Biography of Casey Affleck
Actor and director Casey Affleck is known mainly for “festival” movies, not for a mass audience. He has twice been nominated for an Oscar: for his role as Robert Ford in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” (unsuccessfully) and Lee Chandler in the drama “Manchester by the Sea” (victory).
Childhood and family
Casey Affleck was born in Falmouth, northeastern United States. His mother, Christine Bald, was a teacher, and his father, Timothy Affleck, drank ungodlily and did not linger at any work. When the parents divorced, the mother took care of 9-year-old Casey and eldest son Ben.
She instilled in the Affleck brothers a passion for acting: she took them to the theater, arranged home performances. Thanks to the mother’s connections, the brothers began to receive small roles in advertising and extras at an early age. In 1998, Casey was given a small role in the “Lemon Sky.” With age, the dream of the stage only strengthened.
By the way, in the late ’80s, Affleck’s father underwent a rehabilitation course and was completely healed of drunkenness. At age 14, Casey met him and saw his father sober for the first time. Now they keep in touch.
After graduating from school in 1987, Casey decided to move to Los Angeles, whereby that time Ben had already settled with his inseparable friend Matt Damon. Junior Affleck settled in their apartment and began to pad the thresholds of film studios.
Early in his career, Casey Affleck lived with his brother and his friend Matt. Soon he was lucky with Russell’s role in the black comedy “To Die For,” where he met on the set with Joaquin Phoenix and Nicole Kidman. Casey brought the screenwriter Gus Van Cent’s screenplay, co-written with his brother and Damon. Ten years later, he formed the basis of the Oscar-winning drama “Good Will Hunting.”
The next big picture with Casey was the action crime film “Ocean’s Eleven.” Unfortunately, the younger Affleck got lost in famous actors’ background: Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts. But his hero, Virgil Malloy – a Mormon driver and robotics expert, became an indispensable member of the team of genius robbers.
A turning point in Affleck Jr.’s career was the lead role in his brother’s detective film “Gone Baby Gone,” where he appeared before the audience paired with Michelle Monaghan and Morgan Freeman. The picture told the story of private detectives trying to find a missing child.
Affleck did not get after such a dizzying success, Casey decided to try himself as a director. His debut was “I’m Still Here.”
Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix have been friends since the mid-90s
Casey met his future wife, model, and actress Summer Phoenix, thanks to her brother Joaquin, who starred at the dawn of his career. Five years after the first meeting, they declared themselves a couple, and six years ago, they married. The couple has two sons: Indiana August (born 2004) and Atticus (born 2008).
Sixteen years old Casey and Summer seemed to live in love and harmony, but in 2016, unexpectedly for fans, the couple broke up. The ex-spouse preferred not to comment on the reason for the separation, but they try to maintain good relations for the sake of their children’s peace.
“Imagine your life passes day after day in complete darkness, in a cramped cage without the ability to move. The suffering of animals on a modern American farm is indescribable. They have no choice, but you have it – their lives depend on your decision “Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck now
Despite the break with his wife, in terms of work, 2016 was incredibly successful for Casey. He starred in three major films: “The Finest Hours,” “Triple 9,” and “Manchester by the Sea.” He was awarded for his role in the latter “Oscar” for the best male role. Before that, the picture had already earned him a Golden Globe Award.
It is also known that Casey Affleck was approved for the lead role in the film adaptation of Peter Rock’s novel “My Abandonment.” He played the role of a cruel man who lives with his 13-year-old daughter in a nature reserve. One day, in fact, a homeless family accidentally comes under fire from social services. This film, under the working title “Light of My Life,” is released in 2018.
Such a great actor can choose a plant-based diet. Not only is he vegan, but he is also a PETA promotor. This is not really a big surprise since we know that Joaquim Phoenix, one of his best friends, is also vegan.