Ben Affleck Fast Facts
Posted June 24, 2013
Here's a look at the life of actor, filmmaker, activist and philanthropist Ben Affleck.
Personal: Birth date: August 15, 1972
Birthplace: Berkeley, California
Birth name: Benjamin Geza Affleck
Father: Tim Affleck, a social worker
Mother: Chris Affleck, a teacher
Marriage: Jennifer Garner (June 29, 2005-April 14, 2017, filed for divorce)
Children: Samuel Garner (February 27, 2012), Seraphina Rose Elizabeth (January 6, 2009), Violet Anne (December 1, 2005)
Education: University of Vermont at Burlington and Occidental College, Los Angeles, California
Other Facts: He has been nominated for an Academy Award twice and won both; and has three Emmy nominations.
Affleck and Matt Damon met as children, shared an Oscar for writing and three Emmy nominations, started a production company and appeared in four films together, "School Ties" (1992), "Chasing Amy" (1997), "Good Will Hunting" (1997) and "Dogma" (1999).
Casey Affleck, Ben's brother, has worked with him in three films, "Chasing Amy" (1997), "Good Will Hunting" (1997) and "Gone Baby Gone" (2007).
He has appeared in two films alongside Jennifer Garner: "Pearl Harbor" (2001) and "Daredevil" (2003).
During his relationship with Jennifer Lopez, the media nicknamed the couple "Bennifer." They appeared in two films together, "Gigli" (2003) and "Jersey Girl" (2004).
Affleck starred in, directed, and produced the movie "Argo" (2012), which earned awards for acting, directing, producing and writing nationally and internationally.
Timeline: February 1981 - First film, "Dark at the End of the Street" opens.
March 23, 1998 - Wins, with Matt Damon, the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting."
2000 - Develops, along with Matt Damon, Project Greenlight, a multi-media contest project aimed at aspiring filmmakers. The grand prize winner directs his/her own movie with a $1,000,000 budget.
January 2001 - Starts production company LivePlanet with Matt Damon.
August 3, 2001 - Checks into the Promises Rehabilitation Center in Malibu, California for alcohol abuse treatment.
2001 - Affleck and Damon are executive producers for "Project Greenlight," a television reality show in which the winner receives funds to make their own movie. This is the first of three, Project Greenlight 2 airs in 2003 and Project Greenlight 3 in 2005.
October 19, 2007 - The opening of his directorial debut for a major film, "Gone Baby Gone."
December 18, 2008 - Documentary short, "Gimme Shelter" directed by Affleck, depicting the work of the UNHCR in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is released.
2010 - The Eastern Congo Initiative, an advocacy and grant-making initiative which is wholly focused on working with and for the people of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is founded by Affleck and other philanthropists.
March 8, 2011 - Gives testimony before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights on the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Securing Peace in the Midst of Tragedy.
October 12, 2012 - "Argo" is released. The film is based on a true story about the rescue of six U.S. diplomats during the Iran hostage crisis.
February 24, 2013 - As producer for "Argo," Affleck accepts the award for Best Picture the Academy Awards.
January 2017 - Steps down as director of the Batman standalone film, titled "The Batman," to focus on his role as Batman.
March 14, 2017 - Discloses his treatment for 'alcohol addition.'