Ben Affleck. biography
Benjamin Geza Affleck was born on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California and made his acting debut in The Dark End of the Street (1979) prior to appearing in the TV series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984) at the mere age of 10 and meeting his friend Matt Damon with whom he studied drama with while attending Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
Affleck attempted to attend the University of Vermont, but his acting inclinations guided him to the entertainment of the world, Hollywood. In 1992, he landed his first substantial role alongside his buddy Matt Damon in School Ties and later grabbed the attention of movie goers when he assumed the role of Fred O’Bannion in the cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993).
The young actor continued building a following with memorable roles in both Kevin Smith’s comedies Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997). That same year, Affleck starred alongside Matt Damon in the critically acclaimed drama Good Will Hunting (1997), which earned the talented actors and writers the 1998 Academy Award for Best Screenplay.
Affleck’s career began to take off in part of his Oscar win with a memorable performance in the blockbuster hit Armageddon (1998) with Bruce Willis, which earned $520 million at the box office worldwide. After starring in the Academy Award-winning Shakespeare in Love (1998) he reunited with Kevin Smith in the comedy Dogma (1999).
A year later, Affleck showed he was a versatile actor when he further tapped into his dramatic and action-filled side in Boiler Room (2000) as well as Reindeer Games (2000). He then returned to the box office market in the historical drama Pearl Harbor (2001) before checking into rehab stemming from alcohol abuse.
After completing rehab, Affleck and Matt established the production company LivePlanet. Through the company, the two created the documentary series Project Greenlight for which they took home three Emmy nominations. He then became a true action star when he starred in Sum of All Fears (2002) before transforming into a superhero in the box-office hit Daredevil (2003).
Affleck’s love life, however, sidetracked the star in part of starring opposite his then-fiancé Jennifer Lopez in the box-office plunder Gigli (2003). Soon after calling off their wedding, Affleck continued starring in lackluster films such as Paycheck (2004), Jersey Girl (2004) and the comedy Surviving Christmas (2004).
In 2006, Affleck starred in Smokin’ Aces, Hollywoodland, Clerks II and Man About Town before directing and co-writing the critically acclaimed crime drama Gone Baby Gone (2007). He went on to direct, co-write and co-star in the thriller The Town (2010) and later earned the 2013 Golden Globe for Best Director for the biopic drama Argo (2012).
Affleck’s most recent projects include, the crime thriller Runner Runner (2013) with Justin Timberlake, the 2014 crime drama Live by Night (director, writer and starring actor), and the thriller Gone Girl (2015) alongside Neil Patrick Harris.
Did you know...
Ben's teeth are capped
He was accidentally knocked unconscious during the filming of Reindeer Games
He and Matt Damon sold the Good Will Hunting script for $600,000
Checked into Promises rehab in 2001 due to alcoholism
He brought his mom as a date to the Academy Awards when he won for Good Will Hunting
Huge fan of the Boston Red Sox