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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