Career: As a teenager, Ben appeared in several TV movies, and made his movie debut in 1993 in the film Dazed and Confused. Roles in independent films Mallrats and Chasing Amy followed but, fed up with getting turned down for bigger roles, he wrote the script for Good Will Hunting with his best friend Matt Damon. The film won two Oscars, including Best Original Screenplay. After that, Ben was offered lead roles in blockbusters Armageddon, Shakespeare in Love and Pearl Harbor.
Relationships: Ben has had high profile relationships with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez. He started dating actress Jennifer Garner in 2004. They had been friends since they worked together on Pearl Harbor and Daredevil and they married in 2005. They have two daughters, Violet Anne, born 1st December 2005, and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth, born 6th January 2009.
FYI: In 2004, Ben won a Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple in Gigli, in which he co-starred with his then-girlfriend Jennifer Lopez.