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The Lifelong Friendship Of Robin Williams And Christopher Reeve

Who knew these two had such a close bond?

The two first met when they were drama students and roommates at Julliard. A friendship was born...

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Before they became famous, they promised each other that whoever made it would take care of the less fortunate one.

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But they both become successful in their careers, and remained close friends throughout...

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After Christopher's accident, Robin continued to stay by his side...

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His approaching operation to reattach his skull to his spine (June 1995) "was frightening to contemplate. ... I already knew that I had only a fifty-fifty chance of surviving the surgery. ... Then, at an especially bleak moment, the door flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent." The man announced that he was a proctologist and was going to perform a rectal exam on Reeve. It was Robin Williams, reprising his character from the film Nine Months. Reeve wrote: "For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay."

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He even vowed to cover any hospital costs that Reeve's family couldn't cover...

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...and also became very involved in The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.

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The two remained great friends until Reeve's death in 2004.

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