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Ben Affleck

Birth Name: 
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt
Birthday: 
Tuesday, August 15, 1972
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Birth Place: 
Berkeley, California, USA
Height: 
6'2"

Benjamin Geza Affleck was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, USA but raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He was born to parents Tim Affleck, a social worker, who is now divorced from Ben's mother Chris Affleck (nee' Boldt) a school teacher. Ben also has a younger brother, actor Casey Affleck, who was born in 1975. Ben wanted to be an actor ever since he could remember and his first acting experience was for a Burger King commercial, when he was on the PBS mini-series "The Voyage of the Mimi" (1984). It was also at that age when Ben met his lifelong friend and fellow actor, Matt Damon. They played little league together and took drama classes together. Ben's teen years consisted of mainly TV movies and small television appearances including Hands of a Stranger (1987) (TV) 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's Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997) which were great for Ben's career, receiving renowned appreciation for his works at the Sundance film festival. But the success he was having in independent films didn't last much longer and things got a little shaky for Ben. He 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. He 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. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2013 - Won - Best Motion Picture of the Year (Argo)

1998 - Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Good Will Hunting)

News

Zack Snyder to Direct 'Justice League' Movie

Zack Snyder has signed on to direct a movie about the Justice League.... Read more
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Big Screen Reunion

Oscar voters look out. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have announced that they will be reuniting on the big screen 14 years after making Good Will Hunting together (which won the pair Oscars for their screenplay). ... Read more
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Ben Affleck Joining The Gangster Squad

Ben Affleck, fresh from the success of his second directorial effort The Town, has apparently been offered the gig of directing Tales From The Gangster Squad, the story of a secret squad of police who tried to chase gangster Mickey Cohen out of LA in the 1940s.... Read more
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The Town Robs The US Box Office

In a result that came as a surprise to many box office prognosticators, bank robbery won out over teen snarkiness this weekend in the States as Ben Affleck’s heist/romance drama The Town  scored victory over Emma Stone in Easy A.... Read more
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Reviews

Bounce (BLU-RAY)

Slick talking young ad-exec, Buddy (Ben Affleck) spends the night in an airport bar chatting with Mimi (Natasha Henstridge), and Greg (Tony Goldwyn). Fresh off a success high from an airline deal, Buddy & Mimi tease Greg about this rather normal, unadventrous, slow lane life.... Read more
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The Town: Ultimate Collector's Cut (BLU-RAY)

In his feature film follow up to Gone Baby Gone, Ben Affleck (Armageddon, Jersey Girl) directed The Town, a film taken from the Chuck Hogan novel Prince of Thieves. It was not only Affleck’s return to the directors chair but also his return to Boston, which was the location of his last film.... Read more
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Dazed and Confused (BLU-RAY)

My wife and I always have this conversation about Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused. She asks me why I love it so much, and maybe because there’s just to much to love about it, can never come up with an a answer.... Read more
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The Company Men (BLU-RAY)

It’s always interesting to see how films interpret times of upheaval while those periods are actually still in progress: war movies shot while the war itself is still going on, political movies completed while someone is still in office…and in the case of The Company Men, a refle... Read more
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The Company Men

 In a time where jobs are at stake and people are struggling to support their families, no one company is safe from the destruction of the economy. As employees, we give ourselves to our companies. So what do our companies do for us?... Read more
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Videos

Gone Girl (TV Spot)

Gone Girl (TV Spot)

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Gone Girl (Trailer #2)

Gone Girl (Trailer #2)

GONE GIRL – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing.... Read more
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Gone Girl (Trailer #1)

Gone Girl (Trailer #1)

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Runner Runner (The House)

Runner Runner (The House)

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Runner Runner (Trailer #1)

Runner Runner (Trailer #1)

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