Robin Williams Joins The Butler Cast as Dwight D. Eisenhower

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The Butler is rife with opportunities for interesting casting options for real-life historical figures. Here's a new one: Robin Williams as President Eisenhower. He'll have to get to shaving.

The film tells the story of White House butler Eugene Allen, who served under eight U.S. presidents. Forest Whitaker has signed on to play the lead role.

The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Terrence Howard, and Alex Pettyfer. Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda will play Ronald and Nancy Reagan, with John Cusak signed on as Richard Nixon, and James Marsden and Minka Kelly as John and Jackie Kennedy.

Williams has long made it known the he can play zany as well as serious. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997 for Good Will Hunting. Check out our Good Will Hunting quotes page for more.

The Butler is set to come out in 2013. How do you think Williams will fare as the WWII-General-turned-President?

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Robin Williams is an Academy Award-winning actor and comedian born in Chicago, Illinois. Williams got his big break from the hit television show, Mork & Mindy in the late 70's as the iconic Mork.

Robin Williams came to prominence on the big screen for his Academy Award-nominated performance in Good Morning, Vietnam in 1987. After that Williams went on to star in such films as Dead Poet's Society, Hook, and The Fisher King.

In 1992, Williams lent his voice to the Genie in Disney's highly successful animated Aladdin. It was this casting that helped paved the way for future big name stars doing voices in animated flicks. Williams has also done voice work in Fern Gully, Robots, and Happy Feet.

William's film career has continued to have success including his Mrs. Doubtfire, The Bird Cage, Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, and Patch Adams.

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