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Originally posted 05/13/2009 03:45PM
You can't keep a funnyman down.
Robin Williams is returning to the road this fall to resume his Weapons of Self-Destruction and Reconstruction comedy tour after he postponed dates in March to undergo heart surgery.
The actor, 57, who is set to make his first public appearance Wednesday on The Late Show with David Letterman, underwent more than three hours of heart surgery to replace his aortic valve, repair his mitral valve and correct his irregular heartbeat.
Originally posted 03/23/2009 02:00PM
Friday the 13th was lucky for Robin Williams. That's the day the funny man "successfully underwent heart surgery at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic," his Los Angeles-based spokesperson announced Monday.
In a statement from Williams's rep, Mara Buxbaum, the Ohio clinic staff cardiothoracic surgeon, A. Marc Gillinov, M.D., said, "Williams's operation went extremely well, and we expect him to make a full recovery."
The procedure, which took 3½ hours, "was conducted to replace his aortic valve, repair his mitral valve and correct his irregular heartbeat," said the doctor – who termed Williams's heart "strong" and foresaw no limitations insofar as his patient's future physical activities.
"A couple hours after surgery, he was entertaining the medical team and making us all laugh," according to Gillinov.
Originally posted 03/13/2009 09:05AM
It's going to take more than heart surgery to put the brakes on the unstoppable Robin Williams.
Originally posted 03/05/2009 11:00AM
Having been admitted to a south Florida hospital earlier this week, Robin Williams is "to undergo surgery for an aortic valve replacement," his reps announced Thursday.
An earlier statement about the 57-year-old, Oscar-winning comic actor said, "Williams was experiencing shortness of breath and is currently being evaluated by doctors who are recommending a week of rest."
Williams has canceled all performances of his one-man show, Weapons of Self-Destruction, which was on a 80-city tour that started last September and is bound for Broadway in the spring. The tour is set to resume come the fall, say his reps.
"I'm so touched by everyone's support and well wishes," Williams said in a statement. "This tour has been amazing fun and I can't wait to get back out on the road after a little tune-up."
Originally posted 05/06/2008 03:30PM
Robin Williams and his estranged wife Marsha Garces Williams have pledged to be "honest, cooperative and respectful" during their divorce proceedings, according to court papers released Tuesday.
The pair signed an agreement spelling out their goals, including promises to try to avoid courtroom clashes and to keep their children's interests at the forefront, say the papers filed in San Francisco Superior Court.
"We will strive to be honest, cooperative and respectful as we work in this process to achieve the future well being of our families," says the agreement. "We commit ourselves to the collaborative law process and agree to seek a positive way to resolve our differences justly and equitably."
In a television interview, Williams underscored his desire to proceed in a civil manner.
"I'm lucky, you know, with someone like Marsha, and we have amazing kids and it's not a slash and burn," the comedian tells Ellen DeGeneres on a visit to her show Tuesday. "I think a lot of times divorce can be like circumcision with a weed whacker," he continues, "But the idea that it's going with love, I think, is important. And for me it's been ... a good thing."
Originally posted 04/25/2008 09:10AM
Her parents may be divorcing, but Robin Williams's daughter Zelda swears there's no drama in the family.
"It wasn't a complete surprise," the 18-year-old told PEOPLE at the Rémy Martin Spirit Unleashed launch party in Hollywood Thursday night. "It's never easy to end. [But] there's no bitterness – we're all a family."
Originally posted 04/01/2008 09:40AM
Robin Williams may be going through a tough time – but at least he has a slew of famous friends to lean on for support.
Williams's wife of 19 years, Marsha Garces Williams, filed for divorce last week, citing irreconcilable differences.
Since the split, the comedian's License to Wed costar John Krasinski said they've talked "a bunch of times."
"He's been so supportive of me since the movie and still keeps in touch," the Office star told PEOPLE Monday night at the L.A. premiere of his new film, Leatherheads. "That just shows you what a classy guy he is, to keep tabs on people that he cares about."
So does Williams still have his signature sense of humor during these difficult times? "Absolutely!" said Krasinski. "Absolutely – if not better." –Scott Huver
Originally posted 03/26/2008 01:45PM
Robin Williams's wife has filed for divorce after 19 years of marriage, the actor's rep, Mara Buxbaum, has confirmed to PEOPLE.
Marsha Garces Williams filed a divorce petition in San Francisco on March 21, citing irreconcilable differences, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The pair have two children together: daughter Zelda, 18, and son Cody, 16.
Garces, 51, and Williams, 56, wed in April 1989, shortly after the actor's divorce from his previous wife.
Originally posted 10/14/2006 06:00AM
The idea of Robin Williams running for President – the plot of his new movie, Man of the Year, which opens this weekend – isn't preposterous. After all, we've had a genuine Hollywood star in the White House before, and not just sleeping over in the Lincoln Bedroom. Ronald Reagan, whose movie career stretched from the late 1930s through the early '60s, occupied 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for two terms.
Originally posted 09/29/2006 05:00PM
With his trademark manic humor, Robin Williams spoke out Friday for the first time about his stint in rehab for treatment of alcoholism.
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