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BEN AFFLECK (Neil) has been recognized for his work as a writer, actor and, most recently, director. He made his directorial debut in 2007 with the feature "Gone Baby Gone,” for which he won several critics groups awards, including 2007 Best Directorial Debut from the National Board of Review and Hollywood Film Festival's Director of the Year. Affleck also co-wrote the screenplay for the film, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel.

In 2006, Affleck earned widespread praise for his portrayal of ill-fated actor George Reeves in the noir drama "Hollywoodland.” The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where Affleck won the coveted Volpi Award for Best Actor. He also received Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Actor, as well as the Best Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. He will next be seen in the Kevin Macdonald-directed crime thriller "State of Play,” in which he stars with Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams.

Affleck first came to prominence in 1997 with the acclaimed drama "Good Will Hunting,” which he starred in and co-wrote with Matt Damon. The two won numerous honors for the film's original screenplay, including an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe Award and the Humanitas Prize. They also shared in a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Motion Picture Cast.

Affleck went on to star in John Madden's Academy Award®-winning "Shakespeare in Love,” winning a SAG Award® as part of the ensemble cast. His subsequent film credits include "Armageddon” and "Pearl Harbor,” both directed by Michael Bay; "Forces of Nature”; Ben Younger's "Boiler Room”; Roger Michell's "Changing Lanes”; "The Sum of All Fears”; the screen adaptation of Marvel Comics' "Daredevil”; Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl”; Mike Binder's "Man About Town”; and Joe Carnahan's stylish thriller "Smokin' Aces.”

In 2000, Affleck partnered with Matt Damon, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey to form LivePlanet, Inc. Their first endeavor, "Project Greenlight,” aired on HBO and drew critical, audience and industry attention for its behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by a first-time filmmaker. The second season of "Project Greenlight” aired on HBO at the beginning of 2003, with a third season on Bravo. All three were nominated for Emmy Awards.

In addition to being a successful actor, writer and director, Affleck is also a longtime political activist and strong supporter of many charitable organizations, including Feeding America, Operation Gratitude, A-T Children's Project, The Jimmy Fund and the ONE Campaign. Most recently, he traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he directed the short film and public service announcement "Gimme Shelter,” which focuses on the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, this film is part of the international campaign to aid those displaced by violence.


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