Being kind and humane never goes out of style. No matter how corrupt, evil, and fake our society becomes, being a person that truly cares for the others and tries to make the world a better place will always be cherished.
And the less such human beings, the more valuable they are. Five years after his death, and stories about the kind and loving Robin Williams keep reminding us that the good always outweighs the bad.
A fan of the popular actor, comedian, and philanthropist, Brian Lord, shared a heartwarming story of the actor.
Lord found out something that completely changed the way he saw the actor. Namely, one of Williams’ riders required the event organizers to hire homeless people.
Lost never got to host Dead Poets Society actor, but he did approach the actor and was shocked by his rider. He said he was surprised to see that the only thing the actor requested from companies that hired him was for them to hire a certain number of homeless people as well.
Hollywood stars often have outrageous demands, so such a humble and caring request was something Lord never expected.
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Brian spoke about this great man’s wish to help the needy:
“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.
I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”
This longtime advocate for the rights of the homeless, and in 1990, before the Senate in support of the Homeless Prevention and Revitalization Act he stated:
“The problem cannot be denied anymore… I do believe this can work in an incredible way, from a grassroots level, that the money can get to and prevent, truly prevent, homelessness. That’s where it lies. You can’t keep picking people up; you have to stop them from falling. That’s what I hope. Thank you.”
This story is one of the countless ones about the kind-hearted actor.
The creator of After Life, Ricky Gervais, once explained the way Williams wanted to make everyone happy. He said that on a benefit gig they did together, the comedian spent the entire night at the side of the stage, watching new comedians, laughing louder than anyone else in the audience.
Gervais added that “even when he wasn’t well, he would just try his best to make you laugh — you could see it was a chore almost but he’d absolutely love it.”
After Williams’s death, numerous stars have told such touching stories about him.
As a tribute to him, Ben Stiller wrote:
“His kindness and generosity is what I think of. How kind he was to anyone who wanted to connect with him. And he could not help but be funny all the time.
He would do something as long as it would keep you laughing. He made many, many film crews laugh out loud before the audiences ever saw it. So there is the man and his talent, and I think in his case both were extraordinary.”
Robin’s wife, Susan Schneider, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support they received, which was another proof of the legacy he left behind:
“Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched.
His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.”