The Oscar-winner was well known for his philanthropic endeavors and this little-known generosity was shared with the world by a fan, Brian Lord, through his blog.
Robin Williams was a legendary actor and comedian who made millions of people laugh during his career. His easy-going personality won hearts all over the world. So when news of his death broke, it shocked everyone. To think a man who entertained people with his goofiness was going through a personal battle that no one knew about. It was upsetting to come to terms with. But as a person and an artist, Williams left a lasting impression on all those who knew him. Other than his career in acting, he was also a generous person who did a lot for people in need.
Williams is as well known for his work in films, as he is for his philanthropic endeavors. Other than donating millions of dollars to charities and raising money for various causes, Williams was giving in more ways than one. The Dead Poets Society actor was not known to be a person who threw tantrums on set but he did have one demand to the directors he worked with. And it was a heartwarming one. Brian Lord, a fan of the late actor, shared "a little known Robin Williams story" in a blog post. Something a lot of us may not know about.
Robin Williams' rider required that for every event or film he did, the company hiring him had to hire a certain number of homeless people. pic.twitter.com/2cc1Qact4J— Did You Know? (@Know) January 23, 2017
"Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it," Lord wrote in the post and went on to explain how "the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work." He happened to chance upon this request from the actor when he wanted to book Williams for an event himself. Lord was sent Williams rider, which is a list of all the personal and technical needs of an artist when they agree to be a part of an event. While other artists would have outrageous requests like a mannequin with puffy pink pubic hair (Lady Gaga,) or postcards from each city they tour in to collect as souvenirs for their children (Coldplay), Williams' request was selfless and touching.
Lord went on to write, "I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also 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." The Oscar award-winning actor had managed to impress Lord with this gesture. He reiterated that he never watched another Williams' movie the same way again. Neither can we, knowing how it probably includes people whose life may have changed after the project.
Directors and producers do what is needed to get the job done and move on. Lord mused, "I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him." It is unsure if this practice was carried forward but following his death, there was a spike in donations made all over the world, as noted by CBC.