BEN AFFLECK (Christian Wolff) is a two-time Academy Award
winner who has been recognized for his work as a director, actor, writer, and
Affleck recently starred as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the worldwide blockbuster
"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." He will reprise the role in the upcoming
action adventure "Justice League," slated for release in November 2017, and he
is also set to direct and star in a new standalone Batman film. Also upcoming,
he directed and stars in "Live by Night," a period action drama, due out in
January 2017. Affleck also wrote the screenplay for the film, based on the novel
by Dennis Lehane.
Affleck previously directed, produced and starred in the award-winning hit
"Argo," a fact-based drama about the then-classified mission to rescue six
Americans trapped in Iran during the hostage crisis. The most acclaimed film of
2012, "Argo" swept the year's top honors, including the Oscar, Golden Globe and
BAFTA Awards for Best Picture. Affleck also won Golden Globe, BAFTA, and
Critics' Choice Awards for Best Director, and was nominated for a BAFTA Award
for Best Actor. In addition, he won a Directors Guild of America Award; a
Producers Guild of America Award, shared with George Clooney and Grant Heslov;
and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award as a member of the film's ensemble, which
won for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. The cast also garnered Best Ensemble
Awards from the National Board of Review, Hollywood Film Awards, and the Palm
Springs International Film Festival. Among its many other honors, the film won
Oscars for Best Screenplay and Best Editing, earned four more Oscar nominations,
and was named one of the top 10 outstanding films of the year by the American
Film Institute (AFI), as well as numerous critics.
Affleck made his directorial debut in 2007 with the feature "Gone Baby Gone,"
for which he earned several critics groups' awards, including the Best
Directorial Debut Award from the National Board of Review. Additionally, he won
the Breakthrough Director of the Year Award at the 2007 Hollywood Film Festival.
Affleck also co-wrote the screenplay for the film, adapted from the Dennis
In 2010, Affleck directed and starred in "The Town," in addition to co-writing
the screenplay. The film was named among the top 10 films of the year by the
AFI, and the cast won the National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble.
Affleck received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination for "The Town,"
which also brought Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations to co-star
Jeremy Renner. 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 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
Oscar-winning "Shakespeare in Love," sharing in a SAG Award for Outstanding
Motion Picture Cast.
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 he 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 has also starred in such diverse films as David Fincher's "Gone Girl,"
Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder," "The Company Men," "State of Play," "He's
Just Not That Into You," "Jersey Girl," "Daredevil," "The Sum of All Fears,"
"Changing Lanes," "Pearl Harbor," "Boiler Room," "Forces of Nature," and
In 2000, Affleck partnered with Damon, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey to form
LivePlanet, Inc. Their first endeavor, "Project Greenlight," premiered in 2001
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 in 2003, with a third season
on Bravo in 2005. All three seasons were nominated for Emmy Awards. The fourth
season of "Project Greenlight," aired on HBO in 2015.
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), the first U.S.-based advocacy and grant-making initiative wholly focused
on the mission of helping the people of eastern Congo support local
community-based approaches that create a sustainable and successful society in
the long-troubled region. Affleck is also a longtime political activist, as well
as a strong supporter of many charitable organizations.
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