Change of Plans
When Robin Williams first enrolled at Julliard in New York, he wanted to focus on acting. He took tons of different classes until actor John Houseman noticed him. Housman gave Williams advice on focusing on stand-up comedy instead of acting. That advice probably changed the path of his career, and he wouldn’t have been known as a funny guy if it hadn’t gone that way.
Robin Williams always respected the military. He did six tours where performing with the United Service organizations. He traveled to perform for troops that were stationed in places like Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and other countries all over the world. Throughout his life, he performed for over 90,000 troops despite the fact that he vocally opposed the war in Iraq.
If Robin Williams was known for anything, it was his comedic timing and being able to adlib with the best of them. His turn as the Genie in Aladdin is one of the most memorable, and easily one of his best performances.
The only unfortunate part of his ad-libbing prowess? It took Aladdin out of the running for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars. The board actually rejected the nomination because too many of the lines were ad-libbed by Robin. What gives!?