Ben Affleck is a $150 million actor, screenwriter, producer, and director. He’s recognised for “Good Will Hunting” and “Argo.” “Good Will Hunting” won him and Matt Damon an Oscar. Ben won for “Argo.” Ben has made millions over his career. One of his greatest acting paychecks (before backend bonuses) was $15 million from “Paycheck”
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born in Berkeley, California, on August 15, 1972. Ben’s mother was a teacher while his father worked as an electrician, janitor, carpenter, and bookie. Ben’s younger brother Casey was born in Falmouth, Massachusetts, when he was three. They later divorced and relocated in Cambridge.
Ben’s family was artsy in Cambridge. Ben and his brother spend time with artists from an early age. His mother knew a casting agent who arranged tryouts for both Affleck boys. Ben’s mother supported him to perform but wanted him to be a teacher.
Ben Affleck, at 8, met Matt Damon, then 10. They became fast friends. Together, they took acting school and launched Hollywood careers.
Affleck’s first acting gig, a local independent film, was at age 7. Ben starred in “Voyage of the Mimi” and “Second Voyage of the Mimi” from ages 8-15 in Cambridge and Mexico. At 14 and 15, he appeared in “Wanted: A Perfect Man” and “Hands of a Stranger.”
Ben played brief roles in Daddy (1991), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), and School Ties after graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 1990. (1992). His bulk made him a bully or jock. In “Against the Grain” and “Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story,” he played a football player. Ben played a high school bully in “Dazed and Confused” He appeared in “School Ties” in 1995.
“Good Will Hunting,” which Affleck co-wrote and starred in, started his career. The script originated as a 40-page project for Damon’s Harvard playwriting class; they expanded it in Los Angeles. Both were frustrated with their minor supporting and background roles, therefore they wanted a project where they could make important decisions.
Their representative pitched the finished script to studios. Castle Rock accepted it in 1994, but Ben and Matt were denied creative control. Miramax gave the men more creative licence with the screenplay.
“Good Will Hunting” won praise for its storyline and acting in 1997. Thanks to their great performances in the film, Affleck and Damon became overnight sensations.
Ben and Matt worked together to become performers from a young age. When they started out, they put all their acting revenue in a common bank account. They utilised the money to travel to auditions.
Pearl Street Films was founded in 1998. They formed LivePlanet later. “Project Greenlight” was LivePlanet’s biggest success. The series helped budding filmmakers direct their debut picture.
Affleck frequently works with Kevin Smith. Ben had a supporting role in Smith’s 1995 film “Mallrats.” Smith penned Affleck’s next film, “Chasing Amy.” Ben has now appeared in every Kevin Smith View Askewniverse film, including “Dogma,” “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Clerks II,” and “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.”
After “Good Will Hunting,” Affleck could chose better roles. In “Armageddon,” he played a blue-collar guy sent into space to stop an asteroid from hitting Earth. Ben’s status as an up-and-coming leading man was solidified by the film’s popularity.
“Shakespeare in Love,” “Pearl Harbor,” “The Sum of All Fears,” and “Changing Lanes” followed. Several of Affleck’s movies bombed, though. “Daredevil” (2003) was one of the actor’s biggest disappointments.
Affleck has dated some famous actresses. During his 2002-2004 relationship with Jennifer Lopez, he became a tabloid favourite. Paparazzi trailed “Bennifer’s” every move. Ben and Jennifer had been in the tabloids before, but Ben wasn’t used to the continual attention. Due to public scrutiny, Affleck and Lopez postponed their 2003 wedding. The following year, they split.
Ben married Jennifer Garner in 2005; they have three kids. They separated in 2015 and divorced in 2018
Ben received alcoholism treatment in 2001. 2017 and 2018 he returned. After a year of recovery, he relapsed in 2019, but determined to keep going.
Ben took an early interest in directing and learned from his colleagues. First film: “Gone Baby Gone” “The Town” was his next project (2010). “Argo” (2012) was a commercial and critical triumph under his direction.
Affleck won Oscars for “Good Will Hunting” and “Argo” (best picture). He’s won BAFTA, Golden Globe, and SAG awards for only two movies.
Ben Affleck has been a leading man since his early days. The selling of “Good Will Hunting” netted him and Matt Damon $300,000. “Reindeer Games” made him $6 million, but “Pearl Harbor” only $250,000. He made $10 million for “Changing Lanes” and “The Sum of All Fears.”
“Daredevil” and “Gigli” earned Affleck $11.5 million and $12.5 million, respectively.
Ben Affleck supports Paralyzed Veterans of America, Eastern Congo Initiative, A-T Children’s Project, and Feeding America.
Jen and Ben spent $17.55 million on a Pacific Palisades property in 2009. Brian Grazer sold. Jennifer lived here till late 2018. Ben and Jen sold this property to Adam Levine for $32 million in December 2018:
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo listed their $3-year-old home for $57.5 million.
Jennifer bought a $8 million home in Brentwood Park, Los Angeles, that month. Ben bought a $19 million Pacific Palisades property in April 2018.