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Wednesday
May022012

"Sopranos" Star Pantoliano Opens Up His "Asylum"

Joe Corrigan/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Emmy Award winning actor Joe Pantoliano is best known for his appearances in The Matrix, Midnight Run, and a host of other movies, but in his new memoir, Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother's Son, he reveals his battle with clinical depression.

Pantoliano explains to ABC News Radio that through his candid book, and his organization No Kidding Me 2, he hopes to eliminate the stigma and shame clinical depression sufferers often feel. "My depression saved my life," Pantoliano explains. "[It] turned me into an actor because I needed a place to vent it."

Asylum: Hollywood Tales from My Great Depression: Brain Dis-Ease, Recovery, and Being My Mother's Son is now available.

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