Robin Williams 1951-2014

Remembering Robin Williams: His Life in Pictures

From his sold-out stand-up shows to his Oscar-winning turn on the big screen, we honor the late actor two years after his tragic death


While starring on the TV hit, Williams developed a cocaine habit. "Most people get hyper on coke. It slowed me down," he later told PEOPLE in 1988. "It made me withdrawn. And I was crazy back then – working all day, partying all night. I needed an excuse not to talk." But the death of Saturday Night Live's John Belushi helped scare Williams sober in 1982 – he had spent hours with Belushi before the comic overdosed on heroin and cocaine.