Ben Affleck
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Pearl Street Films

Ben
Affleck

Principal / Actor / Director

Ben Affleck made his name as a leading man and then reinvented his career off camera, establishing himself as a celebrated director and producer nearly two decades after he first achieved stardom. Brushing aside the tabloid scandals and box-office flops of the past, the Oscar winner has proven to be a tenacious talent who’s found his mid-career stride at the helm of critically acclaimed hits.

Affleck’s dramatic turnaround reflects the maturity of a multi-talented star whose precocious early success perhaps came too soon. A naturally low-key actor on the screen, he’s displayed a cool and steady hand as a director. While DC Comics entrusted to him the role of the caped crusader in its latest “Batman” reboot, Affleck is not going to direct the franchise’s next standalone feature as originally planned, handing off the assignment to Matt Reeves.

Born in Berkeley, CA, the Cambridge transplant had his breakthrough in 1997’s “Good Will Hunting,” when he won a screenplay Oscar alongside co-writer and -star Matt Damon. Despite his sudden stardom, the actor followed with a string of critical and commercial failures. He revived his career as director of the acclaimed 2007 thriller “Gone Baby Gone.” In 2012 he produced, directed and starred in “Argo,” which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Career

  • GONE BABY GONE
  • ARGO
  • GOOD WILL HUNTING

Education

  • Occidental College (CA, USA)
  • University of Vermont (VT, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 10 Directors to Watch

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Ben Affleck Apologizes for Acting 'Inappropriately' With Hilarie Burton

Ben Affleck Apologizes for Acting 'Inappropriately' With Hilarie Burton

Ben Affleck has apologized for acting "inappropriately" toward Hilarie Burton after the actress revived her claim on Tuesday night that the "Batman" star groped her during an episode of MTV's "TRL" in 2003."I acted inappropriately toward Ms. Burton and I sincerely apologize," he tweeted.https://twitter.com/BenAffleck/status/918166049501208576Burton was then host of the MTV show. The incident was brought up on Monday night after Affleck issued a statement about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment allegations. In the statement, Affleck wrote, "This is completely unacceptable, and...

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