Jennifer Garner Biography

Actress, Theater Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress, Film Actress, Television Actress(1972–)
American Actress Jennifer Garner earned notice for her role on the hit show Felicity, and was subsequently cast as the star of the ABC television drama Alias.


Jennifer Garner was born on April 17, 1972, in Houston, Texas. After performing on stage, she moved to Los Angeles to work in television, landing bit parts in Spin City and Law & Order. In 2000, she earned notice for her role on Felicity, and was cast in the TV drama, Alias. In turn, she landed in films like Catch Me If You Can and Daredevil. She's also starred in Elektra (2005), The Kingdom in 2007, and Dallas Buyers Club (2013).

Early Life

Actress Jennifer Anne Garner was born on April 17, 1972, in Houston, Texas. The daughter of a chemical engineer and a retired English professor, Garner was raised in Charleston, West Virginia, with her two sisters. She attended Denison University in Ohio, where she graduated with a degree in theater in 1996. After performing on stage in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles to work in television, landing bit parts on several shows, including Spin City and Law & Order.

Commercial Success

In 2000, Garner earned notice for her recurring role on the hit show Felicity, and the show's producer subsequently cast her as the lead in a new ABC drama, Alias. It was her starring turn as CIA agent Sydney Bristow that made Garner into an overnight success, earning her a loyal following of viewers and critical praise. In turn, she was cast in such feature films as the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me If You Can co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio; Daredevil co-starring Ben Affleck; and 13 Going On 30 with actor Mark Ruffalo. In January 2005, she starred in the Daredevil spin-off, Elektra.

In 2007, Garner starred in the action film The Kingdom, which addressed U.S. conflicts with the oil industry in Saudi Arabia. That same year, she co-starred with Ellen Page, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman in the indie comedy, Juno. The film won more than 45 awards, including an Oscar for Best Screenplay and a Grammy for the motion-picture soundtrack. Garner's role as an adoptive mother also earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 

Garner's recent projects include the television remake of the play Cyrano de Bergerac, the romantic comedy The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, and the 2011 re-boot of Arthur. She also starred as Dr. Eve Saks in the Oscar-nominated 2013 biopic about a cowboy who contracts AIDS in Dallas Buyers Club, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. In 2014 Garner starred in a variety of film roles including Draft Day, Men, Women & Children, and the children's modern classic, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In 2015, she starred alongside Al Pacino and Annette Bening in Danny Collins.

Personal Life

Garner was married to actor Scott Foley from 2000 until 2004. She married actor and Daredevil co-star Ben Affleck in 2005 with whom she has three children: daughters Violet and Seraphina, and son Samuel. After 10 years of marriage, Garner and Affleck announced their divorce in June 2015. In March 2017, People magazine reported that the couple had called off the divorce to work on their marriage.

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