Ben Affleck is an American actor, screenwriter and director best known for his roles in the hit movies Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Changing Lanes, and Daredevil. The son of Chris Ann and Timothy Affleck, he was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California but family moved to Cambridge when he was young. In 1984, his parents eventually separated. The eight-year-old Ben Affleck became friends with future fellow actor Matt Damon who just lived two blocks away from his house. The two attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together. Ben Affleck then attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and the University of Vermont.
Affleck started his acting career when he was young, appearing on PBS kids' series The Voyage of the Mimi. He also appeared in LifeStories: Families in Crisis, as an athlete who uses steroid and in the 1992 film School Ties with Matt Damon and Brendan Fraser. This was then followed by his roles in Dazed and Confused in 1993, Mallrats in 1995, and Chasing Amy in 1997.
In 1997, Affleck gained national recognition in his joint project childhood friend Matt Damon in the film Good Will Hunting, for which they both earned Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His production company, Live Planet produced the documentary series Project Greenlight and Push, Nevada.
Following the success of Good Will Hunting, Affleck played lead roles in many hit movies including Armageddon, Forces of Nature, Pearl Harbor, Changing Lanes, The Sum of All Fears and Daredevil. But after the release of the considerably box office flops including Gigli and Surviving Christmas, Affleck’s career slightly went downhill. In 2006, he made his comeback appearance in the film Clerk II. He also appeared in the docudrama Hollywood land by HBO TV-series veteran Allen Coulter, for which he won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and the Supporting Actor of the Year award at the Hollywood Film Festival.