Actor Robin Williams left a huge void in the entertainment world after his death in 2014. While most remember him for his great sense of humor, others have not forgotten his generosity.
Companies that wanted to work with Robin Williams were required to hire homeless people
Brian Lord, president of Premiere Speakers Bureau, told an anecdote about when he understood the extent of Williams’ kindness.
Many years ago, when Lord was in negotiations to schedule Williams for an event, the comedian’s office sent his rider.
If you’re not familiar with the term “rider,” it’s the part of a contract that stipulates the technical and personal requirements of an artist or performer. It can be anything from some type of food to special transportation.
In Williams’ case, his clause included a specific requirement: that the company hiring him must also hire a certain number of homeless people. It was his way of helping the less fortunate.
After seeing that detail in Williams’ rider, Lord never saw his projects the same way. “I’m sure that in his spare time and with his own money, he worked with these people in need,” he wrote, “but he also decided to use his influence as an artist to make sure that production companies and event organizers also learned the value of giving these people a chance.”
Her name will always be remembered by many
The opportunity to change a life was always there and he didn’t plan to waste it, he knew what it was like to be poor and have a light at the end of the road.
Robin Williams was undoubtedly the creator of wonderful family stories that touched us when we saw him on TV or in the movies, but it was something that he carried beyond the movies. He took advantage of his position and his fame to help those who needed it most.
While hundreds of actors often make eccentric requests that include unnecessary meals or luxuries, Robin Williams only cared that his work truly had an impact on the world.