Ben Affleck
American Actor
Ben Affleck
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, writer, and producer. He became known with his performances in Kevin Smith's films such as Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), and Dogma (1999).
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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner file for divorce
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After announcing their split in 2015, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have officially filed for divorce.
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Hollywood's Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner file for divorce
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(Reuters) - Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner officially filed for divorce nearly two years after the Hollywood A-list couple split, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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New 'Justice League' trailer brings Batman a bit of self-awareness
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Can new jokes and three new DC superheroes make audiences fall in love with the new “Justice League” movie? Warner Bros. certainly hopes so. Check out the brand new hyper-styled and action-packed new trailer for the all-star superhero team-up. Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Batman (Ben Affleck), Aquaman...
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Ben Affleck's Return to Rehab: 5 Facts About Addiction Relapse
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Actor Ben Affleck recently announced that he had completed rehab for alcohol addiction for at least the second time — a scenario that is not uncommon among people who experience alcoholism. In a Facebook post on Tuesday (March 14), Affleck said he had successfully completed a treatment program for alcohol addiction. The actor previously went to rehab for alcoholism in 2001, when he was 29 years old, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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In 'Song To Song,' Ryan Gosling And Rooney Mara Dance Through A Terrence Malick Romance
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Ben Affleck says he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Ben Affleck said on Tuesday that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction, saying he wanted to "be the best father I can be."
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Ben Affleck shares he's completed treatment for 'alcohol addiction'
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Ben Affleck has revealed he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction.
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Ben Affleck completes addiction treatment
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Ben Affleck has revealed he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ben Affleck
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 43
    Affleck will star as an accountant who moonlights as a lethal assassin in Gavin O'Connor's thriller The Accountant in October 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Affleck's fourth directorial project, Live by Night, is currently in post-production and is scheduled for release in January 2017. The Prohibition-era gangster drama, adapted by Affleck from the Dennis Lehane novel, co-stars Affleck, Chris Messina, Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller, Chris Cooper, Elle Fanning and Brendan Gleeson. Affleck has a number of projects in development at Warner Bros., with Sue Kroll, president for worldwide marketing and distribution, describing him as “an important part of the Warner Bros. family. We look forward to making great movies with him for years to come.” He is expected to direct and star in The Batman, and is co-writing a script with Geoff Johns. Affleck, who once worked on an adaptation of The Stand and was in contention to direct both Man of Steel and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, initially accepted the role of Batman partly because he wanted "a refresher course" in large-scale film making. Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Nathaniel Philbrick's "Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution" in 2013 as a potential directing vehicle for Affleck and, in 2016, it was announced that Aaron Stockard is writing an adapted screenplay for the project. He is also expected to direct and star in Fox's adaptation of Agatha Christie's "The Witness for the Prosecution".
    Affleck reprised his role as Batman in Suicide Squad in August 2016, and will again star as the character in Justice League films in both 2017 and 2019.
    More Details Hide Details Following a viral video interview in which Affleck appeared unamused by Batman v Supermans poor reviews, he was made an executive producer of the Justice League films. He will have some input in script and post-production decisions.
    Affleck played Batman in the 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    More Details Hide Details While the announcement of his casting was met with intense fan backlash, his performance ultimately met with a positive reception, despite the film itself being negatively received. Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times remarked: "All the Internet resistance to Affleck being cast as Batman seems silly when you see him... There’s not a moment when we don’t believe Affleck as Bruce Wayne or as Batman." Andrew Barker of Variety found him "a winningly cranky, charismatic presence" while Brian Truitt of USA Today enjoyed his "strong take" on the character: "Affleck’s Batman is a surprisingly emotional one. He seamlessly moves between Batman and Bruce Wayne." Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said the character was "convincingly played by a committed Affleck", Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal found him "impressive, within the script’s limits" while Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post praised a "terrific" performance.
  • 2015
    Age 42
    We tend to separate ourselves from these things by going like, 'It’s just dry history, and it’s all over now.'" Later, Affleck told host Henry Louis Gates Jr. that he "was uneasy about the slave owner" and the information was not included in the show’s final cut; this became public knowledge during the 2015 Sony email hacking scandal.
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    Each of his three children were baptised as members of the United Methodist Church in his wife's hometown of Charleston, West Virginia and, in 2015, he and his family began attending Methodist church services in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The surname "Affleck" is of Scottish origin. Affleck has Scottish, English, Irish, German, and Swiss ancestry. He appeared on the PBS genealogy series Finding Your Roots in 2014. When told during filming that an ancestor had been a slave owner in Georgia, Affleck responded: "God. It gives me kind of a sagging feeling to see a biological relationship to that. But, you know, there it is, part of our history...
