Robin Williams died in 2014 at the age of 63 in his home city of San Francisco, but he was raised in Chicago until age 16. One of America’s top comedians, Robin Williams starred in his first TV show, Mork and Mindy, from 1978 to 1982. As a comedian based in San Francisco in the mid-1970s, Robin Williams was later credited with starting the San Francisco Comedy Renaissance. In addition to comedy, Robin Williams was an award-winning dramatic actor, starring in films like Dead Poets Society and Awakenings. A strong advocate for many causes, Robin Williams championed the homeless and the mentally ill.