Benjamin Geza "Ben" Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a child actor, starring in the PBS educational series
Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007), which he also co-wrote, was well received. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in the crime drama The Town (2010). For the political thriller Argo (2012), which he directed and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2014, he starred in the psychological thriller Gone Girl. Affleck portrays the superhero Batman in the DC Extended Universe, starting with the films Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad (both 2016). The gangster drama Live by Night, which Affleck directed, wrote, produced, and acted in, will be released in late 2016.