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October 7, 2018

Scott Wilson Actor of The Walking Dead, Died Today at 76




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His first film was 'In the Heat of the Night,' and he also stood out in 'The Ninth Configuration,' 'Dead Man Walking' and 'Monster.'

Scott Wilson, the Georgia-born actor admired for the intensity he demonstrated in such dark, disturbing projects as In Cold BloodThe Walking Dead and The Ninth Configuration, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Details were not immediately available, but the official Twitter account for The Walking Dead comic book, on which the popular AMC show of the same name is based, confirmed the news Saturday. "We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76," the statement read. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you."
At New York Comic-Con 2018, Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang announced that Wilson would reprise his role as Hershel in season nine — which premieres Sunday — though she offered no word on the timing of his appearance or how many episodes in which he was slated to appear. However, sources have confirmed that Wilson had filmed some scenes. The announcement was made a little more than an hour before news of Wilson's passing spread on social media.
In a statement to THR, a spokesperson for AMC said: "Scott will always be remembered as a great actor, and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed."
CSI fans know Wilson as the crooked Las Vegas casino owner Sam Braun, the father of Marg Helgenberger's Catherine Willows, and he played the troubled neighbor Judd Travers in the three Shiloh family films released in 1996, 1999 and 2006.
Wilson also was memorable in The Great Gatsby (1974), where his character, the owner of a filling station, shoots and kills Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford) while he's lounging in his mansion swimming pool, then turns the gun on himself. He often brought anxiety and melancholy to his roles.
After portraying the murder suspect Harvey Oberst in his first feature, the Oscar best picture winner In the Heat of the Night (1967), Wilson was cast as real-life murderer Dick Hickock for In Cold Blood (1967). The chilling documentary-like drama was directed by Richard Brooks, who also adapted Truman Capote's sensational 1965 best-selling novel for the screenplay.
Hickock had met fellow drifter Perry Smith (played by Robert Blake in the film) in jail, and after they were paroled, they headed to a farm in Holcomb, Kansas, for a robbery. Finding little cash on hand, they killed four members of the Clutter family — the husband, wife and two of their teenage children — in 1959. (The pair spoke with Capote for the book before being executed in 1965).



Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene on 'The Walking Dead.'
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Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene on 'The Walking Dead.'
Wilson, then 24, got the job in part because of his resemblance to Hickock.
"Every actor in the English-speaking world wanted those two roles, including [Paul] Newman and [Steve] McQueen," Wilson recalled in a 1996 interview with the Los Angeles Times. "Brooks hired two 'unknowns,' and he wanted to keep it that way. We were treated like two killers he had somehow run across."
Wilson, Blake and Capote posed on a dusty stretch of Kansas highway for the cover of Life magazine on May 12, 1967, with the headline "Nightmare Revisited," though the young actors went unidentified on the front. And for a billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Wilson noted, "Brooks had the poster with our eyes taken down and replaced with one of the real killers' eyes."
Murder scenes were filmed on location at the Clutter home.
Brooks set up a private screening for Wilson and Blake after the movie was finished, and "after seeing the film, I went to the restroom and threw up," he told Elvis Mitchell in a 2017 interview. "I realized what I had just seen. I was part of something that would stand up for a period of time, a classic."
The blue-eyed Wilson, now with a bushy white beard, saw his career revitalized in 2011 when he joined AMC's The Walking Dead in the second season as Hershel Greene, a stubborn farmer and veterinarian who loses a leg before eventually meeting his end — by decapitation — in season four. (Fans were very sorry to see him go.) He filmed the series in his home state of Georgia.
As Hershel, Wilson often provided the sage voice of wisdom in the ear of lead character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and other survivors of the apocalypse. Wilson told THR he never auditioned for the role: "My rep called and said they were interested in me for two to three episodes," he said. "I asked what show it was about and they said zombies. I said, 'Give me some good news.'"
After watching the first season, Wilson was more encouraged about his future with The Walking Dead. "I hadn't done a lot of TV at the time," he said. "I did CSI and played Marg Helgenberger's father and got that after working with Danny Cannon on a film. I found it very interesting working on Walking Dead because I'd never really played the same character for that amount of time; it's different than doing a play or film."
Co-star Khary Payton, who portrays Ezekiel on the show, shared his condolences: "The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become a part of … was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend." Fellow TWD actor Michael Cudlitz added, "Rest easy my friend." And Jesus actor Tom Payne said, "Goodbye Scott Wilson you absolute legend." Chandler Riggs, who played Carl through eight seasons, said that he will "never forget the things you told me and the time we spent together on set."
"Scott was one of the greats, both as an actor and a man," said Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. "We in #TheWalkingDeadFamily are truly grief stricken. He lived life to the fullest with his true love, his wife Heavenly. He is now a shining star in heaven spreading kindness and light forever."
In the psychological thriller The Ninth Configuration (1980), written and directed by William Peter Blatty of Exorcist fame, Wilson played Captain Billy Cutshaw, a former astronaut in an insane asylum for military personnel, receiving a Golden Globe supporting actor nomination for his work.
He also portrayed a prison chaplain in Sean Penn's Dead Man Walking (1995), and his character, a john, was slain by Charlize Theron's victim turned serial killer in Patty Jenkins' Monster (2003).
For a performer of his obvious ability, Wilson went lengthy stretches without working. He filled one slow period by painting drug stores.
"Not many people survive a long period of time as actors," Wilson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2016. "I've been fortunate to have a long career and play a variety of roles. I've had my down periods. I went four years without work. You have stretches where it feels like starting over. But a lot of people never even get the first break. You're incredibly fortunate if you get that."
William Delano Wilson was born in Atlanta on March 29, 1942. After the death of his father, he graduated from Thomasville High School in 1960 and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Georgia's Southern Polytechnic State University. 
Wilson, though, didn't stay in school; instead, he spent three days hitchhiking to Los Angeles, arriving with $40 in his pocket. One night, he got drunk and wound up in an acting class. 
"At the end of the class, the teacher came up to me and said, 'I don't know what your problem is; don't come back to my class drunk,'" he recalled in a 2012 interview. "I went back the next week to apologize. He gave me a monologue to do from a Eugene O'Neill one-act play, The Long Voyage Home. I came back the next week and did it and said, 'This is it, this is what I want to do.'"
Wilson spent the next five-plus years participating in acting classes and workshops and appearing in local plays like Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
His friend's stepfather was an agent who introduced Wilson to casting director Lynn Stalmaster, who recommended the untested actor to director Norman Jewison and producer Walter Mirisch for In the Heat of the Night.
"It was heaven," he told Mitchell. "Here I was parking cars and pumping gas and doing odd jobs to support myself, then all of a sudden I'm working with people that you talk about in acting class." His Southern accent, which he had been trying to lose, helped him get the job.
Wilson bonded with In the Heat of the Night star Sidney Poitier, who recommended him to Brooks for In Cold Blood. (Wilson was 6 when he met Blake the first time, getting an autograph from the actor who was then playing Little Beaver in a series of Westerns at Republic Pictures.)
Wilson appeared in Sydney Pollack's Castle Keep (1969), John Frankenheimer's The Gypsy Moths(1969) and Robert Aldrich's The Grissom Gang (1971), then played a disillusioned rookie in Richard Fleischer's The New Centurions (1972).
Wilson later starred as a private who falls in love in postwar Poland in Krzysztof Zanussi's A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and reteamed with the Polish director in Our God's Brother (1997), a film adaptation of a play written years earlier by Pope John Paul II.
He also appeared as test pilot Scott Crossfield in The Right Stuff (1983) and in other films like Johnny Handsome (1989), Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993), The Grass Harp (1995) — based on another Capote novel — Clay Pigeons (1998), The Way of the Gun (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), Junebug (2005), The Heartbreak Kid (2007) and Hostiles (2017).
Wilson also recently had gigs on such TV shows as BoschThe OA and, from Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, Damien. His Bosch co-star Titus Welliver was one of the first to comment on Wilson's passing on Saturday night. "Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother," he wrote on his Twitter account.
Survivors include his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney whom he married in 1977. His mother, Jewell, died in March 2017 at age 102.
All in all, Wilson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2011, he "accomplished more than I would have hoped to have accomplished. I don't want to be a big movie star. I can be someone who walks the streets and not get mobbed. Yet I want to be as fine an actor as I can be. I am still striving for that — to be as good as I can be."

