Ben Affleck is an actor, producer, director and writer who is known for many projects including “Good Will Hunting,” “Gone Girl” and “Armageddon.” Affleck was engaged to Jennifer Lopez from 2003 until 2004, when they split up. Over 10 years later, the two found their way back together and tied the knot in July 2022.
Affleck was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California to parents Chris Anne Boldt and Timothy Byers Affleck. He and his family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts at a young age and that was where he spent a lot of his childhood. Affleck befriended fellow actor Matt Damon when they were kids and played little league and took acting classes together. The two would go on to remain friends through their adulthood and work on many projects together.
Affleck acted on a PBS miniseries “The Voyage of the Mimi” in 1984 and “The Second Voyage of the Mimi” in 1988. He was also in “Dazed and Confused,” “Mallrats” and “Chasing Amy” at the beginning of his career.
As a young actor, Affleck and Damon were both getting a lot of small roles, so they decided to take things into their own hands and started to write "Good Will Hunting" together. Initially, the script was accepted by Castle Rock, but they were not willing to give the pair the control they wanted to have with the film. The script was ultimately sold to MiraMax and they were given the control they wanted. The film, which the two also starred in was released in 1997 and put the two actors on the map. “Good Will Hunting” was nominated for nine Academy Awards and won two, including the award for best original screenplay.
After “Good Will Hunting” things took off for Affleck. He was in the 1998 movies “Armageddon” and “Shakespeare in Love.” He was also in “Dogma,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Changing Lanes,” “The Sum of All Fears” and “The Third Wheel.” In 2003, he was in “Gigli,” which is where he met Lopez. In 2007, he directed the movie “Gone Baby Gone,” which starred his brother Casey and also directed, co-wrote and starred in “The Town” in 2010. He was also in “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “Extract.”
Affleck directed once again for the movie “Argo” in 2012 which earned him a Golden Globe for best director. After that he was in “Runner Runner” and “Gone Girl.” In 2016, he appeared as Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He played Batman in a handful of other films including “Justice League,” “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” and he is set to play the caped crusader again in the upcoming movie “The Flash.” Affleck’s most recent movies include “The Way Back,” “The Last Thing He Wanted,” “The Last Duel,” “The Tender Bar” and “Deep Water.” He also has an upcoming project with Damon coming about Nike.
Affleck was married to Jennifer Garner from June 2005 until their divorce in 2018. During their time together, they had three children, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. In July 2022, Affleck got married to Lopez in Las Vegas after getting engaged in April.