Robin Williams performed standup over the phone for Steven Spielberg to lift his spirits during ‘Schindler’s List’ filming

During the making of Schindler’s List, director Steven Spielberg says the late standup comedian and actor gave him a significant boost in what was an emotional shoot.

Kahron Spearman

Though late legendary comedian Robin Williams had his problems in finding happiness, he could inspire joy in others. During the making of Schindlers List, per, director Steven Spielberg says he gave him a significant boost in what had to be a tough shoot emotionally.


The film tells the account of a German businessman who saved thousands of Polish-Jewish people during the Holocaust - a topic close to Spielberg's heart, as a Jewish man and a human being.


He says Williams would call him to tell jokes and new material.

Robin knew what I was going through, and once a week, Robin would call me on schedule and he would do 15 minutes of stand-up on the phone. I would laugh hysterically because I had to release so much.

Steven Spielberg

Spielberg made the comments at a 25th-anniversary celebration of the Oscar-winning film at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.


The legendary director and the late actor previously worked together a few years prior on the 1991 film Hook.


"The way Robin is on the telephone, hed always hang up on the loudest, best laugh youd give him," he said. "Hed never say goodbye, just hang up on the biggest laugh."