Robin Williams Biography in the Works

Robin Williams in 2007
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Robin Williams attends "Cool Comedy - Hot Cuisine" presented by the New York Comedy Festival at Carolines on Broadway on October 06, 2007 in New York City. 

New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff will pen the 'definitive' account of the late comedian's life.

In the wake of his Aug. 11 suicide, Robin Williams is getting a high-profile posthumous biography by The New York Times Writer Dave Itzkoff.

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Publisher Henry Holt announced the project Wednesday (Aug. 27). No title or publication date was given.

"Robin Williams was a cultural hero of mine,” Itzkoff said in a statement announcing the deal. "In the encounters and interactions I was able to share with him, he was always gentle and generous, humane and thoughtful and hilarious."

The publisher added that the book would be the “the definitive, comprehensive account of Williams' life."

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Itzkoff penned the Times' front page obituary on Williams and wrote a 2009 profile of the comedian for the paper.

Itzkoff, who joined the Times staff in 2006, has penned two other books: Mad as Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies, which came out in February, and 2011's Cocaine's Son: A Memoir.

He's represented by Daniel Greenberg of the Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. Holt Executive Editor Paul Golob represented the publisher.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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