Benjamin Geza AffleckBoldt , better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a child actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi . He later appeared in the comingofage comedy Dazed and Confused and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy and Dogma . Affleck gained fame when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting . He then starred in highprofile films including Armageddon , Shakespeare in Love , Pearl Harbor , Changing Lanes and The Sum of All Fears . After a career downturn, during which he appeared in Daredevil and Gigli , Affleck received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Hollywoodland .
Benjamin Geza AffleckBoldt was born onAugust 1972 in Berkeley, California. The surname Affleck is of Scottish origin. His mother, Christopher Anne Chris , was raised on New Yorks Upper East Side by her mother Elizabeth , director of public information at the Museum of Modern Art for overyears, and her mothers second husband, Samuel Shaw, an attorney. Chris father, OBrien Obie Boldt, was a Democratic activist and professor of political science at the City University of New York. Chris was educated at Radcliffe College and Harvard University, and taught at the Brearley School before working as a public elementary school teacher foryears.