Ben Affleck

American film actor, director and screenwriter

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972[1]) is an American actor, movie director, producer and screenwriter. He became well known in the late 1990s, after acting in the movie Good Will Hunting. He has since become a Hollywood star having acted in several movies.

Ben Affleck
Affleck in 2017
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Bolt

(1972-08-15) August 15, 1972 (age 51)
Alma materOccidental College
University of Vermont
Occupation(s)Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1981–present
Jennifer Garner
(m. 2005; div. 2018)

Jennifer Lopez (m. 2022)
FamilyCasey Affleck (brother)

Affleck began playing the role of Batman in the DC Extended Universe beginning with the 2016 movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[2]

Family background


Affleck was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His mother, Christine Anne "Chris" Affleck (née Boldt), was a school district employee and teacher. His father, Timothy Byers Affleck, has been a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, writer, director, and actor with the Theater Company of Boston.[3][4][5][6] After learning that he had slave-owning ancestors from Savannah, Georgia, he tried to hide it but got caught and apologized.[7]

Affleck's mother was a freedom rider in the 1960s;[8][9] until her retirement, she was a public school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[10] His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck. He has English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish, Swiss, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Welsh and French ancestry.[11][12] The surname "Affleck" is of Scottish origin, and his middle name, "Géza", was the name of a family friend.[8] He was raised in a mostly Episcopalian family.[13]

From 2005 to 2018, he was married to actress Jennifer Garner. In 2022, he married singer Jennifer Lopez. He has three children with Garner.


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  4. "Casey Affleck Biography (1975-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  5. Stephen Dalton (2012-12-31). "Once considered a flash in the pan, Ben Affleck is on the comeback trail - The National". Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  6. "Mrs. Shaw was also the grandmother of Hollywood actors Ben and Casey Affleck". 2003-02-10. Retrieved 2014-01-09.[permanent dead link]
  7. "Ben Affleck's slave-owning family: records sketch a conflicted past". The Guardian. Associated Press. 2015-05-17. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2001
  9. "THR Cover: Confessions of Ben Affleck". The Hollywood Reporter. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  10. "With new film, Affleck ties Boston knot tighter - The Boston Globe". 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  11. Heyes, Rebecca (23 August 2013). "10 Things About... Batman star Ben Affleck". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  12. "Film Interview – Ben Affleck / 'Hollywoodland'". Event Guide. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2014-01-09.
  13. McGee, Celia (December 18, 2003). "Wild about Jen; Ben Opens Up to our Celia McGee". Daily News. New York. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2014-01-09.

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