8 fascinating facts you didn't know about Robin Williams

8 fascinating facts you didn't know about Robin Williams
Actor Robin Williams sings at the "Idol Gives Back" show at the Kodak theatre in Hollywood, California in this file picture taken April 6, 2008.

Robin William, aged 63, was dead in his home in Tiburon, California, on Monday morning (Aug 11, 2014) in what is believed to be suicide via asphyxiation.

His dynamic career and ability to entertain his audiences would certainly put a smile to your face as you remember the veteran actor.

Here are the Top 8 fascinating and inspiring facts you probably didn't know about Robin Wiliams according to Elite Daily:

1. He was voted "Least Likely to Succeed" by his high school class.

Williams attended Red Wood High in Larkspur, California. His classmates bestowed upon him the superlative "Least Likely to Succeed."

2. He improvised his witty lines in Aladdin.

The Genie in "Aladdin" would not have been the same if Robin Williams didn't have line after line of comedic gold, thanks to his keen improvisation ability.

3. He struggled with alcohol and drug addiction throughout his career.

"You feel warm and kind of wonderful. And then the next thing you know, it's a problem, and you're isolated," Williams' described his addiction to The Guardian in 2010.

Williams struggled with abuse since the '80s, and after 20 years of sobriety, checked into rehab in 2006 and again in 2014.

4. Entertainment Weekly voted him The Funniest Man Alive in 1997.

5. As an avid cyclist, he trained with Lance Armstrong.

6. He was overweight and lonely as a child, and developed different voices to stay entertained.

Williams admitted to being bullied as a child. Overweight and lacking in friends, he would invent a range of voices to entertain himself, realizing he could gain respect by making others laugh.

7. He survived open heart surgery in 2009.

In 2009, Williams underwent a three and half hour surgery to replace his aortic valve.

8. He was recruited by Steven Spielberg to tell jokes to the cast of "Schindler's List" to keep spirits up.

Director Steven Spielberg called Williams during production to tell jokes to the cast to lighten to depressing spirit of "Schindler's List".

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