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Ben Affleck is known for co-writing and acting in Good Will Hunting, starring in Armageddon, and directing, co-producing and acting in Argo.
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He starred alongside Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler in the blockbuster disaster movie Armageddon (1998), which became the top-grossing movie of that year, earning over $520 million worldwide. That same year he landed a supporting turn in the popular film Shakespeare in Love, which won a number of Academy Awards,
including one for best picture.
Affleck made headlines when he began a high-profile romance with Gwyneth Paltrow, his co-star in the film Shakespeare in Love. The couple announced their break-up in late 1998, but they remained good friends.
Affleck had less success in 1999 with Kevin Smith's irreverent comedy Dogma, co-starring Damon and Chris Rock. He also starred in the poorly reviewed romantic comedy, Forces of Nature, co-starring Sandra Bullock.
In 2000, he turned in a supporting performance in the slick stock-market drama Boiler Room, and headlined the fast-paced action thriller Reindeer Games, co-starring Charlize Theron and Gary Sinise. He also co-starred opposite Paltrow in the romantic drama Bounce.
In the summer of 2001, Affleck teamed up again with Armageddon director-producer team Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer for the blockbuster action flick Pearl Harbor, co-starring Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett and Cuba Gooding Jr. Shortly after the film hit theatres, Affleck checked himself into an exclusive rehabilitation center in Malibu, California, to undergo treatment for alcohol abuse. The son of an alcoholic, Affleck announced through a spokesman that he "decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol."
A year later, a newly sober Affleck found romance with actress and musician Jennifer Lopez. Their relationship pushed Affleck back into the glare of the spotlight, and earned the couple the moniker "Bennifer."
In the fall of 2002, Affleck moved to the small screen when he co-produced the ABC mystery series Push, Nevada. The show promised $1 million cash to the viewer who solved its mystery, but was canceled just a few weeks into the season. Affleck also partnered with friend Matt Damon yet again, and founded the production company LivePlanet. The duo produced the documentary series, Project Greenlight, which gave aspiring screenwriters the opportunity to produce their creative visions. The show earned three Emmy nominations for an Outstanding Reality Program.
Affleck returned to feature films later that year, when he appeared as Tom Clancy's young Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears. The movie fared well at the box office and cemented Affleck's reputation as an action star. His next film, the comic book action-adventure movie Daredevil (2003), also performed well, setting a box-office record for its Presidents' Day-weekend debut.
In November 2003, Affleck announced his engagement to Lopez, who began sporting a $3.5 million ring. He then co-starred with his fiancee in the highly anticipated film Gigli. Despite the hype, box office sales only reached $3 million over its opening weekend.
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