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Benjamin Geza Affleck was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California, USA, and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. His father, Tim Affleck, is a social worker, and his mother, Chris Affleck (née Boldt), is a school teacher; the two are now divorced. Ben also has a younger brother, actor Casey Affleck, who was born in 1975. Ben wanted to be an actor ever since he could remember and his first acting experience was for a Burger King commercial, when he was on the PBS mini-series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984).

  • Fined $135 for driving in Massachusetts with a suspended license.
  • Older brother of actor Casey Affleck.
  • Friend of and frequent collaborator with actor Matt Damon.
  • Owns vintage Ms. Pac-Man and Millipede video-arcade games.
  • He was accidently knocked unconscious by football player Dana Stubblefield during the filming of Reindeer Games (2000). Stubblefield slipped, and Affleck was knocked down. He was taken to the hospital, but fully recovered.
  • When he was little, he asked his mom for a dog, and she tested him by making him walk an imaginary dog for a week. Ben only lasted for 5 days and didn’t get the dog.
  • Graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in 1990.
  • Dropped out of the University of Vermont after 1 semester.
  • Dropped out of Occidental College after 1 year, where he had studied Middle Eastern studies.
  • He and Matt Damon sold their Good Will Hunting (1997) script for $600,000.
  • Has his teeth capped.
  • Owns 5 motorcycles.
  • Chosen as one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World
  • Chosen as one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People in the World
  • Auditioned for Corey Haim’s part in License to Drive (1988).
  • Was an extra with friend Matt Damon in Field of Dreams (1989).
  • Charlie Sheen drove him to Promises Rehabilitation Center in August, 2001
  • Ranked #77 in Premiere’s 2002 annual Power 100 List.
  • Is known for being a very good impressionist. He usually picks one of his costars while filming a movie and studies them. He displays his impressions on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) almost every time he is a guest. While filming The Sum of All Fears (2002), he chose to study co-star Morgan Freeman. When he showed Morgan his impression on set, it was so accurate Freeman told him, “You ever do that again, I’ll kill you”.
  • Confirms engagement to Jennifer Lopez, after giving her a reported $3.5 million ring. (Nov. 2002)
  • His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Scottish, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), French, and Swedish. His maternal great-grandfather, Joseph Raymond Boldt, was born in Rhode Island, to German immigrants.
  • Voluntarily entered Promises Rehabilitation Center in Malibu, California for alcohol abuse. [July 2001]
  • Named People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” (2002)
  • He was inspired to contribute to the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, which supports cancer research at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, after meeting Molly Hanna, who died of cancer in 2002. She was a student in his mother’s fifth-grade class.
  • Growing up, the Marvel Comic book character Daredevil was his hero. He got to play the character in the 2003 movie.
  • Ranked #41 in Premiere’s 2003 annual Power 100 List.
  • Is getting paid $1.5 million dollars for doing commercials for L’Oreal Shampoo. (2003)
  • Has a Boston Celtics logo painted on the basketball court at his house.
  • In the fall of 2003, he volunteered to spend several days with children with disabilities.
  • Speaks Spanish and French.
  • Jennifer Lopez wrote the song “Dear Ben” about him and how much she loved him.
  • With the exception of Clerks. (1994), he has appeared in all of Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse films.
  • He learned to speak Arabic.
  • He won $356,000 by winning the California State Poker Championships in June 2004 – defeating some of the best poker players in the world in the process.
  • Is a first-time uncle to younger brother Casey’s son, Indiana August, who was born on May 31, 2004 in Amsterdam, to Casey and his fiancé, actress Summer Phoenix.
  • Appeared in a prop photo used in the movie Mermaids (1990).
  • In 2001, was filming four movies simultaneously: Pearl Harbor (2001), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Changing Lanes (2002), and The Sum of All Fears (2002).
  • When he was dating Jennifer Lopez, hated the paparazzi referring to them as “Bennifer.”
  • Is a staunch Democrat and has supported Senator John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign.
  • In 1999, he was nominated for the Razzie Award, Worst Screen Couple in the movie Armageddon (1998), with actress Liv Tyler. In 2004, he was again nominated for, and subsequently “won”, the Worst Screen Couple Award with co-star Jennifer Lopez in the movie Gigli (2003). One year later (2005), he was nominated, once again, for Worst Screen Couple, this time with both of the actresses (Jennifer Lopez or Liv Tyler) in the film Jersey Girl (2004).
  • As of 2005, has a total of seven Razzie Nominations (including three for Worst Actor) and two “wins”.
  • Prior to achieving leading man status, he was often cast as a bully.
  • Had four different stunt men for Daredevil (2003), each one with a different specialty (fighting, wire works, etc.). He tried to do as much of his own stunts as he possibly could, feeling that it would add more credibility to the film.
  • Is a fan of the Red Sox baseball team
  • Appeared with wife Jennifer Garner in two movies Daredevil (2003) and Pearl Harbor (2001). It would have been three, but Affleck’s small scene in Elektra (2005), was cut from the final film.
