Biographic by Steve McGarry for August 24, 2014
Biographic Steve McGarry Ben Affleck Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born in Berkeley, California, on August 15, 1972. A child actor, he graduated from Burger King commercials to the lead role in the 1984 children's TV series "The Voyage of the Mimi." TV movies were followed by bit parts in such movies as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Dazed and Confused" before his major breakthrough alongside childhood buddy Matt Damon in a movie they had also scripted, 1997's "Good Will Hunting." It earned the pair the Oscar for best original screenplay. 1998 saw Ben star opposite Bruce Willis in the blockbuster "Armageddon" and opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the Oscar-winning "Shakespeare in Love." He went on to star in the huge hit "Pearl Harbor," and was cast as Jack Ryan, a role previously played by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, in "The Sum of All Fears." 2003's take on the comic book character "Daredevil" was not particularly well-received and "Gigli" - in which he starred opposite his real-life girlfriend at the time, Jennifer Lopez - was a critical and commercial disaster. Over-exposed and overly scrutinized, Ben retreated from the limelight for a while, but when he returned in the noir 2006 George Reeves biopic "Hollywoodland," the reviews were complimentary. He made his directorial debut with the well-received "Gone Baby Gone" and starred in the likes of "He's Just Not That Into You" and "State of Play," restoring much of his box-office luster. Having co-written, directed and appeared in the 2010 hit "The Town," Ben directed and starred in 2012's "Argo." The movie was a great success, earning him multiple award nominations and the Best Picture Oscar. Married since 2005 to his "Daredevil" co-star Jennifer Garner - they have three children together - Ben is back at the very top of his game. October's "Gone Girl," based on the wildly popular book, is one of the year's most eagerly anticipated movies. He is set to direct an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel "Live By Night," and will don cape and cowl to star in 2016's "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice."