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Ben Affleck Net Worth: $150M
Who Is Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is a world renowned actor, screenwriter and producer who has a net worth of $150M.
Over his long career, Affleck has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in salary.
Funnily enough, his largest acting paycheck, $15M, came from the movie Paycheck.
The Early Years
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15, 1972 in Berkeley, California.
His family moved to Massachusetts when he was three, living in Falmouth, where his brother Casey was born, before settling in Cambridge.
His mother, Christopher Anne “Chris” Boldt, was a Harvard-educated elementary school teacher.
In the mid-1960s, he had been an actor and stage manager with the Theater Company of Boston.
During Affleck’s childhood, his father had a self-described “severe, chronic problem with alcoholism”, and Affleck has recalled him drinking “all day … every day”.
His father was “very difficult” to live with and he felt a sense of “relief” at the age of 11 when his parents divorced, and his father left the family home.
His father continued to drink heavily and eventually became homeless, spending two years living on the streets of Cambridge.
When Affleck was 16, his father entered a rehabilitation facility in Indio, California. He lived at the facility for twelve years to maintain his sobriety and worked there as an addiction counselor.
As a Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school student, Affleck acted in theater productions and was inspired by drama teacher Gerry Speca.
He became close friends with fellow student Matt Damon, whom he had known since the age of eight. Although Damon was two years older, the pair had “identical interests” and both wanted to pursue acting careers.
They traveled to New York together for acting auditions and saved money for train and airline tickets in a joint bank account.
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 in the PBS children’s shows “Voyage of the Mimi” and “Second Voyage of the Mimi,” working both in Cambridge and in Mexico.
He then appeared in the ABC after-school special “Wanted: A Perfect Man” and the television movie “Hands of a Stranger” at the ages of 14 and 15, respectively.
After graduating from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 1990, Ben played small parts in several movies, 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 jock. He portrayed a football player both in the NBC series “Against the Grain” and in the HBO drama “Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story.”
Ben then scored a part 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.”
The film that really launched Affleck’s career was “Good Will Hunting,” which he co-wrote and acted in along with close friend Matt Damon.
The script began as a 40-page assignment for Damon’s playwriting class at Harvard University; later, when the two lived together in Los Angeles, they worked together to expand it into a screenplay.
They were both frustrated with the small supporting and background roles they’d been given up to that point, so they wanted to work on a project where they could make the big decisions themselves.
Good Will Hunting was released in 1997 to wide critical acclaim, both for the screenplay and the acting. Affleck and Damon became overnight stars and were soon being cast in bigger roles thanks to their standout performances in the movie.
Following the success of “Good Will Hunting,” Affleck found himself able to choose bigger and better roles.
One of his first big successes was “Armageddon,” in which he played a blue-collar man who was sent into space to stop an asteroid from hitting Earth. The movie was a huge success 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.”
They weren’t all home runs, though; several of Affleck’s movies bombed at the box office. One particular disappointment was “Daredevil” (2003), which the actor would later say was the only movie he regretted making.
As a leading man, Ben Affleck has been commanding large paychecks since early in his career.
He and Matt Damon each received $300,000 for the sale of the “Good Will Hunting” screenplay. “Reindeer Games” earned the actor $6 million, while “Pearl Harbor” only brought a $250,000 payday.
For “Changing Lanes” and “The Sum of All Fears,” he made a cool $10 million each. “Daredevil” and “Gigli,” neither of which was particularly successful, netted Affleck $11.5 million and $12.5 million, respectively.
Affleck won the 2004 California State Poker Championship, taking home the first prize of $356,400 and qualifying for the 2004 World Poker Tour final tournament.
He was one of many celebrities, along with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, who took part in Molly Bloom’s high-stake poker games in the mid-2000s.
In 2014, Affleck was asked to refrain from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, after a series of wins aroused suspicion that he was counting cards, which is a legal gambling strategy frowned upon by casinos.
Affleck has repeatedly denied tabloid reports of a gambling addiction.
In 2009, Jen and Ben spent $17.55 million for a home in LA’s Pacific Palisades neighborhood.
Jennifer continued living in this house until late 2018. After she and the kids moved out, Ben and Jen sold this mansion to Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine for $32 million in January 2019.
That same month, Jennifer spent $8 million on a new home in Los Angeles’ Brentwood Park neighborhood.
In April 2018, Ben bought himself a $19 million mansion in the Pacific Palisades.
Top 5 Ben Affleck Quotes
“No matter how much you change, you still got to pay the price for the things you’ve done.” — Ben Affleck
“It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life, because that’s going to happen. All that matters is that you gotta get up.” — Ben Affleck
“All I do, really, is go to work and try to be professional, be on time and be prepared.” — Ben Affleck
“Anybody tells you that money is the root of all evil doesn’t have any.” — Ben Affleck
“You have to be kind to people. Treat them decently. There’s no excuse for not.” — Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is an American actor, screenwriter and producer and his net worth stands at $150M.
He is most well known for starring in Good Will Hunting and various other popular films.
Ben is also a poker player and has a significant real estate portfolio.
As of 2021, Ben Affleck’s net worth is $150M.
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Last Updated on May 1, 2021 by TheGrowthReactor