Just Call Him Dr. Ben Affleck
Actor, director, screenwriter, producer — and now doctor.
After racking up many accomplished roles on his resume, Ben Affleck will add one more when he is bestowed an honorary degree from distinguished Brown University next month.
The Hollywood honcho will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts (D.F.A.) during the ivy league school’s 245th commencement on May 26, when five other notable artists, writers, scientists and educators will also receive honorary degrees.
The mark of distinction comes on the heels of Affleck riding high on the award season success of Argo, a historical drama — which he directed, produced and starred in — chronicling the C.I.A. covert operation to rescue six American hostages trapped in Iran in the 1980s.
Though Affleck was snubbed for a Best Director Academy Award, the widely-acclaimed film went on to nab Oscar glory as the Best Picture winner, beating out a field of favorites that included frontrunners like Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Lincoln.
Affleck certainly isn’t the first industry notable to take home an honorary Brown degree. Last year, the Rhode Island university granted degrees on Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis,who followed in the footsteps of three-time Academy Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson and Oscar-winning Sundance festival creator Robert Redford.