Ben Affleck was born in Berkeley on August 15, 1972.
Rising to international prominence right from the start thanks to his commitment to Generation X and Good Will Hunting, Affleck has often stood out for his artistic eclecticism, which has earned him, among many awards, an Oscar for best original screenplay in 1998, a Coppa Volpi in 2006 and an Oscar for best film in 2013. In addition to the aforementioned feature films, he is mainly known for his roles in Pearl Harbor and Argo, as well as for being the interpreter of Bruce Wayne/Batman within the DC Extended Universe.
The acclaim received for Will Hunting allows Affleck to obtain roles of greater thickness. In 1998 he was a member, despite some reservations expressed by director Michael Bay, of the cast of Armageddon.
In the same year he starred in the acclaimed Shakespeare in Love, going on to Dogma, Bounce and many other films. In 2001 he starred as the lead actor in Pearl Harbor, however failing to fully convince the critics despite the general appreciation for the film.
Between 1997 and 2000 Affleck was romantically linked to actress Gwyneth Paltrow. From 2002 to 2004 he was instead linked to the singer Jennifer Lopez, forming a couple frequently tormented by gossip media. In 2005, he married actress Jennifer Garner, his colleague in Pearl Harbor and Daredevil.
After a brief relationship with the actress Ana de Armas during 2020, in 2021 he reconnected with Jennifer Lopez: in April 2022 the couple announced their engagement and in July of the same year they married in Las Vegas.
In 2014 he was expelled from a Las Vegas casino on suspicion of counting cards at a blackjack table, a practice that is not prohibited but in fact frowned upon by casino management. He has suffered chronically from alcoholism since the age of fifteen.