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Also Known As: Benjamin Gza Affleck Died:
Born: August 15, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Berkeley, California, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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Actor, writer and director Ben Affleck hit the Hollywood radar in 1997 as the co-writer and co-star of "Good Will Hunting," earning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay along with childhood best friend Matt Damon. In fact, the seemingly overnight ascent to stardom in tandem with Damon became one of the great "Hollywood" stories" of all time - rivaling Lana Turner being discovered at Schwab's Drugstore. Flying past the more understated Damon in terms of initial popularity and box office, the handsome, chiseled Affleck went on to achieve box office gold in uneven blockbusters like "Armageddon" (1998), "Pearl Harbor" (2001) and "Daredevil" (2003), as well as quirky Kevin Smith comedies "Chasing Amy" (1997) and "Dogma" (1999). But it was his extracurricular activities - dating famous actresses and ending up in rehab - that made him a magnet for media attention. His overexposed romance with actress-singer Jennifer Lopez - collectively known as "Bennifer" - and a string of flops threatened to banish Affleck to B-film status until concerted efforts to reclaim his private life and his celebrated directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone" (2007) and his subsequent efforts "The Town" (2010) and the Oscar-winning...

Actor, writer and director Ben Affleck hit the Hollywood radar in 1997 as the co-writer and co-star of "Good Will Hunting," earning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay along with childhood best friend Matt Damon. In fact, the seemingly overnight ascent to stardom in tandem with Damon became one of the great "Hollywood" stories" of all time - rivaling Lana Turner being discovered at Schwab's Drugstore. Flying past the more understated Damon in terms of initial popularity and box office, the handsome, chiseled Affleck went on to achieve box office gold in uneven blockbusters like "Armageddon" (1998), "Pearl Harbor" (2001) and "Daredevil" (2003), as well as quirky Kevin Smith comedies "Chasing Amy" (1997) and "Dogma" (1999). But it was his extracurricular activities - dating famous actresses and ending up in rehab - that made him a magnet for media attention. His overexposed romance with actress-singer Jennifer Lopez - collectively known as "Bennifer" - and a string of flops threatened to banish Affleck to B-film status until concerted efforts to reclaim his private life and his celebrated directorial debut "Gone Baby Gone" (2007) and his subsequent efforts "The Town" (2010) and the Oscar-winning "Argo" (2012) proved that perhaps Affleck's most underused talent was his ability to write his own happy ending.

