American actor Casey Affleck has an onscreen career dating back to 1988, but his Academy Award nominated work in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) gained him wider acclaim in recent years.
Affleck, the younger brother of Ben Affleck, was born Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt on 12 August 1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts to middle-class parents; his mother was a school district employee and teacher, and father was a drug counselor who also served as a social worker, auto mechanic, custodian and bartender. He was also part of the Theater Company of Boston.
Affleck appeared in various roles on television while finishing high school and attending university, including as young Robert Kennedy in the TV mini-series "The Kennedys of Massachusetts" (1990). After graduating high school, he attended George Washington University and eventually transferred into Columbia University in New York, but he never earned his Bachelor's degree.
Affleck's first major film role was in Gus Van Sant's To Die For (1995), in which he co-starred with his future brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix and Nicole Kidman. He would go on to appear in two films with his brother, Chasing Amy (1997) and Good Will Hunting (1997), which Ben Affleck co-wrote with Matt Damon. Affleck then chose a variety of roles, most of which were considered to be commercial failures, including Drowning Mona (2000), a modern version of Hamlet (2000) and Soul Survivors (2001). He also co-wrote the screenplay Gerry (2002) with Gus Van Sant and Matt Damon, which received a limited release in the United States.
But 2001 brought Affleck a plum role as part of Ocean's Eleven's ensemble cast. Affleck's character, a getaway driver named Virgil Malloy, reappeared in _Ocean's Twelve (2004)_ and _Ocean's Thirteen (2007)_. Affleck also received positive critical notice for his work in Gone Baby Gone (2007), and directed Joaquin Phoenix in the "hoax-umentary" I'm Still Here (2010/I). He also recently co-starred in the ensemble comedy Tower Heist (2011).
Affleck has signed on to star in the independent movie _Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)_, described as a Bonnie & Clyde-inspired tale about an escaped convict on the run through Texas, trying to reunite with his wife and daughter. He is married Summer Phoenix, to whom he was introduced by her brother Joaquin. The couple has two sons.
|Summer Phoenix||(3 June 2006 - present) 2 children|
Manipulates features to accurately express emotions
Wide blue eyes
Often plays inexperienced characters caught in situations out of their depth
Frequently plays characters with deep moral conflicts
Low mumbling voice reminiscent of Marlon Brando
Younger brother of actor Ben Affleck.
Attended Columbia University, majoring in Physics. During this time he lived with his grandma in Manhattan.
Currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Summer Phoenix, and son, Indiana August.
Is of Scottish-Irish descent.
Is a vegan.
Best friends with Joaquin Phoenix.
His older brother, Ben Affleck, and his fiancée's older brother, River Phoenix, have both played versions of characters played by Harrison Ford. Ben Affleck played Jack Ryan in The Sum of All Fears (2002), and River Phoenix played the young Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989).
He and fiancée Summer Phoenix welcomed a son, Indiana August, on May 31, 2004, in Amsterdam.
He and Summer Phoenix were a couple for six years before they married
Welcomed second child, son Atticus Affleck [November 2007] with Summer Phoenix.
His mother purchased work by Boston acclaimed photographer Brian Carroll as a gift to Casey, for the back-to-back premieres of Gone Baby Gone (2007) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007).
Fluent in Spanish.
[on the responses to his being vegan] My family would be supportive if I said I wanted to be a Martian, wear only banana skins, make love to ashtrays, and eat tree bark. My mom has a good way of engaging me in a conversation about the choices I make, listening, being objective and open-minded, and respecting those choices so long as they don't put me in danger. For a while, every meal was the third degree, but when she couldn't refute any of the thousands of good reasons--my health, simple compassion, the health of the planet, etc., etc.--for being a vegan, she conceded and now is very conscious of what food she makes when I am around--and, I believe, when I am not around. She is lovely. My father never blinked. He is for the most part unflappable. In a good way. Live and let live--unless you are being an asshole. He will privately mock, ridicule, judge, etc. But, hey, who's gonna cast the first stone? For people who have been through it, made changes, had curve balls thrown at them, it is easier to digest change and digest change in other people. Change only scares the small-minded. The small-minded and me. No, I'm only kidding. It only scares me--I mean, the small-minded. I think if I gave my dad a five-minute rundown on the advantages of veganism, I could convert him without too much trouble. I'll do it next time I see him. Maybe. I'm not much into the converting business, though.
I don't think journalists have much impression of me. I haven't really done all that many interviews, partly by choice, and partly because no one's been all that interested.
[on his working relationship with brother Ben Affleck] It was easy mostly because we kind of just spoke the same language and were very comfortable saying to each other, "I think that's a terrible idea . . . " or "That's a great idea but what if . . . ?" We could sort of build on each other's excitement. We had a kind of shorthand.
(About breaking his arm) The doctor operated for six hours and saved my arm. I mean, I can't speak for my arm. It might have rather been set free.
I believe veganism can be beneficial for the individual and the world, and of course the animal, but belief is like laying in the dark with someone and telling them you love them and hearing nothing back. So I've never had the confidence to get on a soapbox and tell someone else what to do
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