    Paltrow reflected on her time with Affleck in a 2015 interview: "He's super intelligent, and really, really talented.
    More Details Hide Details And he's funny. But he wasn't in a good place in his life to have a girlfriend... I like him. I'm friends with him still."
    Affleck and Garner announced their intention to divorce on June 30, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details In a 2016 Vanity Fair profile, Garner commented: “He’s the love of my life. What am I going to do about that? He’s the most brilliant person in any room, the most charismatic, the most generous. He’s just a complicated guy. I always say, ‘When his sun shines on you, you feel it.’ But when the sun is shining elsewhere, it’s cold. He can cast quite a shadow.” Garner also addressed tabloid reports that Affleck had an affair with their children's nanny: "We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny. She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce." Post-separation, both Affleck and Garner continue to live with their children in a Cliff May-designed ranch in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. Additional residences included an apartment in Manhattan, New York, a ski chalet at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana, a beachhouse at Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean Club in the Bahamas and a Greek Revival-style home with an 83-acre estate on the secluded Hampton Island near Savannah, Georgia.
    In 2015, Affleck donated to the campaign of Senate candidate Kamala Harris while, in 2016, he donated to the congressional campaign of Melissa Gilbert.
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    In 2015, he donated to Clinton's presidential campaign fund.
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    In 2015, Affleck testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Projects while, in early 2016, he was a speaker at the Starkey Expo.
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    In 2015, Affleck and Damon's Project Greenlight was resurrected by HBO to take advantage of the new forms of technology available to entrants.
    More Details Hide Details The fourth season was plagued with controversy surrounding the issue of diversity and the treatment of African-American producer Effie T. Brown. Brown later said, "Ben Affleck was the cat who had my back disputes with co-workers. Ben is down. That was surprising to me. I thought it would be Matt, who has this liberal reputation." However, she noted that Affleck mistakenly referred to her as the film's line producer rather than producer.
    Affleck has two daughters and a son with Garner, from whom he separated in June 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 41
    In 2014, Affleck made a further donation to Grimes' Senate campaign through the Kentucky State Democratic Party.
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    In 2014, Affleck said that, while he looks "at working in politics again with a more jaundiced eye," a Clinton presidency would be "exciting... 100 years after women got the right to vote."
    More Details Hide Details Affleck is a friend of Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
  • 2013
    Age 40
    In 2013, he hosted a fundraiser for Senate candidate Cory Booker, and made donations to the campaigns of both Booker and Alison Lundergan Grimes.
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    In 2013, in celebration of "Joe Kindregan's 25th birthday as well as our 15 years of friendship with Joe and his family," Affleck and his wife Jennifer Garner matched donations made to the A-T Children's Project.
    More Details Hide Details Also in 2013, he appeared in CinemAbility, a film documentary which explores Hollywood's portrayals of people with disabilities. Affleck visited troops stationed in the Persian Gulf during a USO-sponsored tour in 2003 and is now a supporter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. He first became aware of Paralyzed Veterans of America's work in 2008 after winning their charity poker tournament during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He held a Paralyzed Veterans of America benefit at the 2010 premiere of The Town, and filmed public service announcements for the organization in both 2009 and 2014. Previously, he supported Operation Gratitude, appearing on Live with Regis and Kelly in 2007 to raise awareness of their work. In both 2007 and 2008, he volunteered at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California, helping to put together Operation Gratitude care packages for overseas troops.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 39
    In 2012, Affleck hosted a fundraiser for Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, endorsed her in a Progressive Change Campaign Committee video, and made a campaign donation.
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    Affleck did not actively campaign for Obama's reelection in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details However, he stated: "I like the president, I’m going to vote for the president." "I don't feel disappointed his performance. I'm someone who views politics practically." In 2000, Affleck introduced Senate candidate Hillary Clinton at a Cornell University rally and helped fundraise for her campaign. Affleck, who first met the Clintons at Camp David in 1998, pointed to the First Lady's work with children, women and "working families." Affleck supported Obama during the 2008 Democratic Primary, noting that Clinton had "moved toward the center" during the campaign. In his role as an advocate with the Eastern Congo Initiative, Affleck has spoken at several events with both Bill and Hillary Clinton.
    In 2012, political pundits and Democratic strategists including Bob Shrum and Tad Devine speculated that Affleck was considering running for a Massachusetts Senate seat.
    More Details Hide Details Affleck denied the rumor, joking: "Also won't be throwing my hat in the ring to run the U.N." In 2014, Affleck again expressed disillusionment with partisan politics and political fundraising but did not rule out running for office "when I'm 55, 65 or 75."
