It has been more than eight months since Robin Williams' tragic death, but it still feels like there is a gaping hole in the acting and comedy community. Robin's skill for comedy was a rare talent, and something which endeared him to many, many people. From his start on the sitcom Mork & Mindy, all the way through to his last role in [Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb](movie:859388), his comedy stylings made him beloved by all.
On my travels through the Internet I found this list of facts about Robin on Imgur, and was surprised to find many which I had never seen before, so I feel it only appropriate to share them with you all! Take a look at these wonderful facts and stories about Robin Williams, the man and legend behind many of your favorite characters: ..
Sid Meier's name was initially included on his games at William suggestion!
Among gamers the name Sid Meier's is extremely well know. The Canadian-American programmer is best known for the Civilization series, which always includes his name in the title. What you may not have known about Sid Meier including his name in the title is that it apparently all started because of Robin Williams! Meier's business partner, Bill Stealey, told the story:
We were at dinner at a Software Publishers Association meeting, and Robin Williams was there. And he kept us in stitches for two hours. And he turns to me and says 'Bill, you should put Sid's name on a couple of these boxes, and promote him as the star.' And that's how Sid's name got on Pirates, and Civilization
Sid Meier's Pirates! was released in 1987, and since then most of the games he either developed and/or produced have included his name in the title, making him one of the most well known game developers. Of course many fans will know that Williams' was an enormous gaming fan, a joy which he also passed onto his children, including his daughter Zelda, named after the game The Legend of Zelda.
Stanley Kubrick decided he was TOO psychotic for the lead role in The Shining
While casting the role of jack Torrance for the horror film The Shining, Kubrick considered casting the comedian, who at the time was starring in the sitcom Mork & Mindy. However after seeing Williams in the TV show, he deemed the actor too psychotic for the role!
Clearly Kubrick saw something in Williams because years later he would star as Seymour Parrish in the 2002 horror film One Hour Photo.
Out of 2000 people auditioning for Juilliard, Robin Williams' was one of two who were accepted into the advanced program
Robin Williams obviously showed his talent from a young age because in 1973 he earned a full scholarship to the Juilliard school in New York. Furthermore he was one of only two students to be accepted into the advanced program - the other student being his long time friend Christopher Reeve.
During the filming of Schindler's List he would cheer up the cast
The film Schindler's List is obviously a film about a very serious and emotional subject matter. During filming the subject matter took its toll on the director, Steven Spielberg, and in order to bring some lighter relief in his life, Robin Williams would call Spielberg to cheer him up!
Disney wanted Williams for the role as Genie so much that they animated his previous stand-up work
This has to be the most flattering gesture of all time: While casting the voices for Aladdin, Disney wanted Williams for the role of Genie so badly that they had animator Eric Goldberg animate a sequence of the Genie doing Robin Williams stand-up! He was so impressed that he immediately signed on to the role.
Robin Williams was a true friend to Christopher Reeve
Reeve and Williams met at the Juilliard School in New York and became fast friends. Williams spoke many times about their close friendship, including how Reeves would give him food when he was too poor to buy his own:
Him being such a great friend to me at Juilliard, literally feeding me because I don't think I literally had money for food or my student loan hadn't come in yet, and he would share his food with me.
In 1995 Christopher Reeves was paralyzed following a horse riding accident, and his friend Robin Williams was there for him just like Reeves had been there for him earlier in his career - though Robin's form of support was a little more hilarious: While Reeves was nervously awaiting his first correctional surgery Robin swept into his hospital room disguised as a doctor, and proclaiming loudly in a Russian accent that he was going to perform a rectal examination on him! Soon enough he revealed to Reeves that it was actually his friend in disguise and instantly the mood in the room lifted. Reeve fondly described the joke in his biography:
For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.
Whilst filming Mrs. Doubtfire, Williams visited a sex shop to ensure Mrs. Doubtfire's costume was believable
I guess when you're filming a movie about a man who manages to convince his whole family that he's an elderly Scottish nanny, you want to make sure the costume is good!
In order to test the believability of Mrs. Doubtfire, Robin visited a sex shop to see if he could make an outrageous purchase without being recognized - and it worked, kind of! Check out this interview above to hear Robin tell the story himself.
Robin Williams appearance on Inside the Actor's Studio was so funny that it caused an audience member injury because she laughed so hard
Robin Williams was so funny that he literally caused another person injury because they were laughing so hard at his jokes! During his 5-hour appearance on Inside the Actors Studio an audience member laughed so much that it actually caused her to be hospitalized with a hernia!