Casey Affleck. biography
Born Caleb Casey Affleck on August 12, 1975, in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Casey was brought up alongside his brother Ben by their mother whom first encouraged them to act. After graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Casey moved to Los Angeles in hopes of launching his acting career.
In 1988, Casey made his acting debut in the TV series American Playhouse prior to gaining attention for his minor role in the TV mini-series The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990).
While his presence in Gus Van Sant’s crime comedy To Die For (1995) alongside Nicole Kidman helped boost his young career, it would be his supporting performance in Good Will Hunting (1997) that would ignite his celebrity status. Written by his brother and fellow-friend Matt Damon, the film went on to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay.
Casey then fully grabbed the attention of Hollywood and movie-goers with his breakthrough role as a thief in Ocean’s Eleven (2001) followed by the sequels Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) all alongside George Clooney.
In 2007, Casey’s critically acclaimed performance opposite Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford resulted in his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He earned additional praise for his role in the crime drama Gone Baby Gone, which was both directed and co-written by his brother Ben.
After starring alongside Kate Hudson in the thriller The Killer Inside Me (2010). Casey went on to star in the comedy Tower Heist (2011) with Ben Stiller and voiced the character of Mitch in ParaNorman (2012).
Casey’s most recent projects include, the crime drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013) opposite Rooney Mara, the thriller Out of the Furnace (2013) with Christian Bale, and the sci-fi flick Interstellar (2014) alongside Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey.
Did you know…
- He almost had his left arm amputated when he was five
- He and his brother have identical tattoos on their right shoulder blades
- He is a vegan
- He is a member of PETA
- His best friend is Joaquin Phoenix
- His favorite color is hazel