Ben Affleck

BirthDay:

15 Aug 1972

BirthPlace:

Berkeley, California, USA

BirthName:

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt

Bio:

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Chris Anne (née Boldt), is a school teacher, and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, is a social worker; the two are now divorced. Ben has a younger brother, actor Casey Affleck, who was born in 1975. He is of mostly English, Irish, German, and Scottish ancestry. His middle name, "Géza", is after a family friend.

Affleck wanted to be an actor ever since he could remember and his first acting experience was for a Burger King commercial, when he was on the PBS mini-series, The Voyage of the Mimi (1984). It was also at that age when Ben met his lifelong friend and fellow actor, Matt Damon. They played little league together and took drama classes together. Ben's teen years consisted of mainly TV movies and small television appearances including Hands of a Stranger (1987) and The Second Voyage of the Mimi (1988). He made his big introduction into feature films in 1993 when he was cast in Dazed and Confused (1993). After that, he did mostly independent films like Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997) which were great for Ben's career, receiving renowned appreciation for his works at the Sundance film festival. But the success he was having in independent films didn't last much longer and things got a little shaky for Ben. He was living in an apartment with his brother Casey and friend Matt, getting tired of being turned down for the big roles in films and being given the forgettable supporting ones. Since Matt was having the same trouble, they decided to write their own script, where they could call all the shots. So, after finishing the script for Good Will Hunting (1997), they gave it to their agent Patrick Whitesell, who showed it to a few Hollywood studios, finally being accepted by Castlerock. It was great news for the two but Castlerock wasn't willing to give Ben and Matt the control over the project they were hoping for. It was friend Kevin Smith who took it to the head of Miramax who bought the script giving Ben and Matt the control they wanted and, in December 5, 1997, Good Will Hunting (1997) was released, making the two unknown actors famous. The film was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and won two, including Best Original Screenplay for Ben and Matt. The film marked Ben's breakthrough role, in which he was given for the first time the chance to choose roles instead of having to go through grueling auditions constantly. He chose such roles in the blockbusters Armageddon (1998), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Pearl Harbor (2001).

In the early years of the 2000s, Affleck also starred in the box office hits Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), and Daredevil (2003), as well as the disappointing comedies Gigli (2003) and Surviving Christmas (2004). In the several years following, he played supporting roles, including in the films Smokin' Aces (2006), He's Just Not That Into You (2009), State of Play (2009), and Extract (2009). He ventured into directing in 2007, with the thriller, Gone Baby Gone (2007), which starred his brother, Casey Affleck, and was well received. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in The Town (2010), which was named to the National Board of Review Top Ten Films of the year. For the political thriller Argo (2012), which he directed and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award for Best Picture (Affleck's second Oscar win).

In 2014, Affleck headlined the book adaptation thriller Gone Girl (2014). He starred as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).

Affleck married actress Jennifer Garner in 2005. The couple has three children.
Filmography

Actor ( 173 credits )

