04:42 PM EDT 04/16/2013
Originally posted 04/12/2013 01:30PM
Jonathan Winters – an improvisational genius and the comedic spiritual godfather to a generation of younger comics, including Robin Williams, Jim Carrey and the late Andy Kaufman – died of natural causes Thursday night. He was surrounded by family and friends at his home in Montecito, Calif., the Associated Press reports. He was 87.
Tweeted Steve Martin on Friday: "Goodbye, Jonath[a]n Winters. You were not only one of the greats, but one of the great greats."
Originally posted 01/25/2013 08:00AM
Matt Damon more than made up for his decade of being bumped from Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Declaring "I am in command of this ship," Damon not only hijacked the show Thursday night, but he brought along a little big-name help.
Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Amy Adams, Sally Field, Robert De Niro, Don Cheadle, John Krasinski and Oprah Winfrey all played a part.
Andy Garcia sat in as sidekick. Sheryl Crow led the band.
And where was Kimmel? Oh, he was there, all right: gagged and tied on the back of the set, as Damon took over.
Originally posted 08/27/2012 11:15AM
Heroic World War II general and president of Columbia University – and one of the best-liked American presidents – Dwight D. Eisenhower wasn't particularly known for his sense of humor, but that may change now that he is being played by Robin Williams.
As seen in this photo, Williams, 61, is made up to play Eisenhower during his White House years. Ike was 62 when first sworn in, and 71 when he handed over the reins to the 43-year-old JFK in 1961.
And the role is for The Butler, an adaptation of a Washington Post article about the real-life Eugene Allen, a White House domestic-staff member who served under eight First Families. Forest Whitaker plays Allen and Oprah Winfrey will play his wife.
Originally posted 10/26/2011 09:15AM
He's a famous funnyman, but Robin Williams's weekend wedding to graphic designer Susan Schneider struck an emotional chord among the 130 guests, who included Billy Crystal and directors George Lucas and Barry Levinson.
The couple exchanged vows last Saturday afternoon at Meadowland Resort in California's Napa Valley in a non-denominational ceremony held outdoors in glorious weather.
"It was a very intimate gathering of people who have worked with him, who know him really well, and her close friends and family," a source tells PEOPLE. "It was very relaxed and truly a joyful celebration. It just felt good to be there."
Originally posted 10/25/2011 10:30AM
Robin Williams and his new wife Susan Schneider are celebrating their honeymoon in Paris, and they spent their first day abroad sightseeing, according to an eyewitness.
The newlyweds arrived Tuesday morning and, after checking into a boutique hotel, set out for a walk, the source tells PEOPLE.
Williams, 60, who speaks French fluently, took Schneider for a traditional café lunch opposite the Tuileries Garden at L'Imperial on the rue de Rivoli.
Originally posted 10/24/2011 04:30PM
Third time's the charm.
Robin Williams exchanged vows with graphic designer Susan Schneider on Saturday at the Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.
The couple met shortly before the actor and comedian, 60, had heart surgery in 2009, according to Britain's The Guardian, which also reports that Schneider helped nurse him back to health.
It's the third trip down the aisle for Williams, who has three children – Zachary, 28, Zelda, 22, and Cody, 19 – from his first two marriages. His previous wife, Marsha, filed for divorce in 2008.
Originally posted 07/04/2010 11:35AM
Call it civic duty or patriotic pride, Hollywood is no stranger to showing support for the red, white and blue. Actors and filmmakers alike have produced films about protecting and defending our country against everything from terrorists to aliens to giant astroids. Whether based on real-life leaders or leaders created by a screenwriter's imagination, some of screen's heaviest hitters have taken their turn portraying the President of the United States. But who served the office best? Our faves are:
Originally posted 08/26/2009 03:50PM
Susan Boyle's rags-to-riches story captured the attention of millions of fans – and could pull in big box office numbers if her life's tale made it to the silver screen. Earlier this week, unconfirmed reports surfaced that Robin Williams – who played a frumpy British housekeeper in the 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire – may be in talks to fill the singer's sensible flats. Tell us: Is Williams right for the role?
Originally posted 07/31/2009 02:15PM
Why is Robin Williams planning to return to the stand-up circuit just seven months after having heart surgery?
"I realized I was running out of merchandising money from Bicentennial Man," he joked at the Television Critics' Association panel in Pasadena, Calif. Thursday.
Williams, 58, says his 20-date tour, Weapons of Mass Destruction, which kicks off in September and which will air on HBO, uses material drawing from "a relapse, three years of heavy drinking, going to rehab in wine country to keep my options open, coming out of that, divorce, and open heart surgery."
Originally posted 05/15/2009 08:30AM
Stepping out for the first time since his heart surgery in March, Robin Williams said he was feeling "wonderful," and had his classic funnyman form intact to prove it.
"I feel wonderful," the comic told PEOPLE at the world premiere of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., Thursday. "It's nice to just step out, rather than run. When you have a new valve, you have to take it a little slow. I'm like 80 percent there, so it's like, take it slow. But it's great."
Williams, in all his humorous glory, slowly made his way down the red carpet at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum where he bantered with media, snapped photos with admirers, and tossed out impersonations along the way. And he relished in seeing his fellow comics and film costars Hank Azaria, Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller during the evening saying, "There are other comics, not so much pressure."
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