  • Quit smoking when Violet was born.
  • Tom Clancy wrote a script for a new Jack Ryan film entitled “Red Rabbit”, with him in mind. “Red Rabbit” is set in the early 1980s, (when Clancy’s novel version of Ryan was about Affleck’s age) and chronicles a Soviet plot to kill Pope John Paul II only a few years into his reign.
  • At one point after Good Will Hunting (1997) was released, Affleck was writing a script with Matt Damon and his brother Casey Affleck. The plot concerned teenagers in a half way house. It is not clear if this script will ever be completed.
  • Was to have cameos in two Kevin Smith produced movies but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts. The two movies were Vulgar (2000) and Big Helium Dog (1999).
  • Is an avid fan of Robert Englund.
  • Besides being known as the title character in the Daredevil franchise, is also known as Superman in the George Reeves bio-pic “Hollywoodland”.
  • Winner of the 2006 Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his role in “Hollywoodland”.
  • His father was at one time a janitor at Harvard University, the inspiration for Will Hunting’s job at MIT in Good Will Hunting (1997).
  • Has a fear of flying.
  • Turned down the part of Bobby Mercer in Four Brothers (2005), as he found the script to be “ultra-violent”. The part eventually went to Mark Wahlberg.
  • He and his wife, Jennifer Garner, both had movies open on January 26 2007: his was Smokin’ Aces (2006) and hers was Catch and Release (2006).
  • Was originally set to play “Don Haskins” in Glory Road (2006), but pulled out of the project due to scheduling conflicts.
  • 2002: Voted Most Eligible Bachelor by People Magazine.
  • Dec. 2007 – Ranked 50 in EW’s The 50 Smartest People In Hollywood.
  • Since late 2007 he has made four separate trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo to bring attention to the plight of that country. [November 2008]
  • (November 11, 2008) Attended the star-studded opening of Dubai’s lavish Atlantis Palms resort. Guests were welcomed in style with a display of one million fireworks, said to be visible from space.
  • Was considered for the role of Billy Loomis in Scream (1996).
  • He has an entry in Jean Tulard’s “Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs”, published in Paris in 2007 (pgs. 15/16).
  • Majored in Middle Eastern affairs in college.
  • Claims that his hero is Harrison Ford.
  • As a teenager, he lived in México where he learned to speak Spanish.
  • Lives in Pacific Palisades, California.
  • Has directed 3 actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Amy Ryan, Jeremy Renner, and Alan Arkin.
  • Ben and Jennifer Garner are expecting their third child [August 22, 2011].
  • At age 25, he was the youngest person ever to win an Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’. He went 15 years without another nomination until 2013, and won ‘Best Picture’ for Argo (2012).
  • When he and best friend Matt Damon were struggling actors, they both shared a Boston bank account.
  • The first director ever to win both the Golden Globe and the Directors Guild awards for Best Director after failing to earn an Oscar nomination for the same work, for Argo (2012).
  • Since the Directors Guild started awarding its DGA award for Best Director in 1948, Affleck is only the third director to ever win this award while also failing to even be nominated for an Oscar as Best Director. The two other directors likewise snubbed by Academy voters were Ron Howard for Apollo 13 (1995) and Steven Spielberg for The Color Purple (1985).
  • At forty years old, he is the oldest actor to be cast in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
  • He is the tallest actor to play Bruce Wayne/Batman and is in fact an inch and half taller than the version seen in the comics who stands at six-feet two inches tall.
  • He has played two comic book characters whose most famous story lines were written by Frank Miller: Batman and Daredevil.
  • He is the third Academy-award winner to play the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman after George Clooney and Christian Bale. He and Clooney are both two-time Oscar winners, and won their second Oscar together as producers of Argo (2012). He is the first to have won before playing Batman.
  • Became a father for the 1st time at age 33 when his wife Jennifer Garner gave birth to their daughter Violet Anne Affleck on December 1, 2005.
  • Became a father for the 2nd time at age 36 when his wife Jennifer Garner gave birth to their daughter Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck on January 6, 2009.
  • Became a father for the 3rd time at age 39 when his wife Jennifer Garner gave birth to their son Samuel Garner Affleck on February 27, 2012.
  • Began an intense two-hour a day workout regime the day after he was cast as Batman.
  • He has the distinction of being the only actor to wear both a Batman suit and Superman suit in two different films.
  • Starred alongside Alec Baldwin in ”Pearl Harbor (2001)” and once played him in a skit on ”Saturday Night Live”. In addition to both playing the part of Tom Clancy’s character Jack Ryan, both men share the distinction of playing iconic golden age comic book characters who used fear and intimidation: Baldwin played the title role in ”The Shadow (1994)” and Affleck plays Bruce Wayne/Batman.
  • As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Field of Dreams (1989), Good Will Hunting (1997), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Argo (2012), with the two latter winning in the category.
  • He is one year and five months older than Christian Bale, making him the only actor to play Bruce Wayne/Batman older than his predecessor.

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