Ben Affleck is a well-known American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He made his acting debut when he was quite young by playing the lead in teleseries such as The Voyage of the Mimi.

Affleck first met Matt Damon, his co-star and closest friend, in high school. The friends co-wrote the script for the most successful film of his career, Good Will Hunting. For the script, they shared a Golden Globe and an Oscar. 

Affleck has played a variety of roles in famous film projects such as Pearl HarborHe’s Just Not That Into You, Armageddon, Changing Lanes, The Sum of All Fears, Smokin’ Aces, Extract, Gigli, and Forces of Nature.

In addition to directing and writing the script for films like Argo and The Town, he made his debut as a director in Gone Baby Gone. His direction of Argo earned him a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. 

He also has titles such as The Accountant, the action-packed Triple Frontier, The Way Back, and Gone Girl under his belt. Furthermore, he is a co-owner of the Pearl Street Films production company.

The Oscar-winning actor who plays Batman is also among Hollywood’s most famous poker players. During his playing days, Affleck has come up against Annie Duke and Amir Vahedi, two popular professionals. 

What You Need to Know About Ben Affleck

Young Adulthood & Childhood

Timothy Byers Affleck and Christine Anne Affleck welcomed Ben Affleck into the world on August 15, 1972. Before settling on a career as a photographer, his father tried his hand at a variety of jobs. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, his mother worked as an educator. His younger brother, Casey Affleck, who also works in Hollywood, is an actor.

His parents split formally in 1984, although they had separated shortly after his birth. Affleck and his siblings relocated to Massachusetts following the divorce.

Affleck has always had a passion for performing and has taken on small roles like Burger King commercials. He was cast in the 1984 PBS miniseries The Voyage of the Mimi

Affleck met Matt Damon, his co-writer, co-star, and close friend when they were students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Damon was two years older than Affleck.

Before Affleck landed his notable roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and School Ties, they spent most of their time together.

Film Career

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Good Will Hunting: The big break

According to notable film sites, Affleck and Damon wrote the script for Good Will Hunting,  a 1992 movie about a disturbed math prodigy. In 1996, Miramax bought the movie’s rights after a lengthy battle to produce the script.

In 1997, Good Will Hunting, starring Affleck, Damon, and the late Robin Williams, was released to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. The awards for original screenplay at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes propelled the buddies into the spotlight.

Following his Oscar victory, Affleck was cast in several prestigious movies. He co-starred in the massive post-apocalyptic film Armageddon in 1998 with Liv Tyler and Bruce Willis.

It went on to become the second-highest grossing movie of the year, raking in $550 million in international box office revenue. He got a supporting role in Shakespeare in Love the same year, which went on to win several Academy Awards, including best picture.

Affleck soon started dating his co-star in Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow. In late 1998, the couple announced their separation but remained close friends.

The next year, Affleck starred with Chris Rock, Matt Damon, Alanis Morissette, and Janeane Garofalo in the comedy Dogma. In the same year, he co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy Forces of Nature.

Affleck’s Relationship with Jennifer Lopez

Affleck found love with actress and singer Jennifer Lopez after his time in rehab battling his alcoholic troubles. Their connection brought Affleck back into the limelight. 

He proposed to Lopez in November 2003, and she started wearing a $3.5 million engagement ring. He then appeared with his fiancée in the much-awaited movie Gigli.

After its release, a paltry $3 million was made at the box office over the opening weekend. The failure of the film signaled the start of a trying period in both Affleck’s professional and personal lives.

Affleck’s Relationship with Jennifer Garner

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Following the split from Lopez, popular media magazines reported Affleck started dating Jennifer Garner, his co-star in the Daredevil series. After dating for nine months, they became engaged, and on June 29, 2005, they got married.

On December 1st, 2005, they gave birth to Violet Anne, their first child. Seraphina was the couple’s second daughter, born to Garner in January 2009. Samuel, the family’s son, was born on February 27, 2012.

Following extensive media coverage of their union, Affleck and Garner confirmed their divorce in 2015. In June, shortly following their 10th anniversary, they announced their separation.

It was reported in March 2017 that the couple had decided against divorcing to fix their marriage. That same month, Affleck also announced on Facebook that he had finished alcohol addiction treatment.

However, in April 2017, the couple formally filed for divorce. They requested shared physical and legal custody of their children as part of an amicable divorce.

Their separation became official on October 5, 2018.

Poker Career

For over ten years, Affleck has participated in several cash poker competitions, including the World Series of Poker. He won the California State Poker Championship in 2004, earning a $356,400 prize alongside qualification for the World Poker Tour’s final tournament.

Affleck was once expelled from a casino on suspicion of card counting. The actor was also reportedly the recipient of a ban at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in 2014 for the same reason.

Ben Affleck is a renowned poker player

Conclusion

Affleck is also co-founder of a non-profit. In 2010, Affleck co-founded the NGO Eastern Congo Initiative with Whitney Williams after visiting the area between early 2007 and 2010.

The ECI is a grant maker for community-based, Congolese-run non-profits. Using collaborations with businesses like Starbucks and Theo Chocolate, it provides resources and training to Congolese farmers’ cooperatives.

ECI also seeks to reform legislation and increase public awareness in the US.

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