Ben Affleck

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Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg
Affleck in July 2017
BornBenjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
(1972-08-15) August 15, 1972 (age 46)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materOccidental College
University of Vermont
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1981–present
Spouse(s)
Jennifer Garner (m. 2005–2015)
Children3
FamilyCasey Affleck (brother)

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972[1]) is an American actor, movie director, producer, and screenwriter. He became well known in the late 1990s, after acting in the movie Good Will Hunting. He has since become a Hollywood star having acted in several important movies.

Affleck began playing the role of Batman in the DC Extended Universe beginning with the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[2] He later played Batman again in Suicide Squad and will appear Justice League and in his own solo movie The Batman (2019).

Early life[change | change source]

Affleck was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Christine Anne "Chris" Affleck (née Boldt), was a school district employee and teacher. His father, Timothy Byers Affleck, has been a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, writer, director, and actor with the Theater Company of Boston.[3][4][5][6] Affleck's mother was a freedom rider in the 1960s;[7][8] until her retirement, she was a public school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[9] His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck. He has English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish, Swiss, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Welsh and French ancestry.[10][11] The surname "Affleck" is of Scottish origin, and his middle name, "Géza", was the name of a family friend.[7] He was raised in a mostly Episcopalian family.[12]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Ben Affleck Biography". People magazine. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  2. "Ben Affleck set to play Batman in 'Man of Steel' sequel". MSN.com. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  3. "Ben Affleck Biography (1972-)". Film reference. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  4. "Casey Affleck Biography (1975-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  5. Stephen Dalton (2012-12-31). "Once considered a flash in the pan, Ben Affleck is on the comeback trail - The National". Thenational.ae. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  6. "Mrs. Shaw was also the grandmother of Hollywood actors Ben and Casey Affleck". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 2003-02-10. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2001
  8. "THR Cover: Confessions of Ben Affleck". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  9. "With new film, Affleck ties Boston knot tighter - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  10. Heyes, Rebecca. "10 Things About... Batman star Ben Affleck". Digital Spy.
  11. "Film Interview – Ben Affleck / 'Hollywoodland'". Event Guide. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  12. McGee, Celia (December 18, 2003). "Wild about Jen; Ben Opens Up to our Celia McGee". Daily News. New York. Retrieved 2014-01-09.

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