Justice League (2017) Bruce Wayne / Batman
Witness for the Prosecution (2017)
Live by Night (2016) Joe Coughlin
The Accountant (2016)
Suicide Squad (2016) Bruce Wayne / Batman
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) Bruce Wayne / Batman
Gone Girl (2014) Nick Dunne
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Batman (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Official 2013 World Series Film (2013) Himself - Narrator
Runner Runner (2013) Ivan Block
Movie Guide (2013)  Ivan Block (1 episode, 2013)
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Media Buzz (2013)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Ok! TV (2013)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
To the Wonder (2012) Neil
Argo (2012) Tony Mendez
The Hollywood Fast Lane (2012)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2012)
CBS This Morning (2012)  Himself - Gone Girl (1 episode, 2014)
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
MSN Exclusives (2012)  Himself (2013)
1002 Momentos de la tele (2012)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
Special Look (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Rotten Tomatoes (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Big Morning Buzz Live with Carrie Keagan (2011)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Anderson Live (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
The Town (2010) Doug MacRay
The Company Men (2010) Bobby Walker
Daybreak (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Conan (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2016)
Extract (2009) Dean
State of Play (2009) Stephen Collins
He's Just Not That Into You (2009) Neil
Tosh.0 (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
2009 World Series of Poker (2009)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
ES.TV HD (2009)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
A polos 25 (2009)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Tellement People (2008)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Tony Medez in 'Argo' (1 episode, 2012)
DP/30: Conversations About Movies (2007)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2010)
Movie Connections (2007)  Ned Alleyn (uncredited) (1 episode, 2007)
TMZ on TV (2007)  Himself / ... (1 episode, 2014)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (3 episodes, 2007-2012)
Reel Junkie (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
American Greed (2007)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2008)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Manufacturing Dissent: Uncovering Michael Moore (2007) Himself - at 75th Annual Academy Awards (archive footage) (uncredited)
Smokin' Aces (2006) Jack Dupree
Hollywoodland (2006) George Reeves
Clerks II (2006) Gawking Guy
Man About Town (2006) Jack Giamoro
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Movie Rush (2006)  Himself
La rentadora (2006) (1 episode, 2007)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
Project Greenlight 3 (2005)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Surviving Christmas (2004) Drew Latham
Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) Himself (archive footage)
Jersey Girl (2004) Ollie Trinke
ESPN 25: Who's #1? (2004)  Himself (4 episodes, 2004-2006)
The Biggest Loser (2004)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2009)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party (2004) Himself
Paycheck (2003) Jennings
Gigli (2003) Larry Gigli
Daredevil (2003) Matt Murdock / Daredevil
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (7 episodes, 2008-2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)  Himself (7 episodes, 2005-2012)
X-Play (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Celebrity Poker Showdown (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2004)
4Pop (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
World Poker Tour (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Project Greenlight 2 (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003)
Extra (2003)  Himself (archive footage) (unknown episodes)
Shownieuws (2003)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2007)
It's Good to Be... (2003)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2003)
The Third Wheel (2002) Michael
The Sum of All Fears (2002) Jack Ryan
Changing Lanes (2002) Gavin Banek
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Player$ (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Secrets of Superstar Fitness (2002)  Himself
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) Holden McNeil / Ben Affleck
Daddy and Them (2001) Lawrence Bowen
Pearl Harbor (2001) Capt. Rafe McCawley
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Project Greenlight (2001)  Himself (6 episodes, 2001-2002)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Richard & Judy (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Live Lunch (2001)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2001)
Bounce (2000) Buddy Amaral
Reindeer Games (2000) Rudy Duncan
Boiler Room (2000) Jim Young
Lux (2000)  Himself (2001)
Dogma (1999) Bartleby
Forces of Nature (1999) Ben Holmes
200 Cigarettes (1999) Bartender
Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999)  Man at Store (uncredited) (1 episode, 2009)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Exclusif (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Shakespeare in Love (1998) Ned Alleyn
Armageddon (1998) A.J. Frost
Phantoms (1998) Sheriff Bryce Hammond
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (2 episodes, 2002-2004)
El gordo y la flaca (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Fox and Friends (1998)  Himself - Gone Girl (3 episodes, 2014)
T4 (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Office Killer (1997) Man in Office (scenes deleted)
Good Will Hunting (1997) Chuckie Sullivan
Chasing Amy (1997) Holden McNeil
Going All the Way (1997) Tom 'Gunner' Casselman
The View (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2006)
¡Despierta América! (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 1998-2000)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2004-2013)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (8 episodes, 2003-2014)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 2002-2008)
Mallrats (1995) Shannon
Glory Daze (1995) Jack
MADtv (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Extra (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Primer impacto: edición nocturna (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Dazed and Confused (1993) Fred O'Bannion
Almost Home (1993)  Kevin Johnson (1 episode, 1993)
Against the Grain (1993)  Joe Willie Clemons (8 episodes, 1993)
GMTV (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
School Ties (1992) Chesty Smith
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) Basketball Player #10 (uncredited)
Dateline NBC (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (5 episodes, 1999-2009)
Lifestories: Families in Crisis (1992)  Aaron Henry (1 episode, 1994)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1998-2009)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012)
E! News (1991)  Himself (4 episodes, 2014)
Field of Dreams (1989) Baseball Fan at Fenway Park (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2003-2014)
The Second Voyage of the Mimi (1988)  C.T. Granville
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (3 episodes, 2004-2007)
The Voyage of the Mimi (1984)  C.T. Granville
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
Headline News (1982)  Chuckie Sullivan (uncredited) (1 episode, 2006)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (20 episodes, 2003-2014)
The Dark End of the Street (1981) Tommy
CBS News Sunday Morning (1979)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003-2012)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host / ... (7 episodes, 1999-2013)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
ABC Afterschool Specials (1972)  Danny Coleman (1 episode, 1986)
Film '72 (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Justice League Part Two (0) Bruce Wayne / Batman
The Batman (0) Bruce Wayne / Batman

Producer ( 17 credits )

Justice League (2017) executive producer
Witness for the Prosecution (2017) producer
Live by Night (2016) producer
Incorporated (2016) executive producer (unknown episodes)
The Runner (2016) executive producer
Argo (2012) producer
Feast (2005) executive producer
Project Greenlight 3 (2005) executive producer (11 episodes, 2005)
The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003) executive producer
Project Greenlight 2 (2003) executive producer (10 episodes, 2003)
Speakeasy (2002) executive producer
The Third Wheel (2002) executive producer
Push, Nevada (2002) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Stolen Summer (2002) producer
Project Greenlight (2001) executive producer (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Crossing Cords (2001) executive producer
The Batman (0) producer

Writer ( 6 credits )

Live by Night (2016) (screenplay)
The Town (2010) (screenplay) &
Gone Baby Gone (2007) (screenplay) &
Push, Nevada (2002) (creator) (8 episodes, 2002)
Good Will Hunting (1997) (written by)
The Batman (0) (screenplay)

Director ( 7 credits )

Witness for the Prosecution (2017)
Live by Night (2016)
Argo (2012)
The Town (2010)
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meathook, and Now I Have a Three Picture Deal at Disney (1993)
The Batman (0)

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