Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and filmmaker. He has won two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Ben Affleck.
1. Affleck started his career as a child and starred in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi in 1984, before a second run in 1988.
2. He later appeared in the independent coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused and various Kevin Smith movies, including Chasing Amy and Dogma.
3. He gained wider recognition when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting.
4. Affleck established himself as a leading man in studio films with movies such as, the disaster drama Armageddon, the romantic comedy Forces of Nature, the war drama Pearl Harbor and the thriller Changing Lanes.
5. After a short career downturn, during which Affleck appeared in Daredevil and Gigli, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the noir biopic Hollywoodland.
6. His directorial debut was the 2007 movie Gone Baby Gone, which he also co-wrote. The movie was well received.
7. He directed, co-wrote, and starred in the crime drama The Town.
8. For the political thriller Argo, which he directed, co-produced, and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Direction, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Picture.
9. He starred in the psychological thriller Gone Girl in 2014.
10. In 2016, he began playing Batman in the DC Extended Universe, starred in the action thriller The Accountant, and directed, wrote and acted in the gangster drama Live by Night.
11. He’s the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, which is a grantmaking and advocacy based nonprofit organization.
12. Affleck and Damon are co-owners of the production company Pearl Street Films.
13. He has a younger brother called Casey Affleck, who is also an actor and whom he has worked with on several movies, such as Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone.
14. Affleck was born on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
15. His father, Tim Affleck, is a social worker and his mother, Chris Affleck, is a school teacher.
16. When Affleck asked his mom for a dog as a kid, she made him walk an imaginary one for a week. She said in an interview, “When he came up two days short, he didn’t get a dog. That was harsh. It was wise, but harsh.”
17. Affleck and Matt Damon attended the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where they both took drama classes.
18. Affleck’s father was, at one point, a janitor at Harvard University. This is the inspiration for Will Hunting’s job at MIT in Good Will Hunting.
19. He made headlines when he began a high profile relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow, his co-star in the movie Shakespeare in Love.
20. He voluntarily entered Promises Rehabilitation Center in Malibu, California for alcohol abuse. Charlie Sheen was the one who drove him to the rehab center.
21. In 2003, he made $1.5 million for doing commercials for L’Oreal Shampoo.
22. Before the popularity of reality television, Affleck and then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez were the closest thing to reality television in 2003.
23. In 2004, Affleck gave Lopez a $2.5 million 6.1 carat pink diamond ring. They starred in two movies together, Gigli and Jersey Girl.
24. Affleck eventually married Jennifer Garner and the couple had two daughters and one son together.
25. Affleck partnered with Matt Damon again and founded the production company LivePlanet. The two produced the documentary series, Project Greenlight, which gave aspiring screenwriters the opportunity to produce their creative visions. The show earned three Emmy nominations for an Outstanding Reality Program.
26. He covered a tattoo of his high school sweetheart’s name with a dolphin.
27. He began an intense two hour a day workout regiment the day after he was cast as Batman in 2013.
28. He is the only actor to wear both a Batman suit and a Superman suit in two different movies.
29. When they were younger, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon shared a bank account. They used it to help get themselves to New York City for auditions.
30. Affleck majored in Middle Eastern Affairs in college and was learning how to speak Arabic.