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Ben Affleck

From acting in “Good Will Hunting” to doing good works as an activist — and finding happiness as a husband and father.

Rosamund Pike stars as missing wife Amy Dunne opposite Ben Affleck's concerned husband Nick, who falls under suspicion as an intense media circus ramps up in 2014's "Gone Girl."

Rosamund Pike and Affleck attend the world premiere of "Gone Girl" during the 52nd New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on Sept. 26, 2014, in New York.

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Affleck and wife Jennifer Garner attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014.

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Affleck and former Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold, now a Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo, met with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the crisis in the DRC on Feb. 26, 2014, at Secretary Kerry's office at the State Department in Washington, D.C. Affleck is the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a non-profit advocacy group aiming to improve that region.

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Affleck stars with Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton in 2013's "Runner, Runner," which focuses on Princeton grad student Richie (Timberlake), who believes he's been swindled and travels to Costa Rica to confront onling gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Affleck).

Affleck and singer/actor Justin Timberlake arrive at the world premiere of "Runner Runner" at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Sept. 18, 2013 in Las Vegas.

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Affleck and Bryan Cranston star in "Argo," the 2012 political thriller about the CIA's attempt to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the 1980 U.S. hostage crisis in Iran. The film, which was directed by Affleck, won three Oscars, including one for best picture.

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Actor-producer-director Affleck holds his best picture Academy Award for "Argo," and poses in the press room at the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2013 in Hollywood.

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Affleck accepts the award for outstanding cast in a motion picture for "Argo" at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2013.

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Affleck receives an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown University at the 245th Commencement ceremony on May 26, 2013 in Providence, RI.

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"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm plays an FBI agent who's after a bank robber played by Affleck in the 2010 thriller "The Town." The film is set in the Boston area, where Affleck grew up.

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Affleck testified about the Democratic Republic of Congo before the House Foreign Affairs Committee's Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 8, 2011. He warned that cutting aid to the DRC could push the vast central African country back into war.

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Affleck and co-stars Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner attend the premiere of "The Town" during the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 8, 2010, in Venice, Italy.

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Affleck waves to the crowd at the premiere of "The Town" at the Venice Film Festival on Sept. 8, 2010.

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Affleck presented actress Charlize Theron with the Decade of Hotness award at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards on June 5, 2010, in Los Angeles.

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Affleck is a noted activist, and is seen here speaking during the Children Mending Hearts 3rd Annual "Peace Please" Gala held on April 16, 2010 in Los Angeles. Children Mending Hearts is an arts exchange program designed to give homeless kids and those less fortunate a voice. Kids in America and those in armed conflict zones around the world write letters and paint pictures for a global children’s book given to the President.

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Affleck has earned acclaim for his acting, but hasn't forgotten to give back. He is the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, and works with community-based healthcare leaders and survivors of sexual violence in the African country. He is seen here meeting with community-based healthcare leaders and survivors of sexual violence at HEAL Africa on March 18, 2010 in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.

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In 2009, Affleck played a congressman whose mistress has been found dead in the topical thriller "State of Play." Russell Crowe portrayed a reporter investigating the case.

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Ben Affleck made his fourth trip to Congo in November 2008, part of his effort to help in the humanitarian crisis in the African nation. Here he visits a camp for displaced people.

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Affleck was one of a number of celebrities who turned out for Children Mending Hearts, an event honoring the International Medical Corps, in Los Angeles in February 2009.

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It was a different kind of "Bennifer" (the media's joint name for Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez when they were an item) when Affleck costarred with Jennifer Aniston in 2009's "He's Just Not That Into You."

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Affleck and Garner walk with their daughter Violet on Oct. 13 in New York. Violet Anne Affleck was born on Dec. 1, 2005. On January 6, 2009 they became proud parents of their second daughter, Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck.

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One of the most politically active of Hollywood's celebrities, Affleck campaigned for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

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Affleck directs the new film "Gone Baby Gone," in 2007, which stars his brother Casey. Based on the Denis Lehane novel, it tells the story of two private investigators hunting for a 4-year-old girl.

In 2006's "Hollywoodland," Affleck's poignant portrayal of "Superman" star George Reeves won over critics. Affleck's role as an actor who feels trapped in the limited way the public views him, seemed to echo his own troubles as half of "Bennifer."

Another year, another bomb. In 2004's "Surviving Christmas," Affleck played an obnoxious young millionaire who wants to buy the perfect family Christmas. James Gandolfini costarred.

Affleck entertained the crew of the USS Enterprise warship, which was conducting missions in the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on Dec. 23, 2003.

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Affleck rides a horse carriage with Lopez during the filming of "Jersey Girl." After the disaster that was "Gigli," Lopez's role was trimmed down to almost a cameo. The couple split in 2004.

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Affleck met his future wife, Jennifer Garner, when he starred opposite her in 2003's "Daredevil." The movie, about a blind superhero, tanked, but Affleck would eventually marry Garner in 2005.

Affleck starred opposite then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez in 2003's "Gigli." The off-screen couple just couldn't create any on-screen chemistry in this stinker.

Affleck starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in 2001's big-screen bomb "Pearl Harbor." The movie told the story of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that jolted the United States into World War II.

Ben Affleck testified with Joe Kindregan, who suffers from the fatal disease ataxia-telangiectasia, on Capitol Hill before the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services and Education on July 11, 2001. Affleck urged lawmakers and private citizens to support increased funding for National Institute of Health (NIH) research into Kindregan's fatal disease and other rare ailments.

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Set in the backwaters of New York's financial world, "Boiler Room" features Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) stumbling upon a shady brokerage firm on Long Island that's making a killing in stock market sales. He sees it as his chance to shine. Affleck costars as Jim Young, one of the company's hot shots, in the 2000 film.

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Affleck starred as Buddy Amaral, a hot shot urban ad executive, who woos Abby Janello (Gwyneth Paltrow), a struggling single mom, in Don Roos' 2000 film "Bounce."

From left: Steve Buscemi, Will Patton, Bruce Willis, Michael Duncan, Affleck and Owen Wilson star in 1998's "Armageddon." An oil driller and his crew are hired to rocket to a gigantic asteroid and blow it up before it slams into Earth.

Paltrow and Affleck celebrate their win for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for "Shakespeare in Love" at the 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 7, 1999, in Los Angeles.

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Affleck took a small part in then-girlfriend Gwyneth Paltrow's "Shakespeare in Love." He played popular actor Ned Alleyn, who was eager to star in William Shakespeare's new play.

Damon and Affleck hold their best original screenplay Oscars for "Good Will Hunting." The film earned over $225 million worldwide.

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After struggling as actors, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon decided to make their own luck and wrote themselves plum roles in the 1997 film "Good Will Hunting," which was directed by Gus Van Sant. Damon played a math prodigy with personal issues, while Affleck costarred as the best friend who just wants him to fulfill his potential.