' Was Probably My Favorite, Just To Get Started With The Idea Of Doing A Movie That People Treated As More Than A Movie.
The Russians Love Brooke Shields Because Her Eyebrows Remind Them Of Leonid Brezhnev.
Gentiles Are People Who Eat Mayonnaise For No Reason.
If It's The Psychic Network Why Do They Need A Phone Number?
We Had Gay Burglars The Other Night. They Broke In And Rearranged The Furniture.
Reality: What A Concept!
The Second Amendment Says We Have The Right To Bear Arms, Not To Bear Artillery.
What's Right Is What's Left If You Do Everything Else Wrong.
Never Pick A Fight With An Ugly Person, They've Got Nothing To Lose.
You're Only Given A Little Spark Of Madness. You Mustn't Lose It.
I Don't Do Well With Snakes And I Can't Dance.
In America They Really Do Mythologise People When They Die.
Okra Is The Closest Thing To Nylon I've Ever Eaten. It's Like They Bred Cotton With A Green Bean. Okra, Tastes Like Snot. The More You Cook It, The More It Turns Into String.
I Started Doing Comedy Because That Was The Only Stage That I Could Find. It Was The Pure Idea Of Being On Stage. That Was The Only Thing That Interested Me, Along With Learning The Craft And Working, And Just Being In Productions With People.
In 'The Secret Agent,' It's Basically A Character That Was Admired By Theodore Kaczynski, Which Is Some Fan Mail You Don't Really Want To Open. This Is A Man Who Is A Chemist And Who Specializes In Making Bombs And Despises Humanity.
Comedy Can Be A Cathartic Way To Deal With Personal Trauma.
If Women Ran The World We Wouldn't Have Wars, Just Intense Negotiations Every 28 Days.
Performing Comedy In San Francisco To Begin With Is Pretty Wild. You've Got To - You've Got The Human Game Preserve To Play Off Of. And It's A Lot Of Great Characters Everywhere. You Work Off That, And Then You Play The Rooms, And Eventually You Get To A Point Where You're Playing A Club That Is A Comedy Club, With Other Comics.
Sometimes Over Things That I Did, Movies That Didn't Turn Out Very Well - You Go, 'Why Did You Do That?' But In The End, I Can't Regret Them Because I Met Amazing People. There Was Always Something That Was Worth It.
The Bad Thing About Being A Famous Comedian Is That Every Now And Then Someone Approaches Me To Tell An Old Joke. Don't Tell Me Jokes - I Have That. People Also Say The Weirdest Things, Sometimes Sarcastic Things, And Even Evil Things. They Like To Provoke To Get A Reaction.
I Met Nelson Mandela, And I Really Didn't Know What To Say. It Was Years Ago At A Benefit. I Was Just In Awe Of This Man Because Of What He'd Done.
The Essential Truth Is That Sometimes You're Worried That They'll Find Out It's A Fluke, That You Don't Really Have It. You've Lost The Muse Or - The Worst Dread - You Never Had It At All. I Went Through All That Madness Early On.
I Bought One Of The First Nintendo Systems And Brought That Home, And We Were Playing 'Legend Of Zelda' At The Time, And It Was Addicting, And I Was Playing It For Hours And Hours And Hours.
My Style Is Bad White-boy Dancing. I Can Do Swing A Little Bit, But Nothing Beyond That. My Solo Dancing Is Sad. I Use My Arms, Badly.
Tweets? That Stuff Kills Conversation. And People Taking Pictures With Their Phone Or Recording You, Sometimes Surreptitiously, Is Creepy. They Come Up And Just Start Talking To You, And You Can See The Red Light On Their Phone.
Being In The Same Room With People And Creating Something Together Is A Good Thing.