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Facts about Ben Affleck
Biography for Ben AffleckBen Affleck (born Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt; Aug. 15, 1972 (41 years ago)) is an American actor, movie director and screenwriter. He became known in the mid 1990s, after his involvement in the movie Mallrats (1995, 18 years ago) and later played the lead role in Chasing Amy in 1997 (16 years ago). Affleck has since become an Academy Award winner for his screenplay in Good Will Hunting in 1997 (16 years ago). He has established himself as a Hollywood leading man, having starred in several big budget films, such as Armageddon (1998, 15 years ago), Pearl Harbor (2001, 12 years ago), Changing Lanes (2002, 11 years ago), The Sum of All Fears (2002, 11 years ago) and Daredevil (2003, 10 years ago).
After a high profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow (6 walls) in 1998 (15 years ago), his relationship with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez (30 walls) attracted worldwide media attention in which Affleck and Lopez were dubbed as "Bennifer." Following their breakup in 2004 (9 years ago), he began dating Jennifer Garner. The two married in Jun. 2005 (8 years ago) and have two daughters, Violet, born dec. 2005 (8 years ago) and Seraphina, born Jan. 2009 (4 years ago). Affleck has been actively involved in politics, along with a non-profit organization called the A-T Children's Project. Along with childhood friend, Matt Damon (4 walls), they founded the production company LivePlanet.
Early lifeAffleck was born in Berkeley, California, the son of Christine Ann "Chris" (née Boldt), a school district employee and teacher, and Timothy Affleck, a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, and former actor with the Theater Company of Boston. Affleck's mother attended Harvard University and currently teaches in Cambridge Public Schools. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck. Affleck has Irish and Scottish ancestry. His family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts when he was very young and his parents divorced in 1984 (29 years ago). At the age of eight, Affleck met ten-year-old Matt Damon (4 walls), who lived two blocks away. The two would later attend Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together, although they were in different year groups. Affleck attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, as well as the University of Vermont.
Personal lifeAffleck had a high-profile romance with actress Gwyneth Paltrow (6 walls) in 1998 (15 years ago), following her breakup with actor Brad Pitt. In 2002 (11 years ago), he began dating actress/singer Jennifer Lopez (30 walls), whom he had met prior to filming Gigli. The same year, his engagement to Lopez was announced, and the relationship between the two received much attention from the entertainment media, who dubbed the couple "Bennifer." Despite a wedding planned for sep. 14, the couple broke up in 2004 (9 years ago), both blaming the media attention - including an alleged incident in which Affleck partied with Christian Slater and some lap dancers in Vancouver. The negative publicity and media attention carried over to the 2003 (10 years ago) movie Gigli, which also was a box office failure.
He subsequently began seeing his Daredevil co-star, actress Jennifer Garner (19 walls), and the two were engaged after nine months of dating. Affleck and Garner were married on Jun. 29, 2005 (8 years ago) in Turks and Caicos, located in the Caribbean. They have two daughters, Violet Anne, born on dec. 1, 2005 (8 years ago) and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, born on Jan. 6, 2009 (4 years ago). He has a holiday home in Savannah, Georgia, and the family was in Cambridge for the summer in 2006 (7 years ago) while Affleck was directing Gone, Baby, Gone.
An avid poker player, Affleck has regularly entered local events. He has been tutored by poker professionals Amir Vahedi and Annie Duke, and won the California State Poker Championship on Jun. 20, 2004 (9 years ago), taking home the first prize of $356,000, which qualified him for the 2004 (9 years ago) World Poker Tour final tournament. He is a fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and Boston Celtics.
Affleck got his first tattoo when he was sixteen. He now has about a half-dozen including a tattoo of a Dolphin (11 walls) that was used to cover up a tattoo of his high school sweetheart's name. The tattoos have been done by numerous artists including Paul Timman. He quit smoking after starring in the 2007 (6 years ago) movie Smokin' Aces, in which he was required to smoke heavily, and lost his taste for it after a week of chain-smoking for his role.
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