    In 2012, Affleck praised Senator John McCain's "leadership" in defending Huma Abedin against anti-Muslim attacks.
    More Details Hide Details Affleck is an admirer of the late Howard Zinn. Affleck and Matt Damon mentioned Zinn in their Good Will Hunting screenplay and acted as executive producers on a proposed adaptation of "A People's History of the United States". Affleck read excerpts from the book at the History of Progressive America event during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Following his death in 2010, Affleck described Zinn as "one of the great voices in the American political life... I was lucky enough to know him personally, and I will carry with me what I learned from him - and try to impart it to my own children - in his memory." In 2004, Affleck said he believes "more in people than political parties... I know some pretty exceptional people who are Republicans." Also that year, he described President George W. Bush as "a collegial, affable, kind guy... I think when you demonize your political opponent, you do yourself a disservice because you stop talking about what's important... I happen to disagree with most of his policies, but I respect the man." In 2014, while testifying before Congress about issues in the Congo, he remarked: "Our Republican friends have perhaps been better on Africa than my party."
    In a 2012 interview, Affleck said he owns several guns, both for skeet shooting and for the protection of his family. (His wife's stalker was deemed insane in 2010, placed in a mental ward and ordered to stay away from the Affleck family for 10 years.) Affleck does not support the death penalty.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, Affleck appeared alongside then-Senator Barack Obama at a rally in support of Proposition 87, which sought to reduce petroleum consumption in favour of alternative energy. In 2007, he appeared in a global warming awareness video produced by the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Also that year, Affleck admitted he was not "particularly good at being green" and, in 2014, he named "a 1966 Chevelle" as his guilty pleasure.
    In 2012, he supported the Draw the Line campaign, describing reproductive rights as "fundamental."
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    Also that year, President of Rwanda Paul Kagame was photographed arriving at Affleck's Los Angeles home; Affleck had testified before Congress in 2012 about the Rwandese government's support of rebel groups in eastern Congo.
    More Details Hide Details In early 2014, he and US Special Envoy Russ Feingold testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and met with Secretary of State John Kerry. He also spoke at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards, where Denis Mukwege was honored.
    Later in 2012, Affleck testified before the House Armed Services Committee and met with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, Affleck introduced the Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste at a TED conference and began developing an Africa-set film.
    During the Kony 2012 campaign, Affleck wrote an essay for The Huffington Post.
    More Details Hide Details While welcoming increased awareness of the issue of child soldiers, he warned that Western 'saviours' are "ineffectual at best and deadly at worst" and stressed the importance of funding "remarkable local organisations."
    In 2012, he spoke alongside Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Washington's Child Survival: Call to Action Forum and alongside Senator John McCain at the Sedona Forum.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote op-eds for The Washington Post and Politico.
  • 2011
    Age 38
    Also in 2011, Affleck was a speaker at the Global Philanthropy Forum.
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    In 2011, Affleck and Cindy McCain, an ECI board member, testified before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.
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  • 2010
    Age 37
    In 2010, he wrote a column for The Washington Post, contributed an essay to The Enough Moment and appeared as a panelist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
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    In 2010, Affleck and Whitney Williams co-founded the Eastern Congo Initiative.
    More Details Hide Details Early investors included Howard Graham Buffett, Google, Laurene Powell Jobs, Pam Omidyar and Cindy McCain. ECI acts as a grant maker for Congolese-led, community-based organizations. ECI, with two employees in the US and 12 in the Congo, fundraises, makes grants and offers capacity-building support to over 20 charities. These local charities support survivors of rape and sexual violence, help to reintegrate child soldiers into their communities, promote economic opportunity, increase access to health care and education, and promote community-level peace and reconciliation. In an effort to create sustainable wealth, ECI offers training and resources to cooperatives of Congolese farmers while leveraging public-private partnerships. In 2010, ECI partnered cacao farmers with Seattle-based Theo Chocolate and, as of 2014, Theo is the biggest sourcer of cocoa beans in the Congo. In 2011, ECI began supporting coffee farmers to increase the quality and quantity of their crop production; Starbucks began exporting their coffee beans in 2015.
    In 2010, Affleck starred in The Company Men as a mid-level sales executive who is made redundant during the financial crisis.