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  Argo (2012)
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  Town, The (2010)
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 Gone Girl (2014)
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 Live by Night (2014)
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 Runner, Runner (2013)
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 Argo (2012)
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 Company Men, The (2010)
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 Town, The (2010)
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 State of Play (2009)
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 Extract (2009)
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Raised in Cambridge, MA
1984:
Appeared in PBS documentary series "The Voyage of the Mimi"
1986:
Made network TV debut on "Wanted: The Perfect Guy," an "ABC Afterschool Special"; played Madeline Kahn's son
1987:
TV miniseries debut, "Hands of a Stranger" (NBC)
1992:
Feature film debut, "School Ties"; also co-starred with childhood pal Matt Damon
1993:
Cast in regular role on the short-lived NBC series "Against the Grain"
1995:
Directed short film "I Murdered My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meathook and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney"
1996:
Sold his script "Good Will Hunting" to Miramax; co-written with Matt Damon; filmed and released in 1997 with both co-starring
1997:
Charmed critics and audiences as a comic book artist who falls for a bisexual woman in Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy"
1998:
Formed Pearl Street Productions with Matt Damon
1998:
Co-starred in the Michael Bay blockbuster "Armageddon"
1998:
Appeared opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes in the Academy Award-winning "Shakespeare in Love"
1999:
Played a bartender in the ensemble comedy-drama "200 Cigarettes"
1999:
Re-teamed with director Kevin Smith for "Dogma"; also re-teamed with Damon to play a pair of renegade angels
2000:
Joined ensemble cast of "The Boiler Room," a drama about Wall Street brokers
2000:
With Damon and backed by HBO and Miramax, sponsored Project Greenlight, a screenwriting competition that would result in a produced motion picture
2000:
Re-teamed with Gwyneth Paltrow for "Bounce"
2001:
Played leading role in WWII-era drama "Pearl Harbor"
2001:
With Damon, co-executive produced and acted in "The Third Wheel" (filmed in 1999), scripted by buddy Jay Lacopo
2001:
Made a brief appearance in Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back"; reprised role of Holden from "Chasing Amy" as well as appeared as himself
2002:
Executive produced and appeared in the HBO series "Project Greenlight" about the script writing contest he co-sponsored
2002:
Assumed the role of Jack Ryan (previously played by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford) in "The Sum of All Fears"
2002:
Served as an executive producer on "Stolen Summer"; winner of the Project Greenlight competition
2002:
Co-created (with Sean Bailey) and executive produced (with Matt Damon) short-lived ABC drama "Push, Nevada"
2003:
Cast as Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the blockbuster "Daredevil," based on the Marvel comic book character
2003:
Co-starred with Jennifer Lopez in box office flop "Gigli"
2003:
Played the lead in the John Woo thriller "Paycheck"
2004:
Re-teamed with director Kevin Smith for the romantic comedy "Jersey Girl"
2004:
Starred as a lonely guy who rents himself a family for the holidays in the comedy "Surviving Christmas"
2006:
Portrayed the 1950s "Superman" TV star George Reeves in "Hollywoodland"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2006:
Executive produced horror film "Feast," a result of the third season of the Project Greenlight contest
2007:
Directorial and writing debut, the feature adaptation of "Gone, Baby, Gone"; film based on the book by <i>Mystic River</i> author Dennis Lehane and starring his brother Casey Affleck
2009:
Played a congressman opposite Russell Crowe in the thriller "State of Play"
2009:
Played Jason Bateman's best friend in Mike Judge's "Extract"
2010:
Directed, wrote, and starred in "The Town," a crime drama based on Chuck Hogan's novel <i>Prince of Thieves</i>
2010:
Played a white-collar corporate employee who loses his job in John Wells' directing debut "The Company Men"
2012:
Directed, produced, and co-starred in political thriller "Argo"
2012:
Featured in Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder"
2013:
Cast as Batman in the sequel to "Man of Steel"
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Education

University of Vermont: Burlington , Vermont -
Occidental College: Eagle Rock , California -
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

Notes

In early August 2001, Affleck voluntarily entered the Promises rehabilitation facility in Malibu for treatment of alcohol abuse.

"My fantasy is that someday I'm independently wealthy enough that I'm not beholden to anybody, so I can run for Congress on the grounds that everyday people, be they singers or poets or bankers or lawyers or teachers, should be in government. The government shouldn't be controlled by a professional class of politicians."---Affleck quoted in GQ, May 2001.

Depsite making appearances during the 2000 US Presidential campaign and the US Senate campaign of Hilary Rodham Clinton, Affleck did not vote in the election as reported by the Internet site The Smoking Gun. (www.thesmokinggun.com)

"I'd come out of a really crazy time in my life where everything just seemed very out of control. I mean, this isn't a euphemism for a three-week stint at Hazelden or something. It's that my life changed so much so quickly that I lost any sense of who exactly I was. You struggle and you've got this shitheap car and this rathole apartment, and then you think, 'If I could just fix this, I'd be okay.' Then you can afford a new car and a nicer place, and what you're left with is the realization that that actually WASN'T your problem. I made some poor choices in terms of the direction I took my life in."---Affleck on why the script for "Bounce" appealed to him as quoted in Talk, October 2000.

"All of a sudden, you're confronted with a roomful of people who've seen your movies. For me there isn't a roomful of people who've seen my movies in the world. The extent of my fame is limited to record-store clerks with nose rings and tattoos."---Affleck commenting on having a film play at the Sundance Film Festival to GQ February 1998.

