Ben Affleck is a man of all trades. The actor, director, screenwriter, and producer was born in Berkley California but was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his younger brother Casey. Ben’s father was a jack-of-all trades, as well. He worked as a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, and former actor. Ben’s mother, Chris, is a teacher.
Ben met fellow actor-to-be and good friend Matt Damon when they were just 8 and 10 years old. Ben had the acting bug early on and starred in his first television show for PBS “The Voyage of the Mimi” in 1984. He continued to act in television movies and in series guest spots.
His first break into movies was in 1993’s “Dazed and Confused” and he continued with a string of films such as “Chasing Amy” and “Mall Rats”. But he soon struggled to land work and was living in an apartment with his brother Casey and best friend Matt Damon, who was also having difficulty landing jobs. It was then that the two started writing the Oscar-nominated script for “Good Will Hunting”. It earned nine nominations and won Best Screenplay and also Best Supporting Actor for Robin Williams.
After the huge success of the screenplay, Ben landed blockbuster roles soon after – “Armageddon, “Shakespeare in Love”, “Pearl Harbor”, and “Daredevil”. It was on the set of 2004’s Daredevil that Ben met future wife Jennifer Garner.
Jennifer and Ben were married on June 29, 2005 in Turks and Caicos.Their first daughter Violet Anne was born in December of 2005 and daughter Seraphina Rose was born in January 2009.
Ben most recently directed and acted in the bank heist film “The Town”, which received critical acclaim and earned Jeremy Renner an Oscar nod.
In 2008 Ben started helping to raise awareness for the turmoil in the Congo. In March 2010, Ben formed the Eastern Congo Initiative, which he founded as “the first U.S. based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Congo.”
Marriages: Jennifer Garner 6/29/05
Children: Violet Anne 12/1/05 Seraphina Rose 1/6/09