    More Details Hide Details David Denby of The New Yorker declared that Affleck "gives his best performance yet" while Richard Corliss of Time found he "nails Bobby's plunge from hubris to humiliation." Following the modest success of Gone Baby Gone, Warner Bros. began to develop a close working relationship with Affleck and offered him his choice of the studio's scripts. He chose to direct the crime drama The Town (2010), an adaptation of Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. He also starred in and co-wrote the film. A.O. Scott of The New York Times praised Affleck's "skill and self-confidence as a director." Claudia Puig of USA Today remarked: "Affleck has a keen eye for cinematic stories... He may be en route to master-filmmaker status." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times noted: "Affleck has the stuff of a real director. Everything is here. It's an effective thriller, he works closely with actors, he has a feel for pacing." Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times praised his "genuine gift for directing." The film was a box office success. Jeremy Renner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor while Pete Postlethwaite was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. Also in 2010, Affleck and Damon's production company, Pearl Street Films, signed a first-look producing deal at Warner Bros.
  • 2009
    Age 36
    In 2009, he wrote an essay for Time, spoke at the Global Leadership Awards, and served as an executive producer of the HBO documentary film Reporter, which focused on Kristof's work in the Congo.
    More Details Hide Details After five visits to eastern Congo between 2007 and early 2010, Affleck developed "a clearer sense of what I wanted to do... What I found was that the people doing the best work, with the real expertise, who understood what was needed intuitively, just like they would in my neighborhood, who knew who the guy was to talk to, were community-based organizations."
  • 2008
    Age 35
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Affleck expressed concerns about conspiracy theories claiming Obama was an Arab or a Muslim: "This prejudice that we have allowed to fester in this campaign... the acceptance of both of those things as a legitimate slur is really a problem...
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    He also spoke at the Combating Global Poverty event during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
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    During two 2008 trips, Affleck reported on the humanitarian crisis for ABC News Nightline and directed a short film, Gimme Shelter, for the UN Refugee Agency.
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  • 2007
    Age 34
    He donated to Obama's presidential campaign in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In 2008, Affleck supported Obama during the Democratic Primary, hosted a political fundraiser for his campaign and attended other fundraising events. Affleck urged voters to "help make history" in a MoveOn.org campaign and made several appearances during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In the week of the election, Affleck appeared on Saturday Night Live to playfully endorse Senator John McCain because "my support has the opposite effect." He later attended inauguration celebrations in Washington.
    In 2007, Affleck was the keynote speaker at Kindregan's high school graduation ceremony in Fairfax, Virginia.
    More Details Hide Details Kindregan appeared as an extra in Affleck's Argo (2012).
    Affleck began to explore the possibility of becoming more actively involved in philanthropy in 2007 and was drawn to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's coverage of human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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  • 2006
    Age 33
    In 2006, Affleck contributed to Cory Booker’s Newark mayoral campaign.
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, Affleck introduced Congressmen Joe Courtney and Chris Murphy at rallies in Connecticut. In 2008, he donated to the Congressional campaign of Pennsylvania's Patrick Murphy while, in 2010, he donated to the Senate campaign of Kirsten Gillibrand.
    Also in 2006, he made a cameo in Smith's Clerks II.
    More Details Hide Details While Affleck remains a fan of Smith's work, they have had little contact since the making of Clerks II. Affleck made his feature film directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone (2007), a crime drama set in a working-class Boston neighbourhood, starring his brother Casey. Affleck co‑wrote the screenplay, based on the book by Dennis Lehane, with childhood friend Aaron Stockard, having first mentioned his intention to adapt the story in 2003. It opened to rave reviews. Jim Ridley of the Village Voice remarked: "Affleck has created something of a blue-moon rarity: an American movie of genuine moral complexity." Claudia Puig of USA Today described it as "an auspicious debut as a filmmaker" while Manohla Dargis of The New York Times praised the film's "sensitivity to real struggle... Mr. Affleck doesn’t live in these derelict realms, but, for the most part, he earns the right to visit." Similarly, Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter praised the "thoughtful, deeply poignant, splendidly executed" film. Amy Ryan received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
  • 2005
    Age 32
    After marrying actress Jennifer Garner in 2005, and celebrating the birth of their first child, Affleck began to stage a career comeback in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details While both Man About Town and Smokin' Aces were little-seen, Affleck won acclaim for his performance as George Reeves in the noir biopic Hollywoodland. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone praised "an award-caliber performance... This is feeling, nuanced work from an actor some of us had prematurely written off." Geoffrey Macnab of The Guardian wrote: "He plays the part beautifully, capturing the character's curious mix of charm, vulnerability and fatalism." Manohla Dargis of The New York Times found Affleck "more than up to the task" of portraying Reeves as a tragic figure but was dismayed that he had "given this exasperating film far more than it gives in return." He was awarded the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor.
