Robin Williams would demand that any company hiring him for an event or film should also hire a specified number of homeless people.
Williams, who was 63 when he passed away, took the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people around him. According to booking agent Brian Lord, Williams' rider (basically a set of demands that forms part of a performer's contract - think 'only brown M&Ms', to cite a classic example) was specific when it came to hiring homeless people.
Lord was apparently in negotiations with Williams for an event and, after seeing his requirements, he said: "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." Lord continued: "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." The news was highlighted recently on a Reddit thread where one person wrote: "He was a great man, I wish there were more like him.