My very first Robin Williams experience was when I was 7 years old, I had just seen the Disney movie Aladdin with my family. As we walked back to the car, my uncle was already quoting Genie lines that had us erupting into fits of laughter. He asked us about our favorite characters, mine was Genie. It wasn't until I was older that I realized that what I loved so much about Genie was actually the man behind the lines - Robin.
It was his high energy, his lightening fast mind and the way he connected with people that drew us all in. But, it was the stories of what he did off stage that made me a fan. He was the kind of guy that did good things for the sake of doing them - here our top five:
When he visited a preemie on Christmas Day and delivered a bag of toys to all the patients.
When he flew across the country to be with a little girl who was dying of brain cancer.
When he donated $50 thousand to the West Seattle Food Bank.
When used his celebrity status to give homeless people jobs.
Whenever Robin Williams was being booked for an event, one of his requirements was that for every film or event he did, the company had to hire a certain number of homeless people to work on set. Now THAT is how you multiply the good!
When he made a heartbroken Gorilla smile again.
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