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    In Memoriam

    My moment with Robin Williams


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Susan Jeffer was an extra hired to play golf in the background of a movie starring Robin Williams.

    At the end of a shoot on a sweltering day, she broke the strap on her golf bag -- containing 14 clubs and weighing over 35 lbs. As she struggled to carry it across half the golf course, everybody on the set walked past her, except Robin Williams, who tapped her on the shoulder and helped her carry it.

    The two walked across the lawn, striking up a small conversation. "But he couldn't say too much -- it was heavy," says Jeffer. She told the actor she was worried she'd get in trouble if people knew he carried her bag, so he gave it back to her right before they saw the rest of the group.

    "He really saved me that day," she says. "I'll never forget it."

    -- Wilfred Chan, CNN Producer

    In 2009, I worked as a golfer on the movie “Old Dogs” starring Robin Williams and John Travolta.


    It was the end of a long day and the director finally said it was a “wrap.” Unfortunately for me, the strap on my golf bag which was filled with heavy golf clubs broke. I had to lug my bag down a hill and walk a long distance to get to the clubhouse.


    Everyone was passing me -- every actor, every props person, everyone. I was struggling, and sweating and desperately trying to hold the bag while walking to the clubhouse.


    All of a sudden, someone from behind tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around and saw Robin Williams! He asked me if I needed help. I wanted so much for him to help me but I just said "thank you, but no thanks" because I would get in trouble if the director saw that I let him carry my bag. He said, “That’s ridiculous” and he suggested that he carry my golf bag all the way until we reached the area where the people were. At that point, he would give the golf bag back to me so no one would know…and that’s what we did. I was so appreciative. He was my savior that day. I will never forget.


    In addition to losing a brilliant actor and comedian, we lost a kind, gentle soul, a real gentleman who had a sweet heart! :(

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