Affleck was born in Berkeley, California, the son of Christine Ann "Chris", a school district employee and teacher, and Timothy Affleck, a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, and former actor with the Theater Company of Boston. His family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts when he was very young and his parents divorced in 1984.
Affleck's mother attended Harvard University and currently teaches in Cambridge Public Schools. At the age of eight, Affleck met ten-year-old Matt Damon, who lived two blocks away.
The two would later attend Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together, although they were in different year groups.
After a high profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998, his relationship with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez attracted worldwide media attention in which Affleck and Lopez were dubbed as "Bennifer." Following their breakup in 2004, he began dating Jennifer Garner.
The two married in June 2005 and have two daughters, Violet, born December 2005 and Seraphina, born January 2009.
Affleck has been actively involved in politics, along with a non-profit organization called the A-T Children's Project.
Along with childhood friend, Matt Damon, they founded the production company Live Planet.
Affleck worked as a child actor, appearing on the PBS kids' series The Voyage of the Mimi as well as in several made-for-television movies.
He came to national attention working with Damon in Good Will Hunting in 1997, for which they shared credit and received the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Along with Damon and producers Chris Moore and Sean Bailey, Affleck founded the production company Live Planet, through which the four created the documentary series Project Greenlight, as well as the failed mystery-hybrid series Push, Nevada amongst other projects.
Ben Affleck (born Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt, August 15, 1972) is an American actor, film director and screenwriter.
He became known in the mid 1990s, after his involvement in the film Mallrats (1995) and later played the lead role in Chasing Amy in 1997.
Affleck has since become an Academy Award winner for his screenplay in Good Will Hunting in 1997.
He has established himself as a Hollywood leading man, having starred in several big budget films, such as Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002) and Daredevil (2003).