The Numbers Behind Robin Williams’s Career

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Published August 12, 2014

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The world lost one of comedy’s biggest legends Monday when Robin Williams was found dead in his California home from apparent suicide. At 63 years old, the Oscar-winning actor was beloved by millions across the world for his stand-up comedy and film and television roles.

Though he’s gone from the physical world, the laughter he inspired through his decades of work on stage and the silver screen live on in the hearts of those of all ages.

Here’s a look at the famed actor’s life in numbers:

Box Office Blowout

Adjusted for inflation, 47 films with Williams’s name in the credits raked in $5.14 billion over the years. Williams’s top 10 grossing movies proved his ability to remain flexible in any role in front of the camera – from comedies, to children’s movies and dramas.

Mrs. Doubtfire    $429.38 million
Aladdin $427.41 million
Night at the Museum $301.89 million
Good Morning, Vietnam $245.78 million
Happy Feet $244.6 million
Good Will Hunting   $240.56 million
Hook $233.81 million
The Birdcage $228.76 million
Patch Adams $222.82 million
Dead Poets Society $196.79 million

Williams shot to fame after his television debut in "Mork and Mindy," which ran for 92 episodes and was the most-popular TV series in the 1978-79 season. It came in ahead of other sitcoms like “Laverne and Shirley” and “Three’s Company.” The show scored 55-60 million views each week, compared to big-name shows in present day like “The Big Bang Theory,” which brings in an average of 20 million weekly viewers, according to ABC News.

Fans of Williams's work can look forward to seeing the actor’s performances on the big screen. He reportedly has at least six films slated for release in the next few years. The LA Times reports those titles include:

  1. Absolutely Anything
  2. Merry Friggin’ Christmas
  3. The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
  4. The Face of Love
  5. Boulevard
  6. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Award-Winning Talent

The actor who won over the hearts of many for his work in a range of performances won 31 acting awards, including five Golden Globes, five Grammys and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.  Here are the actor’s biggest honors, according to IMDB:

Golden Globes

2005: Cecil B. DeMille Award
1994: Mrs. Doubtfire, Best Actor
1993: Aladdin, Special Award for Voicework
1988: Good Morning, Vietnam, Best Actor
1979: Mork & Mindy, Best TV Actor

Grammy

2002: Best spoken comedy album for Robin Williams
1988: Best Recording for Children’s Pesocs Bill
1988: Best Comedy Recording for Good Morning, Vietnam 
1987: Best Comedy Recording for A Night At The Met 
1979: Best Comedy Recording for Reality...What A Concept 

Screen Actors Guild Awards

1998 - Good Will Hunting, Supporting Actor 
1997- The Birdcage, Cast

Net Worth

Though there’s no official accounting for Williams’s total net worth, estimates range from $50 million - $130 million. 

It’s reported that last year, Williams listed his Napa, Calif. home for $29.9 million, according to Forbes. The sale came after two costly divorces, which reportedly cost the actor north of $20 million.

When he spoke to Parade Magazine about getting his life back on track in 2013, and the motivation behind returning to television acting, he said part of it was the financial impact of his divorces (he since remarried).

“I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money,’” he told Parade. “But they changed it to ‘alimony.’ It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet. Are things good with my exes? Yes. But do I need that lifestyle? No.”

In 2008, Williams divorced his second wife Marsha Garces after 19 years of marriage. That was after the split from his first wife Valerie Velardi in 1988.

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