Robin Williams dies: Oscar-winning Good Will Hunting star strained by 'serious money troubles' months before his death

"The movies are good, but a lot of times they don’t even have distribution. There are bills to pay."

“The idea of having a steady job is appealing,” Robin Williams told Parade magazine of his decision to transfer from films back to the small screen.

In 2013, he had taken the lead part in CBS show The Crazy Ones because, he quipped to a room full of TV executives at the time, it was “nice to have a job where the checks will clear”.

“I have two [other] choices: go on the road doing stand-up, or do small, independent movies working almost for scale [minimum union pay],” he continued.

“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.”

True to his words, he had listed his sprawling, 640-acre Napa Valley property for the sale of $35million in 2012, only to have it relisted for $29.9million in April this year. It is yet to be sold.


According to reports today, he was also struggling financially following two divorces – one from his first wife, Valerie Velardi , in 1988, and another from his second, Marsha Garces in 2008. The two court settlements cost the actor in the region of $20million, it has been claimed.

“Divorce is expensive,” Williams had quipped in the past. “I used to joke that they were going to call it ‘all the money’, but they changed it to ‘alimony’. It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet.”

Last night, as the details of Williams’ tragic final hours and battle with severe depression were revealed in a preliminary coroner’s report, a close friend of the family told of his financial worries.

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“All he could talk about were serious money troubles,” Radar Online quoted the source as saying. “There were clearly other issues going on and Robin sounded distant during the telephone conversation.

“Robin was known for being so generous to his friends and family during the height of his success, and would help anyone that needed it.

“There was also frustration that Robin expressed at having to take television and movie roles he didn’t want to take, but had to for the pay cheque.”