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Robin Williams: Not ‘The World’s Greatest Dad’

By Akela Talamasca on August 25th, 2009

robin_williams_wideweb__470x376,0Robin Williams has had a tumultuous career, first in stand-up comedy, then as the star of his own television show “Mork and Mindy”, and finally as a movie actor. His latest film, “World’s Greatest Dad”, directed by fellow comedian/actor Bobcat Goldthwait, opens this weekend in select theaters.

In the movie, he plays a high school poetry teacher who ghostwrites his son’s journal entries after he is suddenly killed. The son, abrasive and unpopular in life, becomes the talk of the school once his father begins to portray him in a positive light through his journal entries.

Williams admits in a recent interview that as a father, he is far from perfect — a “work-in-progress” — though he is proud of his three children, one of whom has received some notoriety for her role in slasher films. It’s always refreshing to hear celebrity parents offer some insight into their own parenthood, other than general advice and platitudes. With a history of substance abuse reportedly behind him, Williams has certainly enough to chew on regarding that score, but there are obviously worse parents around — remember the not-too-distant Alec Baldwin nastiness?

Do you think being in the public eye raises the stakes for parenthood? Or are the issues clear regardless of who you are?

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