Biography

Affleck is a talented actor, Oscar-winning screenwriter and promising director who shot to stardom in his twenties after a childhood acting career. In the '80s, the athletic actor appeared in a number of TV movies before making it to the big screen, notably as an anti-Semitic jock in the 1992 teen drama School Ties, costarring his future collaborator, Matt Damon. In 1995, he appeared in Mallrats, his first of many Kevin Smith comedies, but 1997 was Affleck's breakthrough year. First, he won raves as a comic-book artist in love with a lesbian in Smith's Chasing Amy. Then he and Damon cowrote and costarred in the drama Good Will Hunting, which earned the duo an Oscar for best original screenplay. He also began filming the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love with Gwyneth Paltrow, with whom he had a much-publicized off-screen relationship. Over the next several years, Affleck took on leading roles in films of all genres---action (Armageddon), romantic comedy (Forces of Nature) and drama (Pearl Harbor)---but it was another tabloid-grabbing romance, this time with Jennifer Lopez, that gained the most notice. Dubbed "Bennifer," the couple were stalked by the paparazzi until 2004, when they finally called it quits after starring together in two poorly received movies (Gigli and Smith's Jersey Girl).  Affleck successfully branched out into directing with the critically acclaimed Gone Baby Gone (2007), which starred his younger brother, Casey. Then, after taking a couple years off from acting, Affleck returned full-force in 2009, starring in the romantic comedies He's Just Not That Into You and Extract and the political thriller State of Play.

Fast Facts

  • At 12, appeared in the PBS science series The Voyage of the Mimi, and later played Madeline Kahn's son in an ABC Afterschool Special titled Wanted: The Perfect Guy.
  • Has appeared in several Kevin Smith films, including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Jersey Girl.
  • Vigorously campaigned for Al Gore and John Kerry and appeared at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
  • Testified before Congress in support of funding medical research for Ataxia-Telangiectasia after befriending a young boy who suffers from the degenerative disease.
  • An avid card player who has appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown.

Awards

  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Action Movie: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Winner
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  • 2012, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2015, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Humanitarian: Winner
  • 2013, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality): Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1998, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1997, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2015, Writers Guild Awards — The Valentine Davies Award: Winner
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Nominee
  • 2013, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2011, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: Nominee
  • 2006, Venice Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1998, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2012, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actor: Nominee
  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Atticus Affleck — Nephew
  • Samuel Garner Affleck — Son
  • Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck — Daughter
  • Chris Affleck — Mother
  • Gwyneth Paltrow — Ex-significant Other
  • Casey Affleck — Brother
  • Timothy Affleck — Father
  • Indiana Affleck — Nephew
  • Jennifer Garner — Wife (separated)
  • Jennifer Lopez — Ex-fiancée
  • Violet Anne Affleck — Daughter

College

  • Attended University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, United States; attended Occidental College, Eagle Rock, California, United States

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Details

  • Birth Name: Benjamin Geza Affleck
  • Birth Place: Berkeley, California, United States
  • Birthday: August 15, 1972, Leo
  • Profession: Actor, Screenwriter, Producer, Director