Joe Doll, left, in one of the pictures he had taken of himself with actor Robin Williams.
Joe Doll, left, in one of the pictures he had taken of himself with actor Robin Williams. (Submitted)

Joe Doll has met more than his fair share of celebrities — it's his favorite hobby — but Robin Williams stuck out as a particularly good guy.

"When it comes to comedians, a lot of times they aren't as nice as you'd expect," said Doll, a Glen Rock native.

"But that's not true about Robin Williams; he went above and beyond to be nice to his fans."

Williams, the 63-year-old comic and Oscar winner, was found dead in his California home Monday.

Doll, who works at Brown's Orchards in Loganville, said he met Robin Williams at least six times.

Doll has sought out celebrities since 2001 or 2002. He tries to meet the ones he particularly likes — such as Williams, who endeared himself to Doll in "Mrs. Doubtfire" — a few times.

He tries to get a picture with the celebrity the first time and then have the person sign it the next time.

Doll said he has at least a dozen photos and other items signed by Williams.

"His autograph is chicken scratch," he said.

Candid moments: He likes getting photos with famous people at meet-and-greets, but he also manages to find quite a few celebrities in more candid moments on the street.

For example, although the first time Doll met Williams was in Baltimore at a meet-and-greet, Doll's best story involving Williams is when he ran into him leaving Trump Tower in New York City. When Doll asked Williams for a photo, Williams placed his hand on Doll's head, with his four fingers resting on Doll's forehead.


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"He put his hand on my head and said, 'Woah, hair products,'" Doll recalls.

Everyone around them laughed.

"And that's all he said that whole time."