Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams has been found dead in his California home of an apparent suicide. He was 63. Reports state that the actor, who had a history of drug and alcohol problems, was struggling with depression.
Williams shot to fame on TV playing lovable alien Mork in Mork and Mindy. With his lightning-quick wit and improvisational style, Hollywood soon came calling. He starred in a string of comedy hits before essaying darker roles in more serious fare. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Good Will Hunting. His notable films include Good Morning, Vietnam (he improvised most of his his scenes), The World According to Garp, Dead Poets Society, Awakenings, Insomnia, and One Hour Photo. He was also the voice of the genie in Disney’s Aladdin. His career, once white-hot, had cooled in recent years. Last year he returned to his TV roots in the CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones, which was canceled after one season.