GRAMMY-winning comedian Robin Williams died Aug. 11 in Tiburon, Calif. A cause of death has not been confirmed. He was 63. Born in Chicago, Williams attended the Juilliard School in New York and was lauded for his exceptional improvisation skills. Following a breakthrough performance on "Happy Days," Williams gained wider fame with a starring role on the "Happy Days" spinoff "Mork & Mindy," which won him two consecutive Golden Globe Awards in 1979 and 1980. Stand-out roles followed, including award-winning performances in 1987's Good Morning, Vietnam, 1991's The Fisher King, 1993's Mrs. Doubtfire, 1996's The Birdcage, and 1997's Good Will Hunting. A five-time GRAMMY winner, Williams brought home his first GRAMMY for 1979 for Reality...What A Concept. He was also nominated for Best New Artist for 1979. Williams earned additional GRAMMYs for A Night At The Met (1987), Pecos Bill (1988), Good Morning, Vietnam (1988), and most recently, Robin Williams — Live 2002. "[Robin Williams'] improvisational skills and comedic timing were unmatched, and he quickly established himself as a larger-than-life presence on screen and onstage," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "Our entertainment community has lost an immense talent, a true inspiration, and a creative genius, and his remarkable legacy will forever be immortalized in his vast and impressive body of work."
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