Robin Williams used the height of his popularity to help homeless people get work on his films. The great Robin Williams committed suicide in the summer of 2014. It was a public passing that many fans and admirers still struggle to cope with.
A fan and entertainment industry worker, Brian Lord, spoke about a rider in Robin Williams’s contract that required the production hire homeless people to work on the film. The document also contained food specifics and other requests from the actor, many of them trivial, as is common for riders in the entertainment industry. But the ever-creative Robin also saw the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the poor, and he took it.
Brian Lord was greatly impacted by seeing such a generous note in Robin’s rider. Brian states, “I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider.”
Robin Williams and his USO Tours
The actor has always been a celebrity for the people. Robin was a USO entertainer for more than 12 years, making troops laugh and forget about their immediate hardships for even just a brief moment. John Hanson, senior vice president at the USO, states, “He loved going on our tours and meeting troops and finding out more about them.