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Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt – Wiki, Bio, Age, Career, Net Worth, Facts And Family

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt

Biography

  • Born                                        August 15, 1972 (age 49) Berkeley, California, U.S.       
  • Spouse (s)                              Jennifer Garner                                                                         
  • Occupation                            Actor- film director- film producer- screenwriter    
  • Relatives                                 Casey Affleck (brother)

 

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Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor and filmmaker. His accolades include two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. He began his career as a child when he starred in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984, 1988). He later appeared in the independent coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993) and various Kevin Smith films, including Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999). Affleck gained wider recognition when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for writing Good Will Hunting (1997), which they also starred in. He then established himself as a leading man in studio films, including the disaster film Armageddon (1998), the war drama Pearl Harbor (2001), and the thrillers The Sum of All Fears and Changing Lanes (both 2002).

Early life and Education

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972, in Berkeley, California. His family moved to Massachusetts when he was three, living in Falmouth, where his brother Casey was born, before settling in Cambridge. His mother, Christopher Anne “Chris” Boldt, was a Harvard-educated elementary school teacher. His father, Timothy Byers Affleck, was an aspiring playwright who was “mostly unemployed.” He worked sporadically as a carpenter, auto mechanic, bookie, electrician, bartender, and janitor at Harvard. In the mid-1960s, he had been an actor and stage manager with the Theater Company of Boston.

During Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt childhood, his father had a self-described “severe, chronic problem with alcoholism”, and Affleck has recalled him drinking “all day … every day”. His father was “very difficult” , and Affleck felt a sense of “relief” at the age of 11 when his parents divorced, and his father exited the family home. His father continued to drink heavily and eventually became homeless, spending two years living on the streets of Cambridge. When Affleck was 16, his father entered a rehabilitation facility in Indio, California. He lived at the facility for twelve years to maintain his sobriety and worked there as an addiction counselor.

As a Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school student, Affleck acted in theater productions and was inspired by drama teacher Gerry Speca. He became close friends with fellow student Matt Damon, whom he had known since the age of eight. Although Damon was two years older, the pair had “identical interests” and both wanted to pursue acting careers. They traveled to New York together for acting auditions and saved money for train and airline tickets in a joint bank account. While Affleck had high SAT scores, he was largely an unfocused student with poor attendance. He spent a few months studying Spanish at the University of Vermont, chosen because of its proximity to his then-girlfriend, but he left after fracturing his hip while playing basketball. At 18, Affleck moved to Los Angeles, studying Middle Eastern affairs at Occidental College for a year and a half.

Career

Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt acted professionally throughout his childhood but, in his own words, “not in the sense that I had a mom that wanted to take me to Hollywood or a family that wanted to make money from me … I kind of chanced into something.” He first appeared, at the age of seven, in an independent film, The Dark End of the Street (1981), directed by a family friend, Jan Egleson. His biggest success as a child actor was as the star of the PBS children’s series The Voyage of the Mimi (1984) and The Second Voyage of the Mimi (1988), produced for sixth-grade science classes. Affleck worked “sporadically” on Mimi from the age of eight to fifteen in both Massachusetts and Mexico. As a teenager, he appeared in the ABC after school special Wanted: A Perfect Man (1986), the television film Hands of a Stranger (1987), and a 1989 Burger King commercial.

After high school, Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt moved briefly to New York in search of acting work. Later, while studying at Occidental College in Los Angeles, Affleck directed student films. As an actor, he had a series of “knock-around parts, one to the next”. He played Patrick Duffy’s son in the television film Daddy (1991), made an uncredited appearance as a basketball player in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer film (1992), and had a supporting role as a prep school student in School Ties (1992). He played a high school quarterback in the NBC television series Against the Grain (1993), and a steroid-abusing high school football player in Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story (1994). Affleck’s most notable role during this period was as a high school bully in Richard Linklater’s cult classic Dazed and Confused (1993). Linklater wanted a likeable actor for the villainous role, and, while Affleck was “big and imposing,” he was “so smart and full of life … I just liked him.” Affleck later said Linklater was instrumental in demystifying the filmmaking process for him.

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