The zany, fast-based humor of the Marx Brothers was a clear influence on Robin Williams. References to the trio can be found in movies such as Aladdin, The Fisher King (his character sings "Lydia the Tattooed Lady," a signature Groucho song) and Patch Adams (Patch shows Marx Brothers films as therapy, stating, "You can never go wrong if you're a Marxist!"), and more.
Williams and Spielberg worked together on Hook (1991), and A.I. (2001) and maintained a close friendship over the years. Spielberg relied on Williams during the filming of Schindler's List (1993), with Williams regularly performing stand-up over the phone to lighten the director’s mood as he shot his Holocaust epic. As Williams recalled: "I called him when I was representing People for the Valdheimers Association. A society devoted to helping raise money to help older Germans who had forgotten everything before 1945. I remember him laughing and going ‘thank you.’”
Upon receiving news of his passing, the Oscar-winning director remarked: “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him.”
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