Ben Affleck‘s net worth is astouding considering he has had one of the most up-and-down careers Hollywood has ever seen. Bursting on to the scene in the late 1990’s, Affleck appeared in Dazed and Confused (1993) and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999). Affleck gained fame when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. After his Academy Award victory, Affleck became a bonafide A-lister, starring in high-profile films including Armageddon (1998), Shakespeare in Love (1998), Pearl Harbor(2001), Changing Lanes (2002) and The Sum of All Fears (2002).
However, after this run of blockbuster hits, Affleck had a career downturn, starring in universally panned films such as Daredevil (2003), Gigli (2003), and Jersey Girl (2004). Following this lull, Affleck came back in a big way, both as an actor and a director. In 2006, he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in Hollywoodland.
Affleck’s directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007), which he also wrote, was well received. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in The Town (2010), which was named among the National Board of Review: Top Ten Films of the year. For the political thriller Argo(2012), which he directed and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and his second Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for Best Picture.
In 2016, Affleck takes on maybe his biggest challenge yet, starring at Batman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and in Suicide Squad.
Ben Affleck Net Worth as of 2019: $80 Million
With such an up and down career, we take a look back at all of it to determine Ben Affleck’s net worth
Affleck’s first starring film role was as an aimless art student in the college drama Glory Daze (1995).
He then played a bully in the comedy Mallrats (1995) and began to worry that he would be relegated to “throwing people into their lockers for the rest of my career.” However, he became friends with writer-director Kevin Smith during filming, and Smith wrote the lead role in his romantic comedy Chasing Amy (1997) for Affleck.
Also in 1997, he starred as a recently returned Korean War veteran in the coming-of-age drama Going All the Way.
Affleck had a three-year relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow from 1997 to 2000.
The success of 1997’s Good Will Hunting, which Affleck co-wrote and starred in, marked a significant turning point in his career. The screenplay originated in 1992 when Damon wrote a 40-page script for a playwriting class at Harvard University. He asked Affleck to act out the scenes with him for the class and, when Damon later moved into Affleck’s Los Angeles apartment, they began working on the script in earnest. The film, which they wrote mainly during improvisation sessions, was set in their hometown of Cambridge and drew from their own experiences. They sold the screenplay to Castle Rock in 1994, when Affleck was 22 years old.
1998’s Armageddon established Affleck as a viable leading man for Hollywood studio blockbusters.
Later in 1998, Affleck had a supporting role as an arrogant English actor in the period romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, starring his then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow.
Affleck and Damon had an onscreen reunion in Kevin Smith’s religious satire Dogma (1999).
Affleck’s next role was as a hardened criminal opposite Charlize Theron in the action thriller Reindeer Games (2000).
Affleck then had a supporting role as a ruthless stockbroker in the crima drama Boiler Room (2000).
Along with Damon and producers Chris Moore and Sean Bailey, Affleck founded the production company LivePlanet in 2000, seeking to integrate the internet into mainstream television and film production. The four created the documentary series Project Greenlight, as well as the failed mystery-hybrid series Push, Nevada, among other projects. Project Greenlight was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002, 2004, and 2005.
Affleck entered an alcohol rehabilitation facility in 2001. When the story leaked to the press, a spokesperson said the actor “decided that a fuller life awaits him without alcohol”.
In 2001, Affleck starred in Michael Bay’s war film Pearl Harbor.
Also in 2001, Affleck appeared in Kevin Smith’s comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, parodying Good Will Hunting with Damon and Van Sant.
In 2002, Affleck starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the thriller Changing Lanes. Also in 2002, he was cast as Jack Ryan, a role previously played by Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, in the fourth film in the techno-thriller series The Sum of All Fears. Also in 2002, he was named Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.
Affleck had an eighteen-month relationship with actress/singer Jennifer Lopez from 2002 to 2004, during which they became engaged.
In 2003, Affleck was the subject of much media attention due to his relationship with Jennifer Lopez, with the actor himself remarking that it filled him with a sense of “dread … People are going to grow weary of this.” By the end of the year, Affleck had become, in the words of GQ, the “world’s most over-exposed actor.”His newfound tabloid notoriety coincided with a series of poorly received films.
The first of these critically panned films was Daredevil (2003), in which Affleck starred as the blind superhero.
