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Ben Affleck is 46 years old
Born: August 15, 1971
Best known as: The star and director of the Oscar-winning film Argo

     

     

Ben Affleck Biography

Ben Affleck is a former Hollywood wunderkind who has evolved into a popular leading man and director.

When he and his childhood friend Matt Damon were struggling actors from Boston, they wrote and then starred in the 1998 film Good Will Hunting. The film won them the Oscar for best original screenplay and catapulted both men to stardom.

Ben Affleck had first appeared in independent films such as Richard Linklater‘s Dazed and Confused (1993) and the Kevin Smith movies Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997).

As Good Will Hunting made its mark in Hollywood, he began playing square-jawed heroes in big-budget action movies like Armageddon (1998, with Bruce Willis), Pearl Harbor (2001, with Josh Hartnett), Daredevil (2003, with his future wife Jennifer Garner — they filed for divorce in 2017) and Batman (in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).

While building his career as a Hollywood star, Affleck maintained his connection to Smith and continued to appeared in several of his comedies, including Dogma (1999), Jersey Girl (2004) and Clerks II (2006).

Affleck then made his directorial debut in 2007 with Gone Baby Gone. As director, Affleck has also done The Town (2010, with Jon Hamm) and Argo (2012), which also starred Affleck and won that year’s Oscar for best picture.

Ben Affleck’s other movies as star include Paycheck (2003, based on a story by Philip K. Dick), Hollywoodland (2006, he played actor George Reeves), State of Play (2009, starring Russell Crowe), The Company Men (2010, starring Tommy Lee Jones) and Gone Girl (2014, starring Rosamund Pike).

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Ben Affleck married the actress Jennifer Garner on 29 June 2005, and they have three children: Violet (b. 2005),  Seraphina (b. 2009) and son Samuel (b. 2012). Affleck and Garner announced in 2015 (the day after their 10th anniversary, in fact) that they would divorce, but it wasn’t until 2017 that they filed papers….

Ben Affleck also starred in The Sum of All Fears, becoming the third star to play Tom Clancy hero Jack Ryan; the CIA superstud was played by Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin in previous films….

Ben Affleck was engaged to singer and actress Jennifer Lopez from 2002 to 2004. The couple were dubbed “Bennifer” by tabloids.

 


     

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