Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972), better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer.
He first came to attention for his performances in Dazed and Confused (1993) and the Kevin Smith films Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), and Dogma (1999). Affleck gained recognition as a writer when he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote and starred in alongside childhood friend Matt Damon.
He later achieved international recognition for appearing in films such as Armageddon (1998), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Daredevil (2003), Hollywoodland (2006) and State of Play (2009). He will star in David Fincher’s Gone Girl in late 2014 and will portray Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
Affleck has directed three films. He gained recognition for his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone (2007), winning the National Board of Review Award for Best Directorial Debut. He then directed and starred in The Town (2010) and Argo (2012), for which he won the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, and Directors Guild Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, the Producers Guild Award, and the Academy Award for Best Picture. He will adapt and direct the novel Live by Night for a 2016 theatrical release.
Affleck and Matt Damon own the film production company Pearl Street Films. He has a younger brother, actor Casey Affleck, whom he has worked with on films including Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone. In addition to film work, Affleck is actively involved in humanitarian and political causes; he is the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative. He has been married to actress Jennifer Garner since 2005; they have three children.