8/12 Update: From all appearances, Robin Williams tragically committed suicide on 8/11/2014. Prayers going out to his friends and family.
There’s always been rumors about famous chaps who play games with miniature soldiers. I think we all regard it as some form of validation if we discover real famous people play with toy soldiers, too. See, if THEY do it, it’s totally main stream, right? As I reported last February, Peter Cushing (of Hammer Films and Star Wars fame) was an avid toy soldiers collector and painter. It’s fairly well established that Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings and King Kong fame) collects toy soldiers (alas, recently to his chagrin). I’ve even heard rumors that none other than Barry Manilow (of “Mandy you came and you gave without taking” fame) collects and plays Napoleonics (it seems far-fetched to me, but I’ve actually heard it). And, of course, everyone, EVERYONE!!! tells the story about Robin Williams being “into Warhammer” and that he or she “knows the guy that painted up his army” (Eldar, apparently). Well, you know how the internet is. We all nod and shrug, and repeat the rumor over and over… until now!
I was delighted to read recently that this rumor isn’t total internet bull puckey. Robin Williams REALLY DOES LIKE TO PLAY WARHAMMER 40K, and here’s a picture taken of him in a real brick and mortar hobby shop to prove it.
According to the forum I found this on (40Konline, who holds the copyright thereto), Robin Williams likes Eldar. Now that’s funny… maybe it’s me, but I always pictured him as an Orky kind of guy. Go figure! Anyway, as the Mythbusters say, here’s a myth that we can mark PLAUSIBLE!!! Woo hoo! (By the by, one hears rumors he liked Dungeons and Dragons as well)