Oscar-winning actor who became known for his role in Good Will Hunting, and who later directed and acted in the Academy Award-winning film, Argo. He gained critical acclaim for his roles in Pearl Harbor, The Sum of All Fears, and The Town.
He criticized CEOs in 2010 who made 200 times more than their employees. He also returned a $250,000 check that was accidentally sent to him for appearing at a casino opening.
He became friends with Matt Damon when he was eight and Matt was 10, and later they wrote Good Will Hunting together.
He was raised by Christine Anne Affleck, a freedom rider, and majored in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Vermont.
He married co-star Jennifer Garner in June 2005. He and Garner have three children: Samuel, Violet and Seraphina. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck.
- The meaning of the name Affleck: From Auchinleck, Scotland