Robin Williams: More Than Just the Cadillac Man [w/Video]
In 1990, Robin Williams donned a cheap suit, slicked his hair to the side, and cultivated a typical ‘90s mustache to become Joey O’Brien – a fast-talking, womanizing car salesman in that year’s Cadillac Man. The plot? Williams must sell at least a dozen cars before the end of a big sale or else he loses his job. However, as it would, life intervenes and that task becomes the least of his problems when a jealous husband holds the dealership hostage and his tangled love life unravels before a crowd.
It may have been just a minor role in what was an expansive and varied career, but the genius of Williams shone through.
In the scope of celebrity car collectors, you wouldn’t say Robin Williams was a car guy – his love for all things cycling was legendary, but the famed actor did know how to pick a good classic.
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In 1979, Williams famously professed his desire to keep driving his 1966 Land Rover as opposed to the new luxury cars of the day, saying “I can’t deal with new cars. I like a car that’s like me – you never know what’s going to happen next.” Over the years, Williams reportedly owned at least three of the iconic British off-roaders.
Interestingly, Williams’ automotive undercurrent goes back to his roots in Chicago, Illinois. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a senior executive at Ford Motor Company, in charge of operations in the Midwest.
Autos aside, Williams had a knack for making us all smile. Take care Robin, and thank you for all the laughs.
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