August 22, 2018

17 y.o. Fmer. Disney Actor J.J.Totah Comes Out as Transgender Female




                                                     

   In a personal essay published Monday on Time, 17-year-old Totah, who stars as Michael Patel on Mindy Kaling’s comedy Champions, revealed, “I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female” and also announced her new name: Josie.
Totah, a former Disney actor, shared that throughout her childhood, “people would just assume I was gay,” and when she entered into the entertainment industry, “people kept assuming my identity.”
“Numerous reporters have asked me in interviews how it feels to be a young gay man. I was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organization. I understand that they didn’t really know better,” Totah wrote. “I almost felt like I owed it to everybody to be that gay boy. But that has never been the way I think of myself.”
Up until now, Totah hasn’t corrected people’s assumptions: “I was afraid I wouldn’t be accepted, that I would be embarrassed, that the fans who knew me from the time when I acted in a Disney show would be confused.”
Now, Totah has chosen to be open after realizing “over the past few years that hiding my true self is not healthy.”
“My pronouns are sheher and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah,” said Totah.
While Totah shares that she “always knew on some level that I was female” from the time of adolescence, “it crystallized about three years ago when I was a 14-year-old watching the show I Am Jazz with my mother.” (At the end of June, TLC star Jazz Jennings underwent gender confirmation surgery.) Totah explained, “As I learned more information about hormone replacement therapy, I knew that this was what I had to do. I looked over at her in the middle of the show and said, ‘This is me. I’m transgender. And I need to go through this.’ ”
Her mother was immensely supportive, and Totah swiftly met with doctors and was put on a hormone blocker. “From that point on, I hit the ground running.”
“Like many trans people, I developed serious anxiety as I hid who I was. In some ways, I felt like I was lying by letting people believe I was that gay boy,” wrote Totah, who admitted to hiding girls clothes under sweats. But “once I got on the hormone blocker, which basically stopped my testosterone, that part changed. I wasn’t waking up every day and panicking. ‘Is there hair on my face? Is my voice getting deeper?’ ”
Now that Totah openly identifies as Josie, she said, “it feels like I’m being seen.”
“I have come to believe that God made me transgender. I don’t feel like I was put in the wrong body,” she wrote. “I don’t feel like there was a mistake made. I believe that I am transgender to help people understand differences. It allows me to gain perspective, to be more accepting of others, because I know what it feels like to know you’re not like everyone else.”
Kaling, 39, shared her support for Totah in a tweet, writing, “I love you, Josie. I’m so glad you’re able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. You’re also so damn talented – I can’t wait to write for you again!” Earlier this year, Totah, who grew up in a small town in Northern California and goes off to college this week, told PEOPLE that she “stuck out like a sore thumb” during her childhood.

I love you, Josie. I’m so glad you’re able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. You’re also so damn talented - I can’t wait to write for you again! ❤️πŸ’•❤️πŸ’•❤️
 “There wasn’t a lot of diversity in all genres, whether it was race or ethnicity or the LGBTQ community. I definitely stuck out like a sore thumb. I came to the conclusion, I had to at such a young age, if no one was going to be like me than I just have to own it. If I can’t be like everyone else than I might as well just own who I am,” she said..
She added: “I felt like I was kind of forced to because I was so different I just had to stick with it. In a way, that helped me stay true to myself and honor myself. I was literally so different that I could not hide or be shy. At such a young age, I just stuck with that.” 

May 30, 2018

Transcript of Jason Statham Movie Set Anti Gay Rant Kept Secret

Last week Jason Statham apologized for a homophobic rant he unleashed back in 2015 on the set of the film Wild Card. The Jason Statham apology came after a transcript of this rant was released by associate producer RJ Cipriani. That transcript of the Jason Statham rant reportedly details what he said and involves some very intense language that may be too graphic for some. 

