Robin Williams Performed The Godfather at AA Meeting
Founder of NYC organization says he attended meetings there in 2008
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2014 8:18 AM CDT
In this Oct. 22, 2002 file photo, actor Robin Williams sings "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in the seventh inning during game 3 of the World Series in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

(Newser) – Apparently what goes on at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting only stays anonymous while the attendee in question is still alive. Eddie Baca, screenwriter and founder of New York's 46th Street Club House, tells Page Six the Robin Williams attended AA meetings at the Club House a few times a week after relapsing in 2008. "He had a slip ... and he counted his first 90 days here," Baca says. "He came in here one time and we had just turned on The Godfather. He knew every line. For three hours, we heard the Robin Williams version of every line."

The following year, when the Club House—which hosts 12-step meetings every day of the week—ran low on money, "He wrote us a large check. I think it was a little over $5,000," Baca says. "He sent it in the mail. He bailed us out."

  • In other news related to controversial information released after Williams' death, the coroner in the case has defended releasing what some have said was too much information about the manner of Williams' death. "The Sheriff's Office understands how the release of the kind of information you heard yesterday may be viewed as disturbing by some, and as unnecessary by others, but under California law, all that information is considered 'public information' and we are precluded from denying access to it," he says in a statement to E!.
  • Another newly uncovered story from Williams' past: A North Carolina family tells WFMY that the actor once fulfilled their daughter's final wish. Jessica Cole, who was dying of brain cancer in 2004, wanted to meet her "hero." She was to be flown to California by the Make-a-Wish Foundation, but became too sick to travel, so Williams chartered a private plane and flew to see her instead. "She was confused when he first came in. Then he started his Mrs. Doubtfire imitation and then she figured it out pretty quickly," her father says. They played cards and watched football together all day.

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Ali Gori
Oct 30, 2014 8:59 PM CDT
They did him a disservice by allowing a three hour self indulgent distraction at the meeting.
Perplexed Damsel
Aug 28, 2014 8:12 AM CDT
He tried to stay relevant and cool. He proved his dramatic acting abilities in addition to comedy. Not everything he ever did was golden. He needed to work with what he had, sell off properties, live a simpler lifestyle like tom shadyac, say.
Aug 14, 2014 10:52 AM CDT
"For 3 hours we heard the Robin Williams version of every line." Not sure I would've counted that as a particularly pleasurable experience. I think I would have asked him to cool it about halfway through the wedding scene.