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Affleck posts remembrance of Robin Williams

Ben Affleck, who worked with Robin Williams in “Good Will Hunting,” posted a note on his Facebook page Tuesday about the actor/comedian’s death. “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 (Damon) and my dreams come true. What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything. May you find peace my friend. #RobinWilliams.” (Affleck and Damon won an Academy Award for their “Good Will Hunting” script, and Williams also won one for his role in the film.) Everyone, it seems, has a favorite memory of Williams. For Bill Blumenreich, longtime owner of the Comedy Connection, it was a phone call he received seven years ago. “Can you do me a favor, Bill?” Williams asked Blumenreich. The “Dead Poets Society” star said he’d accepted an enormous amount of money to do stand-up at a convention, but it’d been a long time since he’d done any stand-up. (Beginning in the early 1990s, Williams worked primarily as an actor, making 15 movies between 1995-98 alone.) “He said to me, ‘Can I come in and do a couple of shows so I can get sharp?,’ ” recalls Blumenreich. “I’m sitting there thinking, I’m doing him a favor?” (We were there for one of those shows and Williams did not disappoint.) Blumenreich noted that Williams was dear friends with fellow comic Jonathan Winters, and his death a year ago likely was devastating. . . . We also rang up comedian Denis Leary, who had this to say about Williams: “He was a great comic, an Oscar-winning actor but far more importantly — a truly, warm, giving, and generous guy. Anytime a child was nearby, he was only interested in making them smile and laugh. No ego at all. He was always there for the causes he cared for and always concerned about how everyone else was doing.”

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