[[caption-width-right:360:[[Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack He was the bomb in]] ''Film/{{Phantoms}}'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw3jMPjAcwg yo.]]]]
->''"When I look up at the screen and see myself I always have to laugh. Not because I think I'm doing a horrible job, quite the contrary, I just feel it's so surreal to feel like one person can entertain so many at one time."''

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor, film director and screenwriter. He became known in the mid 1990s, after his involvement in his friend Creator/KevinSmith's Film/TheViewAskewniverse, first with the film ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' and later playing the lead role in ''Film/ChasingAmy'' in 1997. Affleck has since become an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winner for his screenplay with [[HeterosexualLifePartners BFF]] Creator/MattDamon in ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' in 1997. He has established himself as a Hollywood leading man, having starred in several big budget films, such as ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' (1998), ''Film/PearlHarbor'' (2001), ''Film/ChangingLanes'' (2002), ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'' (2002) and ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' (2003). In 2003 he starred in the bomb ''Film/{{Gigli}}'', which at the time [[StarDerailingRole killed his career]] as a big star.

He's since rebuilt his acting career from the ground up by focusing on less glamorous roles than his earlier career, earning back a lot of cred with an award-winning turn as the troubled [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman George Reeves]] in ''Film/{{Hollywoodland}}'', and had a full-on CareerResurrection in 2007 with his directorial debut ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' which was both a critical and commercial success and with the reviews of 2010's ''Film/TheTown'' has proved that he's a force to be reckoned with. In 2012, he made the fact-based thriller ''Film/{{Argo}}'' which is said to be his best yet and won an Oscar for Best Picture.

After a high profile relationship with actress Creator/GwynethPaltrow in 1998, his relationship with actress/singer Music/JenniferLopez attracted worldwide media attention in which Affleck and Lopez were dubbed as [[PortmanteauCoupleName "Bennifer"]], arguably one of the earliest public examples of the PortmanteauCoupleName being used by the mainstream media. Following their breakup in 2004, he began dating ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' co-star Creator/JenniferGarner. "Bennifer 2.0" was much more successful, eventually leading to marriage and three kids - two daughters and a son before separating in 2015. Affleck is also known for his outspoken support of liberal politics.

Many fans have stated the fact that [[http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/1/6/129072864798725511.jpg he looks]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZwVgQ4Wq7E a lot]] like the young version of Robert Smith from Music/TheCure.

Older brother of actor Creator/CaseyAffleck.

On August 22, 2013, Affleck was cast as Franchise/{{Batman}} in the ''Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse'', appearing for the first time in ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice''.

* ''Film/DazedAndConfused'' (1993)
* ''Film/{{Mallrats}}'' (1995)
* ''Film/ChasingAmy'' (1997)
* ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (1997) - Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay with Creator/MattDamon
* ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' (1998)
* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/{{Phantoms}}'' (1998)
* ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' (1999)
* ''Film/ReindeerGames'' (2000)
* ''Film/BoilerRoom'' (2000)
* ''Film/PearlHarbor'' (2001)
* ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'' (2001)
* ''Film/TheSumOfAllFears'' (2002)
* ''Film/ChangingLanes'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' (2003)
* ''Film/{{Gigli}}'' (2003)
* ''Film/{{Paycheck}}'' (2003)
* ''Film/JerseyGirl'' (2004)
* ''Film/{{Hollywoodland}}'' (2006)
* ''Film/SmokinAces'' (2007)
* ''Literature/GoneBabyGone'' (2007) - Also directed
* ''Film/HesJustNotThatIntoYou'' (2009)
* ''Film/StateOfPlay'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Extract}}'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheTown'' (2010) - Also directed
* ''Film/ToTheWonder'' (2012)
* ''Film/{{Argo}}'' (2012) - Also directed, Academy Award winner for Best Picture
* ''Film/RunnerRunner'' (2013)
* ''Literature/GoneGirl'' (2014)
* Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse as [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne / Batman]]:
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (2016)
** ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'' (2016)
** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' (2017)
** ''The Batman'' (TBA)
* ''Film/TheAccountant'' (2016)
* ''Film/LiveByNight'' (2016) - Also directed
* ''Triple Frontier'' (2019)
* AwesomeDearBoy:
** He enjoys being in Creator/KevinSmith's movies so much that he acts for less than he usually gets paid.
** He also declared that he'll ''always'' jump at the chance to play Batman in a DCEU film when the call comes.
* CareerResurrection: ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' and ''Film/TheTown'' brought him back on the map, and his Oscar win for ''{{Film/Argo}}'' solidified it.
* IAmNotSpock: He's come to endure this from his own son since starring in ''Film/BatmanVsSuperman'', and his son now apparently thinks he's actually Batman. This is to the degree where the son mistakes any Fed-Ex delivery guys for The Joker (as the uniform is purple) and Ben has had to pay the poor soul $20 to stage a fight on the lawn for his son's benefit.
** The only actor, thus far, to don both the costumes of Batman (obviously), and Superman (as George Reeves in ''{{Film/Hollywoodland}}'').
* OneForTheMoneyOneForTheArt: One of the reasons he took the role of Batman was in exchange for Warner Brothers financing any movies he wanted to direct. [[OneOfUs The other reasons]] [[PromotedFanboy on the other hand...]]
* OneOfUs: Played ''Dungeons & Dragons'' with Matt Damon as a kid. He's also been a comic book fan, especially [[PromotedFanboy Daredevil and Batman]].
* PortmanteauCoupleName: 'Bennifer' for his relationship with Music/JenniferLopez. When he started dating Creator/JenniferGarner, it was dubbed 'Bennifer 2.0'.
* ProductionPosse: Aside from ''{{Film/Clerks}}'' he's appeared in all of Creator/KevinSmith's View Askewniverse movies.
* StarDerailingRole: A combination of the failure of ''Gigli'' and his infamous appearance in Music/JenniferLopez's "Jenny From The Block" music video caused him to fall out of the public's good graces for a while.
* StarMakingRole: The Oscar win for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' and the blockbuster success of ''{{Film/Armageddon}}'' really put him on the map.
* ThoseTwoActors:
** As he and Creator/MattDamon are good friends and old high school buddies, they've frequently collaborated.
** He's also been in several movies and an Axe body spray commercial with Scoot [=McNairy=].
* TomHanksSyndrome: He got his start in comedies and campy blockbusters, but moved towards serious dramatic roles such as ''{{Film/Hollywoodland}}'', ''Film/StateOfPlay'', ''Film/GoneBabyGone'' etc.