Robin Williams has been gone for years now, but the memories he left behind will last forever. Williams was known for being gracious, kind, and of course, uproariously funny, and in his random encounters with fans on the street, in restaurants, or on set, he proved all of those attributes true. These folks shared some of their favorite stories about meeting one of the great comedy legends of all time.
These posts have been lightly edited for language and clarity.
He Hugged Me Like A Father
From Redditor u/PulaFoarte
I have a picture with him when he came to see us in Iraq in 2004. After the show, he stuck around as long as people wanted to see him. When I got to him, he looked down at me (I was a 5-foot-1, 110-pound paratrooper), eyes filled with an absolute sadness and hugged me. He hugged me like a father hugged his son, full of love and kindness. He embraced me for what felt like was an eternity, then posed for the photo. When that was done, he put both hands on my shoulders and said, “I’ll see you again one day - you promise me that.” Years later, when I’d learned of his death, I felt and still do feel very lucky to have shared that moment with him. He cared deeply for others, and I hope he keeps his end of the bargain with me. One day.Carpe diem?
An Exclusive Performance
From Redditor u/MSeanF
Back in the day, I was the kitchen manager at Josie's Cabaret & Juice Joint. Robin Williams occasionally attended some of our performances. One afternoon, I answered the reservation phone and the voice on the other end asked me to hold for "Mr. Williams' executive assistant." After several rapid-fire voice changes, I was "transferred" to his "special secretary," who sounded quite a bit like Mrs Doubtfire. This "secretary" proceeded to reserve four tickets for Robin Williams and then switched to his regular voice and gave me his credit card information. It was only as I hung up that I realized I had just been treated to an exclusive Robin Williams performance.Carpe diem?
He Was Waiting In Line
From Redditor u/nectarbass
A sort of mundane story but clearly telling of the man he was, so here goes:
About 12 years ago, I was at The Independent, waiting in line before doors opened to see the Comedians of Comedy with Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, and Maria Bamford. A few spots ahead of me in line was Robin. I was amazed he was waiting in line, and his attending the show very much validated my going to the show. Everyone waiting in line or walking by the street just had to say hi of course. He was overly polite and friendly with everyone. Thank god camera phones were another year or two from being the norm. I think the staff observed he was in line and that he was constantly being bombarded by fans. So a staff member came out and said, "Mr. Williams, would you like to come wait inside before the show starts?" and he replied, "That's very kind, but no thank you, if everyone is waiting in line, then I can wait, too," and that was that. Not much else to it, but that right there told me the man he was.Carpe diem?
You're Not 21
From Redditor u/kittykatparade
Not my story, but my mother in law's. MIL spent her teenage years barhopping, clearly underage, and on one such occasion, she hears a boisterous man come in. He sits near her at the bar and starts spitting out jokes left and right. It is, of course, Robin Williams.
The waitress comes around for drink orders, and when MIL is about to order, Robin leans close to her and says with a knowing smile, "You're not 21." He then buys her and the rest of the bar a few rounds and everyone has a great time.
Fast forward to years later, MIL is out walking her dog when she bumps into Robin Williams, also out walking his dog. They start chatting, and she says, "You probably don't remember me, but we met once years ago." He looks at her for a few moments, then smiles with recognition and says, "You're not 21!"
RIP Robin Williams. We love and miss you.Carpe diem?