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Ben Affleck
Also known as:Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt
Occupation:Actor • Screenplay • Writer • Producer • Director • Executive Producer
Born:August 15, 1972
Birthplace:California, United States Of America
Spouse:Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck is an American television and film actor, director, writer, and producer who started his acting career as a child artist with the PBS educational television series The Voyage of the Mimi in 1984. He is was seen in films like Shakespeare in Love, Pearl Harbor, and Gone Girl. However, he is best remembered for his portrayal of Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Affleck made his directorial debut with 2007 neo-noir mystery film Gone Baby Gone, which he also co-wrote. However, it was his 2012 political thriller Argo, which he also starred in, that brought him immense fame and won him the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Picture.

The actor also co-founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, an American non-profit that works closely with the people of Eastern Congo. It supports rape victims and people who have been sexually violated, increases access to health care and education, promotes economic opportunity, and runs community-level peace and reconciliation programs.

Early Life
Benjamin Geza Boldt Affleck was born on the 15th of August, 1972 in Berkeley, California to Christopher Anne and Timothy Byers Affleck. When he was two, his family and him moved to Massachusetts, where his little brother Casey Affleck was born. The brothers often attended theater with their mother, who also encouraged the boys to make home movies. Their mother`s friend was a casting director who offered Ben his first acting role at the age of seven. Although his mother was supportive of him appearing in commercials, she thought that acting was not the best career choice, and saved his wages for his college trust fund, hoping that he would eventually become a teacher. Ben`s acting coach, also a family friend, David Wheeler thought Ben was "very bright and intensely curious". His father was an actor and stage manager with the Theater Company of Boston. However, his father was a chronic alcoholic because of which his parents divorced when he was only twelve. Soon, his father moved to Indio, California to join a rehabilitation center, after which he became an addiction counselor.

When Affleck was eight, he befriended a ten-year-old Matt Damon. The two studied at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin and became extremely close. Their drama teacher Gerry Speca was a huge inspiration to both of them and the boys spent their time talking about how they would become actors. Despite the age gap between them, they both thought alike and had almost the same goals. They saved money for their transportation to New York for auditions by working as construction workers and cinema ushers in their summer vacations. Despite high SAT scores, Affleck found it difficult to bring himself to attend high school. Although he was accepted by the University of Virginia, he chose to follow his then-girlfriend to the University of Vermont. Owing to a hip injury, Affleck left the university without a degree. He then went on to study at the Occidental College for a year and a half. He soon dropped out of college after a creative writing professor criticized an early draft of the Good Will Hunting screenplay. During the initial days of their careers, Damon and Affleck lived together in Los Angeles and New York.

Personal Life
Affleck was in a three-year-long relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow from 1997 to 2000. They met at a Miramax dinner in 1997 after which they worked together on Shakespeare in Love in 1998. The two had broken up in 1999 only to get back together in 2000. However, they called off their relationship in 2000 and stayed friends. Like his father, Affleck also suffered from alcoholism and checked into an alcohol rehabilitation center in 2001.

In 2002, the actor dated popular singer and actress Jennifer Lopez. The two dated from 2002 to 2004, and during their eighteen-month relationship, the couple got engaged in 2002 and planned to get married in 2003. The couple received a lot of media attention and was called Bennifer. However, they broke up in 2004, leaving Lopez heartbroken.

Soon after breaking up with Lopez, Affleck began dating the Nine Lives actor Jennifer Garner in 2004. The two first met on the sets of Pearl Harbor in 2001 and also worked in the 2003 movie Daredevil. The two got married in a hush-hush ceremony in 2005. Together, the couple has three children, namely Violet Anne, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, and Samuel Garner. However, the couple announced their separation after 10 years of being married in 2015. Despite their separation, the two are in good terms and do everything in the best interest of their children.

Movie Career
As An Actor
Affleck started his acting career in his childhood and his mother helped him audition for a few commercials. He was first seen in an independent film, Dark Side of the Street, in 1981 at the age of seven. However, his first big success as a child actor came when he starred in The Voyage of the Mimi in 1984, and The Second Voyage of the Mimi in 1988. He also starred in the Wanted: A Perfect Man in 1986 and the TV movie Hands of a Stranger in 1987.

Upon completing his schooling, Affleck moved to New York in search of work. He then took up a course at the Occidental College in Los Angeles where he directed student films but also appeared in the TV movie Daddy in 1991 where he played Patrick Duffy`s son. He made uncredited appearances in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Against the Grain in 1993, and in Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story in 1994. Despite these appearances, his most notable work during this phase remains to be Dazed and Confused in 1993.

Affleck was first seen in the movie Glory Daze in 1995 and his performance was well-received. After the movie, he was seen in Mallrats in the same year. Director Kevin Smith cast him for the lead role in romantic comedy Chasing Amy in 1997, which cemented his place in the industry with critics praising his performance. The same year, he was seen in Good Will Hunting, which he not only acted in but also co-wrote with childhood friend Matt Damon. It won immense critical acclaim and went on to become a commercial success, and also won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

With Armageddon, Affleck was considered to be a successful leading Hollywood actor. The movie, where he played the role of a blue-collar driller for NASA aiming to stop an asteroid colliding with Earth, went on to become a commercial success. In 1998, even Affleck`s supporting role of an arrogant English actor in Shakespeare in Love, co-starring his then girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow, won him immense praise from critics. He then shared screen space with Sandra Bullock in romantic comedy Forces of Nature where critics mainly spoke of his unavoidable charm.

