Zachary Pym Williams, popularly known as Zak Williams, is the son of the legendary comedian and actor, Robin Williams. After appearing in a couple of films and television series, such as ‘The Graduates’ (2008) and ‘Extra’ (1994), Zak chose to tread a path that doesn’t include the glitz and glamor of showbiz. He is currently associated with various non-profit organizations that work towards the betterment of humanity. Zak’s humanitarian works include providing financial literacy education to prisoners and raising awareness about mental health. In 2015, he arranged for lessons to the prisoners at the ‘San Quentin State Prison.’ Apart from serving as the board member at a couple of nonprofit organizations, Zak currently works for a company called ‘Fizz.io.’
Childhood & Early Life
Zachary Pym Williams was born on April 11, 1983, in San Francisco, California, to Robin Williams and Valerie Velardi. Thanks to his father’s popularity, Zak appeared in a couple of TV series like ‘Extra’ and ‘Entertainment Tonight’ while he was still a kid. After completing his high school and college education, Zak went on to obtain an MBA degree from the famous ‘Columbia University’ at New York. By now, he had decided not to follow in his famous father’s footsteps and tread a path of his own.
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In 2014, Zak Williams started teaching at the ‘San Quentin State Prison’ in California. The idea was suggested by his wife, Alexandra Mallick, who at that time was serving as an associate director at ‘Human Rights Watch.’ Around this time, Zak was introduced to a man named Curtis Carroll, with whom he started teaching at the prison every week. Eventually, Zak started giving more time helping those in need, which had him joining hands with various non-profit organizations.
Zak is currently associated with a nonprofit organization, ‘Bring Change to Mind,’ as one of the board members. The organization, which was co-founded by actress and activist, Glenn Close, in the year 2010, aims at creating platforms to discuss mental health in order to raise awareness about various mental health issues. Zak also serves as a board member at a couple of other benevolent organizations, such as ‘San Francisco Film Society’ and ‘Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.’
Zachary Pym Williams usually keeps himself away from the limelight. However, he has appeared in a couple of television series, such as ‘Entertainment Tonight’ and ‘Extra.’ In 2008, he appeared in a minor role in the Ryan Gielen-directed teen comedy film, ‘The Graduates.’ In 2018, Zak was seen in a documentary film titled ‘Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.’ The documentary, which was directed by American filmmaker Marina Zenovich, celebrates the life and career of Zak’s father, Robin Williams. Zak, who was close to his father, was seen discussing Robin’s struggles in the HBO feature documentary.
Personal Life & Family
Zachary Williams is married to Alexandra Mallick, who is currently working as the executive director of a nonprofit organization called ‘Re:store Justice.’ The organization, which was founded in 2017, works towards the betterment of the incarcerated people. It also aims at reforming the criminal justice system in the United States. Zak has two half-siblings - Zelda Rae Williams and Cody Alan Williams. Both Zelda and Cody were born from Robin Williams’ second marriage with Marsha Garces. Unlike their half-brother, Zak, Zelda and Cody decided to establish themselves in the field of entertainment. Zak likes to maintain a low profile. In fact, he is not even active on social media.