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Williams, Hoffman, Gandolfini: Public lives, private struggles
Williams, Hoffman, Gandolfini: Public lives, private struggles

For those of us who follow actors and their lives, professionally or simply as  fans, this has been a pretty tragic period. In the past 14 months, we’ve lost three top-tier performers startlingly before their time -- first with the passing of James Gandolfini in June 2013, then Philip Seymour Hoffman this past winter and now, of course, Robin Williams. None was especially old, and each was very prolific. It’s telling that all three of these men have new movies coming out this fall, which, among other things, will make this one of the more melancholy movie seasons in recent memory, as big entertainments like “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” and “Night at the...