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Robin Williams: a comic with a dark side

While the public loved Robin Williams for his comedic style, the actor was also brilliant in his dramatic roles

Published on Aug 13, 2014 11:43 AM
Robin Williams gestures during a panel discussion for his HBO show Robin Williams: Weapons of Self-Destruction at the Television Critics Association Cable summer press tour in Pasadena, California on July 30, 2009. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

In an interview he gave four years ago, Robin Williams revealed a side of himself few knew.

Speaking to comedian Mark Maron, Williams talked about how worried he was when thoughts of suicide came into his head.

This had happened a few years previously, when he was struggling with an alcohol addiction and was "sitting naked in a hotel room with a bottle of Jack Daniels".

"There was one moment when I thought, 'F*** life'," he said.

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Background story

Williams went for parts that stretched his capabilities as a serious actor, in films such  as 1991's The Fisher King