The DeMille honor is given each year by the organization to an actor who has made an "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field." Williams has received five Golden Globe Awards in the past, three as best actor for movies Mrs. Doubtfire, The Fisher King and Good Morning, Vietnam.
He won a TV award for Mork & Mindy and a special honor for his voice work in animated film Aladdin.
In other related Globes' news, Kathryn Eastwood, 16, is the daughter of actor, director and producer Clint Eastwood will be this year's Miss Golden Globe. Eastwood received the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, in 1988. Previous Miss Golden Globes include Laura Dern (daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern), Joely Fisher (daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher), Melanie Griffith (daughter of Tippi Hedren) and, in 2004, Lily Costner (daughter of Kevin Costner).
This year's Globes ceremony will be broadcast live on NBC on Jan. 16.