Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63.
Tributes to the star came in quickly as news of his death spread. On Monday night, a small shrine had formed around his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Williams credited the influence of Jonathan Winters' comic irreverence and quirky characters as a great influence on his comedy.
Robin Williams first exploded into our living rooms as a slapstick alien in "Mork and Mindy" from 1978-1982.
Williams starred with Shelley Duvall in the big-screen adaptation of "Popeye" in 1980.
Williams also starred in 1982's "The World According to Garp."
Williams teamed up with fellow comedians Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal to co-host the first Comic Relief fundraiser in 1986. Comic Relief has become an annual event that raises money for charitable causes. The three original hosts have remained active in the charity.
In 1986, Williams played a former firefighter who moved to a Caribbean island in Harold Ramis' "Club Paradise."
Williams took his special brand of comedy back in time for the hit "Good Morning, Vietnam" in 1987.
Williams received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for "Dead Poets Society" in 1989.
Here, Williams is seen in the 1994 film "Being Human."
Williams is seen here with "Mork" star Pam Dawber in 1995 before the annual American Museum of the Moving Image tribute dinner.
Williams finally won an Oscar for his performance in 1997's "Good Will Hunting."
Williams teamed up with friend and fellow comedian Billy Crystal in 1997's "Father's Day."
Williams performs at a USO show at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in December 2003.
Williams portrayed Dwight D. Eisenhower in 2013's "The Butler."
Williams returned to TV in 2013 with the sitcom "The Crazy Ones," co-starring with Sarah Michelle Gellar, although the series was canceled after one season.
Williams also starred in the "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" this year.
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