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Robin Williams: A comic actor with classical training
Robin Williams: A comic actor with classical training

Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide on Monday at the age of 63, was an actor of prodigious comic gifts both on stage as a stand-up comedian and on-screen as an actor. What many of his fans may not know or remember is that behind his hyper and manic comic persona was a classically trained artist whose craft was honed at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York. As a member of the drama department's Group Six, Williams was in the Juilliard class that included actors Kelsey Grammer and Diane Venora.   "We were in the same class for four years," Venora recalled Monday in an email. "He was brilliant and complex, deeply sensitive, possessing a...

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