    Following high-profile relationships with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 31
    He won the 2004 California State Poker Championship, taking home the first prize of $356,400 and qualifying for the 2004 World Poker Tour final tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Also in 2004, he repeatedly denied tabloid reports of a gambling addiction. Affleck played in private, high-stakes poker games held in Los Angeles-area homes and hotel suites in the mid-2000s. The game organizer, Molly Bloom, later wrote a memoir in which she described Affleck as a "smart" player with "a relaxed charisma" who "liked to limit his downside... He never lost a great deal. He usually won." In 2014, Affleck was banned from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, after a series of wins aroused suspicion that he was counting cards. While legal, the gambling strategy is frowned upon by casinos. Affleck gained recognition as a writer when he, in 1997, won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote and co-starred with actor Matt Damon. He directed and starred in Argo (2012), which won him the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, and Directors Guild Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, the Producers Guild Award, the Academy Award for Best Picture.
    Affleck began dating actress Jennifer Garner in mid-2004, having established a friendship on the sets of Pearl Harbor (2001) and Daredevil (2003). They were married on June 29, 2005, in a private Turks and Caicos ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details Victor Garber, who officiated the ceremony, and his partner Rainer Andreesen were the only guests. Affleck and Garner have three children: daughters Violet Anne (b. December 2005) and Seraphina "Sera" Rose Elizabeth (b. January 2009), and son Samuel "Sam" Garner (b. February 2012).
    Affleck was very involved in the 2004 presidential campaign of John Kerry.
    More Details Hide Details Early in the campaign, he took part in a voter registration PSA and attended fundraisers for Kerry. During the Democratic National Convention, Affleck was highly visible, speaking to many delegations, appearing on political discussion shows and attending fundraising events. The Washington Post profiled Affleck, describing him as "a natural. He shakes hands, singles out little kids, speaks Spanish, writes his own speeches and adapts them to the audience... Affleck doesn't speak in lefty cliches. He sounds like a party man, if not exactly original, then as cogent as the average House member. He doesn't have the usual Hollywood causes – Tibet, acid rain, world peace – and instead subscribes to the party platform, with the exception of gun control." Affleck then traveled with Kerry during the opening weekend of his Believe in America Tour, making speeches at rallies in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.
    Affleck was a longtime supporter of legalizing gay marriage, saying in 2004 that he hoped to look back on the marriage debate "with some degree of embarrassment for how antiquated it was."
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, he remarked that it was "outrageous and offensive" to suggest members of the transgender community were not entitled to equal rights. In 2005, he appeared alongside his openly gay cousin in a Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays print advertising campaign. Affleck is a supporter of the Second Amendment. In 2003, he applied for a Georgia Weapons Carry License in the state of Georgia, where he owns a home.
    The Los Angeles Times published a piece on the downfall of Affleck's career in late 2004: "While the critics see Affleck as a big piñata and the tabloids see him as a reader magnet, few industry professionals seem to be gloating over Affleck's travails."
    More Details Hide Details Various producers and agents were interviewed, with Harvey Weinstein commenting: "He's one of the sweetest people I've ever met in this industry... a great guy with an incredible personality and talent. I think the sky's the limit when he wants to focus. And he will."
    Affleck's poor critical notices continued in 2004 when he starred in the romantic comedy Jersey Girl, directed by longtime collaborator Smith.
    More Details Hide Details Stephen Holden of The New York Times described Affleck as an actor "whose talent has curdled as his tabloid notoriety has spread." However, Joe Leydon of Variety found his onscreen role as a father "affecting" while Mike Clark of USA Today remarked that the father-daughter scenes "bring out the best in Affleck." Later that year, he starred in the holiday comedy Surviving Christmas. Holden of The New York Times remarked that the movie "found a clever way to use Ben Affleck's disagreeable qualities. The actor's shark-like grin, cocky petulance and bullying frat-boy swagger befit his character." Allison Benedikt of the Chicago Tribune described Affleck as a "great talk show guest, bad actor" and categorised Surviving Christmas as a film "in which it just doesn't matter, in which he can simply be Ben." At this point, the quality of scripts offered to Affleck "was just getting worse and worse" and he decided to take a career break: "I was a little bit exhausted of myself and my life, so I wanted to try to control it or manage it."
  • 2003
    Age 30
    In 2003, he made donations to the presidential campaigns of both Dennis Kucinich and Wesley Clark, and, in 2005, he donated to the campaign fund of Deval Patrick, a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts.
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    In his final movie role of 2003, Affleck starred in the thriller Paycheck (2003).
