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An American actor, director, screenwriter and producer, Ben Affleck is well known for his impeccable acting skills

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BirthdayAugust 15, 1972
NationalityAmerican
FamousCollege Dropouts, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Directors, ESTP
City/StateCalifornia
SpousesJennifer Garner
SiblingsCasey Affleck
Known asBenjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt
Childrens Daughter - Violet Anne Affleck - Daughter - Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck - Son - Samuel Affleck
Universities
  • Cambridge Rindge and Latin School - Occidental College - University of Vermont
Birth PlaceBerkeley
Political IdeologyDemocratic Party
ReligionMethodist
Height192cm
GenderMale
FatherTimothy Byers Affleck
MotherChristine Anne
Net Worth$105 million
Sun SignLeo
Born inBerkeley
Famous asActor

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Who is Ben Affleck?

Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt or more famously known as Ben Affleck is an American movie star, director, script writer and producer. He was born in California and brought up in Massachusetts. 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 script writing. 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 two more movies: ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo’. He recently received a Golden Globe and BAFTA for his directional skills for ‘Argo’. He is married to actress Jennifer Garner for 10 years now and has three children with her. He is being considered for the role of Batman for the ‘Batman’ series and a lot of public speculation is being going around about it as people are still attached with Christian Bale’s performance of it.

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Childhood & Early Years

Ben Affleck was born 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.

Soon after his birth, his parents separated and they were officially divorced in 1984. After the divorce, Affleck and his siblings moved to Massachusetts.

Affleck was always interested in acting and did little stints like appearing in a Burger King advertisement. In 1984, he got a role in PBS miniseries called ‘The Voyage of the Mimi’. It was a science show that showed the crew of Mini exploring the ocean.

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’.

Career

After doing a series of role in 1990s like: ‘Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1990)’, ‘School Ties (1992)’, ‘Dazed and Confused (1993)’, ‘Mallrats (1995)’ and ‘Chasing Amy (1997)’, Affleck made a stint in direction with his 16 minute short comedy called ‘Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney’.

These were the early years when he made association with the director and writer Kevin Smith and starred in his movie ‘Jersey Girl’. He also made an appearance in Smith’s every ‘View Askenwniverse- Jersey’ film. Also, in the beginning of his career he appeared on several ‘Saturday Night Live’ episodes.

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 wrote it together to turn into a screen script. 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 nice 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 1998, Affleck bagged the role in an action movie called ‘Armageddon’ along with known Hollywood stars like Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler. The movie received mixed reviews but it was a commercial success.

In 1999, he worked with Sandra Bullock in ‘Forces of Nature’, which was a romantic comedy.

In 2000, Affleck did a small role in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ with his on and off girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow.

In 2001, Michael Bay, the director from ‘Armageddon’, again took up Affleck for his big feature ‘Pearl harbor’. The movie was a huge commercial hit but failed to get much credit from the critics.

In 2002, ‘The Sum of All Fears’ saw Affleck in the role of ‘Jack Ryan’. The movie is a techno-thriller that had people like Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin feature in its older versions.

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 2006, Affleck starred in HBO series called ‘Hollywoodland’, which was a biopic on the critically acclaimed and famous artist George Reeves. He received the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe.

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.

In 2010, Affleck’s second directorial venture ‘The Town’ was released. He co-wrote the script of the movie, which was based on the novel ‘Price of Thieves’. The movie received moderate reviews from the critics.

In 2012, he directed another movie called ‘Argo’ starring George Clooney in the lead role. He won a Golden Globe, Directors Guild of America awards, BAFTA award for his direction in the movie.

In 2013, he hosted the sketch comedy show 'Saturday Night Live'.

In 2014, Ben Affleck starred in the David Fincher's psychological thriller 'Gone Girl'. In the movie, he portrayed the character of a husband, who is accused of murder.

In 2016, he starred as Batman in superhero film 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. In 2017, he reprised his role as Batman in 'Justice League'.

Personal Life & Legacy

He was on and off in 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 2001, Affleck checked himself into a rehab for his drinking problem. He took help from his friend and actor Charlie Sheen to make a decision to spend some time in a rehab to recover from alcoholism.

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. Four days before the wedding they broke up.

In 2004, Affleck started dating his ‘Daredevil’ co-star Jennifer Garner and he made public statements saying that he wants to start a family and get settled.

In 2005 they got married in a secret ceremony in Haiti. They both have three children together and have homes in LA, Massachusetts, New York and Georgia.

In 2015, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their decision to separate and in April 2017 they filed for divorce.

Presently, Ben Affleck is dating television producer Lindsay Shookus.

Controversy

In October 2017, MTV correspondent Hilarie Burton accused Ben Affleck of groping her during a TRL appearance in 2001. She accused him of touching her breast while he gave her a hug. Ben Affleck publicly applogized for his inappropriate behaviour.

Trivia

Affleck and Matt Damon did a reality series on HBO called ‘Project Greenlight’ to help the talented screenwriters to realize their dreams.

