Affleck, Ben 1972–

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Affleck, Ben 1972–


Full name, Benjamin Geza Affleck; born August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, CA; raised in Cambridge, MA; son of Tim (a social worker, counselor at a drug rehabilitation facility, and actor) and Chris (a teacher) Affleck; brother of Casey Affleck (an actor); married Jennifer Garner (an actress and producer), June 29, 2005; children: Violet Anne. Education: Attended University of Vermont, 1990, and Occidental College. Politics: Democrat. Avocational Interests: Baseball, poker.

Addresses: Office—LivePlanet, 2644 30th St., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Agent—Patrick Whitesell, Endeavor, 9601 Wilshire Blvd., Sixth Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—Ken Sunshine, Sunshine Consultants, 75 Ninth Ave., Second Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Career: Actor, director, producer, and writer. Pearl Street Productions, founder (with Matt Damon), c. 1997; LivePlanet (production company), Santa Monica, CA, cofounder and partner. Collaborator with Matt Damon on several projects. Appeared in television and radio commercials and print advertisements. Affiliated with Democratic Party candidates, causes, and events, including an appearance at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Boston, MA. Grand marshal, Daytona 500 (NASCAR race), 2004. Winner of the California State Poker Championships, 2004. Affiliated with charities and foundations, including the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund and the Red Sox Foundation.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America.

Awards, Honors: National Board of Review Award, special achievement in filmmaking, and third-place award, best screenplay, Boston Society of Film Critics, both with Matt Damon, both 1997, Academy Award, best writing, screenplay written directly for the screen, Golden Globe Award, best screenplay—motion picture, Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, best original screenplay, Golden Satellite Award, best original screenplay, International Press Academy, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, newcomer of the year, Humanitas Prize, feature film category, Human Family Educational and Cultural Institute, Silver Berlin Bear, Berlin International Film Festival, Screen Award nomination, best screenplay written directly for the screen, Writers Guild of America, MTV Movie Award nomination, best on-screen duo, Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best screenplay, all with Matt Damon, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding cast performance, all 1998, and London Critics Circle Film Award nomination (with Matt Damon), screenwriter of the year, 1999, all for Good Will Hunting; Screen Actors Guild Award (with others), outstanding cast performance, and American Comedy Award nomination, funniest supporting actor in a motion picture, both 1999, for Shakespeare in Love; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite supporting actor—sci-fi, Saturn Award nomination, best supporting actor, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, MTV Movie Award nominations, best male performance and (with Liv Tyler) best on-screen duo, and Teen Choice Award nomination, choice actor in a film, all 1999, for Armageddon; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actor—comedy/romance, and Blimp Award nomination (with Sandra Bullock), favorite movie couple, Kids' Choice awards, both 2000, for Forces of Nature; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actor—drama/romance, and MTV Movie Award nomination (with Gwyneth Paltrow), best kiss, both 2001, for Bounce; Teen Choice Award, choice actor in a film, and Teen Choice Award nomination (with Kate Beckinsale), choice chemistry in a film, both 2001, for Pearl Harbor; Video Premiere Award nomination (with Luc Chamberland), best animated character performance, DVD Exclusive awards, 2001, for Joseph: King of Dreams; Teen Choice Award nomination, choice actor in a drama or action adventure film, 2002, for Changing Lanes; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding nonfiction (reality) program, 2002, and Golden Laurel Award nomination (with others), television producer of the year in reality, game, or informational series, Producers Guild of America, 2003, both for Project Greenlight; named to the power 100 list, Premiere magazine, 2002 and 2003; MTV Movie Award nomination (with Jennifer Garner), best kiss, 2003, and Teen Choice Award nominations, choice actor in a drama or action adventure film and (with Garner) choice movie chemistry, both 2003, and MTV Movie Award nomination (Mexico), sexiest hero, 2004, all for Daredevil; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding reality program, and Golden Laurel Award nomination (with others), television producer of the year in reality, game, or informational series, both 2004, for Project Greenlight 2; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding reality program, 2005, for Project Greenlight 3; subject of the song "Dear Ben" by Jennifer Lopez; some sources state that Affleck received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination, c. 1994, for "A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story," Lifestories: Families in Crisis.


Film Appearances:

The Dark End of the Street, First Run Features, 1981.

Chesty Smith, School Ties, Paramount, 1992.

(Uncredited) Tenth basketball player, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992.

Fred O'Bannion, Dazed and Confused, Gramercy Pictures, 1993.

