Aug. 15th, 1972
Berkeley, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972), better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, producer, and screenwriter.
Affleck was born in Berkeley, California. His mother, Christine Anne "Chris" Affleck (Boldt), was a school district employee and teacher. His father, Timothy Byers Affleck, has been a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, writer, director, and actor with the Theater Company of Boston. Affleck's mother was a freedom rider in the 1960s; until her retirement, she was a public school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck. He has English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish, and French ancestry. The surname "Affleck" is of Scottish origin, and his middle name, "Géza", was the name of a family friend. He was raised in a mostly Episcopalian family.
Affleck's family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he was very young, and his parents divorced in 1984. At age eight, Affleck met 10-year-old 'Matt Damon', his lifelong friend and fellow actor, who lived two blocks away.They played little league together and took drama classes together. Damon is Affleck's tenth cousin, once removed, through a common New England ancestor. The two attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together, although they were in different grades. Affleck attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, as well as the University of Vermont, where he studied Middle Eastern affairs for one semester, but then dropped out to pursue his acting career.
Affleck'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' Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997) which were great for Ben's career, receiving renowned appreciation for his works at the Sundance film festival.
Affleck 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 of 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.
Affleck chose such roles in the blockbusters Armageddon (1998/I), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Pearl Harbor (2001). With these hits to his credit, Hollywood can't seem to get enough of Ben, with directors wanting him in their movies and companies wanting his screenplays. His inspirational story of hard work and amazing climb to the top has brought him what he deserves and Ben Affleck has shown no sign of slowing down.
Affleck had a high-profile romance with actress 'Gwyneth Paltrow' in 1998, following her breakup with actor 'Brad Pitt'. In 2002 he began dating actress/singer 'Jennifer Lopez', whom he had met while filming Gigli. The same year, his engagement to Lopez was announced, the two received much attention from the entertainment media. Despite a wedding planned for September 14, the couple broke up in 2004, both blaming the media attention.
He subsequently began seeing his Daredevil co‑star, actress 'Jennifer Garner', and the two were engaged after nine months of dating. Affleck and Garner were married on June 29, 2005, in Turks and Caicos, located in the Atlantic Ocean north of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The couple have three children: daughters Violet Anne (b. 2005) and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth (b. 2009), and son Samuel Garner (b. 2012). They have year-round homes in Los Angeles and Massachusetts, an apartment in New York, and a vacation home in Savannah, Georgia.
- His mother is Irish and father is Scottish.
- At one point after _Good Will Hunting (1997)_ (qv) was released, Affleck was writing a script with 'Matt Damon' (qv) and his brother 'Casey Affleck' (qv). The plot concerned teenagers in a half way house. It is not clear if this script will ever be completed.
- Auditioned for 'Corey Haim' (qv)'s part in _License to Drive (1988)_ (qv).
- Graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in 1990.
- (November 2008) Since late 2007 he has made four separate trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo to bring attention to the plight of that country.
- Dropped out of Occidental College after 1 year, where he had studied Middle Eastern studies.
- Dated 'Jennifer Lopez (I)' (qv) [July 2002 - January 2004].
- Was considered for the role of Billy Loomis in _Scream (1996/I)_ (qv).