After the tragic and sudden death of Robin Williams, most of America is reminiscing of his days as the famous Mrs. Doubtfire, or Genie from Disney’s Aladin. For us, he’s also remembered for his lead role in Cadillac Man, a 1990’s comedy where Williams, a Cadillac salesman, must sell a dozen cars within two days or else lose his job. Only a missing daughter, crazy ex-wife, a few girlfriends and $20,000 owed to the mob stand in the way. Not to mention a jealous husband who enters the dealership and takes Williams hostage.
Sure, it’s not the classic that The Birdcage, Good Morning, Vietnam, Hook, Dead Poets Society or Good Will Hunting were, but those movies also weren’t based around the wild life of a car salesman.
In real life Williams famously drove a 1966 Land Rover and, purposely, nothing flashier. As he told TIME Magazine for its 1979 cover story on the rising star, “I can’t deal with new cars. I like a car that’s like me — you never know what’s going to happen next.”
As is turns out, Williams’ father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a senior executive at Ford in charge of the Midwest region.