Jack, Glory Daze (also known as Last Call), Seventh Art Releasing, 1995.

Shannon Hamilton, Mallrats, Gramercy Pictures, 1995.

Chuckie Sullivan, Good Will Hunting, Miramax, 1997.

Holden McNeil, Chasing Amy (also known as Comic Strip), Miramax, 1997.

(Scenes deleted) Man in office, Office Killer, Miramax, 1997.

Tom "Gunner" Casselman, Going All the Way, Gramercy Pictures, 1997.

A. J. Frost, Armageddon, Buena Vista, 1998.

Bartelby/Barry, Dogma (also known as Bearclaw and God), Miramax, 1998.

Bartender, 200 Cigarettes (also known as The Islander), Paramount, 1998.

Ned Alleyn, Shakespeare in Love, Miramax, 1998.

Sheriff Bryce Hammond, Phantoms (also known as Dean Koontz's "Phantoms"), Dimension Films/Miramax, 1998.

Ben, Forces of Nature, DreamWorks, 1999.

Buddy Amaral, Bounce, Miramax, 2000.

Jim Young, Boiler Room, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Rudy Duncan, Reindeer Games (also known as Deception), Dimension Films, 2000.

Voice of title role, Joseph: King of Dreams (animated musical), Universal, 2000.

Captain Rafe McCawley, Pearl Harbor (also known as Pearl Harbour), Buena Vista, 2001.

Holden McNeil and himself, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (also known as VA5 and View Askew 5), Miramax/Dimension Films, 2001.

Michael, The Third Wheel, Miramax, 2002.

Gavin Banek, Changing Lanes, Paramount, 2002.

Jack Ryan, The Sum of All Fears (also known as Der Anschlag), Paramount, 2002.

Matt Murdock/title role, Daredevil, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002.

Larry Gigli, Gigli, Columbia/TriStar, 2003.

Michael Jennings, Paycheck, Paramount, 2003.

(In archive footage) Himself, Fahrenheit 9/11, IFC Films, 2004.

Himself, Oh, What a Lovely Tea Party (documentary), View Askew Productions, 2004.

Drew Latham, Surviving Christmas, DreamWorks, 2004.

Ollie Trinke, Jersey Girl (also known as Fatherhood Project and Untitled Kevin Smith Project), Miramax, 2004.

George Reeves, Hollywoodland (also known as Truth, Justice, and the American Way and Untitled George Reeves Project), Focus Features, 2006.

Jack Dupree, Smokin' Aces, Universal, 2006.

Jack Giamoro, Man about Town, Media 8 Entertainment, 2006.

Clerks II (also known as The Passion of the Clerks), The Weinstein Company, 2006.

Some sources cite an appearance as an extra in Field of Dreams (also known as Shoeless Joe), Universal, 1989. Some sources state that Affleck's photograph appears as a prop in the film Mermaids, Orion, 1990.

Film Executive Producer:

Crossing Cords (short film), MoonRey Films/Pearl Street Productions, 2001.

Speakeasy, Miramax, 2002.

The Third Wheel, Miramax, 2002.

The Battle of Shaker Heights, Miramax, 2003.

Turning It Over (short film), Indy Pictures, 2004.

Feast, Dimension Films/Miramax, 2005.

Film Producer:

Stolen Summer, Miramax, 2002.

Gone, Baby, Gone, Buena Vista, 2006.

Film Director:

I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meathook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney (short film), 1993.

Gone, Baby, Gone, Buena Vista, 2006.

Television Appearances; Series:

Joe Willie Clemons, Against the Grain, NBC, 1993.

Project Greenlight, HBO, 2001–2002.

Project Greenlight 2, HBO, beginning 2003.

Project Greenlight 3, Bravo, beginning 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

C. T. Granville, The Voyage of the Mimi, PBS, c. 1980.

Billy Hearn, Hands of a Stranger (also known as Double Standard), NBC, 1987.

C. T. Granville, The Second Voyage of the Mimi, PBS, 1988.

Member of crowd, 2004 World Series (also known as World Series 04), Fox, 2004.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Benjamin "Ben" Watson, Daddy (also known as Danielle Steel's "Daddy"), NBC, 1991.

Lawrence Bowen, Daddy and Them, Showtime, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Danny Coleman, "Wanted: The Perfect Guy" (also known as "Wanted: A Man for Mom" and "Personal Business"), ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1986.

Aaron Henry, "A Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story," Lifestories: Families in Crisis, HBO, 1994.

