Casey Affleck


Casey Affleck

Infobox actor


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caption = Casey Affleck, June 2006
birthname = Caleb Casey Affleck-Boldt
birthdate = birth date and age|1975|08|12
birthplace = Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States
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website = http://www.caseyaffleck.com
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spouse = Summer Phoenix (2006 - present)
awards=NBR Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"

Casey Affleck (born August 12, 1975) is an Academy Award-, SAG Award- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the films "Good Will Hunting", "Ocean's Eleven", "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford", and "Gone Baby Gone". He is the younger brother of Ben Affleck.

Biography

Early life

Affleck was born Caleb Casey Affleck-Boldt in Falmouth, Massachusetts, the son of Chris Ann (née Boldt), a school district employee and teacher, and Timothy Affleck, a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, and former actor with the Theater Company of Boston. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/5/Casey-Affleck.html "Casey Affleck Biography (1975-)"] . Film Reference.com.] As a child he had numerous pets, including cats, snakes, guinea pigs and turtles. [ [http://www.peta2.net/OUTTHERE/o-caseyspotlight.asp "Out There: Casey Affleck"] . Peta2.net.] Affleck went to George Washington University, later transferring to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in physics, astronomy, and Western philosophy. [ [http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=267541 "Casey Affleck Biography"] . Biography.com.]

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. [Schaefer, Stephen. [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117974394.html?categoryId=2815&cs=1 "Casey Affleck - Breakthrough Actor"] . Variety.com. 19 October 2007.] 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 which met with limited success, but also featured rising star Kate Hudson. [Roberts, Sheila. [http://www.moviesonline.ca/movienews_13160.html "Casey Affleck Interview, Gone Baby Gone"] . MoviesOnline.ca.] 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.Fact|date=February 2008 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 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, in which he is fluent. [Carroll, Larry. [http://www.mtv.com/movies/news/articles/1539249/08232006/story.jhtml "Casey Affleck says 'Thirteen' is better than 'Twelve'."] MTV.com. 24 August 2006.]

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 main protagonist, Patrick Kenzie. The movie was directed by his brother, Ben 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. [cite news | url = http://www.pastemagazine.com/action/article/7175/news/film/ridley_scott_taking_on_the_kind_one | title = Paste Magazine :: News :: Ridley Scott, Casey Affleck take on The Kind One | publisher = Paste | date = 2008-04-17 | accessdate = 2008-04-27]

Personal life

Affleck married Summer Phoenix, his girlfriend of six years, on June 3 2006 [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000729/bio] "Biography for Casey Affleck - IMDB] . The couple were introduced by her brother. The couple have two sons, Indiana August, who was born on May 31, 2004 in Amsterdam [ [http://www.eonline.com/celebrities/profile/index.jsp?uuid=207cbde2-3d2b-4311-bcbc-d930f5a17358 "Casey Affleck - Profile"] . E! Online.com.] and Atticus [ [http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/film-news/2008/06/05/affleck-brothers-strike-gold-on-the-silver-screen-65233-21028292/ Affleck brothers strike gold on the silver screen] ] , who was born January 12, 2008. [ [http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20171855,00.html "Casey Affleck Welcomes a Second Child."] People.com. 15 November 2007.]

Affleck is involved with many animal rights movements and campaigns for PETA and Farm Sanctuary. [ [http://www.myparkmag.co.uk/articles/celebs/celebrity-gossip/alicia-silverstone-naked-peta-advert-banned.jsp "Alicia Silverstone naked PETA advert banned"] . My Park magazine. 21 September 2007.] He is a vegan. [ [http://www.readexpress.com/read_freeride/2007/10/qa_why_casey_affleck_doesnt_enjoy_acting.php "Q&A: Why Casey Affleck Doesn't Enjoy Acting"] . ReadExpress.com. 19 October 2007.]

Affleck speaks fluent Spanish and resides in Los Angeles, California and Winter Park, Florida with his family.

Filmography

Other awards and nominations

Won

* 2007: Hollywood Film Festival - Breakthrough Actor of the Year
* 2007: National Society of Film Critics - Best Supporting Actor - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
* 2007: National Board of Review - Best Supporting Actor - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
* 2007: San Francisco Film Critics Circle - Best Supporting Actor - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
* 2007: Satellite Awards - Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Nominations

* 2002: MTV Movie Awards - Best On-Screen Team - Ocean's Eleven
* 2002: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards - Best Acting Ensemble - Ocean's Eleven
* 2007: Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie - Chemistry - Ocean's Thirteen
* 2007: Critics' Choice Awards - Best Supporting Actor - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
* 2007: Chicago Film Critics - Best Supporting Actor - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
* 2007: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actor - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
* 2008: London Critics Circle Film Award - Best Supporting Actor - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0000729|name=Casey Affleck
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* [http://www.peta2.net/OUTTHERE/o-caseyspotlight.asp?c=p22157 Casey Affleck Exclusive Interview on peta2]
* [http://themovie-fanatic.com/spotlights/stars/casey_affleck/ Casey Affleck comprehensive profile]


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