Affleck next appeared in Gigli (2003), co-starring Lopez. Gigli received almost uniformly unfavorable reviews, with Manohla Dargis of the Los Angeles Times remarking: “A passable actor but a lousy star — the bigger the movie, the worse he comes across — Affleck doesn’t have the chops or the charm to maneuver around (or past) bad material.”
In his final movie role of 2003, Affleck starred in the thriller Paycheck (2003).
Affleck began dating actress Jennifer Garner in mid-2004, having established a friendship on the sets ofPearl Harbor (2001) and Daredevil(2003).
Affleck’s poor critical notices continued in 2004. He starred in the romantic comedy Jersey Girl, directed by longtime collaborator Smith. Stephen Holden of the New York Times described Affleck as an actor “whose talent has curdled as his tabloid notoriety has spread.”
At this point, the quality of scripts offered to Affleck “was just getting worse and worse” and he decided to take a career break: “I was a little bit exhausted of myself and my life, so I wanted to try to control it or manage it.” The Los Angeles Times published a piece on the downfall of Affleck’s career in late 2004: “While the critics see Affleck as a big pinata and the tabloids see him as a reader magnet, few industry professionals seem to be gloating over Affleck’s travails.” Various producers and agents were interviewed, with Harvey Weinstein commenting: “He’s one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met in this industry … a great guy with an incredible personality and talent. I think the sky’s the limit when he wants to focus. And he will.”
Affleck began to stage a comeback in 2006. While both Man About Town and Smokin’ Aces were little-seen, Affleck won acclaim for his performance as George Reeves in the noir biopic Hollywoodland.
In 2007, Affleck made his feature film directorial debut with Gone Baby Gone, a crime drama set in a working-class Boston neighbourhood, starring his brother Casey. Affleck co‑wrote the screenplay, based on the book by Dennis Lehane, with childhood friend Aaron Stockard, having first mentioned his intention to adapt the story in 2003. It opened to rave reviews.
In 2009, Affleck returned to acting, starring in three features. In He’s Just Not That Into You, an ensemble romantic comedy, he acted opposite both Jennifer Aniston and Bradley Cooper. In State of Play, Affleck played Congressman Stephen Collins. The film is a political thriller which explores the relationship between politicians and the media. In the comedy film Extract, Affleck played an offbeat bartender.
In 2010, Affleck starred in The Company Men as a mid-level sales executive who is made redundant during the financial crisis. His performance received positive reviews.
In 2010, Affleck directed his second feature, The Town, an adaptation of Chuck Hogan’s novel Prince of Thieves. Following the modest success of Gone Baby Gone, Warner Brothers Pictures had offered Affleck his choice of the studio’s scripts.
In 2012, Affleck directed his third feature film, Argo. Argo won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Affleck was the first director ever who failed to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Director, yet went on to win both the Golden Globe and the Directors Guild of America awards for Best Director. He also won the Critic’s Choice and BAFTA awards for Best Director.
Affleck starred in To the Wonder (2013), a romantic drama written and directed by Terrence Malick.
Also in 2013, he starred in the gambling thriller Runner Runner. The film received poor reviews but Affleck’s performance as a poker boss was perceived as a highlight.
Affleck starred as a husband accused of murder in David Fincher’s psychological thriller Gone Girl (2014). Fincher cast him partly because he understood what it felt like to be misrepresented by tabloid media. Affleck pushed back production on his own directorial project to accept the role.
Affleck and Garner announced their intention to divorce on June 30, 2015.
In 2015, the fourth season of HBO’s Project Greenlightwith Affleck and Damon began airing, a decade after the third season aired.
In November 2015, Affleck began filming his fourth directorial project, Live by Night, an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel. Affleck wrote the adapted screenplay for the “big, sweeping gangster-epic morality story.” The film, scheduled for release in 2017, will co-star Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning.
Affleck will play Batman in the March 2016 superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He is scheduled to reprise his role as Batman in Justice League films in both 2017 and 2019.
In October 2016, Affleck will star in Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant as a mild-mannered accountant who also works as a lethal assassin.
Affleck is also expected to direct and star in a standalone Batman film, and is co-writing the script with Geoff Johns.
With Affleck’s career as both an actor and director clearly ascending, and being involved in what has potential to be two of the world’s largest movie franchise in his future (Batman and Justice League) look for Ben Affleck’s net worth to clear the $100 million mark
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