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 Kevin Smith
's View Askewniverse
, first with the film Mallrats
and later playing the lead role in Chasing Amy
in 1997. Affleck has since become an Academy Award
winner for his screenplay with BFF Matt Damon
in Good Will Hunting
in 1997. He has established himself as a Hollywood leading man, having starred in several big budget films, such as Armageddon
(1998), Pearl Harbor
(2001), Changing Lanes
(2002), The Sum of All Fears
(2002) and Daredevil
(2003). In 2003 he starred in the bomb Gigli
, which at the time 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 George Reeves
, and had a full-on Career Resurrection
in 2007 with his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone
which was both a critical and commercial success and with the reviews of 2010's The Town
has proved that he's a force to be reckoned with. In 2012, he made the fact-based thriller Argo
which is said to be his best yet and won an Oscar for Best Picture.
After a high profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow
in 1998, his relationship with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez
attracted worldwide media attention in which Affleck and Lopez were dubbed as "Bennifer"
, arguably one of the earliest public examples of the Portmanteau Couple Name
being used by the mainstream media. Following their breakup in 2004, he began dating Daredevil
co-star Jennifer Garner
. "Bennifer 2.0" was much more successful, eventually leading to marriage and three kids - two daughters and a son. Affleck is also known for his outspoken support of liberal politics.
Many fans have stated the fact that he looks◊ a lot
like the young version of Robert Smith from The Cure
Older brother of actor Casey Affleck.
On August 22, 2013, Affleck was announced
to be the next Batman
, and will be appearing opposite Henry Cavill
and Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman
in the sequel to Man of Steel
, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice