The news just broke a few minutes ago that Oscar-winning actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams died earlier today at 63 of an apparent suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office confirmed.
Robin Williams Singing Blame Canada by farzaneh182 His role as the Genie in the animated film Aladdin (1992) was instrumental in establishing the importance of star power in voice actor casting.
Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopi Goldberg hosted Comic Relief a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to raise funds to help those in need—particularly America's homeless. They along with many other comedians, celebrities, and occasional politicians perform various segments both general-purpose and specific to homelessness of standup comedy, sketch comedy, speeches, live music, and impressions of persons and characters all in order to entertain and enlighten. There are also documentary segments dealing with real-life problems of homeless people, in order to raise awareness of not only the grim realities but also how many hard-working "ordinary" people can wind up or grow up homeless. In exchange for contributions exceeding certain key amounts, T-shirts, sweatshirts and other merchandise are typically for sale.
Williams appeared on an episode of the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 3, Episode 9: November 16, 2000). During a game of "Scenes from a Hat", the scene "What Robin Williams is thinking right now" was drawn, and Williams stated "I have a career. What the hell am I doing here?" On December 4, 2010, he appeared with Robert De Niro on Saturday Night Live in the sketch What Up with That. In 2012, he guest starred as himself in two FX series, Louie and Wilfred.