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October 14, 2016

These Rare Yearbook Photos of Robin Williams From His High School Days Show Beloved Actor Before He Was Famous

Before his rise to fame, Robin Williams was a shy boy interested in drama, athletics and debate at his Michigan high school. Here are some rare yearbook photos of Williams from his high school days, which perfectly capture the incredible man he was as a youth.

Born in Chicago in 1951, Williams called himself a shy boy who admired comedians like Jonathan Winters. Here, he poses for his 1966 yearbook photo as a freshman at Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Michigan.

While Williams went on to become one of the most esteemed names in Hollywood, he got his start in the spotlight participating in school athletics. Donning a No. 15 jersey, Williams is seen here posing for a team photo as an 8th grader on his school's basketball team.

From an early age, Williams had a knack for comedy, often making his mother crack up with his imitations of his grandmother.

Robin Williams, No. 72, suits up for his JV football team's yearbook photo while a sophomore at Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Michigan. Williams spent much of his high school career active in sports, also participating on his track and wrestling teams.

Williams, 2nd from the right, squints into the camera while posing for his varsity track photo while a sophomore at Detroit Country Day School. It was while Williams was a student that he also got his first taste for acting, participating in his high school's drama department.

Williams was a multi-faceted athlete, pulling his weight on Detroit Country Day School's varsity wrestling team as a sophomore, pictured here (center) in 1967.

In this picture taken from his sophomore yearbook, the young Williams (top, wearing head gear), grapples with his opponent during a varsity wrestling match in 1967.

Wearing a smart school coat and tie, Williams (right) sits on the Prefect Board at Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Michigan as a sophomore in 1967.

A model student with an obvious talent for winning over crowds, Williams was also active on his school's debate team as a junior in 1968, pictured here.

Williams, posing here his junior year at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif., went on to attend Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in the early 1970s.

By 1973, the young comedian had taken his act to the New York City streets performing as a mime on the sidewalks of Manhattan. In this candid shot taken a few years earlier, Williams dons his high school letter jacket as a senior at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif.

At the suggestion of his instructor John Houseman, Williams left his studies at Juilliard in order to try his hand at standup comedy. Here, he poses for his senior year portrait at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif. in 1969.

Robin Williams (back row, center), stands with his high school varsity cross country team at Redwood High School in Larkspur, Calif.

(via NY Daily News)


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