Ben Affleck

Actor / Filmmaker

Born: 15 August 1972
Birthplace: Berkeley, California
Best known as:

The star and director of the Oscar-winning film Argo

Ben Affleck and his childhood friend Matt Damon wrote and starred in the 1998 film Good Will Hunting. The resulting Oscar for best original screenplay catapulted both to stardom as leading men. Ben Affleck had first appeared in independent films such as Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (1993) and the Kevin Smith movies Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997). He then began playing square-jawed heroes in big budget action movies such as Armageddon (1998, with Bruce Willis), Pearl Harbor (2001, with Josh Hartnett) and Daredevil (2003, with his future wife Jennifer Garner). While building his career as a Hollywood star, Affleck maintained his connection to Smith and has appeared in several of his comedies, including Dogma (1999), Jersey Girl (2004) and Clerks II (2006), and in 2007 he made his directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone. Ben Affleck's other movies as star include Paycheck (2003, based on a story by Philip K. Dick), Hollywoodland (2006, he played actor George Reeves), State of Play (2009, starring Russell Crowe) and The Company Men (2010, starring Tommy Lee Jones). As director (and co-star), Affleck has also done The Town (2010, with Jon Hamm) and Argo (2012), which also starred Affleck and won that year's Oscar for best picture.

Extra credit:

Ben Affleck is married to actress Jennifer Garner and they have three children: Violet (b. 2005),  Seraphina (b. 2009) and son Samuel (b. 2012)... Affleck also starred in The Sum of All Fears, becoming the third star to play Tom Clancy hero Jack Ryan; the CIA superstud was played by Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin in previous films... Ben Affleck became engaged to singer and actress Jennifer Lopez in 2002. The couple were dubbed "Bennifer" by tabloids, but broke up in January 2004... Ben Affleck previously was known for his extended sometimes-romantic friendship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow... His brother Casey Affleck is also an actor and the star of the Ben-directed film Gone Baby Gone (2007)... In August of 2001, Ben Affleck announced he had checked himself into a Malibu alcohol rehabilitation clinic, where he joined comedian Paula Poundstone and actor Robert Downey, Jr.

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