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Ben Affleck and I owe everything to the late Robin Williams: Matt Damon

hollywood Updated: Sep 26, 2014 18:59 IST

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Actor Matt Damon believes he owe his career to Robin Williams.

Damon, 43, launched his career alongside Ben Affleck when the pair wrote and starred in 1997 movie, Good Will Hunting, and he is sure his career would have panned out differently if Williams did not take the starring role, reported Contactmusic.

"Ben (Affleck) and I owe everything to him. He said yes to our movie and he got it made. I could never thank him enough. I look around at the life I have and how blessed I feel and so much of it started with him," he said.

Damon added that he was shocked to learn of the death of the 63-year-old actor, who committed suicide last month after a lifelong battle with depression.

Speaking to a website, he said: "I was shocked. I hadn't been in touch with him and obviously, he was battling severe depression and I hope it can start a conversation in the country about depression, just how serious it is and what an exceptionally powerful disease that it is. I think it affected everybody in the country actually. We all felt like we knew him and he was a part of our lives."