Casey Affleck is an accomplished and respected actor, writer, director, and principal of Sea Change Media. An academy award winner, he has established himself as a striking performer, known for his ability to convey internal conflict.
Born on August 12, 1975, in Falmouth, Massachusetts, Casey was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts by his mother, Chris Anne, a Harvard-educated elementary school teacher, and his father Tim, an aspiring actor who paid the bills by working his way through a series of odd jobs; the two divorced when Casey was young. Casey’s older brother is successful actor, Ben Affleck. Growing up, the brothers both worked as extras in TV ads, leading to Casey’s first significant small screen appearance in 1988's Lemon Sky. He followed this up two years later in the miniseries The Kennedys Of Massachusetts.
Casey began his movie career in Gus Van Sant’s To Die For in 1995. He later re-teamed with Gus Van Sant in Good Will Hunting and Gerry, the latter of which he co-wrote. In 2007, Casey landed his breakout role as wannabe outlaw Robert Ford opposite Brad Pitt in The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford. His performance garnered him Oscar, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominations. The same year, Casey received significant praise for his starring role in the film Gone, Baby Gone, his brother’s directorial debut.
In 2016 Casey starred in Manchester by the Sea which earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and over 40 regional critics’ awards, amongst other accolades, for Best Actor. In 2018, he wrote and directed his next feature, Light of My Life.
Additional credits include, Interstellar; Out of the Furnace; Steven Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogy; Triple 9; The Finest Hours; and David Lowery’s A Ghost Story and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, and The Old Man and the Gun. He also appeared in the stage production of Kenneth Lonergan’s “This Is Our Youth.”
In 2017, Casey established Sea Change Media. Under the banner, which has a first look deal with Amazon Studios, Casey aims to develop new works from emerging filmmakers of diverse backgrounds, telling stories that seek to entertain audiences, inspire conversations and shift perceptions.
Casey Affleck is a dedicated activist and philanthropist, supporting causes across many areas of the nonprofit sector.
MANIFESTWORKS is a workforce development organization geared toward de-marginalizing our participants and giving them tools for success in film, television, and new media production. Recently Casey hosted a private screening of Light of My Life for the organization.
My Friend’s Place welcomes nearly 1,500 homeless youth between the ages of 12 and 25 and their children each year. Many are escaping abusive homes, emancipating from foster care with insufficient skills and resources, or were raised on the street caught in the cycle of homelessness.
New Earth provides mentor-based arts, educational, and vocational programs that empower juvenile justice and system involved youth ages 13-25 to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of our community. We are committed to significantly reducing the youth recidivism rate in Los Angeles. New Earth is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. Casey is on the board and actively supports their efforts.
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. Casey recently created the Stories From Tomorrow program to support their initiative and partner with Feeding America.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 6.5 million members and supporters. PETA opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview, and focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: in laboratories, in the food industry, in the clothing trade, and in the entertainment industry. Casey has supported in efforts to pass farm bills, stopping Texas A&M from experimenting on dogs, and exposing the animal abuse present in circuses.