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The transcript of the Jason Statham rant allegedly has the actor saying:

Stop acting like a fucking fag. I hate that faggity fucking shit.
You guys are acting like a bunch of fucking faggots.
If you want to tell me something don’t wait till I do 15 fucking takes before you say something. Stop being a fucking fag and be more assertive.
We are here to make a good movie so stop acting like fucking fags.
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The backstory of the rant: The manager of Jason Statham (famous for his roles in The TransporterThe Mechanic and The Expendables, and soon to appear in The Meg), Steven Chasman, had reportedly delivered “notes” to Statham regarding his on-camera performance. It was a film about gambling, and Cipriani was a “gambling consultant” on it; his notes were apparently that Statham wasn’t acting like a real gambler would. Statham didn’t like that. So the Jason Statham rant above was directed at his own manager, Chasman. Yes, Jason Statham was ‘shooting the messenger.’
In his apology, Statham says he doesn’t remember the actual rant but says that if it was him it was wrong, and he will learn from his mistakes and do better in the future.

Here’s the Jason Statham apology:

Someone approached me claiming to have a tape of me using terms offensive to the LGBTQ community during a conversation I had with my producing partner, on a movie set five years ago. I have never heard the recording and my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused. I have no recollection of making any of these offensive comments. However, let me be clear, the terms referenced are highly offensive. If I said these words, it was wrong and I deeply apologize. Anyone who knows me knows it doesn’t reflect how I feel about the LGBTQ community. While I cannot fix what was said in the past, I can learn from it and do better in the future.
But that’s not at all. There’s more to this Jason Statham rant debacle.

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Jason Statham

Cipriani reportedly approached the actor’s manager, Chasman, back in December of 2017 (four years after the incident) with the transcripts, asking the action star’s team for something in return in order for him not to release. It sounds like blackmail to us, except Cipriani didn’t want money. He asked that Statham “do something for charity or good causes to make amends.”
Cipriani wanted Jason Statham to take a trip to a hospital and visit with sick children, which the actor agreed to on the grounds that the tape or transcript never be leaked. Cipriani gave the actor three months to make good on his promise.
Statham and his manager wanted Cipriani to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but the producer declined to do so.
The backstory of the rant: The manager of Jason Statham (famous for his roles in The TransporterThe Mechanic and The Expendables, and soon to appear in The Meg), Steven Chasman, had reportedly delivered “notes” to Statham regarding his on-camera performance. It was a film about gambling, and Cipriani was a “gambling consultant” on it; his notes were apparently that Statham wasn’t acting like a real gambler would. Statham didn’t like that. So the Jason Statham rant above was directed at his own manager, Chasman. Yes, Jason Statham was ‘shooting the messenger.’
In his apology, Statham says he doesn’t remember the actual rant but says that if it was him it was wrong, and he will learn from his mistakes and do better in the future.
 

May 24, 2018

Its Morgan Freeman's Turn: Eight Women Accused Him of Inappropriate Behavior

Evan Real Reports the following on The Hollywood Reporter :




Eight women alleged to CNN that they were subjected to the actor's inappropriate behavior.

