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Happy 40th Birthday, Ben Affleck! A Look Back At His Life and Style (Photos)

Midlife suits him well!

Hard to believe, but Ben Affleck hits his milestone 40th birthday today. What’s not hard to believe is that he’s kept both his charming good looks and his down-to-earth attitude along the way.

It doesn’t seem that long ago that he and best bud Matt Damon were wowing audiences with both their acting and writing talent in their Oscar-winning collaboration, Good Will Hunting. Since then, he’s been a fixture on movie screens in everything from superhero fantasies to thrillers to Elizabethan comedies (I still think his Ned in Shakespeare in Love is one of the best performances he’s ever done). He also became the subject of many cover lines during his relationship with Jennifer Lopez.

But his finest role by far – as he’d be the first to tell you – is as doting husband to Jennifer Garner and loving dad to Violet, Seraphina and baby Samuel, born just this spring. He never looks happier than when he’s with his family. He’s even said he wouldn’t mind another child – though Jen thinks differently!

Here are some of his classic looks from the last 10 years. Scruffy or polished, casual or formal, he’s tops on any list!

See our gallery here!


  • Casual dude 1 of 10
    Casual dude
    Ten years ago, Ben was single and oh-so-laid back in his jeans and sneaks.
  • Bad habit 2 of 10
    Bad habit
    A former chain-smoker (as shown in this '05 photo), Ben made the tough choice to quit cold turkey for the sake of his kids.
  • Gym dandy 3 of 10
    Gym dandy
    Keeping fit has always been one of Ben's priorities.
  • Going formal 4 of 10
    Going formal
    The boy cleans up nicely, as we can see from this 2010 pic.
  • Daddy’s little girl 5 of 10
    Daddy's little girl
    In this picture, baby Seraphina had just been born, and Ben, here with big sis Violet, was back to the unshaven look
  • The fifth Beatle? 6 of 10
    The fifth Beatle?
    Ben was at his shaggiest here while filming a movie role.
  • Bearded again 7 of 10
    Bearded again
    Earlier this year, Ben sprouted the facial fuzz once more. By summer, it was off.
  • The Affleck uniform 8 of 10
    The Affleck uniform
    Whenever he's not at a formal event or filming, Ben is usually seen in a T-shirt (with or without a button-down topper) and comfy slacks.
  • Glorious Fourth 9 of 10
    Glorious Fourth
    Ben is often spotted with a camera or cell phone taking shots of the action - and sometimes, of the paparazzi!
  • Proud papa 10 of 10
    Proud papa
    Today, Ben's a father of three and still looking great.

 

[Photos: via PacificCoastNews.com, PRPhotos]

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