Ben Affleck was born on August 15, 1972, and today is his birthday, giving us the perfect opportunity to look at how he became one of the most prominent names in Hollywood. He has starred in several award-winning blockbuster movies and wrote, produced, and directed a few. Affleck is also known for his decades-long friendship with the successful actor Matt Damon. Affleck is not only a great actor, producer, writer, and director, but also a father to three beautiful children with his ex-wife Jennifer Garner.
Hollywood actor, screenwriter, and producer Ben Affleck is best known for starring in notable movies, such as “Good Will Hunting,” “Argo,” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Affleck met his long-lasting friend Damon when he was seven years old. The two grew up together and attended the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where they became ‘drama geeks’ and started acting together. In the late 1990s, Affleck and Damon became roommates in Los Angeles and started co-writing “Good Will Hunting,” which later became Affleck’s big career break. The movie premiered on March 6, 1998, and starred Damon, Affleck, and the late Robin Williams. In March 1998, Damon and Affleck won an Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for “Good Will Hunting.”
During the filming of “Pearl Harbor,” Affleck met Garner, who later became his wife and mother to his three children. The couple made their first public appearance in 2004, got engaged in 2005, and exchanged vows during a private ceremony on June 29, 2005. Garner later gave birth to three of his children, Violet Affleck (2005), Seraphina Rose Affleck (2009), and Samuel Garner Affleck (2012). In 2010 Affleck established the Eastern Congo Initiative (E.C.I.), which focuses all its efforts on investing in the lives of people in the eastern Congo and also working with them for a better future.
In 2016, Affleck became Batman and appeared in several movies, including “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Suicide Squad,” and “Justice League.” After Affleck and Garner were separated for a few years, the two officially filed for divorce in 2017. Affleck and Damon reunited on the big screen in July 2019 for “The Last Duel.” After rumors started that Affleck and Jennifer Lopez had rekindled their relationship after many years, Lopez made it Instagram official in 2021. The couple got married in 2022.
Affleck and Damon meet each other when they are just kids and end up as fast friends.
Affleck and Damon move in together and start writing the screenplay for the award-winning movie “Good Will Hunting.”
Affleck and Damon win an Oscar for ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for “Good Will Hunting.”
After getting engaged in April, Affleck and Garner exchange vows in a private ceremony.
Affleck and Garner welcome their firstborn, Violet Affleck.
Affleck sets up the Eastern Congo Initiative, which is an advocacy and grant-making initiative for helping the people of eastern Congo.
Why We Love Ben Affleck
He shares a beautiful friendship with Damon
Affleck and Damon’s friendship has withstood the test of time even as the two men navigated through different phases of life. Their mutual support and ability to creatively collaborate have won the admiration of fans.
He strives to make a difference
Affleck established a grant-making and advocacy organization Eastern Congo Initiative that focuses its efforts on investing and working with the people in eastern Congo. He has made several trips to Congo and also took the time to understand the causes and repercussions of the conflict, and learned about African solutions to the problems affecting the D.R.C.
He is involved in several charities
The E.C.I. is only one of the many charities that Affleck supports as he launched the Small Change Campaign with Ellen DeGeneres to support Feeding America. He has also shown his support for the L.G.B.T.Q. community as he took part in the Stay Close campaign that focuses on the families of lesbians and gays. He also joined forces with Matt Damon when they organized a poker tournament that raised $1.75 million for Feeding America to offer relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
5 Surprising Facts
He helped honor Damon
At the 24th American Cinematheque Award show, Damon won an award where Affleck gave a speech to honor his dear friend.
He was the ‘Guy of the Decade’
Afflick and Damon won the ‘Guys of the Decade’ award at Spike T.V. 's Guys' Choice Awards 2016, and also gave a very sweet acceptance speech together.
His best friend makes his day perfect
Affleck once described his version of a perfect day, which included watching the Patriots with his buddy Damon.
He is a “daredevil” in love
Affleck has admitted that he and his ex-wife Garner fell in love on the set of "Daredevil" in 2002.
He is part of “Bennifer” again
Affleck and Lopez, who dated each other in the early 2000s but got married to other people, not only rekindled their “Bennifer” romance but also became man and wife.
Ben Affleck FAQs
Is Ben Affleck still Batman?
No, he quit playing Batman after the release of “Justice League” in 2017.
What is Ben Affleck’s I.Q.?
Affleck has an I.Q. of 154.
What college did Ben Affleck attend?
He attended the University of Vermont.
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