Ben Affleck and Matt Damon pay tribute to Robin Williams

Robin Williams, who died Monday of an apparent suicide at age 63, helped launch the careers of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, childhood friends who co-wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting set in their native Boston. Williams signed on to play psychotherapist Sean Maguire in the 1997 film, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the Academy Awards.

During his acceptance speech, Williams jokingly thanked his young screenwriters and costars, quipping that he "still want[ed] to see some I.D." from the rising stars, who also earned an Oscar for Best Screenplay.

Ben: Matt and I owe Robin "everything"

"Heartbroken. Thanks chief – for your friendship and for what you gave the world. Robin had a ton of love in him. He personally did so much for so many people. He made Matt and my dreams come true. What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything. May you find peace my friend."

Matt: "Robin brought so much joy into my life"

"Robin brought so much joy into my life and I will carry that joy with me forever. He was such a beautiful man. I was lucky to know him and I will never, ever forget him. I truly hope the people in the media can find it within themselves to give his family some privacy during this horrible time."

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