Ben Affleck BiographyBenjamin Géza Affleck is an American actor, director, filmmaker, and «Oscar» award winner. He received an award for «Special Achievement in Filmmaking» for his performance in «Good Will Hunting». Benjamin is an older brother of Casey Affleck.
Early lifeBenjamin Affleck was born on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California in an Irish-Scottish family. His mother, Christopher Ann (nee Boldt) was a school teacher and father, Timothy Byers Affleck was as an aspiring actor who used to perform in one of the Boston theatres. His father`s acting career never really blossomed but he managed to make friends with Dustin Hoffman and Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow`s mother).
Meeting Matt DamonWhile living in Cambridge Ben became friends with Matt Damon. They were living a couple of blocks apart from each other, were studying in one school (with Damon being two years older), and visiting theatre school together. According to Damon, their acting teacher Gerry Speca always gave Affleck the most important roles and monologues. Matt was a frequent guest in Affleck`s house, where they, thanks to the liberal family values, could drink beer and smoke weed freely.
Ben Affleck in HollywoodAffleck`s mother was devastated by his decision. For her Hollywood was a city full of vice and temptation. She was afraid that her son, who was always a fool for a lavish lifestyle, will spend his remaining years in some rehab. She was partially right though, since her Ben and Matt, barely 20 years old, were renting a house in a middle of a city, throwing gigantic parties and wasting a few money they had on booze and drugs, periodically visiting castings and trials.
Career Take-offIn 1995 two actors were noticed by Kevin Smith, the aspiring director, and screenwriter. He set his eyes on them during the filming of «Mallrats» and from that day, despite movie`s failures, Affleck-Damon duo appeared in almost every Smith`s comedy such as «Chasing Amy», «Dogma», «Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back» and «Jersey Girl».
In 2016 he appeared on screen as a Batman\Bruce Wayne in «Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice» blockbuster and only a year later in «Justice League», establishing himself as a cornerstone in the future DC comics franchise. He also appeared in the same role in «Suicide Squad» starring Margot Robbie, allowing viewers to take a peek at another side of eternal good versus evil conflict.
Personal LifeCheyenne Rothman, the same girl who inspired Ben Affleck to get into the hated Vermont University, was the actor`s, first love. However, she was not really impressed with his heroic and nipped his attempts to become her boyfriend in the bud. 10 years after Affleck admitted that being denied by Cheyenne was the «biggest disappointment in his life».
The divorce was later conducted but ex-couple decided to live together to give enough attention to their kids. In 2018, the divorce was officially legalized, and for two years Affleck was seen in the company of Ana de Armas, his partner in the erotic thriller Deep Water. A source close to the couple confirmed that the relationship between the actors is much more than friendly.