Robin Williams faced ‘serious money troubles’ shortly before his death. He was forced to accept a string of second-rate but lucrative acting roles which insiders say made his battle with depression even tougher. The actor had admitted that he was on the verge of bankruptcy and was relying on the success of an upcoming TV series which was then ignominiously cancelled, affecting him deeply....Now, Williams clearly had a problem keeping his trousers on. But before we judge him too harshly, we should keep in mind that addicts are not known for their sexual continence, and, as Bill Burr points out, we don't know what it is like to be a famous actor targeted by a legion of whores. What we can reasonably observe, however, is that multiple divorces have financially ruined a number of intelligent, wealthy men, including Williams and John Cleese.
Last September, Williams revealed he was having to put his huge California ranch and vineyard up for sale for £22million to cover some of his debts. Although he was famously generous to both charities and his friends, the actor blamed his money woes chiefly on two divorces. He divorced his first wife – Valerie Velardi – in 1988 and ended his second marriage, to Marsha Garces, his oldest child’s former nanny, in 2008 after 19 years together.
The two divorces reportedly cost him at least £12million. In addition, he agreed to pay a mistress an estimated £4million in damages in 1986, after she sued him for infecting her with herpes. ‘Divorce is expensive. It’s ripping your heart out through your wallet,’ Williams told Parade magazine last year.
The conclusion? If you get divorced, do NOT marry a second time. Especially if you are a comedian.