Robin Williams was known across the globe as one of the funniest men to ever grace Hollywood and he had a well-earned reputation as a genuinely nice man.
In addition to being one of the world’s funniest men, Robin Williams was also a father and loving family man.
Now his eldest son, Zak Williams, has honored his late father by naming his new baby boy after the famous comedian.
On May 22, Zak Williams and his fiancée Olivia June welcomed their baby boy, McLaurin Clement Williams, to the world.
But there was a detail that really made people’s hearts melt.
The boy’s name is a touching tribute to the late Robin Williams, whose middle name was McLaurin.
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Introducing you to my little family! My fiancé, Zak, and I were so happy to welcome baby McLaurin to the world on May 22nd. We are beyond thrilled he chose us to be his parents, and obviously think he’s the best, smartest, and cutest baby ever!! In life today, we expect everything to be live shared on social media, and many who are close to me are even just learning this news. ? We’ve kept this news private for a number of reasons, one of which is my increasing emphasis and appreciation for living life away from social media and focusing on my offline relationships, another being the challenges that face us as women startup founders. I have a lot more to say about this later, but at a high level… Becoming a mom is something I’ve always known I wanted, but as an early stage startup founder sometimes sounded impossible, not because I didn’t think I could manage it, but because I knew the extent of bias in the industry against me as a female founder and the fight to be taken seriously in building a business focused on solving social challenges for women. (Not to mention the fact that maternity leave doesn’t exist for me!) As I’m proud to have successfully built a business that doesn’t rely on Silicon Valley VCs caring about women’s friendships to operate and has an amazing supportive team, I’m excited to be expanding my role from global change-maker startup CEO, connecting millions of women to their best friends, to a milk factory, raising a really amazing little man who has a boss mamma. None of this would be possible without the most incredible and supportive partner a woman could ever hope for. Zak, the headline is true, you’re already and will always be, “World’s Greatest Dad!” Mickey and I are the luckiest. ? [Photos by my super talented future sister-in-law @zeldawilliams]
According to an Instagram update, Zak and Olivia June will call the little guy Mickey.
“Introducing you to my little family!” June said in an update with a series of photos.
“We are beyond thrilled he chose us to be his parents, and obviously think he’s the best, smartest, and cutest baby ever!!”
Since Robin’s death in 2014, his wife and his three children — Zak, Zelda, and Cody Williams — have continued to honor him.
As the eldest sibling, Zak took a big responsibility and helped the Williams family move forward after his father’s shocking death.
“We’re acclimating to the new normal. Everything is step by step,” he told US Weekly in 2014.
“Dad had almost a childlike love, and he shared that love with people, with everyone. And that ability to love, and that ability to be generous and giving and kind is something we would want to share with future generations.”
Since that dark day in 2014, Zak has searched for a way to give back to society.
Robin Williams was passionate about giving back to society and for Zak, a tech marketing executive, that has meant devoting time and energy to helping others.
Zak has, among other things, helped teach financial literacy to inmates at San Quentin State Prison as part of a rehabilitation program.
He was also featured in the documentary “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.” Zak spoke about his father saying,
“His pathos was seeking to entertain and please. He felt when he wasn’t doing that, he was not succeeding as a person. That was always hard to see, because in so many senses he was the most successful person I know.”
Williams welcomed McLaurin Clement Williams last month; McLaurin was Robin Williams' middle name.
It warmed my heart to read about Zak and his decision to honor his late father, I’m sure his dad is up there smiling!