Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt
|Also Known As:||"Ben Affleck"|
|Birthplace:||Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States|
|Occupation:||Actor, Director, Screenwriter, film actor & producer|
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About Ben Affleck
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972), better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor, film director, writer, and producer. He became known with his performances in such Kevin Smith films as Chasing Amy (1997), and Dogma (1999). Affleck won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for the screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote with Matt Damon.
Affleck was born in Berkeley, California to Christine Anne "Chris" (née Boldt), a school district employee and teacher, and Timothy Byers Affleck, who has held various jobs, including a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, writer, director, and actor with the Theater Company of Boston.
Affleck's family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts when he was very young, and his parents divorced in 1984. He has younger brother named Casey Affleck who is an actor.
At age eight, Affleck met 10-year-old Matt Damon, who lived two blocks away. Damon is Affleck's tenth cousin, once removed, through a common New England ancestor, William Knowlton. Affleck has English, Irish, Scottish, and German ancestry. The surname Affleck is of Scottish origin.
After an exhaustive search of my ancestry for "Finding Your Roots," it was discovered that one of my distant relatives was an owner of slaves.
I didn't want any television show about my family to include a guy who owned slaves. I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth.
Skip decided what went into the show. I lobbied him the same way I lobby directors about what takes of mine I think they should use. This is the collaborative creative process. Skip agreed with me on the slave owner but made other choices I disagreed with. In the end, it's his show and I knew that going in. I'm proud to be his friend and proud to have participated.
It's important to remember that this isn't a news program. Finding Your Roots is a show where you voluntarily provide a great deal of information about your family, making you quite vulnerable. The assumption is that they will never be dishonest but they will respect your willingness to participate and not look to include things you think would embarrass your family.
I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don't like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country's history is being talked about.
Ben Affleck's Timeline
August 15, 1972
Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States
June 29, 2005