Armageddon: Target Earth, ABC, 1998.

Host, The Concert of the Century for VH1 Save the Music, VH1, 1999.

Himself, We All Dream of Oz, TNT, 2000.

Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies, CBS, 2001.

Himself, History vs. Hollywood: Pearl Harbor, History Channel, 2001.

Himself, Journey to the Screen: The Making of "Pearl Harbor" (also known as Pearl Harbor: A Journey to the Screen), Black Entertainment Television, 2001.

Beyond the Movie: Pearl Harbor, 2001.

The Inside Reel: Digital Filmmaking, PBS, 2001.

Man Talk with Carrie Fisher, Oxygen Network, 2001.

Before They Were Stars!, ABC, 2002.

Himself, "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2003," The Barbara Walters Special (also known as The Barbara Walters Summer Special), ABC, 2003.

Himself, Ben & Jen: A Dateline Special, NBC, 2003.

Himself, Daredevil: From the Comic to the Big Screen, HBO, 2003.

Himself, The Stars' First Time … on Entertainment Tonight with Mary Hart, CBS, 2003.

Narrator, The Curse of the Bambino, HBO, 2003.

(In archive footage) Himself, Comedy Central's "Last Laugh '04" (also known as Last Laugh '04), Comedy Central, 2004.

Himself, From Hong Kong to Hollywood: The Making of John Woo, 2004.

Himself, How's Your News? On the Campaign Trail, Trio Network, 2004.

Himself, Remembering the Future: Paycheck & the Worlds of Philip K. Dick, 2004.

Himself, Surviving Christmas: Unwrapping the Comedy, HBO, 2004.

Himself, Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope, multiple networks, 2005.

Himself, Ultimate Super Heroes, Ultimate Super Villains, Ultimate Super Vixens, Bravo, 2005.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998.

Himself, The 1999 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1999.

Presenter, The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1999.

Presenter, The 1999 ESPY Awards, ESPN, 1999.

Presenter, The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentations, ABC, 1999.

Himself, 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2000.

Hollywood Salutes Bruce Willis: An American Cinematheque Tribute, TNT, 2000.

Himself, The Teen Choice Awards 2001, Fox, 2001.

Presenter, The 73rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2001.

Himself, 2002 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2002.

Presenter, The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2002.

Himself, E! Entertainer of the Year 2003, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

(In archive footage) Himself, MTV Europe Music Awards 2003, MTV, 2003.

Presenter, The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Kevin Johnson, "Is That All There Is?," Almost Home (also known as The Torkelsons: Almost Home; previously known as The Torkelsons), NBC, 1993.

Guest, The Oprah Winfrey Show (also known as Oprah), syndicated, 1998.

Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, multiple episodes both 1998 and 2000.

Himself, "Forces of Nature," HBO First Look, HBO, 1999.

Himself, "The Lack of Reason," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 1999.

(Uncredited) Himself, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 1999.

Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1999.

Himself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (also known as The Late Late Show), CBS, multiple episodes in 2000, 2001.

Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 2000, multiple episodes in 2004.

Himself, Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 2001.

(Uncredited) Donnie Bartalotti, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 2001.

Guest, Mundo VIP, 2001.

Guest, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.

Secrets of Superstar Fitness, Discovery Health Channel, c. 2002.

Guest, Total Request Live (also known as TRL and Total Request with Carson Daly), MTV, 2002, 2004.

Himself, "Daredevilin'," Player$, G4techTV, 2003.

(In archive footage) Himself, "It's Good to be Ben Affleck," It's Good to Be, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Himself, "Suuri Hollywood-elokuvaspesiaali," 4Pop, 2003.

Himself, Ben Affleck & Matt Damon: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

(In archive footage) Himself, 101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment (also known as E's "101"), E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Guest, The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2003.

Guest, Despierta America!, 2003.

Guest, Dinner for Five, Independent Television, 2003.

Guest, El gordo y la flaca, 2003.

Guest, Entertainment Tonight (also known as Entertainment This Week, ET, E.T., ET Weekend, and This Week in Entertainment), syndicated, 2003.

Guest, Extra (also known as Extra: The Entertainment Magazine), syndicated, 2003.

Guest, Mad TV, Fox, 2003.

Guest, Primer impacto, 2003.

Guest, Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2003.

Guest, The View, ABC, 2003.

(In archive footage) Himself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, multiple appearances, 2003, 2004.

Himself, Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2003, 2004.

