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 Ben Affleck Biography

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck Tall and handsome in a meat-eating sort of way, Ben Affleck has the looks of a matinee idol and the resume of an actor who honed his craft as an indie film slacker before flexing his muscles as a Hollywood star. A staple of Kevin Smith films and such seminal indies as Dazed and Confused, Affleck became a star and entered the annals of Hollywood legend when he and best friend Matt Damon wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, winning a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for their work. Born in Berkeley, California on August 15, 1972 to a schoolteacher mother and drug rehab counselor father, Affleck was the oldest of two brothers. His younger brother, Casey, also became an actor. When he was very young, Affleck's family moved to the Boston area, and it was there that he broke into acting. At the age of eight, he starred in PBS's marine biology-themed The Voyage of the Mimi, endearing himself to junior high school science classes everywhere. The same year he made Mimi, Affleck made the acquaintance of Matt Damon, a boy two years his senior who lived down the street. The two became best friends and, of course, eventual collaborators.

After a fling with higher education at both the University of Vermont and California's Occidental College, Affleck set out for Hollywood. He began appearing in made-for-TV movies and had a small role in School Ties, a 1992 film that also featured Damon. Further bit work followed in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused (1993) and Kevin Smith's Mallrats (1995). Around this time, both Affleck and Damon were getting fed up with the lack of substantial work to be found in Hollywood, and they decided to write a screenplay that would feature them as the leads. Affleck's brother Casey introduced them to Gus Van Sant, who had directed Casey in To Die For. Thanks to Van Sant's interest, the script was picked up by Miramax, and in 1997 the story of a troubled mathematical genius living in South Boston became known as Good Will Hunting. Before the film's release, Affleck starred in Smith's Chasing Amy that same year; the tale of a comic book artist (Affleck) in love with a lesbian (Joey Lauren Adams), it received good reviews and showed Affleck to be a viable leading man. The subsequent success of Good Will Hunting and the Best Original Screenplay Oscar awarded to Affleck and Damon effectively transformed both young men from struggling actors into Hollywood golden boys. Having won his own Golden Boy, Affleck settled comfortably into a reputation as one of the industry's most promising young actors. His status was further enhanced by widespread media reports of an ongoing relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow.

The following year, Affleck could be seen in no less than three major films, ranging from his self-mocking supporting role in the Oscar-winning period comedy Shakespeare in Love to the thriller Phantoms to the big-budget box-office monster Armageddon. In 1999, Affleck continued to keep busy, appearing in a dizzying four movies. He could be seen as a dull bartender in 200 Cigarettes, an errant groom in Forces of Nature, a stock market head hunter in The Boiler Room, and a supporting cast member in Billy Bob Thornton's sophomore directorial effort, Daddy and Them. Finally, Affleck reunited with Smith and Damon for Dogma, starring with the latter as a pair of fallen angels in one of the year's more controversial films. In 2000, he would appear as an ex-con trying to mend his ways in Reindeer Games, with Charlize Theron. Re-teaming with Armageddon cohort Michael Bay again in 2001 for another exercise in overbudgeted excess, Affleck flew into action in Pearl Harbor. Despite an almost unanimous lambasting by critics, Pearl Harbor nevertheless blasted to number one at the box office by earning $75.2 million on it's Memorial Day weekend opening, getting the summer movie season off to a spectacular and eventful start. In addition to acting and screenwriting, Affleck has also directed a short feature, the provocatively titled, I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meathook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney

Filmography
Gigli (2003) .... Gigli
Jersey Girl (2003)
Surviving Christmas (2003)
Daredevil (2003) .... Matt Murdock
Sum of All Fears, The (2002) .... Jack Ryan
Changing Lanes (2002) .... Gavin Banek
Third Wheel, The (2001) .... Michael
"Project Greenlight" (2001) TV Series .... Himself
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) .... Holden McNeil/Himself
AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV) .... Himself
Daddy and Them (2001)
Pearl Harbor (2001) .... Rafe McCawley
... aka Pearl Harbour (2001) (UK: promotional title)
73rd Annual Academy Awards, The (2001) (TV) (uncredited) .... Presenter
Bounce (2000) .... Buddy Amaral
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000) (V) (voice) .... Joseph
Reindeer Games (2000) .... Rudy Duncan
Boiler Room (2000) .... Jim Young
Dogma (1999) .... Bartleby
Forces of Nature (1999) .... Ben Holmes
200 Cigarettes (1999) .... Bartender
Shakespeare in Love (1998) .... Ned Alleyn
Armageddon (1998) .... A.J. Frost
Phantoms (1998) .... Sheriff Bryce Hammond
... aka Dean Koontz's Phantoms (1998) (USA: complete title)
Good Will Hunting (1997) .... Chuckie
Going All the Way (1997) .... Tom 'Gunner' Casselman
Office Killer (1997) (scenes deleted) .... Man in Office
Chasing Amy (1997) .... Holden McNeil
Glory Daze (1996) .... Jack
"Lifestories: Families In Crisis" (1995) TV Series .... Aaron Henry
Mallrats (1995) .... Shannon Hamilton
Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story, A (1994) .... Aaron Henry
"Against the Grain" (1993) TV Series .... Joe Willie Clemons
Dazed and Confused (1993) .... Fred O'Bannion
School Ties (1992) .... Chesty Smith
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) (uncredited) .... Basketball Player #10
Daddy (1991) (TV) .... Ben Watson
... aka Danielle Steel's 'Daddy' (1991) (TV)
"Second Voyage of the Mimi, The" (1988) TV Series .... CT Grandville
Hands of a Stranger (1987) (TV) .... Billy Hearn
Wanted: The Perfect Guy (1986) (TV) .... Danny
"Voyage of the Mimi, The" (1984) TV Series .... C.T. Granville
Dark End of the Street, The (1981)

Television Guest Appearences
"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The" (1999) playing "Himself" 5/25/2001
"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The" (1999) playing "Himself" 11/17/2000
"Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The" (1999) playing "Himself" 2/24/2000
"Almost Home" (1993) playing "Kevin Johnson" in episode: "Is That All There"


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