Neil Affleck

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Neil Affleck (born 1953) is a Canadian animator, director, and former actor. He has worked as an animator on The Simpsons and Family Guy, and as an actor appeared in a leading role in the 1981 film My Bloody Valentine. He also directed cartoons such as Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends (33 episodes) and Mike the Knight (1 episode) for Nick Jr.[1] He animated six episodes of Rocko's Modern Life, five episodes of The Critic and one episode of Pearlie, The Legend of Prince Valiant, and Wayside.[2] Affleck won the Norman McLaren award for his animated film Hands.[3]

Early life[edit]

Affleck was born in Montreal, Canada in 1953.[4] He is the son of the Canadian architect Ray Affleck, who was one of the founder of the Montreal-based architectural firm, Arcop.[4]

Career[edit]

Affleck started out as an actor, making appearances in films and TV shows, such as Wild Thing, Cross Country, Murder By Phone, Visiting Hours, Dirty Tricks, My Bloody Valentine, Scanners, Oh Heavenly Dog and Will There Really Be a Morning?. My Bloody Valentine was his most prominent role, but the film was poorly received.[4] Andrew Dowler, for example, said that the writing, acting, and photography were terrible, flat and embarrassingly amateurish.[5]

After struggling to become an actor in Toronto, Affleck moved to Los Angeles in the United States and decided to become an animator.[4] He had been mentored in animation by Norman McLaren at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).[4] As Affleck's visa was about to expire, a friend informed him that directors were being hired to work on The Simpsons.[4] Affleck worked on The Simpsons from 1994 to 2007, animating 52 and directing seven episodes.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Affleck is married and has one daughter.[4] He enjoys hockey.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1980 Heavenly Dog, OhOh Heavenly Dog Postie No.2
1981 , ScannersScanners Medical Student in Mall
1981 Bloody Valentine, MyMy Bloody Valentine Axel Palmer
1981 Tricks, DirtyDirty Tricks Student #1
1982 Hours, VisitingVisiting Hours Police Officer
1982 By Phone, MurderMurder By Phone Phone Tracer
1983 Really Be a Morning? (TV movie), Will ThereWill There Really Be a Morning? (TV movie) Actor # 2
1983 Country, CrossCross Country Det.Kibbee
1987 Thing, WildWild Thing Det. Walt

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neil Affleck". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Animation Department". Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Ontario, Denis Zahoruk; et al (December–January 1972-73). "Student Film Festival". Cinema Canada: 22–23.  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Brownstein, B. "Montrealer supplies the smarts for bart". The Gazette. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Dowler, Andrew (May 1981). "George Mihalka's My Bloody Valentine". Cinema Canada: 67. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Animation Department". IMDb (Internet Movie Database). Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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