Affleck was born in Berkeley, California, the son of Christine Ann "Chris", a school district employee and teacher, and Timothy Affleck, a drug counselor, social worker, janitor, auto mechanic, bartender, and former actor with the Theater Company of Boston. Affleck's mother attended Harvard University and currently teaches in Cambridge Public Schools. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck. Affleck has Irish and Scottish ancestry. His family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts when he was very young and his parents divorced in 1984. At the age of eight, Affleck met ten-year-old Matt Damon, who lived two blocks away. The two would later attend Cambridge Rindge and Latin School together, although they were in different year groups. Affleck attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, as well as the University of Vermont. Affleck worked as a child actor, appearing on the PBS kids' series The Voyage of the Mimi as well as in several made-for-television movies.
Ben Affleck recently revealed to People magazine that he covered an old tattoo of his high school sweetheart's name with a dolphin. What he didn't tell People was that he also got a large shamrock to cover up his Matt Damon ass tattoo.
Below is a list of some of Ben's tattoo collection that he now regrets:
Barb wire across his right bicep.
A dolphin located somewhere on his body covering up the name of his High School Sweetheart.
A huge cross on his left arm.
A fish intertwined with a skull and crossbones on his right arm.
The initials "OV" on his shoulder blade with MOH NON TE written above it and TA OR underneath it.
Ben regrets all of his tattoos and does not have a problem admitting it. He is even interested in getting his tattoos removed by a laser. "I was young. It was fun and cool. I'm sorry now, but it is a good lesson in decisions that have important and long repercussions."