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Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck has found love on the rebound ? with down-to-earth "Alias" star Jennifer Garner. And the handsome actor -- who's had his share of high-profile romances -- appreciates fun-loving Jennifer and the joy she finds in the simple things in life, say sources. "Jennifer is as non-diva as they come," declared a source close to the couple.

"She's a girl who throws herself totally into her work and keeps her relationships quiet.

"Jennifer isn't clingy or drawn to the Hollywood limelight. She isn't super demanding of Ben's time, either. "Jennifer's also fine with Ben playing poker in Vegas for several days at a time."

The couple got to know each other when they worked on the film "Pearl Harbor" in 2000, but in the past few months, the friendship has blossomed into romance -- with Ben visiting Jennifer on the Canadian set of her "Daredevil" spin-off "Elektra" and on the L.A. set of her hit TV series "Alias."

"Ben recently told pals in Las Vegas, 'Jen's perfect for me.' He said there's no pressure, no expectations, no diva drama -- and she lets him play poker whenever he wants."

Ben Affleck wins nearly $300,000 at poker

Ben Affleck beat fellow star Tobey Maguire and nearly 90 other poker players to win nearly $300,000. The actor went home with the money after winning the Commerce Casino's tournament in California. It qualifies him for a seat at the World Poker Tour Championship next April.

A casino spokeswoman said. "He has become a respected member of the poker elite."

Man About Town (2005) (pre-production)
Surviving Christmas (2004) (completed)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Paycheck (2003)
Gigli (2003)
Daredevil (2003)
Third Wheel, The (2002)
Sum of All Fears, The (2002)
Changing Lanes (2002)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
Daddy and Them (2001)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Bounce (2000)
Joseph: King of Dreams (2000) (voice) .... Joseph
Reindeer Games (2000)
SNL Fanatic (2000) (TV)
Boiler Room (2000)
Dogma (1999)
Forces of Nature (1999)
200 Cigarettes (1999)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Armageddon (1998)
Phantoms (1998)
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Office Killer (1997) (scenes deleted)
Chasing Amy (1997)
Going All the Way (1997)
Glory Daze (1996)
Mallrats (1995)
Body to Die for: The Aaron Henry Story, A (1994) (TV)
"Against the Grain" (1993) TV Series
Dazed and Confused (1993)
School Ties (1992)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992) (uncredited)
Daddy (1991) (TV)
"Second Voyage of the Mimi, The" (1988) TV Series
Hands of a Stranger (1987) (TV)
Wanted: The Perfect Guy (1986) (TV)
"Voyage of the Mimi, The" (1984) TV Series
Dark End of the Street, The (1981)

Birth name: Benjamin Geza Affleck

Height: 6' 2"

Born: 15 August 1972, Berkeley, California

He made his big introduction into feature films in 1993 when he was cast in Dazed and Confused (1993). After that he did mostly independent films like 'Kevin Smith (I)' 's Mallrats (1995) and Chasing Amy (1997) which were great for Ben's career, receiving renowned appreciation for his works at the Sundance film festival.

But the success he was having in independent films didn't last much longer and things got a little shaky for Ben. He was living in an apartment with his brother Casey and friend Matt, getting tired of being turned down for the big roles in films and being given the forgettable supporting ones. Since Matt was having the same trouble they decided to write their own script, where they could call all the shots.

So, after finishing the script for Good Will Hunting (1997) they gave it to their agent Patrick Whitesell who showed it to a few Hollywood studios, finally being accepted by Castlerock. It was great news for the two but Castlerock wasn't willing to give Ben and Matt the control over the project they were hoping for. It was friend Kevin Smith who took it to the head of Miramax who bought the script giving Ben and Matt the control they wanted and in December of 1997 Good Will Hunting (1997) was released, making the two unknown actors famous. The film was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and won two, including Best Original Screenplay for Ben and Matt. The film marked Ben's breakthrough role, in which he was given for the first time the chance to choose roles instead of having to go through grueling auditions constantly.

He chose such roles in the blockbusters Armageddon (1998), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Pearl Harbor (2001). With these hits to his credit, Hollywood can't seem to get enough of Ben, with directors wanting him in their movies and companies wanting his screenplays. His inspirational story of hard work and amazing climb to the top has brought him what he deserves and Ben Affleck has shown no sign of slowing down.

Dated Gwyneth Paltrow. [1998 - Jan 1999]

Brother of actor Casey Affleck.

Friend, and frequent collaborator, with actor Matt Damon.

Owns vintage Ms. Pac-Man and Millipede video-arcade games.

He was accidently knocked unconscious by football player Dana Stubblefield during the filming of Reindeer Games (2000). Stubblefield slipped, and Affleck was knocked down. He was taken to the hospital, but fully recovered.

When he was little, he asked his mom for a dog, and she tested him by making him walk an imaginary dog for a week. Ben only lasted for 5 days and didn't get the dog.

Graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School in 1990.

Dropped out of the University of Vermont after 1 semester.

Dropped out of Occidental College after 1 year, where he had studied Middle Eastern studies.

He and Damon sold their Good Will Hunting script for $600,000.

Has his teeth capped.

Owns 5 motorcycles.

Chosen as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World [2000]

Chosen as one of People Magazine's Most Beautiful People in the World [1999]

Auditioned for Corey Haim's part in License to Drive (1988).

Was an extra with friend Matt Damon in Field of Dreams (1989).

Charlie Sheen drove Ben Affleck to Promises Rehabilitation Center last August, 2001

Ranked #77 in Premiere's 2002 annual Power 100 List.

Is known for being a very good impressionist. He usually picks one of his costars while filming a movie and studies them. He displays his impressions on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno almost every time he is a guest. While filming The Sum Of All Fears (2002), he chose to study co-star Morgan Freeman. When he showed Morgan his impression on set, it was so accurate Freeman told him "You ever do that again, I'll kill you".

Confirms engagement to Jennifer Lopez, after giving her a reportedly $3.5 million ring. (Nov. 2002)

His mother is Irish and father is Scottish

Voluntarily entered Promises Rehabilitation Center in Malibu, CA for alcohol abuse. [31 July 2001]

Named People's Sexiest Man Alive (2002)

He was inspired to contribute to the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, which supports cancer research at Los Angeles Children's Hospital, after meeting Molly Hanna, who died of cancer in 2002. She was a student in his mother's fifth-grade class.

Growing up, the Marvel Comic book character Daredevil was his hero. He got to play the character in the 2003 movie.

Ranked #41 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List.

Is getting paid $1.5 million dollars for doing commercials for L'Oreal Shampoo. (2003)

Has a Boston Celtics logo painted on the basketball court at his house.

In the fall of 2003, he volunteered to spend several days with disabled children.

Is a devoted fan of the baseball team Boston Red Sox

Speaks Spanish.

Dated 'Jennifer Lopez' [July 2002 - January 2004]

Jennifer Lopez wrote the song "Dear Ben" about him and how much she loved him.

With the exception of Clerks. (1994), he has appeared in all of Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse films.

He learned to speak Arabic.

Has a little nephew, Indiana

He won $356,000 by winning the California State Poker Championships in June 2004 - defeating some of the best poker players in the world in the process.

Is a first-time uncle, to younger brother Casey's son, Indiana August, who was born on May 31st 2004, in Amsterdam, to Casey and his fiancee, actress Summer Phoenix, who is the youngest sister and sibling to the late River Phoenix.
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