Robin Williams’ role as the alien Mork from Ork made him a star. But other actors credit the beloved comedian for their own careers taking off, like "Good Will Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck and "Hook" co-star Dante Basco. Dozens of celebrities have taken to social media since Williams' death on Monday to remember the star who made the unintelligible catchphrase “Na-Nu Na-Nu” famous, including his “Mork and Mindy” co-star Pam Dawber.
"I am completely and totally devastated," she said. "What more can be said?"
Williams won an Oscar for his role in “Good Will Hunting,” the same film that catapulted Affleck and best friend Matt Damon into the limelight. Affleck posted a farewell on Facebook after he heard the news of Williams’ suicide.
“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,” Affleck wrote. “He made Matt and my dreams come true.”
“What do you owe a guy who does that? Everything,” Affleck added. “May you find peace my friend. #RobinWilliams”
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Basco, who played Rufio in the beloved childhood classic and Peter Pan reboot “Hook,” also said he was inspired by Williams, adding that the film “Dead Poets Society” moved him years before he worked with Williams.
"Although working with him [in Hook] changed my life, in truth, he impacted me several years before when Dead Poets Society became one of my favorite films and really started me being interested in poetry," Basco wrote on his blog. "I was fortunate to spend private times, many mornings in the makeup chair (which with my tri-hawk hair took hours), just talking about poetry… And soft spoken and introspectively we would discuss Walt Whitman and Charles Bukowski." He finished the post with “O’ Captain! My Captain! See you in Neverland…”
— Dante Basco (@dantebasco) August 11, 2014
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