Williams first rose to fame in September 1978 with Pam Dawber in the sitcom “Mork & Mindy”.
Williams attends the Robin Williams Opening Party on April 11, 1979 at Studio 54 in New York City.
This file photo from 1982, originally released by Warner Bros. Pictures, shows Williams as TS Garp from the movie “The World According to Garp.”
Williams and his first wife, Valerie Velardi, join a host of photographers at singer Paul Simon’s apartment to celebrate Simon’s wedding to actress Carrie Fisher in New York City on August 16, 1983.
Williams, center, takes time out from rehearsal at NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with cast members Eddie Murphy, left, and Joe Piscopo on February 10, 1984. Williams was to appear as a guest host on the show.
Robin Williams was honored on the 2014 Emmy broadcast with a tribute led by friend Billy Crystal, who hosted the “Comic Relief” benefits with Williams and Whoopi Goldberg (seen here in 1986).
Williams enjoys music through a headset in a scene from the 1987 movie “Good Morning, Vietnam”.
Williams portrayed a teacher in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society, one of his first predominantly dramatic roles.
Williams went out of his way to stay with his kids in the movie ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ from 1993.
From left to right, Bonnie Hunt, Bradley Pierce, Kirsten Dunst and Williams hold each other in a scene from the 1995 movie “Jumanji”.
Comedians and co-hosts, from left, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg and Williams sing and dance the 1940s opening song of “Comic Relief VII” on November 11, 1995 in Los Angeles.
Jay Leno laughs as Williams jokes during a recording of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on November 13, 1995 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.
Williams and Nathan Lane starred in the 1996 movie “The Birdcage”.
Williams visits a sick child in a scene from the 1998 movie “Patch Adams”.
Williams and his wife, Marsha, pose for photographers with their daughter, Zelda, as they arrive at the December 1998 premiere of the movie “Patch Adams” in New York City.
Williams wears a clown nose as he dips his hands into concrete at a ceremony outside Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1998. In the critically acclaimed “Patch Adams,” he played a doctor who used humor to help his patients heal.
Actor-writers Matt Damon, left, and Ben Affleck, right, pose with Williams, holding the Oscars they won for “Good Will Hunting” at the 70th Annual Academy Awards in 1998. Damon and Affleck won for Best Original Screenplay , and Williams won for Best Supporting Actor.
Williams donates blood at the Irwin Memorial Blood Center in San Francisco on September 11, 2001.
US Postal Service team rider Lance Armstrong rides Williams during practice on a rest day of the 89th cycle race of the Tour de France at Vaison La Romaine on July 22, 2002.
Williams plays Rainbow Randolph in the 2002 dark comedy “Death to Smoochy”.
Williams and Oscar host Billy Crystal perform at the 76th Academy Awards show in 2004.
Williams poses for photos with US soldiers at the main US base in Bagram, Afghanistan, on December 16, 2004.
Williams in 2007’s “License to Wed.”
Williams and Susan Schneider arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ on August 13, 2009.
Williams at the pre-premiere party for “Happy Feet Two” at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on November 20, 2011.
Williams poses for photos in Sydney, Australia, on December 5, 2011. He and Australian director George Miller were in Australia promoting “Happy Feet Two”.
After his death, Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, said: “This morning I lost my husband and my best friend as the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful people. I am devastated.”