Robin Williams once donated item for Tampa theater auction

By Cheryl Glassford, Reporter
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

Robin Williams brought laughter to so many, and he was also giving. Williams even recently helped out a community theater in Tampa.

Carrollwood Players Theater contacted Williams to see if they could get something of his to auction off at a theater fundraiser.

“Sent it right to us with his signature right on there. It meant so much to us,” said Kelly Clow, an actor with the theater.

When Improv comedy troupe director Clow heard his favorite actor and comedian, he couldn’t believe it. The same reaction felt by many at the loss of Robin Williams.

“It was his energy and his sincerity. The fact that you felt like he meant whatever he said when he was speaking,” said Clow.

Born in 1951, Williams got his start in his 20s as an American TV star.

From his dramatic roles in “Good Morning Vietnam,” “Dead Poets Society, and “Good Will Hunting,” to the movies that continue to make the world laugh, such as “Mrs. Doubtfire.”  Williams leaves behind quite the legacy.

He’ll also be remembered for his philanthropic side, including at Carrollwood Theater, where his donated autograph helped raise money for actors who would like to follow in his comedic footsteps.

Clow says, out of any actor, he wishes he’d had the chance to work with Williams. Williams is still his inspiration.

“I don’t’ have any children yet, but when I do they’re going to be able to see that somebody was on this earth that was that funny. That was that good.”