Inside the Life and Death of Robin Williams

Inside the Life and Death of Robin Williams
Robin Williams

08/15/2014 05:45PM

He was a whirling dervish of frenetic energy, a master of rapid-fire repertoire who could morph from wild over-the-top insanity to subtle tenderness.

Robin Williams knew how to make a room laugh or cry – and he knew, when opening up last July about returning to TV, what made him happy.

"I thought of a line my daughter once said about me being funny," he said. "When asked, 'Do you laugh?' She said, 'All the time! Even our pets laugh.' "

But recently, laughter was harder to find.

"We knew he was struggling," says a source on the set of his CBS show The Crazy Ones.

"We were doing a scene, and it was just off. I looked over at him, and in that moment, his face changed.

"He looked so exhausted and profoundly, deeply sad. And then one minute later he pulled himself back together, and he nailed the scene. He had a depth; that's where the darkness came from, but there was just so much there."

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