Robin Williams Always Required Film Companies To Hire Homeless People
November 3, 2021
Did you know Robin Williams would ask production companies to hire homeless people so they could have jobs on set?
Robin Williams / By Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy
While many Hollywood stars are known for outrageous demands and extreme requests, Robin had a rather unusual task for production companies.
Brian Lord, senior vice president at Premiere Speakers Bureau and 1998 graduate of DePauw University, was in negotiations to book Robin Williams for an event a few years before Robin passed away.
His recollections of Williams' "rider" -- the part of the contract agreement where a performer stipulates extras that are required, such as food and backstage conditions -- are noted in a Huffington Post article.
"When I got Robin Williams' rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that, for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work," he said.
"I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. 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."
Robin was truly a remarkable human.
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