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Top 10 Facts - Robin Williams
02.08.2017
Fact #1

Disney wanted Robin Williams for the voice of the genie in Aladdin so much that they animated and lip-synced the genie doing actual stand-up comedy from Williams before ever approaching him. Williams was so impressed that he immediately signed on.

Fact #2

Robin Williams only made $75,000 for voicing Genie, which went on to gross over $200 million domestically. “Disney later sent him a late Picasso painting as a way of thanking him for his work.”

Fact #3

Robin Williams improvised the last line in Good Will Hunting, as well as the scene where he talks about his wife farting in bed. That’s why Damon was laughing so hard.

Fact #4

The last three people John Belushi was snorting cocaine with before he fatally overdosed was a drug dealer, Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro.

Fact #5

Robin Williams’ appearance on Inside the Actor’s Studio caused an audience member to have a hernia due to laughing excessively.

Fact #6

He was a huge fan of the “Legend of Zelda” series since the first game appeared in 1986, and even named his daughter Zelda, after the eponymous character. Both Robin and Zelda appeared in a commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword in 2011.

Fact #7

He was voted “Most Humorous” and “Least likely to succeed” in school.

Fact #8

Before becoming an actor, Robin Williams was a street mime.

Fact #9

Though he was highly regarded for his ability to perform numerous different voices, he only lent his voice to six animated character: FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Aladdin (1992), Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996), Robots (2005), Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet Two (2011).

Fact #10

On the night his death was announced to the UK on the BBC News Channel, BBC Three had just broadcasted the Family Guy episode where Peter Griffin wishes that everyone was Robin Williams, is struck by lightning and then has the power that everyone he touches turns into Robin Williams.

Fact #11
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