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Ben Affleck was born on August 15th 1972 in California. Ben always wanted to be an actor, all his life he knew that he would be in the entertainment buisness. Ben's family consists of his mother, father, and his brother Casey Affleck who is also an actor. Ben was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was there that he had his first taste of acting in a Burger King commercial at a very young age. His first steady acting job was at the ripe age of 8, where he landed a role in the PBS televison show 'The Voyages of Mimi.' Ben's brother Casey also acted in the show for a few episodes. It was when Ben was only 8 that he met his life-long friend and fellow actor Matt Damon. Matt and Ben played little league together and took drama classes together. They co-wrote the screen play to 'Good Will Hunting' as partners.

Ben's early acting career consisted of mainly TV movies and small television appearances. In 1987 he starred in the TV mini series 'Hands of a Stranger.' Ben's big fearure film break was when he was drafted by Robert Rodriguez for a role in the comedy 'Dazed and Confused.' This proved to be Ben's intro into the film industry. After his taste of mainstream glory, Ben decided to turn his career to the independent film industry. The independent film industry was great to Ben, he received renowned appreciation for his works at the sundance film festival in 1997. After his brief escapades into the world of independent film, Ben found himself in a starring role of the movie 'Going All the Way.' His next feature film was the comedy 'Mallrats' where he starred next to Shannon Doherty and Joey Lauren Adams. Ben's found himself acting next to Joey Lauren Adams once again in the comedy 'Chasing Amy' , where he plays a charming and witty cartoonist who falls for the main character.

After 'Chasing Amy' things got a little shaky for Ben. He lived in an apartment with his brother Casey and friend Matt Damon. He was offered parts in some movies but he was tired of getting all the parts turned down by other actors. Matt and Ben decided that they would write their own script. This way they would decide the characters, decide the plot, and tell their own story. The script, finally done, was given to their agent, Patrick Whitesell, who passed it around Hollywood hoping to get a reaction. The initial response was from Castle Rock. They had offered to make the film, but they weren't willing to give Ben and Matt all the responsibility they had hoped for. It was their friend Kevin Smith that pulled them through in the jam. He took the screenplay to the head offices of Miramax and they said it was a go-film. Five years later 'Good Will Hunting' was filmed and ready to release.

Before the release of 'Good Will Hunting' no one had heard of these two actors. They were soon cast in two of the years biggest blockbusters, 'Armageddon', and 'Saving Private Ryan.' After these smash hits, Hollywood couldn't get enough of these two rising stars. Nowadays every director wants Ben in their movies, and every agency wants Ben writing their screenplays. Years of hard work by Ben have paid off for him. Ben and Matt have signed a Multi year contract with Miramax, you can expect at least 2 more screenplays from Ben and Matt in the near future. After all his hard work Ben has earned one Academy award and one Oscar.

Ben's amazing climb to the top has brought him what he deserves, he is showing no sign of slowing down. You will see Ben in the up coming 'The Third Wheel' and the much anticipated 'Pearl Harbour.'
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