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It’s been ten years since the comedic legend Robin Williams tragically committed suicide at the age of 63. Now, Lisa Jakub, who played Williams’ daughter in the 1993 hit movie Mrs. Doubtfire, is speaking out to reveal how he helped veterans on the set of their film.

Jakub ‘Grateful’ To Be Williams’ Movie Daughter

Jakub has retired from acting and now runs a military non-profit. She said that she is “grateful” to have Williams as her movie father.

Robin was everything you would hope Robin would be, and it’s so wonderful to think back on him now,” Jakub, 45, told Fox News.

She went on to say that she is “grateful that I got to be in his presence, that I got to be working with him, that he was so kind to me.” 

Jakub described Williams as being a “thoughtful and generous” person, saying that he was probably one of the first people who ever really spoke to me super honestly about mental health.”

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Williams Helped Veterans

It was only later that Jakub learned of what Williams was doing to help veterans on the set of their movie Mrs. Doubtfire.

“So many people have told me that Robin did a lot of work with the veteran population as well, and that he always had production crews hire local veterans to be background actors or things like that on set, which is not something I ever knew about when I worked with him, but I also love that little connection as well,” she explained.

Jakup founded Mission Flexible two years ago. She was inspired to launch the non-profit after teaching therapeutic writing at a veteran’s retreat in 2016. 

“I just absolutely fell in love with the veteran community,” she said, adding that she doesn’t “know if I had ever talked to a veteran before I went and did that. I was so intimidated.”

Despite describing herself as a “total civilian,” Jakub has gained a ton of respect for veterans. Though some say that she made a “massive mistake” in leaving Hollywood, Jakup has no regrets.

Jakub said that she “found a life that feels purposeful, that feels like it’s full of meaning, that feels like I can actually be of service, to steal a military term, but to be of service to other people is just it’s such a joy.”

Find out more about Mission Flexible in the video below.

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Williams’ History

Williams was born in 1951 in Chicago, Illinois. After struggling to make friends as a child, Williams fell in love with acting.

Williams soon moved to California and got his big break on the sitcom Mork & Mindy. Williams went on to be nominated for four Oscars. He won Best Supporting actor in 1998 for his work in Good Will Hunting.

Sadly, Williams committed suicide in 2014, but he is still missed by millions of fans to this day. In the end, the work he did with veterans only makes us love him even more!

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