Casey Affleck (real name: Caleb Casey Affleck-Boldt) born August 12, 1975, is an American actor born in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He is the younger brother of Ben Affleck.
When Affleck was five, he broke his arm and almost had to have it amputated, spending 12 hours in surgery as the doctors worked to repair his severely infected compound fracture. As a child he had numerous pets, including cats, snakes, guinea pigs, turtles and a dog named "Pepper". Later in his life he would become a vegan.
Affleck went to George Washington University and then transferred to Columbia University in New York City and majored in Physics, Astronomy, and Western Philosophy. After attending for a brief time, he dropped out to focus on his acting career.
Gus Van Sant's To Die For opened the doors for the 20-year-old actor. Affleck played alongside Joaquin Phoenix and Nicole Kidman. This movie put Affleck on the map and would later introduce him to many new people.
Affleck again worked under Gus Van Sant in the film Good Will Hunting, where he plays a friend to both his brother and fellow actor Matt Damon. The movie was a major hit and jump-started the careers of Damon and the Affleck brothers. Ben and Matt co-wrote the screenplay and were later rewarded with an Oscar.
After co-starring in two of his older brother's movies, Affleck aimed to escape his brother's shadow. He starred in the underground movie Desert Blues, a film which met with limited success. This movie was a gateway movie to success for Affleck's co-star, Kate Hudson.
After Desert Blues, Affleck decided to take time off from acting before playing another role. He was offered the script for the black comedy Drowning Mona and jumped at the opportunity. The movie also starred many well-known names such as Bette Midler, Jamie Lee Curtis, Neve Campbell, and Danny Devito.
In 2001, Affleck wanted to experiment more with his acting talents. He starred in the psychological horror movie Soul Survivors, co-starring Luke Wilson, Wes Bentley, and Eliza Dushku.
Next on Affleck’s billing list was 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. In his most famous role to date, 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.
After reaching success in his movie career, Affleck decided to write his own movie, like his older brother Ben. He teamed up with Matt Damon to write a film about two friends who get lost while hiking in the desert. Once again, Affleck worked with Gus Van Sant on the 2002 film, entitled Gerry. Recently, Casey Affleck starred in the film The Last Kiss.
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