Eight women have accused Morgan Freeman of sexual misconduct in a CNN report about the actor's alleged inappropriate behavior, describing multiple troubling incidents throughout his career.
In all, 16 people spoke to CNN about Freeman as part of the investigation; eight witnesses and eight who claim to be victims. The outlet's entertainment reporter Chloe Melas — who co-authored the article — was the only victim who spoke on the record.
A young production assistant said that in the summer of 2015, while she was working on Freeman's bank heist comedy Going in Style, she was subjected to several months of harassment. She alleged that Freeman repeatedly touched her without permission, resting his hand on her lower back or rubbing her lower back, and frequently made comments about her figure and clothing.
In one incident, she said Freeman "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear," adding that he never successfully lifted her skirt. "Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say." 
A senior member of the production staff of the movie Now You See Me in 2012 said Freeman "did comment on our bodies. … We knew that if he was coming by … not to wear any top that would show our breasts, not to wear anything that would show our bottoms, meaning not wearing clothes that [were] fitted."
At a spokesperson's request, CNN emailed "a detailed list" of the accusations against Freeman but received no response at the time of publishing.
When reached by The Hollywood Reporter, a rep for Freeman provided the following statement from the actor: "Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent."
CNN's investigation into Freeman's behavior came after the news company's own entertainment reporter, Melas, claimed to have experienced harassment from the Oscar winner during a press junket interview for Going In Style.
Melas was six months pregnant at the time of the interview. She alleged that, in a room full of people that included his co-stars Arkin and Michael Caine, Freeman shook her hand and repeated a variation of, "I wish I was there." She also claimed that he said to her, "You are ripe."
Cameras were rolling and recorded Freeman telling Melas, "Boy, do I wish I was there"; his other comments were not caught on film. Melas was the only CNN employee there at the time. Later, Melas reported the incident to CNN HR, who then reached out to the HR department at Warner Bros., distributor of the film. (Both CNN and Warner Bros. are owned by Time Warner.)
Melas said she was informed that Warner Bros. was unable to corroborate her account because "only one of Freeman's remarks was on video and the Warner Bros. employees present did not notice anything." Melas and her supervisor later agreed not to cover the movie.
Warner Bros. confirmed to CNN that what Melas said was accurate but declined further comment. A rep for Caine declined to comment, and a rep for Arkin said the actor was not available to comment.  
Elsewhere in the report, a former employee of Freeman's Revelations production company said the actor made an inappropriate comment to her on a set of his science documentary TV series Through the Wormhole. The woman claimed Freeman "looked me up and down" and then asked her, "How do you feel about sexual harassment?"
She said of the encounter: "I was stunned. This is the person that I worked for, this is his company, I didn't expect it at all ... I said timidly, 'I love it' in a sarcastic way hoping to make light of the situation because I was so confused and then he turned to the guys on the crew ... and said, 'See guys, this is how you do it.'"
Another former female Revelations employee said Freeman would "come over to my desk to say hi and he'd just stand there and stare at me. He would stare at my breasts."
She continued: "If I ever passed him he would stare at me in an awkward way, would look me up and down sometimes stopping and just staring," she said. "One time he stopped, looked me up and down as I walked into a room of people, and everyone burst out laughing. And I literally froze feeling very uncomfortable and one of the people in the office said, 'Don't worry, that's just Morgan.'"
A male former employee equated Freeman's behavior to that of a "creepy uncle."
"One time I witnessed Morgan walk up to an intern and start massaging her [shoulder]," he said. "The intern got visibly red and wiggled out of his grasp, it was awkward."
Another former employee said she was present when the male employee told several people about the incident. Other male employees claimed that Freeman, on multiple occasions, asked women to twirl for him. Two former staffers and a writer on Freeman's Madam Secretary said one of the twirl requests came at Freeman's 79th birthday party, which was thrown by Revelations and attended by approximately 30 people.
A former exec at Revelations said Freeman exhibited more uncomfortable behavior towards women at the party.
"[He would] stand maybe within an inch of their face and just look them up and down and not say anything, and then would move on to the next woman and he'd stand like within an inch of their face and look them up and down and not say anything, and it was really, really strange," they said. "It was really weird and he did it to every woman but of course he didn't do it to any of the men. He didn't speak to any of the men."
The Madam Secretary writer said some of Freeman's behavior came around the same time the #MeToo movement took off in late 2017, adding that writers on the show joked "that Morgan would be the next person to be called out."
As previously reported by THR, Freeman's Revelations co-founder Lori McCreary was on the receiving end of the controversial commentary. In 2016, Freeman commented about McCreary's outfit in front of 400 people at a Produced By conference, saying, "She had on a dress cut to here."
"She wants to be thought of as serious," he said in front of McCreary, who was on the panel. "But you can't get away from the short dresses."
Freeman later brushed off his remarks during a Today show appearance, insisting what he said was "in jest" and asked, "How is that news?" At the time, a source told THR that McCreary "did not visibly react to the comment."
But the former Revelations executive said McCreary was upset. "I tried to console her and she was clearly upset and I think she was surprised and found it hurtful and embarrassing," the former executive told CNN in the report. "She was devastated."
Another former employee said Freeman people would be shocked that he was capable of exhibiting such behavior.
"[He'd say] things like 'I'd like to have an hour with her' or make vulgar and sexual comments about women," the former employee said. "He would be verbally inappropriate and it was just shocking. You're more shocked than anything because it's hard to have the wherewithal to say to him, 'That's inappropriate.' You're just like 'whoa.'"
He continued, "It's hard because on any set he is the most powerful person on it. It's weird because you just don't expect it from Morgan Freeman, someone who you respect."

