His father, Timothy Byers Affleck, has been a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, writer, director, and actor with the Theater Company of Boston.

Affleck’s mother was a freedom rider in the 1960s; until her retirement, she was a public school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish, and French ancestry.

He has been married to Jennifer Garner since June 2005, and they have two daughters and a son.

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He is a fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins.

Ben Affleck entered alcohol rehab in 2001, with a spokesman for the actor saying that “Ben is a self-aware and smart man who had decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol”.

The surname “Affleck” is of Scottish origin, and his middle name, “Géza”, was the name of a family friend. His family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he was very young, and his parents divorced in 1984.

At age eight, Affleck met 10-year-old Matt Damon, who lived two blocks away.

He is scheduled to portray Nick Dunne in the 2014 feature film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 best-selling novel Gone Girl, and will portray Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2015 sequel to the 2013 film Man of Steel.

Affleck has a younger brother, actor Casey Affleck, whom he has worked with on several films, including Good Will Hunting and Gone Baby Gone.

He then directed and starred in The Town (2010) and Argo (2012), which won him the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, and Directors Guild Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA, the Producers Guild Award, and the Academy Award for Best Picture.

He later achieved international recognition for starring in films such as Armageddon (1998), Pearl Harbor (2001), Changing Lanes (2002), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Daredevil (2003), Hollywoodland (2006), State of Play (2009), and The Town (2010). He gained recognition as a director for his directorial debut Gone Baby Gone (2007) for which he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Directorial Debut.

Ben Affleck had a high-profile romance with actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998, following her breakup with actor Brad Pitt.

In 2002 he began dating actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, whom he had met while filming Gigli.

Ben Affleck attends benefits and spoke to Congress to advocate for the charity, and in 2007 was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony of Falls Church High School in Fairfax, Virginia, from which Kindregan was graduating.