He then played a bully in filmmaker Kevin Smith's comedy Mallrats (1995), and became friends with Smith during the filming.
Affleck began to worry that he would be relegated to a career of "throwing people into their lockers", The success of 1997's Good Will Hunting, which Affleck co-wrote and acted in, marked a turning point in his career.
For the political thriller Argo (2012), which he directed, co-produced and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Academy Award for Best Picture.
He starred in the psychological thriller Gone Girl in 2014.
In January, Paltrow explained why her romance with Affleck didn't work out.
He played a high school quarterback in the NBC television series Against the Grain (1993), and a steroid-abusing high school football player in Body to Die For: The Aaron Henry Story (1994).He later appeared in the independent coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993) and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy (1997) and Dogma (1999).Affleck gained wider recognition when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting (1997).His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.He began his career as a child and starred in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi in 1984, before a second run in 1988.He is also a stalwart member of the Democratic Party.