Ben Affleck is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 15 august 1972 at Berkeley (USA)
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Birth name Benjamin Geza AffleckNationality USABirth 15 august 1972Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972), better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. He has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.
(47 years) at Berkeley (USA
)Creator of Pearl Street Films
Affleck began his career as a child actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984, 1988). He later appeared in Dazed and Confused (1993) and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999). Affleck gained fame when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997). He then starred in high-profile films including Armageddon (1998), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002) and The Sum of All Fears (2002). After a career downturn, during which he appeared in Daredevil and the much-derided Gigli (both 2003), Affleck received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Hollywoodland (2006). His directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, which he also wrote, was well received in 2007. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in The Town (2010). For the political thriller Argo (2012), which he directed and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Picture. In 2014, he starred in the psychological thriller Gone Girl. Starting in 2016, Affleck will portray Batman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will direct, write and star in Live by Night in 2017.
Affleck is the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grantmaking and advocacy-based nonprofit organization. He is also a stalwart member of the Democratic Party. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck, with whom he has worked on several films including Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone. Following high-profile relationships with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005. Affleck has two daughters and a son with Garner, from whom he separated in June 2015.
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. Victor Garber, who officiated the ceremony, was the only guest. 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 and Garner announced they were divorcing on June 30, 2015. Post-divorce, Affleck and Garner will 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.
While Affleck believes paparazzi attention is "part of the deal" of stardom, he has spoken out against paparazzi interest in his children. He has called for legislation to require paparazzi to maintain a certain distance from children and to blur their faces in published photos.
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). 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. They separated again in October 2000. Paltrow spoke of her time with Affleck in a 2015 interview: "He's super intelligent, and really, really talented. 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 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. Lopez later attributed the split in part to Affleck's discomfort with the media "scrutiny": "I don't think I had ever been heartbroken in that way before - had so many hopes and dreams on something." In 2013, Affleck said he and Lopez occasionally "touch base": "I respect her. I like her."
Some of Affleck's ancestors were discovered to be slave owners when he appeared on the PBS genealogy show Finding Your Roots. Subsequent hacked Sony emails, posted publicly by WikiLeaks, show that Affleck successfully prevented the information from making it into the show’s final cut, convincing a somewhat reluctant executive producer, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to aid in the omission. He later issued an apology through a press release stating, "I didn’t want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth." Affleck's slave-owning ancestors were revealed to be Benjamin L. Cole and Samuel L. Speissegger of Savannah, Georgia.
Affleck is an avid Boston Red Sox fan. He has narrated The Curse of the Bambino (2003), Red Sox Baby (2007) and Boston Red Sox: World Series Champions (2013). Affleck also supports the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics.
Affleck entered an alcohol rehabilitation facility in 2001. When the story leaked to the press, a spokesperson said the actor "had 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."
Affleck has described himself as a "lapsed Protestant" from a mostly Episcopal family. In 2007, he listed the Gospel of Matthew as one of the books that made a difference in his life. His three children were baptised as members of the United Methodist Church in his wife's hometown of Charleston, West Virginia. He is also an outspoken critic of Islamophobia.