Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, screenwriter and producer. Throughout his career, he has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards.
Affleck began his career as a child actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi. He later appeared in Dazed and Confused and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy and Dogma. Affleck gained fame when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. He then starred in high-profile films including Armageddon, Shakespeare in Love, Pearl Harbor, Changing Lanes and The Sum of All Fears. After a career downturn, during which he appeared in Daredevil and the much-derided Gigli, Affleck received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Hollywoodland. His directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, which he also wrote, was well received in 2007. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in The Town.