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

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 10 Directors to Watch
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Ben Affleck Checks Into Rehab Again

Ben Affleck Checks Into Rehab Again

Ben Affleck has checked himself into a rehab facility, Variety has confirmed with a source.According to TMZ, the trip to rehab was instigated by an intervention staged by Affleck's former wife, Jennifer Garner, who came to his Pacific Palisades, Calif., home on Wednesday. According to TMZ's source, Affleck was receptive to rehab and aware he needed treatment.The tenure will not be Affleck's first in rehab. He sought treatment for alcohol abuse in 2001 and completed another residential program last December....

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