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Casey Affleck (born August 12, 1975) is an American actor. He has acted in films such as Good Will Hunting, Ocean's Eleven, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Gone Baby Gone. He has been nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe awards. He is the younger brother of Ben Affleck.

Early life

Affleck was born Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt in Falmouthmarker, Massachusettsmarker, the son of Christopher Anne "Chris" (née Boldt), a school district employee and teacher, and Timothy Byers Affleck, a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, and former actor with the Theater Company of Boston. He is the younger brother of Ben Affleck. As a child he had numerous pets, including cats, snakes, guinea pigs and turtles. Affleck went to The George Washington Universitymarker, later transferring to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in physics, astronomy, and Western philosophy.

Career

Affleck's first movie role was as a sociopathic teenager in Gus Van Sant's 1995 dark comedy To Die For, alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Nicole Kidman. After starring the following year in the box office flop Race the Sun (co-starring Halle Berry), he appeared in two films featuring older brother Ben: Chasing Amy and Good Will Hunting. The latter was a major hit and jump-started the careers of Matt Damon and the Affleck brothers. Both Ben and Damon went on to win the Academy Award For Best Original Screenplay. Affleck then starred in the underground movie Desert Blue, a film that met limited critical or commercial success, but also featured rising star Kate Hudson. He took time off from acting before playing another role.

He next starred in the black comedy Drowning Mona with Bette Midler, Jamie Lee Curtis, Neve Campbell, and Danny DeVito. The movie performed poorly at the box office and with critics. He then starred in the 2001 horror movie Soul Survivors, co-starring Luke Wilson, Wes Bentley, and Eliza Dushku. Affleck later admitted in an interview to Nylon Magazine that he was ashamed to have been involved with both films. Affleck followed them up with a re-make of the Rat Pack movie Ocean's Eleven, directed by Steven Soderbergh. The 2001 release had a star-studded cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts. Affleck played Virgil Malloy, one of the pair of mormon brothers hired to drive the getaway vehicle. Affleck would return to this character in Ocean's Twelve in 2004, and Ocean's Thirteen, released in June 2007. In the latter film, several scenes take place in Mexico, where Affleck lived as a child, and in which he has extended dialogue in Spanish, which he speaks.

After establishing his movie career, Affleck turned to screenwriting, teaming up with Matt Damon to write the 2002 film Gerry about two friends who get lost while hiking in the desert, directed by Van Sant. Affleck also starred in the film The Last Kiss as a friend of Zach Braff's character and made a cameo in the Joaquin Phoenix-directed video "Tired of Being Sorry" for Balthazar Getty's band Ringside.

In 2007, he starred in the Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, playing Robert Ford to Brad Pitt's Jesse James. For this role he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at the 65th Golden Globe Awards, a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture and an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role at the 80th Academy Awards. He also starred in the critically acclaimed Gone Baby Gone in which he appeared as the protagonist, Patrick Kenzie. The movie was directed by his brother, Ben Affleck, who later stated that as an actor, Casey is "the better Affleck."

In April 2008, director Ridley Scott had announced his new project The Kind One, a period noir drama set for release in 2010. Affleck has been cast in the lead role. Also in 2010, Affleck will be teaming up with Jessica Alba in The Killer Inside Me, a film adaptation of the 1952 novel of the same name.

He will direct a documentary about the musical career of his friend and brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix; filming begins in early 2009. The official website for the film announced that he is seeking fan videos of Joaquin's live concert footage for possible inclusion in his film.

Personal life

Affleck married Summer Phoenix, his girlfriend of six years, on June 3, 2006. The couple were introduced by her brother, Joaquin. The couple have two sons, Indiana August, who was born on May 31, 2004 in Amsterdammarker and Atticus, who was born in November, 2007.

Affleck is involved with many animal rights movements and campaigns for PETA and Farm Sanctuary. He is vegan, so he does not eat "meat or any other animal products."

Affleck speaks Spanish and resides in Los Angeles, Californiamarker and Winter Park, Floridamarker with his family.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1988 Lemon Sky Jerry TV
1990 The Kennedys of Massachusetts Robert (12-15) TV mini-series
1995 To Die For Russel Hines
1996 Race the Sun Daniel Webster
1997 Chasing Amy Little kid
Good Will Hunting Morgan O'Mally
1998 Desert Blue Pete Kepler
1999 200 Cigarettes Tom
American Pie Tom Myers Uncredited
Floating Prep #1
2000 Drowning Mona Bobby Calzone
Committed Jay
Hamlet Fortinbras
Attention Shoppers Jed
2001 Ocean's Eleven Virgil Malloy Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
American Pie 2 Tom Myers
Soul Survivors Sean
2002 Gerry Gerry Also Screenwriter
2004 Ocean's Twelve Virgil Malloy
2005 Lonesome Jim Jim
2006 The Last Kiss Chris
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Virgil Malloy Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Robert Ford National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — Irish Film & Television Award for Best International Actor
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture











Gone Baby Gone Patrick Kenzie Prism Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film
2010 The Killer Inside Me Lou Ford
The Kind One Danny Landon


References

  1. Massachusetts Vital Records, Births, 1975, 40:305
  2. Casey Affleck Biography (1975-). Film Reference.com.
  3. Out There: Casey Affleck. Peta2.net.
  4. Casey Affleck Biography. Biography.com.
  5. Schaefer, Stephen. Casey Affleck - Breakthrough Actor. Variety.com. 19 October 2007.
  6. Roberts, Sheila. Casey Affleck Interview, Gone Baby Gone. MoviesOnline.ca.
  7. Carroll, Larry. Casey Affleck says 'Thirteen' is better than 'Twelve'. MTV.com. 24 August 2006.
  8. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090116/film_nm/us_affleck;_ylt=AnnLzGxe.VvK8T98.Tr3u6ZxFb8C[ Casey Affleck to Direct a Documentary on Joaquim Phoenix] Yahoo News, January 17, 2009
  9. Untitled Joaquin Phoenix Documentary. joaqdoc.com
  10. [1]"Biography for Casey Affleck - IMDB
  11. Casey Affleck - Profile. E! Online.com.
  12. Affleck brothers strike gold on the silver screen
  13. "Casey Affleck Welcomes a Second Child." People.com. 15 November 2007.
  14. Alicia Silverstone naked PETA advert banned. My Park magazine. 21 September 2007.
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