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May 9, 2018

Robin Williams Funny But Not Nice


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Robin Williams in a black shirt: Actor Robin Williams poses for a portrait on Nov. 5, 2011 in Beverly Hills, Calif.© Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Actor Robin Williams poses for a portrait on Nov. 5, 2011, in Beverly Hills, Calif.A new biography of Robin Williams chronicles the comedian's topsy-turvy public and private lives, which involved infidelities, groping and flashing of his Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber, rehab from drug and alcohol abuse, and a rare brain disorder diagnosed only after his 2014 suicide, by hanging, at age 63. 
In Robin (Henry Holt, out May 15), author Dave Itzkoff writes that Williams’ first wife, Valerie Velardi, tolerated the comic’s unfunny liaisons for a time: “Valerie could never quite bring herself to condemn Robin for his infidelities; she seemed to accept them as an occupational hazard of stardom.”
That changed, however, when his two-year affair with a cocktail waitress ended, and the other woman, Michelle Tish Carter, sued him for $6.2 million, alleging (inaccurately, it turned out) that he had given her herpes. The suit became public in 1988 and Velardi divorced Williams that year; they had been married for a decade and their son Zak was 5. The suit would not be settled until 1992 for an undisclosed amount of money.
Other revelations in the book:
In 1989, Williams would marry Marsha Garces, who had risen from being the family nanny to his professional assistant. But by 2006 the comedian’s relapse into drinking and doing drugs, which he tried unsuccessfully to hide from his wife, led to the unraveling of his second marriage. That summer he began a stint at the Hazelden Foundation center, a rehab facility in Oregon.
Previously, Williams had been sober for more than two decades, in large part because of the cautionary example of Saturday Night Live star John Belushi, who died of a drug overdose in 1982 at the age of 33. Williams had been with Belushi the night before he died, although he denied reports that he had been doing cocaine with him. On this occasion, Williams rehabbed himself cold turkey.
The new 400-plus-page biography also documents an insecure star who for all his successes (an Oscar, plus Emmys and Grammys) could be worried by the rise of rival comic Jim Carrey, as well as over his personal finances — this despite pulling down as much as $15 million a film.
Robin Williams standing in a dark room: Robin Williams performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 25, 2008 in Las Vegas.© Getty Images Robin Williams performs at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 25, 2008 in Las Vegas.Itzkoff quotes Williams bestowing a backhanded compliment on Carrey as being “funny in a physical way.” Twice divorced, Williams worked frenetically to the very end of his life despite growing health problems. 
Williams’ behavior, hardly conventional to begin with, became increasingly strange as he progressed into his early 60s, worrying friends and family. He was misdiagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and in June 2014 entered a rehab facility even though he was not drinking or doing drugs. It was a move inspired by desperation: nothing else seemed to be helping.
(Williams' behavior was later attributed to “diffuse Lewy body disease”; the diagnosis came from analysis of the actor’s brain tissue after his death.)
Itzkoff writes that Susan Schneider, his third wife whom he married in 2011, became seriously concerned about his health, both physical and mental, in the fall of 2013. He was having stomach problems, difficulty with his vision, trouble urinating and sleeping, among other ailments. He was taking medication for depression. Soon paranoia and delusions joined the list of torments.
The author writes that on the night before he hanged himself Williams “began to fixate on some of the designer wrists watches that he owned and grew fearful that they were in danger of being stolen.” He took several of them and stuffed them in a sock and drove them to a friend’s house nearby for safekeeping.
Williams went to bed that night around 10:30 p.m., and his wife, who slept in a separate bedroom, let him sleep in the next morning, grateful that he seemed to be getting a solid rest for a change. When he didn’t answer her late that morning of Aug. 11, she forced the lock on his bedroom door.  She found him dead, his belt around his neck.
After her husband's death and diagnosis, Schneider told Good Morning America, "It was like this endless parade of symptoms, and not all of them would raise their head at once. It was like playing whack-a-mole. Which symptom is it this month? I thought, is my husband a hypochondriac? We're chasing it and there are no answers, and by now we've tried everything."
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