Hollywood A-listers turned out in force Wednesday night for the launch of the Robin Wiliams Center for Media and Entertainment.
Deadline.com reports that the lineup for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation event in New York included Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg, the two surviving members of the trio who, along with Williams, launched Comic Relief back in 1986.
Also on hand were three other Hollywood players who had key roles in Williams’ life: director Barry Levinson (“Good Morning, Vietnam”; “Toys”; “Man of the Year”) and actors Hank Azaria (“The Birdcage”) and Bonnie Hunt (“Jumanji”). Journalist Lisa Birnbach moderated the panel session.
“Crystal led the stories about an actor and friend who was faster, funnier and smarter than everyone else, like a gunslinger everyone needs to challenge,” Deadline reports. “Clearly Crystal, Goldberg and Williams — who, despite their political affinity, couldn’t have been less alike as stand-ups, found common ground, even love in the 10 Comic Relief concerts they performed between 1986 and 2002.”
The opening launched a $16 million capital campaign aimed at generating $6 million for the center and $10 million for the foundation’s endowment.