Millions mourned when comedy legend Robin Williams sadly passed away in August 2014. Whether it was his stand-up routines, or his performances in TV shows such as Mork & Mindy or movies like Good Will Hunting, the funnyman entertained audiences for generations. But he was a man with a heart as big as his capacity for making people laugh.
Fellow entertainer Ricky Gervais shared an insight into Williams’ generosity. He told the Huffington Post in August 2014, “I did a benefit gig with him and there were loads of new comedians that we hadn’t heard of. And he spent the whole night at the side of the stage watching them – you could hear him laughing louder than anyone…”
Moreover, actress Lisa Jakub, who played Williams’ daughter in Mrs. Doubtfire in 1993, described a situation during filming. Her teachers weren’t prepared for a “non-traditional” student, so kicked her out of school. She explained how Williams wrote a heartfelt letter asking them to reconsider. Although his gesture was unsuccessful, she never forgot how he had stood up for her.
And Williams’ kindness extended to complete strangers, too. That’s because he had an unusual request whenever he made a public appearance or starred in a movie. Whereas many celebrities’ riders make demands for their own comfort and convenience, Williams made sure to take care of others. He required that the company which hired him provide a certain number of jobs to the homeless.
Blog writer and fan Brian Lord shared his experience of the actor on his own website. He revealed, “I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that… He’d decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back.”