The late comedian and actor Robin Williams worked with several actors who have Lehigh Valley connections. And he drew 4,500 to a comedy show in 1986 at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena.

The Morning Call review of the Stabler show called him a "one-man comedy troupe" and said he presented "11/2 hours of nonstop comedy that was exhaustingly funny."

His routine included bits about God, drug abuse and Libyan political leader Moammar Gadhafi.

"Col. Gadhafi? It sounds like he should open up a chain of terrorist chicken stores," Williams joked.

•Allentown native Amanda Seyfried worked with Williams in the 2013 comedy "The Big Wedding." Seyfried played the bride, and Williams played the priest who officiates at her wedding. Seyfried is best known for the comedy "Mean Girls" and the movie musicals "Mamma Mia!" and "Les Miserables."

Alexie Gilmore, a 1999 graduate of DeSales University in Center Valley, held her own improvising with Robin Williams in the 2009 film "The World's Greatest Dad." Gilmore played Williams' girlfriend in the dark comedy written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

Gilmore said at the time about working with Williams: "Robin was so gracious. You can get steamrolled when you're working with people of that magnitude, but Robin always wanted to make sure I had my moments, too."

•Comedian Ben Stiller is connected to the Lehigh Valley by marriage. His wife is actress Christine Taylor, a Wescosville native. Stiller and Williams have worked together in three "Night at the Museum" movies, including the "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," set to be released Dec. 19. Williams reprises his role as Teddy Roosevelt.

The first movie in the series, in 2006, generated $250 million in sales, making it Williams' biggest box office hit.

Stiller took to Twitter to release a statement about Williams' death.

"A tweet cannot begin to describe the hugeness of Robin Williams' heart and soul and talent. This is so sad," Stiller wrote. "I met him when I was 13, a huge fan, and he was so kind, and I watched him be kind to every fan I ever saw him with. And with other actors, he was so generous and brilliant. He made everyone feel special and equal around him even though he was the genius. His heart was so big and even if you didn't know him, what he gave everyone was that same spirit in his work, so we all felt it."

Allentown native Tim Heidecker performs with Williams in the movie "Merry Friggin' Christmas," set for release Nov. 7. Williams is a father to a character played by Joel McHale. Heidecker's character is described as a crazy cousin.

Heidecker is best known for the Adult Swim series "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job" and its follow-up movie "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie."

kathy.lauer@mcall.com

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