Ben Affleck Net Worth: Ben Affleck is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and director who has a net worth of $150 million. He is arguably best known for writing and starring in Good Will Hunting and directing and starring in Argo. He and Matt Damon won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Ben won an Oscar for best picture for “Argo”. Throughout his career, Ben has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in salary. Coincidentally, his highest acting salary of his career, $15 million, came from the 2003 film Paycheck.
Early Life: Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California to parents Chris and Tim Affleck. Ben’s mother was a teacher and his father was an aspiring playwright who earned his living from a variety of jobs, including electrician, janitor, carpenter and bookie. The family moved to Falmouth, Massachusetts when Ben was three years old; here his younger brother Casey was born. They then settled permanently in Cambridge, where his parents later divorced.
Ben’s family was heavily involved in the arts at Cambridge. From an early age, Ben and his brother went to the theater and spent time with people who worked in the arts. His mother was friends with a local casting agent who arranged auditions for the two Affleck boys. Although she encouraged Ben to act, his mother never pushed him to pursue an acting career; she wanted him to be a teacher.
At the age of eight, Ben Affleck met Matt Damon, who was two years his senior. The boys hit it off immediately and became lifelong friends. They took acting classes together and would later launch their Hollywood careers together.
Actor: Affleck’s first professional acting job, a local independent film, came when he was just seven years old. From the ages of 8-15, Ben starred on the PBS children’s shows “Voyage of the Mimi” and “Second Voyage of the Mimi” and worked in both Cambridge and Mexico. He then appeared on the ABC after-school special “Wanted: A Perfect Man” and the TV movie “Hands of a Stranger” at ages 14 and 15, respectively.
After graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 1990, Ben played small roles in several films including Daddy (1991), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) and School Ties (1992). Thanks to his large size, he was often cast as a bully or an athlete. He portrayed a soccer player on both the NBC series Against the Grain and the HBO drama Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story. Ben then landed a role as a high school bully in the now legendary Richard Linklater film Dazed and Confused. He also had a supporting role in the 1995 drama School Ties.
Real Life: The film that really launched Affleck’s career was Good Will Hunting, which he co-wrote and starred in with close friend Matt Damon. The screenplay began as a 40-page assignment for Damon’s Harvard playwriting class; later, when the two lived together in Los Angeles, they worked together to develop it into a screenplay. They were both frustrated with the small supporting and background roles they had been given so far, so they wanted to work on a project where they could make the big decisions themselves.
Affleck and Damon turned the finished script over to their agent, who sold it to several studios. Castle Rock accepted it in 1994, but they were unwilling to give Ben and Matt the creative control they wanted. The men took the script to Miramax, where they were given a greater degree of creative freedom.
Good Will Hunting was released in 1997 to critical acclaim for both the script and the acting. Affleck and Damon became overnight stars and were soon cast in bigger roles thanks to their outstanding performances in the film.
Actor: Childhood friends Ben and Matt knew from a young age that they wanted to be actors, so they worked together to achieve that goal. When they started out in the industry, they had a joint bank account that they could put all of their income from their acting jobs into. They used this money for train or plane tickets to get to the auditions.
In 1998, the two formed a production company, Pearl Street Films. They later formed another production company called LivePlanet. LivePlanet’s biggest win was the documentary television series Project Greenlight. The series focused on providing a platform for young filmmakers to direct their first feature film.
Family Life: Affleck has worked with director Kevin Smith many times. Their friendship and working relationship began in 1995 when Ben had a supporting role in Smith’s film Mallrats. Smith wrote a starring role for Affleck in his next film, Chasing Amy. Since then, Ben has appeared in all of the Askewniverse films directed by Kevin Smith, including Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II, and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot.
Personal Life: After the success of Good Will Hunting, Affleck found himself able to choose bigger and better roles. One of his first big hits was “Armageddon,” in which he played a worker sent into space to prevent an asteroid from impacting Earth. The film was a smash hit in theaters and cemented Ben’s status as an up-and-coming leading man.
Other equally successful films followed, such as Shakespeare in Love, Pearl Harbor, The Sum of All Fears and Changing Lanes. It wasn’t all home runs, however; several of Affleck’s films were bombed at the box office. A particular disappointment was Daredevil (2003), which the actor would later say was the only film he regretted making.
Personality: Affleck has been romantically linked to several big Hollywood names. He dated singer Jennifer Lopez from 2002 to 2004 and became an overnight darling of the tabloids. The media couldn’t get enough of “Bennifer,” and paparazzi followed the couple’s every move. While Ben and Jennifer have both been in the tabloids before, Ben wasn’t so used to that level of constant spotlight and close scrutiny. Affleck and Lopez got engaged in 2002 but postponed their 2003 wedding due to excessive media attention. They separated the following year.
Ben married Jennifer Garner in 2005; the couple had three children together. They announced their separation in 2015, and their divorce was finalized in late 2018.
Ben entered inpatient therapy for alcoholism in 2001. He returned in 2017 and again in 2018. In 2019, after a year of sobriety, he had a public slip, but vowed not to let it derail him.
Actor: Ben developed an interest in directing early in his career and learned as much as he could from the directors he worked with. In 2007 he directed his first film, Gone Baby Gone. She then wrote, produced and directed The Town (2010). He produced, directed and starred in Argo (2012), which was a huge commercial and critical success.
Personality: Affleck has won Academy Awards for Good Will Hunting (Best Original Screenplay, shared with Matt Damon) and Argo (Best Picture). He has won multiple BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild awards almost exclusively for those two films.
Personal Life: As a leading man, Ben Affleck has received hefty paychecks since the beginning of his career. He and Matt Damon each received $300,000 for the sale of the Good Will Hunting screenplay. “Reindeer Games” brought in the actor $6 million, while “Pearl Harbor” brought in just $250,000. He earned a cool $10 million each for “Changing Lanes” and “The Sum of All Fears.” “Daredevil” and “Gigli,” neither of which were particularly successful, grossed Affleck $11.5 million and $12.5 million, respectively.
Action: Ben Affleck has thrown his support behind many major causes including America’s Paralyzed Veterans, the East Congo Initiative, AT Children’s Project and Feeding America.
Home: In 2009, Jen and Ben spent $17.55 million on a home in LA’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood. Jennifer lived in this house until the end of 2018. After they and the kids moved out, Ben and Jen sold this mansion to Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine in January 2019 for $32 million. That same month, Jennifer spent $8 million on a new home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood Park neighborhood. In April 2018, Ben bought a mansion in the Pacific Palisades for $19 million.
|Aug 15, 1972 (47 years old)
|6ft 3in (1.92m)
|Actor, Film Director, Screenwriter, Film Producer, TV Producer, Professional Poker Player, Businessman
|United States of America