    More Details Hide Details Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian remarked upon Affleck's "self-deprecating charm. Is there no one who can find this man a script?" Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times commented: "Ben Affleck has had such a rough year (or so I've read) that it almost seems unfair to pick on either his newest film or latest nontabloid performance." Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly felt the film offers further proof that Affleck "comes most alive playing men whose handsomeness covers reserves of nastiness."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 29
    Affleck had an eighteen-month relationship with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez from 2002 to 2004, during which they became engaged. They began dating in July 2002, after meeting on the set of Gigli (2003), and later worked together on the "Jenny from the Block" music video and Jersey Girl (2004). The supercouple was dubbed "Bennifer" and the relationship received extensive media coverage. They became engaged in November 2002 but their planned wedding on September 14, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California was postponed with four days' notice because of "excessive media attention". They broke up in January 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Lopez later described the split as "my first real heartbreak" and attributed it in part to Affleck's discomfort with the media scrutiny. In 2013, Affleck said he and Lopez occasionally "touch base". Affleck entered an alcohol rehabilitation facility in 2001. When the story leaked to the press, a spokesperson said the actor "decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol". The following year, Affleck spoke of his "naïve" belief that "it was going to be a private thing." He has described the rehab stay as a "pre-emptive strike" given his family's history of alcoholism. In 2008, he remarked: "My father was an alcoholic and there was a cycle of addiction in my family... It colors who you are and becomes part of you. I had my issues and went to rehab." In a 2003 interview, Affleck described himself as a "lapsed Protestant" from a mostly Episcopalian family, and he later listed the Gospel of Matthew as one of the books that made a difference in his life.
    Affleck spoke at a press conference with New York Senator Chuck Schumer in 2002, in support of a proposed Anti-Nuclear Terrorism Prevention Act.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Affleck criticised the "questionable and aggressive" use of the Patriot Act and the resulting "encroachments on civil liberties." A reporter from The Washington Post overheard Affleck "railing about the Israeli invasion of Gaza" at a Washington party in 2009. Steven Clemons, a participant in the conversation, responded: "I’m not going to comment on exactly what Affleck said — but I want to say that he impressed me with his passion and the level of detailed understanding that he had about the dilemmas we face in the Middle East. He has his views — and he’s not shy about broadcasting them, but he also listens to alternative takes... What Affleck spoke about that night was reasoned, complex and made a lot of sense." Later that year, in a New York Times interview, Affleck remarked that his views were closer to those of the Israeli Labor Party than Likud.
    While Affleck had been a tabloid figure for much of his career and was named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine in 2002, he became the subject of increased media attention in 2003 due to his relationship with Jennifer Lopez.
    More Details Hide Details The actor remarked that the situation filled him with a sense of "dread... People are going to grow weary of this." By the end of the year, Affleck had become, in the words of GQ, the "world's most over-exposed actor." His newfound tabloid notoriety coincided with a series of poorly received films. The first of these films was Daredevil (2003), in which Affleck starred as the blind superhero. Affleck was a longtime comic book fan, and had written a foreword for Kevin Smith's Guardian Devil (1999) about his love for the character of Daredevil. The film was a commercial success but received a mixed response from critics. In 2009, Affleck ruled out starring in another superhero film and, in 2014, he described Daredevil as the "only movie I actually regret." Affleck next appeared in the romantic comedy Gigli (2003), co-starring Lopez. Gigli received almost uniformly unfavorable reviews, with Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times remarking: "A passable actor but a lousy star -- the bigger the movie, the worse he comes across -- Affleck doesn't have the chops or the charm to maneuver around (or past) bad material." Affleck has repeatedly defended director Marty Brest since the film's release, describing Brest as "one of the really great directors" and Midnight Run as his favourite film.
  • 2000
    Age 27
    He supported Al Gore in the final weeks of the 2000 presidential campaign, attending rallies in California, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as a New York fundraiser.
    More Details Hide Details On Election Day, he made an appearance on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, urging viewers to vote because "the president will appoint three or four Supreme Court justices... I'm about to go vote." It later transpired that Affleck was unable to vote due to a registration issue in New York, where he was then residing: "I'm going to vote twice next time, in true Boston fashion."
    Also in 2000, he provided the voice of Joseph in the animated Joseph: King of Dreams.
    More Details Hide Details Affleck reunited with director Michael Bay for the critically derided war drama Pearl Harbor (2001). A.O. Scott of The New York Times felt Affleck and Kate Beckinsale "do what they can with their lines, and glow with the satiny shine of real movie stars." However, Todd McCarthy of Variety said "the blandly handsome Affleck couldn’t convince that he’d ever so much as been turned down for a date, much less lost the love of his life to his best friend." Affleck then parodied Good Will Hunting with Damon and Van Sant in Kevin Smith's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), and appeared in the comedy Daddy and Them (2001) and the little-seen The Third Wheel (2002). He portrayed Jack Ryan in the thriller The Sum of All Fears (2002). Stephen Holden of The New York Times found him miscast in a role previously played by both Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin: "Although Mr. Affleck can be appealing when playing earnest young men groping toward maturity, he simply lacks the gravitas for the role." Affleck had an "amazing experience" making the thriller Changing Lanes (2002), and later cited Roger Michell as someone he learned from as a director. He was first drawn to the script while working on Pearl Harbor: "I hadn’t said a line of dialogue in a week, and everybody was at their wit’s end, especially me." Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian enjoyed the "strongly acted two-hander...
