Ben Affleck (born 1972) is an American actor, film director and screenwriter. He became known in the mid 1990s, after his involvement in the View Askewniverse, namely the film Mallrats and later played the lead role in Chasing Amy in 1997. Affleck has since become an Academy Award winner for his screenplay with BFF Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting in 1997. He has established himself as a Hollywood leading man, having starred in several big budget films, such as Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002) and Daredevil (2003). In 2003 he starred in the bomb Gigli, which at the time killed his career as a big star. He's since rebuilt his acting career from the ground up by focusing on less glamourous roles than his earlier career, earning back a lot of cred with an award-winning turn the troubled George Reeves in Hollywoodland, and had a full-on Career Resurrection in 2007 with his directional debut Gone Baby Gone which was both a critical and commercial success and with the reviews of 2010's The Town has proved that he's a force to be reckoned with.
After a high profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998, his relationship with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez attracted worldwide media attention in which Affleck and Lopez were dubbed as "Bennifer". Following their breakup in 2004, he began dating Jennifer Garner. "Bennifer 2.0" was much more successful, eventually leading to marriage and three kids - two daughters and a son.
Older brother of actor Casey Affleck.
Words of advice:
Kevin Murphy: Also, make sure that, if you must have any Ben at all, limit yourself to just a fleck of Ben.