"Several things become apparent while spending a night drinking and gambling with Ben Affleck. The first is that he's more shrewd businessman than self-absorbed actor. He's a strategist who believes he's figured out a way to beat impossible odds. Whether he's playing blackjack, carving out a Hollywood career, or trying to ensure that a magazine cover story furthers his agenda, Affleck conveys a distinctly American optimism, a conviction that he will succeed by sheer force of his persistence, desire to win, and smarts. For an actor who is not a member of the Church of Scientology, he's strangely free of self-doubt."---From "Going All the Way" by Christine Spines in Premiere, August 1998.

"'Success exacerbates your personality traits.' In his case, those would be: 'Generosity, the capacity for consumption and spending money, the desire to keep busy and work. The worst one, probably, is the difficulty I have in letting other people talk."---Affleck quoted in Daily News, June 30, 1998.

"It's such a weird thing that the very same time that our friendship became so public, we never spent any time together because we were so busy working on different pictures, except for 'Dogma'. Before we were successful, we lived together and hung out together with a bunch of other guys from Cambridge [MA]. Now that we're busy, I don't see him enough."---Affleck on his relationship with Matt Damon Boston Globe, June 28, 1998.

"Ben's the real thing, He's got that square jaw, that real Americana look, without being pretty. Women want to be with him and men want to be like him, which is what movie stars are made of."---producer Jerry Bruckheimer to Details, July 1998.

"As an actor, you want to do more than the job. You want to be good because you care about the work and you want to get other jobs."---Ben Affleck to Chicago Tribune, December 19, 1997.

"We got into this conversation on the set of 'Armageddon'. I asked everyone 'How much would you charge to give some guy a blow job? What's your price?' Their initial reaction is 'Oh no, no way!' Then after a while, it's like, 'Do I have to swallow?'

'We're talking a briefcase full of cash. So where do you draw your line? Would you do it for $12 million? Fuck, yes! You're kidding, I'd do it for less. And yet $12 million is probably what Keanu [Reeves] passed up to do 'Speed 2'. So people scoff at the roles actors take. But who am I to judge? I've just admitted I'll suck dick for cash in front of a roomful of people."---Affleck quoted in GQ, February 1998.

"What's going to mean the most to me is being a father, being a husband, being a person of whom I can really be proud."---Affleck on marriage and family People June 24, 2002

"We're on the same page because we share a lot of the same life experiences. It's nice to have someone who understands where you're coming from."---Affleck on Matt Damon to Biography July 2002

"Ben's really loyal and really, really smart and really funny. He's got more going for him than just about anyone I've ever met."---Matt Damon People December 2, 2002

"He's totally normal. He's grounded. There's no ego-tripping allowed."---Miramax chief Harvey Weinstein People June 28, 2004

"I'm tired of doing the types of movies I'm best known for... I don't want to feel like a monkey with an organ grinder out there on Access Hollywood."---Affleck quoted in Details, November, 2004.

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companion:
Cheyenne Rothman. Dated on and off since high school; broke up in the fall of 1997.
companion:
Gwyneth Paltrow. Actor. Began dating in December 1997; co-starred together in "Shakespeare in Love"; reportedly separated in December 1998; later worked together in "Bounce" (2000), fueling speculation they had reconciled.
companion:
Shoshonna Lonstein. Fashion designer. Reportedly dated in fall 2000.
companion:
Jennifer Lopez. Actress, singer. Reportedly dating in July 2002; engaged as of November 2002; wedding date rumored to be September 14, 2003; wedding rumored to be postponed until a later date; rumored that Affleck ended relationship with Lopez in September 2003; reportedly reconciled in September 2003; reps for the couple confirmed that the engagement ended January 2004.
companion:
Jennifer Garner. Actor. Reportedly dating as of July 2004.
companion:
Enza Sambataro. TV account executive. Met at a fund-raiser in a Boston bowling alley; rumored to be dating as of June 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Timothy Affleck. Drug rehabilitation counselor, former bartender, former actor, auto mechanic, janitor. Divorced from Affleck's mother c. 1984; underwent treatment for alcohol addiction.
mother:
Chris Affleck. Teacher. Divorced from Affleck's father c. 1984.
brother:
Casey Affleck. Actor. Born on August 12, 1975; appeared as murdering teen in "To Die For".

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