The critics also praised his performance in the John Frankenheimer-directed action thriller Reindeer Games. He was then seen in movies like Pearl Harbor, Good Will Hunting`s parody Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Daddy and Them, The Third Wheel, and The Sum of All Fears. After a series of critically acclaimed movies, Affleck was seen in Daredevil in 2003, which received mixed reviews. He then starred opposite his then girlfriend Jennifer Lopez in Gigli in 2003, which opened to negative reviews. Despite an unsuccessful year, Affleck bounced back in 2004 with holiday comedy Surviving Christmas.

Given the quality of scripts being offered to Affleck, the actor decided to take a break from his career. After marrying Jennifer Garner in 2005 and welcoming his first child, Affleck made his career comeback in 2006. Although Man About Town and Smokin` Aces did not do extremely well, his performance in the noir biopic Hollywoodland won immense praise and acclaim, winning him the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. After venturing into direction, Affleck returned to acting with the romantic comedy He`s Just Not That Into You in 2009, a commercial success. He was then seen in psychological thriller Gone Girl in 2014 where he played a husband who is accused of his wife`s murder.

Despite innumerable remarkable performances, Affleck is best known for playing Batman in the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. When it was announced, fans of the Batman series did not receive it well. However, upon the release, his performance was lauded although the movie opened to negative reviews. He then reprised his role of Batman with a cameo the 2016 movie Suicide Squad and a leading role in the 2017 film Justice League. His other releases of the year include The Accountant. After a short break from acting, Affleck starred in the drug-trafficking thriller Triple Frontier and sports drama The Way Back (2020), the latter for which he received praise. His 2021 releases include Zack Snyder`s Justice League, Deep Water and The Last Duel. His other notable works include Deep Water (2022), Air (2023), Hypnotic (2023) and The Flash (2023).

As A Director
Affleck made his directorial debut in 2007 with the crime drama Gone Baby Gone starring his younger brother Casey Affleck. Based on Dennis Lehane`s book, Affleck co-wrote the screenplay along with his childhood friend Aaron Stockard. The movie opened to mainly positive reviews and critical acclaim. After the success of his directorial debut, Affleck directed the crime drama The Town in 2010, which is the movie adaptation of Chuck Hogan`s novel Prince of Thieves. Apart from directing it, Affleck also starred in and co-wrote the movie. With this movie, the critics praised Affleck`s ability of becoming a great director. He then worked on Argo, a Warner Bros. project, which was written by Chris Terrio and starred Affleck. The movie revolves around saving six diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. It became a major box office success. Affleck won the Golden Globe Award, Directors Guild of America Award and BAFTA Award for Best Director, becoming the first director to win these awards without a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. Meanwhile, Argo went on to win the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Picture.
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Did You Know? (21)

  • Former DC Films president Walter Hamada wanted Michael Keaton`s Batman in Aquaman and the Lost City (2023). However, this film ended up being released after The Flash, so Keaton`s cameo was re-shot with Ben Affleck.
  • Armie Hammer was initially chosen to play Batman in Justice League. The role was eventually given to Ben Affleck.
  • Ben Affleck was initially considered to direct Justice League.
  • Ben Affleck began his career in 1984 as a child actor with the TV series The Voyage of the Mimi.
  • Ben Affleck's first professional acting role came at the age of 7. He appeared in a movie titled Dark End of the Street directed by a family friend.
  • Ben Affleck's mother had saved his wages that he earned as a child actor working for local productions hoping he would become a teacher. She was insecure about acting and considered it as a frivolous profession.
  • At age of 13, Ben Affleck filmed a children's television program in Mexico. He also learnt to speak Spanish while he spent his time in the country.
  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have known each other since their childhood (Affleck was 8 years old) and went to the same school - Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Damon was two years senior to Affleck.
  • During their early days in the industry, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon travelled together to New York to give auditions and also opened a joint bank account to buy airline and train tickets.
  • In 1989, at the age of 19, Ben Affleck appeared in a Burger King commercial.
  • While he was studying at the Occidental College, Los Angeles, Ben Affleck directed several student films.
  • In 1998, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon established the production company Pearl Street Films. They named the company after the street that ran between their childhood homes.
  • Ben Affleck is the first director to win a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, and Directors Guild of America Award for Best Director without having been nominated for the Academy Award in the same year. Affleck won the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, and Directors of America Award for the movie Argo but was not nominated for the Academy Award.
  • Ben Affleck was initially considered to direct his first solo Batman movie The Batman. However, the actor refused the offer citing huge amount of workload.
  • Ben Affleck owns the vintage Millipede and Pac-Man video-arcade games.
  • While filming the movie Reindeer Games (2000), Ben Affleck was accidently knocked down unconscious by football player Dana Stubblefield.
  • When Ben Affleck was young he asked his mother for a dog and his mother then asked him to pretend to walk an imaginary dog for a week. Affleck could do carry the task just for five days and eventually he didn't get the dog.
  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon sold the Good Will Hunting (1997) script they wrote for $600,000.
  • In June 2004, Ben Affleck won the California State Poker Championships and won $356,000. He defeated several poker champions in the tournament.
  • Ben Affleck was considered for the role of Billy Loomis in the movie Scream (1996). The role was eventually given to Skeet Ulrich.
  • Ben Affleck won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the movie Good Will Hunting in 1997 at the age of 25. This made him the youngest person to win the award.
  • Personal Quotes (6)

  • " I'm very insecure. I'm human, just like anybody else."
  • "The one benefit of having done all kinds of movies as an actor is, you learn the pros and cons of being tempted to do a really big movie because it costs a lot of money."
  • " You're basically the sum of all the experiences you've ever had, and they're sort of shaken up in you and reproduced in the things you create, and that includes seeing movies."
  • "Narcissism is the part of my personality that I am the least proud of, and I certainly don't like to see it highlighted in everybody else I meet."
  • "I feel like fame is wasted on me."
  • "Nobody I represent is pretending to be the pope or a role model for young people. People have to live their lives. They have the right to smoke if they want. "
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