Robert Fitzgerald Williams: What Happened To Robin Williams’ Father?

Robert Fitzgerald Williams

Robert Fitzgerald Williams is the father of Robin McLaurin Williams. Robert’s son Robin Williams was a popular American actor and comedian. He began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles during the mid-1970s and released several comedy albums including Reality … What a Concept in 1980.

Robert Fitzgerald Williams: Bio Summary

NameRobert Fitzgerald Williams
Date of birth 10 September 1906
Place of birth Evansville, Indiana, USA
Famous as father of Robin Williams
Died 18 October 1987 (aged 81)
Nationality American
Spouse Laurie McLaurin
Children Robert Todd Williams and Robin Williams
Parents Robert R. Williams and Ollana Fitzgerald

Who Was Robin Williams’ Father, Robert?

Robert Fitzgerald Williams was brought into the world on 10 September 1906, in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, USA. His parents are Robert R. Williams and Ollana Fitzgerald. His siblings are Gordon Williams, Helen Fitzgerald Williams, and Infant Son Williams. He was raised in Evansville, Ind.

There aren’t many details about Robert Fitzgerald Williams’ life as a child. Information regarding his education is not available. He was a senior executive in Ford’s Lincoln-Mercury Division. He worked for 29 years as an executive with the Lincoln Mercury Division of the Ford Motor Co., working in Detroit and Chicago.

Robert was married to Laurie McLaurin (1922–2001), a former model from Jackson, Mississippi. Laurie’s great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. Robert already had a son Robert Todd Williams before he and Laurie gave birth to actor and comedian Robin McLaurin Williams.

ALSO, READ: Laurie McLaurin: How Did Robin Williams’ Mother Die?

The mother of Robert Fitzgerald Williams’ son Robert Todd Williams (also known as “Dr. Toad”) is Susan Jean Laurent Williams. Todd became the co-founder of Toad Hollow Vineyards. Robert’s wife Laurie McLaurin also had a son McLaurin Smith Williams from a previous marriage.

In the late 1960s, Robert took early retirement and he and his family moved to Tiburon, California. Robert had also worked as a management consultant. Robert remained married to his wife Laurie McLaurin until he passed away in 1987.

What Happened To Robin Williams’ Father?

Robin Williams’ father Robert Fitzgerald Williams died at home in his sleep after a lengthy illness. He died at age 81, on 18 October 1987, in Tiburon, Marin County, California, USA. According to Findagrave, Robin was cremated and his ashes were given to his family or friend. His wife Laurie McLaurin died of heart failure on September 4, 2001, at age 78.

Robert Fitzgerald Williams’ son Robin Williams died on August 11, 2014, at age 63. He was found dead in his home in Paradise Cay, California. According to an autopsy report released in November 2014, Robin died of a suicide resulting from “asphyxia due to hanging”. Robin was cremated at Monte’s Chapel of the Hills in San Anselmo. His ashes were scattered at sea, in San Francisco Bay

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