Born In: Berkeley, California, United States
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt or more famously known as Ben Affleck is an American movie star, director, scriptwriter and producer. He started acting at a very young age by staring in teleseries like ‘The Voyage of the Mimi’. It was in his high school that Affleck met his best friend, co-star and co-writer Matt Damon, with whom he co-wrote the script for the biggest movie of his career ‘Good Will Hunting’. They both received an Oscar and a Golden Globe for its scriptwriting. Affleck has acted in many movies like ‘Pearl Harbor’, ‘Armageddon’, ‘The Sum of All Fears’, ‘Changing Lanes’, ‘Smokin’ Aces’, ‘Gigli’, ‘He’s Just Not That into You’, ‘Extract’, ‘Forces of Nature’, etc. He made his directorial debut with the movie ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and directed and wrote the script for movies like: ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo’. He received a Golden Globe and BAFTA for his directional skills for ‘Argo’. In 2016, he was roped in for the role of Batman for the ‘Batman’ series. He has also starred in the thriller 'The Accountant,' the sports drama 'The Way Back,' the psychological thriller 'Gone Girl,' and the action-adventure 'Triple Frontier.' He is also the co-owner of the production company 'Pearl Street Films.' He is the co-founder of the 'Eastern Congo Initiative,' an advocacy-based nonprofit and grantmaking organization.
Also Known As: Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
Spouse/Ex-: Jennifer Garner
father: Timothy Byers Affleck
mother: Christine Anne
siblings: Casey Affleck
children: Samuel Garner Affleck, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, Violet Affleck
Born Country: United States
political ideology: Democratic Party
Ancestry: Swedish American, German American, British American, Irish American
Notable Alumni: Cambridge Rindge And Latin School
City: Berkeley, California
U.S. State: California
education: Cambridge Rindge And Latin School
Ben Affleck was born on August 15, 1972, to Timothy Byers Affleck and Christine Anne Affleck. His father dabbled into a lot of jobs before he finally became a photographer. His mother was a school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has a younger brother called Casey Affleck who is also a movie actor.
Affleck attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and here he met his co-star, co-writer and a close friend Matt Damon, who was two years older to him. They spent their time together doing underage drinking and smoking pot before Affleck got his substantial roles in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘School Ties’. In 1990, he got his major role in the cult classic called ‘Dazed and Confused’.
It was in 1997, when Affleck made a big name for himself along with his actor and close friend Matt Damon. The movie was actually a play written by Damon when he was at Harvard and he showed the play to Affleck. They both turned it into a screenscript. They both later acted in the movie which was a story about a complicated math genius who is a janitor at MIT.
The script that both Affleck and Damon wrote together was bought by Harvey Weinstein for a million US dollars and the movie was nominated for Oscar Awards and won two, including the category of Best Original Screenplay. The success of the movie turned Affleck into an international celebrity overnight.
In 2003, he acted in the flick ‘Daredevil’. It was the movie version of the famous comic series and it was Affleck’s favorite since he was a little boy. The movie starred his future wife Jennifer Garner in it and did very well commercially. In the same year, he starred in ‘Gigli’ and the following year, in ‘Surviving Christmas’. Both the movies did not do very well at the box-office and were critically unapproved.
In 2007, he did ‘Smokin’ Aces’, which was moderately acclaimed by the critics but was a commercial failure. In the same year, he directed his first movie ‘Gone Baby Gone’. It was an adaptation of a book written by Dennis Lehane, Affleck did screenwriting for the movie as well. ‘Gone Baby Gone’ was not a huge success but Affleck’s directorial skills were appreciated.
In 2009, he acted in movies like: ‘He’s Just Not That into You’, ‘State of Play’ and ‘Extract’. In ‘He’s Just Not That into You,’ Affleck acted alongside many renowned actors like: Jennifer Aniston, Justin Long, Bradley Cooper, Drew Barrymore, etc. The movie was a moderate hit. ‘State of Play’ was a political thriller and Affleck’s acting was critically appreciated.
Ben Affleck had an on and off relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow for a year. They broke up finally in 1999, and remained good friends. In 2000, Affleck acted with Paltrow in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ and the director of the movie maintained that they both have great respect for each other.
In 2002, while doing ‘Gigli’ with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, they came close to each other and Affleck started making public statements about how much he admires her and showed up at the opening of her Pasadena restaurant. After dating for two years the couple decided to get married. However, they called off their engagement in January 2004.
In 2005, Ben Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner. They both have three children together.
In 2015, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their decision to separate and in April 2017, they filed for divorce.
Ben Affleck then dated television producer Lindsay Shookus.
In 2021, Ben Affleck again started dating Jennifer Lopez, almost two decades after they first met. In April 2022, the couple got engaged.
Ben Affleck Movies
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|2013||Best Motion Picture of the Year||Argo (2012)|
|1998||Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen||Good Will Hunting (1997)|
|2013||Best Director - Motion Picture||Argo (2012)|
|1998||Best Screenplay - Motion Picture||Good Will Hunting (1997)|
|2013||Best Film||Argo (2012)|
|2013||Best Director||Argo (2012)|
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