Guest, Live with Regis and Kelly, syndicated, 2003, 2004.

Himself, "Hollywood Home Game 4," World Poker Tour, Travel Channel, 2004.

Himself, "Surviving Christmas," HBO First Look, HBO, 2004.

Himself, GMTV, Independent Television, 2004.

Himself, Hardball with Chris Matthews (also known as Hardball), MSNBC, 2004.

(In archive footage) Himself, 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops (also known as E's "101"), E! Entertainment Television, 2004.

Himself, T4, Channel 4, 2004.

Guest, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellen and The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2004.

Guest, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, multiple episodes in 2004.

Guest, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2004.

Guest, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News Channel, 2004.

Guest, Richard & Judy, Channel 4 (England), 2004.

X-Play (also known as Extended Play and GameSpot TV), G4techTV, 2004.

Guest, Corazon de …, Television Espanola (Spain), 2005.

Panelist, Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, 2005.

Appeared in "The Films of Kevin Smith," an episode of The Directors, Encore; and in episodes of other programs, including Today (also known as NBC News Today and The Today Show), NBC.

Television Executive Producer; Series:

Project Greenlight, HBO, 2001–2002.

(And creator) Push, Nevada, ABC, 2002.

Project Greenlight 2, HBO, beginning 2003.

American Start-Up, Spike TV, beginning 2005.

Project Greenlight 3, Bravo, beginning 2005.

Television Executive Producer; Pilots:

The Runner, ABC, written c. 2001, may be broadcast later.

All Grown Up, CBS, 2003.

Los Angeles, ABC, 2003.



Himself, View Askew's Look Back at "Mallrats," View Askew Productions, 1999.

Himself, Judge Not: In Defense of Dogma, Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment, 2001.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) Kenny, Saturday Night Live: The Best of Molly Shannon, NBC, 2001.

Himself, The Making of "Changing Lanes" (also known as Behind the Scenes of "Changing Lanes"), 2002.

Himself, Beyond Hell's Kitchen: Making "Daredevil," Twentieth Century-Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.

Himself, Jennifer Lopez: The Reel Me, Sony Music Entertainment, 2003.

Video Commentator:

Good Will Hunting, Alliance Video, 1999.

Chasing Amy (also known as Comic Strip and Chasing Amy: The Criterion Collection), Criterion, 2000.

Some sources state that Affleck provided commentary for the DVD version of Armageddon.

Music Videos:

Aerosmith, "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing," 1998.

Jennifer Lopez, "Jenny from the Block," 2002.



(With Matt Damon) Good Will Hunting, Miramax, 1997.

Gone, Baby, Gone (based on the novel by Dennis Lehane), Buena Vista, 2006.

Teleplays; Episodic:

(With Sean Bailey) "The Amount," Push, Nevada, ABC, 2002.

(With Sean Bailey) "The Black Box," Push, Nevada, ABC, 2002.

Teleplays; Pilots:

The Runner, ABC, written c. 2001, may be broadcast later.



Newsmakers 1999, Issue 1, Gale, 1999.


Detour, April, 1997, pp. 72-76.

Empire, June, 1999, pp. 82-88.

Entertainment Weekly, February 13, 1998, pp. 20-23; November 14, 2003, pp. 50-54; March 26, 2004, pp. 14-15.

Hunks, February 7, 2005.

Interview, December, 1997, p. 118.

Los Angeles Times, November 30, 1997, pp. 3, 78-79; October 27, 2004.

Movieline, March, 1999, pp. 62-63.

OK!, August 21, 2002, pp. 36-39, 41, 43.

People Weekly, May 2, 2005, p. 66; May 9, 2005, p. 21; May 23, 2005, p. 71; July 18, 2005, p. 54; December 19, 2005, p. 68.

Premiere, Volume 10, number 9, 1997, p. 47; January, 1998, pp. 80-84, 103; August, 1998, pp. 56-63, 98; February, 2000, pp. 60-65, 93; April, 2004, pp. 86-88, 108.

Rolling Stone, April 1, 2004, pp. 50-52, 54, 56.

Star, November 1, 2004, pp. 34-35.

Starlog, August, 1998.

Time, March 29, 2004, p. 62.

Total Film, September, 2002, pp. 76-80.

TV Guide, February 8, 2003, pp. 14-20; February 21, 2004, p. 38.

Urban Cinefile, June 7, 2001.

US, May, 1997, pp. 72-74.

USA Today, March 2, 1998.