41 Facts About Casey Affleck

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Casey Affleck is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Satellite Award.

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Casey Affleck began his career as a child actor, appearing in the PBS television film Lemon Sky and the miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts .

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Casey Affleck later appeared in three Gus Van Sant films: To Die For, Good Will Hunting, and Gerry, and in Steven Soderbergh's comedy heist trilogy Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen .

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4.

Casey Affleck's first leading role was in Steve Buscemi's independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim .

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Casey Affleck's breakthrough came in 2007, when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Western drama The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and starred in the crime drama Gone Baby Gone, directed by his brother Ben Casey Affleck.

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In 2017, Casey Affleck received critical acclaim for his leading role in the supernatural drama film A Ghost Story.

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Casey Affleck's mother was a Radcliffe College- and Harvard-educated elementary school teacher.

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Casey Affleck's father worked sporadically as an auto mechanic, a carpenter, a bookie, an electrician, a bartender, and a janitor at Harvard University.

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Casey Affleck first started acting by "reenacting what was happening at home" during role play exercises at Alateen meetings.

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10.

Casey Affleck learned to speak Spanish during a year spent traveling around Mexico with his mother and brother when he was ten.

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11.

Casey Affleck acted in numerous high school theater productions while a student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

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12.

At age eighteen, Casey Affleck moved to Los Angeles for a year to pursue an acting career, and lived with his brother and their childhood friend Matt Damon.

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13.

Casey Affleck decided to move to Washington, D C, to study politics at George Washington University.

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14.

Casey Affleck acted professionally during his childhood due to his mother's friendship with a Cambridge-area casting director, Patty Collinge.

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15.

Casey Affleck returned to university for a semester before quitting to focus on his acting career.

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16.

Casey Affleck's career entered a "dark" period, with a series of supporting roles in critical and commercial failures.

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17.

Also in 2000, Casey Affleck had a small role in the comedy Attention Shoppers and played Fortinbras in Ethan Hawke's Hamlet.

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18.

Casey Affleck found a degree of commercial success when he was cast in Steven Soderbergh's heist comedy Ocean's Eleven, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Damon.

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19.

Lonergan and Casey Affleck became friends during rehearsals, and Casey Affleck later acted in workshop productions of Lonergan's plays in New York.

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20.

Casey Affleck's first leading role was in 2006's little-seen independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim, directed by Steve Buscemi.

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21.

Casey Affleck played a depressed writer who returns from New York to live with his parents in Indiana, and begins a relationship with Liv Tyler's character.

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22.

Buscemi has said he knew Casey Affleck would be able to carry the movie after watching his performance in Gerry.

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23.

Casey Affleck had a breakthrough year in 2007, with the release of two films featuring critically acclaimed performances.

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24.

Casey Affleck used his own money to fund I'm Still Here and, after running out of cash, filming was paused for a month to allow him to play a Texan serial killer in Michael Winterbottom's crime drama The Killer Inside Me .

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25.

Casey Affleck was drawn to the opportunity to play a character who "was a much better person than anyone thought", after a string of roles as "assassins or murderers or just creeps".

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26.

The chemistry between Bale and Casey Affleck is powerful, intensifying the credibility of their brotherly bond.

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27.

Casey Affleck starred in three films in 2016, the first two of which underperformed financially.

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28.

Casey Affleck thinks more than he says, and so we listen, trying to get the part he's leaving out.

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29.

Casey Affleck's character dies suddenly at the outset and he spends much of the film covered by a white sheet with two eye-holes, haunting his former home.

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30.

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter said Casey Affleck's performance managed to resonate despite limited time onscreen.

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31.

Casey Affleck next starred in Our Friend, opposite Dakota Johnson and Jason Segel, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, based upon a true story revolving around a couple, whose best friend moves in for support, following a cancer diagnosis.

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32.

Casey Affleck next acted in and produced The World to Come, directed by Mona Fastvold alongside Katherine Waterston and Vanessa Kirby.

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33.

Casey Affleck was introduced to actress Summer Phoenix by her brother, Joaquin, in the late 1990s.

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34.

Casey Affleck has said it was an amicable divorce and that they remain friends.

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35.

Casey Affleck has been in a relationship with actress Caylee Cowan since January 2021.

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36.

White alleged that Casey Affleck refused to honor the terms of the production agreement, including her fee, in retaliation.

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37.

The following year, amidst the Me Too movement, Casey Affleck withdrew from presenting the award for Best Actress at the 90th Academy Awards.

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38.

Casey Affleck characterized his behavior at the time of the lawsuits as defensive and said he has since worked to understand his own culpability.

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39.

Casey Affleck has been involved with animal rights campaigns for both People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Farm Sanctuary.

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40.

In 2017, Casey Affleck supported the 37th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games hosted by Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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The initiative was co-sponsored by Room to Read, WriteGirl and New Earth, an organization where Casey Affleck is a board member.

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