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Robin and me at a Screen Actors Guild party in 2003.
Robin lost his battle with depression and died by his own hand at 62. Did fear of stigma lead to his suicide?
Robin's widow revealed after his death that he was fighting an incurable neurological disease.
Robin's mentor was Jonathan Winters. I was working on a movie set with Jonathan a year before the photo with Robin was shot.
Jonathan was a co-star in Swing and I was co-star Tom Skerritt's stand-in.
We didn't talk about our mutual bipolar disorder struggle that day, but did spend time talking politics.
Winters often joked about the mental hospital, playing slightly disturbed characters who belonged to or claimed to have escaped from the asylum.
He was drawing from personal experience. At the height of his early fame, he had committed himself to a mental hospital and went on to live with what he diagnosed as bipolar disorder.
Jonathan spoke candidly about his mental illness. “I need that pain — whatever it is — to call upon it from time to time, no matter how bad it was,” he once told National Public Radio.