Birth Name: Benjamin Geza Affleck
Birth Date: August 15, 1972
Birth Place: Berkeley, California, USA
Height: 6' 2½
Claim to fame: As the writer of Good Will Hunting (1997)
Ben Affleck Bio: Ben Affleck was born on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California,to Chris and Tim Affleck. His parents separated soon after he was born, and officially divorced when he was 11. After the split, Affleck and his siblings moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A child actor who shot to stardom in his twenties, Affleck is as well known for his off-screen antics high-profile romances, a stint in rehab and a perpetually suspicious hairline as his on-screen performances. In the '80s the athletic actor appeared in a number of TV-movies before making it to the big screen, notably as an anti-Semitic jock in the 1992 teen drama School Ties, costarring his future collaborator Matt Damon. In 1995 he appeared in Mallrats, his first of many Kevin Smith flicks, but 1997 was Affleck's breakthrough year (with a lot of help from his friends). First he won raves as a comic-book artist in love with a lesbian in Smith's Chasing Amy. Then he and Damon cowrote and costarred in the drama Good Will Hunting, which earned the duo an Oscar for best screenplay.
In 1992, Affleck and Damon collaborated on a screenplay called Good Will Hunting about a troubled young math genius. After a long struggle to get the script produced, Miramax purchased the rights to the film in 1996. Starring Damon, Affleck, and Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting was released in 1997 to both critical and popular acclaim. Affleck and Damon won Golden Globe and Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, thrusting the friends into the public eye.
Ben Affleck returned to feature films later that year, when he appeared as Tom Clancy's young Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears. The movie fared well at the box office and cemented Affleck's reputation as an action star. His next film, the comic book action-adventure movie Daredevil (2003), also performed.