Ben Affleck is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and director. He got his big break in 1997 – thanks to the script of “Good Will Hunting” which he co-wrote with longtime friend and fellow actor, Matt Damon. The duo snapped the Golden Globe and Oscar awards for Best Original Screenplay.
Affleck has gone on to stage more critically acclaimed roles as well as box office hits, winning accolades and fat paychecks in the process.
However, like most Hollywood businessmen, Affleck has had his fair share of flops. Nevertheless, The Batman actor has managed to amass an estimated $120 million. Here is everything you need to know about his fame and wealth.
Ben Affleck Bio, Wiki, How He Began
Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born on 15th August 1972 in Berkeley, California and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Affleck together with his younger brother Casey started their show business career at an early age – thanks to their mom’s friendship with a local casting director. At the age of 7, Affleck was already a professional actor when he played a small role in 1979’s independent film, “The Dark End of the Street”. Commercial gigs followed afterwards.
The next year (1980), Ben, 8, met Matt Damon, 10, who lived in the same neighbourhood as him. Both became best buddies and attended the same elementary and high school. At Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, they solidified their interest in theatre, performing in many high school productions.
His film works saw him travel around the country and to Mexico where he learned to speak Spanish. Some of his early appearances include educative children/teen shows like “The Voyage of the Mimi” (1984) ABC’s “Afterschool Special” (1986) and “The Second Voyage of the Mimi” (1988).
Ben Affleck Acting Career Earnings
As a young adult, Affleck began earning decent paychecks for his acting. He received $20,000 for NBC TV film “Daddy” (1991) and $30,000 for “School Ties” (1992). He parlayed his performance with “Dazed and Confused” (1993) which became a cult classic.
While Affleck’s career enjoyed an exponential increase, it was his writing and acting role in 1997’s Good Will Hunting that really opened up his career. His friend Matt Damon was the brainchild behind the script originally written in 1992. Subsequently, the duo modified the script to produce the final outcome. They first sold it to Castle Rock Entertainment in 1994 for $675,000. However, following a starring disagreement, Damon and Affleck got Miramax to purchase the rights from Castle Rock, so they could both star in the movie.
“Good Will Hunting” became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $225 million against a $10 million budget. Affleck alongside Damon won their very first Golden Globe and Oscar Award for Best Original Screenplay. Also, the legendary Robin Williams who also starred in the movie won his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
The next year 1998 was particularly successful for Ben as he went on to solidify his star status. He starred alongside Bruce Willis in the science fiction film “Armageddon” (1998) which grossed $553.7 million against $140 million budget. He had a leading role in romcom “Shakespeare in Love” which was a major critical success winning a whopping 7 Oscars. It grossed $289.3 million against a mere $25 million budget.
Ben Affleck’s Highest Paying Films
- Bounce (2000) – $12.5 million
- Pearl Harbor (2001) – $10 million ($650,000 plus 7% of backend profits)
- Changing Lanes (2002) – $10 million
- The Sum of All Fears (2002) – $10 million
- Daredevil (2003) – $11.5 million
- Gigli (2003) – $12.5 million
- Paycheck (2003) – $15 million
- Hollywoodland (2003) – $10 million
- Jersey Girl (2004) – $10 million
- Gone Girl (2014) – $10 million
- Suicide Squad (2015) – $12.5 million
In between the aforementioned feats, Affleck had some woe’s in his career, like in 2001 when he checked into rehab as a result of his alcoholism. He also endured critical rave for numerous movies and a failed ABC series “Push, Nevada” in 2002.
Ben Affleck as a Director, Producer and Writer
In addition to acting roles, Affleck has enjoyed much success as a filmmaker; writing, directing and producing movies. Together with his buddy Damon, he has co-founded two production companies Pearl Street Films and LivePlanet. Both companies have recorded a number of successes including docu-series “Project Greenlight”.
Affleck made his professional directorial debut in 2007 mystery drama film “Gone Baby Gone”. The film received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, winning numerous accolades and grossing well at the box office. He parlayed his performance with “The Temple” (2010) and “Argo” (2012) which were both massive box office hits. However, his “Live by Night” (2016) which he also wrote and starred was a major failure grossing only $19 million from $65 million budget.
Nevertheless, Affleck is still at the top of his game. He inked a deal with DC Extended Universe to portray Batman. Though the idea of him in a superhero role didn’t sit quite well with most fans, his first Batman movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” grossed over $873 million to become the highest-grossing film of his career. Thanks to the commercial success, DC signed him on to play Batman in more movies, ignoring rave reviews from critics. Per Forbes estimate, his Batman role was the major contributor to his 2015/2016 paycheck of $43 million, the highest ever in his career, making him the 6th highest-paid actor of that year.
In addition to showbiz, Ben Affleck has earned substantially from playing poker. In 2001, he won $800,000 in a single night playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. He won the 2004 California State Poker Championship alongside its $356,400 prize. Affleck’s enormous wealth has seen him live in a number of opulent mansions including an 83-acre secluded estate in Savannah, Georgia.
From all his earnings and business endavours, it is believed that the value of Ben Affleck’s wealth is $120 million.
His Wife, Girlfriend, Divorce
Ben Affleck married actress and ex-wife of actor Scott Foley, Jennifer Garner in June 2005. They started dating in mid-2004 after starring together on set for the movie, “Daredevil”. This resurfaced the nickname “Bennifer” after it was being used to describe his relationship with songbird, Jennifer Lopez by fans and some media outlets.
However, 10 years later (2015) the marriage fell apart. The couple separated for two years and officially filed for divorce in April 2015 due to irreconcilable differences. They both have three children, two girls and a boy. The girls, Violet Anne and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth were respectively born in December 2005 and January 2009. The son named Samuel Garner was born in February 2012.
The handsome-looking actor has had his share of beauties and women. He was previously in a relationship with Shakespeare in Love star, Gwyneth Paltrow (1997-2000) and songstress, Jennifer Lopez (2002-2004). He proposed to the later with a $2.5 million ring in November 2002 but called off their wedding which was scheduled for September 14, 2003, due to “excessive media attention”. Before dating Gwyneth Paltrow, Affleck dated his high school girlfriend, Cheyenne Rothman between 1990-1997. They broke up after Affleck became famous following his first movie hit, Good Will Hunting. He also had a brief affair with Boston aristocrat, Enza Sambataro before meeting Jennifer Garner in 2004.
Presently, it would seem the evergreen actor is hooked again. This time with SNL producer, Lindsay Shookus as they have been seen wining and dining together in public. If true she would be the first affair Affleck is having since his split from his wife in 2015.
Ben Affleck has a younger brother also in the film business and both are the only children of their parents. His name is Casey Affleck. Both brothers are shining lights in Hollywood. While Ben is making waves as an actor and sculpting himself as a legendary filmmaker, Casey, on the other hand, has won a career-defining best actor Academy Award at the 2017 Oscars for his outstanding role in the 2016 movie, “Manchester By Sea”.
The brothers started off as child actors and have developed a healthy support with mutual respect for each other. There have been stories about a rivalry between them but such stories have been debunked by the duo.
And just like his brother, Casey also faced a divorce proceeding from his wife, Summer Phoenix after being together for 11 years. The Casey-Summer union produced two sons – Indiana August, born in 2004 and Atticus, born in 2007.