Known as one of the most bankable Hollywood stars, Matt Damon is an actor, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist. He has been the recipient of several prestigious awards like Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and British Academy Film Awards. He is known for movies like Good Will Hunting, Saving Private Ryan, The Departed
, and The Martian
. Damon has also been a part of the Bourne series and the Ocean`s trilogy. On 26 July 2007, for his contribution to the Hollywood film industry, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has been actively involved with various charitable initiatives like ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, and Water.org. Early Life
Born on 8 October 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Kent Telfer Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor, Damon is the second of four siblings. In his toddler years, his parents divorced and Damon, along with his elder brother, was raised by their mother. Damon attended Cambridge Alternative School and later went to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. While still at school, he became best friends with Ben Affleck, who had a major artistic influence on him. Damon went to Harvard University to study English but soon dropped out to pursue a career in acting. During his days at Harvard, he wrote the first draft of Good Will Hunting as an assignment for his English class.Personal Life
Damon tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Argentine-born Luciana Bozan Barroso, in December 2005. They had met when Damon was shooting for Stuck On You in Miami, where she working as a bartender. The couple has three daughters: Isabella, Gia Zavala, and Stella Zavala. They also have one daughter from Luciana`s previous marriage.Movie Career
Matt Damon made his big screen debut with a minor role in the 1988 film Mystic Pizza. After doing small roles in a few films, he starred as the lead in Goodwill Hunting, which he had co-written with Ben Affleck, who also made an appearance in the film. Directed by Gus Van Sant, the movie also starred Robin Williams in the lead role and Matt Damon, along with Ben Affleck, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Thereon, Matt Damon`s career saw unprecedented heights of success with him doing award-winning films like Saving Private Ryan (1998),The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and The Bourne Identity
(2002), along with its sequels The Bourne Supremacy
(2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum
(2007). He also appeared in the Ocean`s trilogy, where all the three films were blockbusters. In 2009, he starred in director Clint Eastwood`s Invictus, which starred Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the lead roles. The movie was a huge critical success and Damon received his third Academy Award nomination for his role as rugby great Francois Pienaar in the film. In the same year, he appeared in the biographical film The Informant, which was critically a success but performed below average at the box office.
He then starred in well-received films such as The Inside Job (2010), The Man Who Saved The World (2014), Interstellar (2014), and The Martian (2015). Directed by Ridley Scott and co-starring Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the Martian was a major hit. His 2016 releases as an actor include the Bourne Film series` fifth installment, Jason Bourne, and The Great Wall. More recently he played a leading role in George Clooney`s Suburbicon
(2017) and the Academy Award winning sports drama Ford v Ferrari
(2019). He then featured Stillwater (2021), The Last Duel (2021), Thor: Love and Thunder (2022), Air (2023), Oppenheimer (2023), Drive-Away Dolls (2023) and The Instigators (2024).
As a Producer
Damon is also credited with producing several movies. In 2010 Damon and Ben Affleck co-founded Pearl Street Films, a Warner Bros. based production company. His credits as a producer include Manchester By The Sea
(2017) which went on to win Oscars for Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Original Screenplay, among numerous other awards and nominations.