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Ben Affleck

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972), better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. He has received two Academy Awards, for writing and producing, and three Golden Globe Awards for his work as a director, writer, and producer.


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 films including Daredevil (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, wrote and starred in The Town (2010), which was both a critical and commercial success. For 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 thriller Gone Girl. In 2016, Affleck will portray Batman in Batman v Superman, and will direct, write and star in Live by Night.

Affleck is the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grantmaking and advocacy-based nonprofit organization. He is also an outspoken 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. The couple have three children.

Affleck is married to actress Jennifer Garner. They began dating in mid-2004, after starring in Pearl Harbor and Daredevil together. They became engaged in April 2005 and were married on June 29, 2005 in a low-key Turks and Caicos ceremony. Victor Garber, who officiated the ceremony, was the only guest. The couple 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). Their main residence is a Cliff May-designed ranch in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles. They also own an apartment in Manhattan, New York. The family vacation on the secluded Hampton Island near Savannah, Georgia, where Affleck owns a Greek Revival-style home with an 83-acre estate.

While Affleck believes paparazzi attention is "part of the deal" of stardom, he has spoken out against paparazzi interest in his children: "They're not celebrities ... I don't think it's healthy societally and I know it's not healthy for my kids." He believes the paparazzi specifically target his children: "If I drive out [of my house] and they see the kids aren't in my car, they will wait for Jen. If they see Jen without the kids, they'll wait for me." He attributes the media interest to "housewives who hold up their child rearing to the child rearing of these [famous] parents." "I really object to the objectification, the commercialisation of images of children." He and his wife considered moving from Los Angeles to New York City but found the paparazzi there worse: "We try to shelter them, but then they don't leave the house, and that's weird. I don't want my kids to be weirdos."

Affleck and his wife met with California lawmakers "to get legislation passed to establish a certain distance between paparazzi and children and also to prevent the stalking behavior on the part of the paparazzi ... I understand we won't be able to prevent them from taking photos of children or get them to blur the faces, even though I think that would be preferable. But at the very least there should be a bubble of safety ... I think the First Amendment and the public's right to know are adequately served by photographers who are at least 100 feet away."
Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

Ben Affleck is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer

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