Casey Affleck is an American actor and film director. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, he played supporting roles in mainstream hits like "Good Will Hunting" and "Ocean's Eleven" as well as in critically acclaimed independent films such as "Chasing Amy." He is the younger brother of actor and director Ben Affleck, with whom he has frequently collaborated professionally. In 2007, his breakout year, Affleck gained recognition and critical acclaim for his work in "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He also received critical acclaim for his performance in "Out of the Furnace."
Affleck went to George Washington University and later transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in physics, astronomy and Western philosophy, but never graduated. Affleck worked sporadically on television while finishing high school and attending college during the early 1990s.
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. After co-starring with Halle Berry in the 1997 film "Race the Sun," he appeared in two films featuring his brother Ben: "Chasing Amy" and "Good Will Hunting."
Affleck's next few films, the underground movie "Desert Blue" with Kate Hudson, the black comedy "Drowning Mona" with Bette Midler, Jamie Lee Curtis, Neve Campbell and Danny DeVito, and the 2001 horror movie "Soul Survivors." In 2001, Affleck became part of an ensemble cast in the remake of the Rat Pack movie "Ocean's Eleven," directed by Steven Soderbergh.
In 2007, Affleck starred in the Western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," playing Robert Ford opposite Brad Pitt's Jesse James. For his performance, he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, 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.
Affleck also played his first leading man in a mainstream production in 2007. He starred in the Boston crime thriller "Gone Baby Gone" as the protagonist, Patrick Kenzie. Directed, produced, and co-written by Ben Affleck, the film was critically acclaimed and earned Casey further plaudits for his acting.
In 2010 Affleck released his first major directorial effort, "I'm Still Here," a mockumentary about the musical career of his friend and brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, who attempted to live a lifestyle of a rapper in one year. Next, Affleck teamed with Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson in "The Killer Inside Me," a film adaptation of the 1952 novel of the same name.
Affleck plays the lead in John Hillcoat's heist thriller Triple 9. (2016) He has also signed on to star as Meriwether Lewis in an upcoming HBO miniseries based on the 1996 book Undaunted Courage. He is attached to star as a detective in Boston Strangler.
Affleck is involved with many animal rights movements and campaigns for PETA and Farm Sanctuary. He is a vegan.
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