    In his final film role of 2000, Affleck starred opposite his girlfriend Paltrow in the romantic drama Bounce (2000).
    More Details Hide Details Stephen Holden of The New York Times praised "the understated intensity and exquisite detail of his performance... His portrait of a young, sarcastically self-defined "people person" who isn't half as confident as he would like to appear is close to definitive."
  • 1999
    Age 26
    Although they first broke up in January 1999, months later, Paltrow persuaded Affleck to co-star with her in Bounce (2000) and they soon resumed their relationship.
    More Details Hide Details They separated again in October 2000, with Paltrow remarking: "Ben makes life tough for himself. He's got a lot of complication, and you know, he really is a great guy... I want him to do well and grow up and be a happy person and a fully realized man and feel good about himself."
    Affleck and Damon had an on-screen reunion in Kevin Smith's religious satire Dogma, which premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Janet Maslin of The New York Times remarked that the pair, playing fallen angels, "bring great, understandable enthusiasm to Mr. Smith's smart talk and wild imaginings." Affleck starred opposite Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy Forces of Nature, playing a groom-to-be whose attempts to get to his wedding are complicated by his free-spirited travelling companion. Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly remarked that Affleck "radiates a sweetness that can't be faked... He has the fast-break charm you want in a screwball hero." Joe Leydon of Variety praised "his winning ability to play against his good looks in a self-effacing comic turn." Affleck then appeared opposite Courtney Love in the little-seen ensemble comedy 200 Cigarettes. Interested in a directorial career, Affleck shadowed John Frankenheimer throughout pre-production of the action thriller Reindeer Games (2000). Frankenheimer, directing his final feature film, described Affleck as having "a very winning, likable quality about him. I've been doing this for a long time and he's really one of the nicest." He starred opposite Charlize Theron as a hardened criminal, with Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times enjoying the unexpected casting choice: "Affleck often suggests one of the Kennedys playing Clark Kent... He looks as if he has never missed a party or a night's sleep. He's game, though, and his slight dislocation works to the advantage of Reindeer Games." He then had a supporting role as a ruthless stockbroker in the crima drama Boiler Room (2000). A.O. Scott of The New York Times felt Affleck had "traced over" Alec Baldwin's performance in Glengarry Glen Ross.
  • 1998
    Age 25
    Later in 1998, Affleck had a supporting role as an arrogant English actor in the period romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, starring his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow.
    More Details Hide Details Lael Loewenstein of Variety remarked that Affleck "does some of his very best work, suggesting that comedy may be his true calling," while Janet Maslin of The New York Times found him "very funny." Shakespeare in Love won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, while the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. Affleck then appeared as a small-town sherriff in the supernatural horror film Phantoms. Stephen Holden of The New York Times wondered how actors like Affleck and Peter O'Toole were "bamboozled into lending their talents to a junky little horror film": "Affleck's thudding performance suggests he is reading his dialogue for the first time, directly from cue cards."
    1998's Armageddon established Affleck as a viable leading man for Hollywood studio blockbusters.
    More Details Hide Details Good Will Hunting had not yet been released during the casting process and, after Affleck's screentest, director Michael Bay dismissed him as "a geek". He was convinced by producer Jerry Bruckheimer that Affleck would be a star but the actor was required to lose weight, become tanned and get his teeth capped before filming began. The film, in which he starred opposite Bruce Willis as a blue-collar driller tasked by NASA with stopping an asteroid colliding with Earth, was a box office success. Daphne Merkin of The New Yorker remarked: "Affleck demonstrates a sexy Paul Newmanish charm and is clearly bound for stardom."
  • 1997
    Age 24
    Affleck had a three-year relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow from 1997 to 2000. They began dating in October 1997, after meeting at a Miramax dinner, and later worked together on Shakespeare in Love (1998).
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    The success of 1997's Good Will Hunting, which Affleck co-wrote and starred in, marked a significant turning point in his career.
