In the months leading up to the tragic death of Robin Williams, the beloved actor had to once again face his demons as he reportedly struggled to stay afloat financially.
Last fall, he made his return to TV with The Crazy Ones and, despite excellent reviews and a dedicated audience, the show was ultimately cancelled in May.
A television show was ideal to the 63-year-old because of the salaried income, he explained in a September 2013 interview with Parade magazine.
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“The idea of having a steady job is appealing. I have two choices: Go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale [minimum union pay],” he explained.
“The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution. There are bills to pay. My life has downsized, in a good way. I’m selling the ranch up in Napa. I just can’t afford it anymore.”
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Unfortunately, Robin never was able to sell his ranch—named Villa of Smiles—after he listed it for $29.9 million earlier this year. And his show The Crazy Ones was cancelled this past May despite stellar viewership and excellent reviews.
Instead of alleviating the debts of his extravagant home and previous divorces, the Academy Award winner managed to incur more costs after he entered a treatment facility earlier this year.
Early in July, the 63-year-old, who had long been clean of addiction, checked himself into a treatment facility in Minnesota. At the time, he stated he wasn’t off the wagon—just struggling to center and "fine tune" himself. Unfortunately, it’s now painfully obviously that it had been too late for the talented actor.
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In the same interview, Parade asked if he had lost all of his fortune. “Well, not all. Lost enough. Divorce is expensive,” he explained. “I used to joke they were going to call it ‘all the money,’ but they changed it to ‘alimony.’ It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.”