Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 21, 1951. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan before moving to Woodacre, California, and studied at Claremont Men’s College for four years before being accepted in to Juilliard School, where he was one of only two students (the other being Christopher Reeve) selected into the Advanced Program that year. Garry Marshall found Williams working as an extra on The Richard Pryor Show, and cast him as the alien Mork on the sitcom Happy Days. His extraordinary improv skills helped create a character that was so fun and memorable that the executives at the studio decided to create the popular spin-off show, Mork and Mindy. Williams found great fame through this character, and found greater exposure through several HBO produced standup comedy specials before moving on to being an A-list movie star.