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Ben Affleck Biography

Birth Name:
Benjamin Geza Affleck
Birth Place:
Berkeley, California, United States
Actor, screenwriter, producer, director

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
  • Involved in a mock-feud between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel, which has included the song "I'm F--king Ben Affleck" and Affleck smuggling Damon onto the set of Kimmel's show
  • Founded Pearl Street Films with childhood friend Damon, named for the street that ran between their houses


  • 2020People's Choice Awards-Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2013Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: winner
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2013David di Donatello Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 2013César Awards-Best Foreign Film: winner
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Leading Actor: nominated
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2013BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: winner
  • 2012Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner
  • 2012National Board of Review-Special Achievement in Filmmaking: winner
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2012Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Director: nominated
  • 2012Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: winner
  • 2011Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Action Movie: nominated
  • 2007National Board of Review-Best Directorial Debut: winner
  • 2007Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2007Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2007Oklahoma Film Critics Circle-Best First Feature: winner
  • 2007Chicago Film Critics Association-Most Promising Director: winner
  • 2007Boston Society of Film Critics-Best New Filmmaker: winner
  • 2007Austin Film Critics-Best First Film: winner
  • 2007Toronto Film Critics Association-Best First Film: nominated
  • 2006Venice Film Festival-Best Actor: winner
  • 2006Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Reality Program: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Non-Fiction Program (Reality): nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 1998Critics' Choice Awards-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1998Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1997Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated