Benjamin Geza Affleck (born August 15, 1972), is an American actor.
Born in Berkeley, California, he grew up in the Boston, Massachusetts area. He was a child actor, having roles on televison series and made-for-television movies when young. He came to national attention when he and good friend Matt Damon wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), for which they won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
He is also known for his roles in many of Kevin Smith's films.
Along with Matt Damon and producer Chris Moore, Affleck founded the production company LivePlanet, through which the three friends created the documentary series Project Greenlight.
In 2002 it was announced that he was engaged to actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, but they recently broke up. He also had a high-profile romance with actress Gwyneth Paltrow.