BEN AFFLECK (Tony Mendez / Director / Producer) has been recognized for his work
as an actor, writer, director, and producer.
Affleck made his directorial debut in 2007 with the feature "Gone Baby Gone,"
for which he won several critics groups' awards, including the Best Directorial
Debut Award from the National Board of Review. He also won the Breakthrough
Director of the Year Award at the 2007 Hollywood Film Festival. Ben also
co-wrote the screenplay for the film, adapted from the Dennis Lehane novel.
In 2010, he directed and starred in "The Town," in addition to co-writing the
screenplay. The film was named a Movie of the Year by the American Film
Institute (AFI), and the cast won the National Board of Review Award for Best
Acting by an Ensemble. In addition, Affleck earned a Writers Guild of America
Award nomination for "The Town," which also brought Oscar , Golden Globe and
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations to Jeremy Renner. Also in 2010,
Affleck starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in John Wells' drama "The Company
This summer, Affleck shot a starring role in "Runner, Runner," directed by Brad
Furman and slated for release next year. He is next set to direct a film about
notorious Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, in which he and Matt Damon will star.
The film will be produced by their production company, Pearl Street Films.
Affleck first came to prominence in 1997 with the acclaimed "Good Will Hunting,"
which he starred in and co-wrote with Matt Damon. For their work, they won an
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe Award and
Humanitas Prize. The following year, Affleck starred in John Madden's Academy
Award -winning "Shakespeare in Love," winning a SAG Award as part of the
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"; and Kevin Macdonald's
"State of Play."
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. Affleck appeared in the
ensemble casts of "Extract" and "He's Just Not That Into You," and starred in
Kevin Macdonald's crime thriller "State of Play," alongside Russell Crowe, Helen
Mirren and Rachel McAdams.
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 series were nominated for Emmy Awards.
In addition to his successful film career, Affleck is also a passionate advocate
and philanthropist. In March 2010, he founded the Eastern Congo Initiative
(ECI), an advocacy and grant-making initiative with the mission of helping the
Congolese people support local community-based approaches that create a
sustainable and successful society in the long-troubled region. ECI is the first
U.S.-based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused on working with
and for the people of eastern Congo. Affleck is also a longtime political
activist and strong supporter of many charitable organizations, such as Feeding
America, Paralyzed Veterans of America, A-T Children's Project and The Jimmy
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