    More Details Hide Details The screenplay originated in 1992 when Damon wrote a 40-page script for a playwriting class at Harvard University. He asked Affleck to act out the scenes with him in front of the class and, when Damon later moved into Affleck's Los Angeles apartment, they began working on the script in earnest. The film, which they wrote mainly during improvisation sessions, was set in their hometown of Cambridge and drew from their own experiences. They sold the screenplay to Castle Rock in 1994, when Affleck was 22 years old. During the development process, they received notes from Rob Reiner, William Goldman and Terrence Malick (a friend of Affleck's godfather.) Following a lengthy dispute with Castle Rock regarding a suitable director, Affleck and Damon persuaded Miramax to purchase the screenplay. The two friends moved back to Boston for a year before the film finally went into production, directed by Gus Van Sant and co-starring Damon, Affleck and Robin Williams. Upon release, Janet Maslin of The New York Times praised the "smart and touching screenplay" while Emanuel Levy of Variety found it "funny, nonchalant, moving and angry." The film was a commercial success. Affleck and Damon won both the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Affleck has said that period in his life was "dreamlike": "It was like one of those scenes in an old movie when a newspaper comes spinning out of the black on to the screen.
    Also in 1997, he starred as a recently returned Korean War veteran in the coming-of-age drama Going All the Way.
    More Details Hide Details Todd McCarthy of Variety found him "excellent" while Janet Maslin of The New York Times noted that his "flair for comic self-doubt made a strong impression."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 19
    Affleck registered as a member of the Democratic Party in 1992 and has campaigned on behalf of a number of Democratic presidential nominees.
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  • 1989
    Age 16
    As a teenager, Affleck appeared in the ABC after school special Wanted: A Perfect Man (1986), the television movie Hands of a Stranger (1987) and a 1989 Burger King commercial.
    More Details Hide Details After high school, Affleck moved briefly to New York in search of acting work. Later, while studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Affleck directed student films. As an actor, he had a series of "knock-around parts, one to the next". He played Patrick Duffy's son in the television movie Daddy (1991), made an uncredited appearance as a basketball player in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie (1992) and had a supporting role as an anti-Semite in School Ties (1992). He played a high school quarterback in the NBC television series Against the Grain (1993) and a steroid-abusing high school football player in Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story (1994). Affleck's most notable role during this period was as a high school bully in Richard Linklater's cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993). Linklater sought a likeable actor for the supporting role and, while Affleck was "big and imposing," he was "so smart and full of life... I just liked him." Affleck later said Linklater was instrumental in demystifying the filmmaking process for him.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 6
    Affleck soon began work on his next directorial project for Warner Bros. Argo (2012), written by Chris Terrio and starring Affleck, tells the story of the CIA operation to save six diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis by faking a production for a large-scale science fiction film.
    More Details Hide Details Anthony Lane of The New Yorker said the film offered "further proof that we were wrong about Ben Affleck" while Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times was impressed by Affleck's "instinct for storytelling." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone remarked: "Affleck takes the next step in what looks like a major directing career... He directs the hell out of it, nailing the quickening pace, the wayward humor, the nerve-frying suspense." The film was a major commercial success. Argo won the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Picture. Affleck won the Golden Globe Award, Directors Guild of America Award and BAFTA Award for Best Director, becoming the first director to win these awards without a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Director. Alan Arkin's nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor meant that Affleck's first three films all secured Academy Award nominations for an actor or actress in a supporting role. Also, Roger Ebert gave the film a perfect four star rating, calling the action "spellbinding" and naming it as best film of the year, the last time he would honor a film with this title before his death in 2013.
  • 1972
    Born
    Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Christopher Anne "Chris" (née Boldt), was raised on New York's Upper East Side by her mother Elizabeth (née Roberts), director of public information at the Museum of Modern Art for over 30 years, and her mother's second husband, Samuel Shaw, an attorney. Chris' father, O'Brien "Obie" Boldt, was a Democratic activist and professor of political science at the City University of New York. Chris was educated at Radcliffe College and Harvard University, and taught at the Brearley School before working as a public elementary school teacher for 30 years. Affleck's father, Timothy Byers Affleck of Rhode Island, was an actor and stage manager with the Theater Company of Boston in the mid-1960s and worked alongside Dustin Hoffman, Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Jon Voight and James Woods. During Affleck's childhood, Timothy worked variously as an auto mechanic, a carpenter, a bookie, an electrician, a bartender and a janitor at Harvard University. While Affleck has described his father as a "very smart guy", his chronic alcoholism often made Affleck's childhood difficult and his parents divorced when he was twelve. Affleck lived with his mother and had little contact with his father in his teenage years. When Affleck was sixteen, his father moved to Indio, California, completed rehabilitation and became an addiction counselor. He later reconnected with his adult sons.
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