Affleck worked towards raising money and awareness to fight against a rare disease called ataxia-telangiectasia, a genetic disease that causes neurological deterioration. He lobbied with Congress to raise money for additional research on the disease.

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Ben Affleck awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

2013Best Motion Picture of the YearArgo (2012)
1998Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenGood Will Hunting (1997)

Golden Globe Awards

2013Best Director - Motion PictureArgo (2012)
1998Best Screenplay - Motion PictureGood Will Hunting (1997)

BAFTA Awards

2013Best FilmArgo (2012)
2013Best DirectorArgo (2012)

Ben Affleck biography timelines

  • // 15th Aug 1972
    Ben Affleck was born 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.
  • // 1984
    Affleck was always interested in acting and did little stints like appearing in a Burger King advertisement. In 1984, he got a role in PBS miniseries called ‘The Voyage of the Mimi’. It was a science show that showed the crew of Mini exploring the ocean.
  • // 1990
    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’.
  • // 1990 To 1997
    After doing a series of role in 1990s like: ‘Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1990)’, ‘School Ties (1992)’, ‘Dazed and Confused (1993)’, ‘Mallrats (1995)’ and ‘Chasing Amy (1997)’, Affleck made a stint in direction with his 16 minute short comedy called ‘Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney’.
  • // 1997
    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 wrote it together to turn into a screen script. They both later acted in the movie which was a story about a complicated math genius who is a janitor at MIT.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, Affleck bagged the role in an action movie called ‘Armageddon’ along with known Hollywood stars like Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler. The movie received mixed reviews but it was a commercial success.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, he worked with Sandra Bullock in ‘Forces of Nature’, which was a romantic comedy.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, Affleck did a small role in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ with his on and off girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, Michael Bay, the director from ‘Armageddon’, again took up Affleck for his big feature ‘Pearl harbor’. The movie was a huge commercial hit but failed to get much credit from the critics.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, Affleck checked himself into a rehab for his drinking problem. He took help from his friend and actor Charlie Sheen to make a decision to spend some time in a rehab to recover from alcoholism.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, ‘The Sum of All Fears’ saw Affleck in the role of ‘Jack Ryan’. The movie is a techno-thriller that had people like Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin feature in its older versions.
  • // 2002
    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. Four days before the wedding they broke up.
  • // 2003
    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.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, Affleck started dating his ‘Daredevil’ co-star Jennifer Garner and he made public statements saying that he wants to start a family and get settled.
  • // 2005
    In 2005 they got married in a secret ceremony in Haiti. They both have three children together and have homes in LA, Massachusetts, New York and Georgia.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, Affleck starred in HBO series called ‘Hollywoodland’, which was a biopic on the critically acclaimed and famous artist George Reeves. He received the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe.
  • // 2007
    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.
  • // 2009
    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.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, Affleck’s second directorial venture ‘The Town’ was released. He co-wrote the script of the movie, which was based on the novel ‘Price of Thieves’. The movie received moderate reviews from the critics.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, he directed another movie called ‘Argo’ starring George Clooney in the lead role. He won a Golden Globe, Directors Guild of America awards, BAFTA award for his direction in the movie.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, Ben Affleck starred in the David Fincher's psychological thriller 'Gone Girl'. In the movie, he portrayed the character of a husband, who is accused of murder.
  • // 2015 To 2017
    In 2015, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner announced their decision to separate and in April 2017 they filed for divorce.
  • // 2016 To 2017
    In 2016, he starred as Batman in superhero film 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'. In 2017, he reprised his role as Batman in 'Justice League'.
  • // Oct 2017
    In October 2017, MTV correspondent Hilarie Burton accused Ben Affleck of groping her during a TRL appearance in 2001. She accused him of touching her breast while he gave her a hug. Ben Affleck publicly applogized for his inappropriate behaviour.

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Ben Affleck's FAQ

  • What is Ben Affleck birthday?

    Ben Affleck was born at 1972-08-15

  • Where is Ben Affleck's birth place?

    Ben Affleck was born in Berkeley

  • What is Ben Affleck nationalities?

    Ben Affleck's nationalities is American

  • Who is Ben Affleck spouses?

    Ben Affleck's spouses is Jennifer Garner

  • Who is Ben Affleck siblings?

    Ben Affleck's siblings is Casey Affleck

  • Who is Ben Affleck childrens?

    Ben Affleck's childrens is Daughter - Violet Anne Affleck - Daughter - Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck - Son - Samuel Affleck

  • What was Ben Affleck universities?

    Ben Affleck studied at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School - Occidental College - University of Vermont

  • What is Ben Affleck's political ideology?

    Ben Affleck's political ideology is Democratic Party

  • What is Ben Affleck's religion?

    Ben Affleck's religion is Methodist

  • How tall is Ben Affleck?

    Ben Affleck's height is 192

  • Who is Ben Affleck's father?

    Ben Affleck's father is Timothy Byers Affleck

  • Who is Ben Affleck's mother?

    Ben Affleck's mother is Christine Anne

  • What is Ben Affleck's sun sign?

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