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Matt Damon
Also known as: Matthew Paige Damon
Actor • Screenplay • Writer • Voice Cast • Producer
Born: October 8, 1970 in Massachusetts, U.S.A.
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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).

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.
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Family
Luciana Barroso
Spouse
Isabella Damon
Daughter
Alexia Barroso
Daughter
Stella Damon
Daughter
Gia Zavala Damon
Daughter
Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Mother
Kent Damon
Father
Sarah Bradford
Sister
Kyle Damon
Brother
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Stillwater
The Last Duel
Ocean`s Collection
Oceans Trilogy
Ford v Ferrari
Ocean`s 8
Downsizing
Suburbicon
The Great Wall (3D)
Manchester By The Sea

Did You Know? (7)

  • Matt Damon was chosen as one of "The 50 Most beautiful people in the world" by People magazine  (1998) and was named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine in 2007.
  • As of 2016, Matt Damon has appeared in five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar (not counting his unconfirmed bit part in Field of Dreams(1989)- Good Will Hunting(1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Departed (2006), True Grit (2010), and The Martian( 2015). The Departed (2006) won in the category.
  • While Matt Damon and Michael Shannon were roped in to be a part of Logan Lucky, they had to opt out of the movie since the actors had prior commitments.
  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have known each other since their childhood (Affleck was 8 years old) and went to the same school - Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. Damon was two years senior to Affleck.
  • During their early days in the industry, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon travelled together to New York to give auditions and also opened a joint bank account to buy airline and train tickets.
  • In 1998, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon established the production company Pearl Street Films. They named the company after the street that ran between their childhood homes.
  • Ben Affleck and Matt Damon sold the Good Will Hunting (1997) script they wrote for $600,000.
  • Personal Quotes (21)

  • "“Some people get into this business and they're so afraid to lose anything. They try to protect their position like clinging to a beachhead. These actors end up making really safe choices. I never wanted to go that route. If I go down, I'm going down swinging. I know that's the way Heath Ledger feels and Ben Affleck feels the same way, too. We want to take the big swings.”"
  • "“It's just better to be yourself than to try to be some version of what you think the other person wants.”"
  • "My wife is my soul mate. I can't imagine being without her."
  • "It's just better to be yourself than to try to be some version of what you think the other person wants."
  • "Fame is really strange. One day you're not famous, and then the next day you are, and the odd thing is that you know intellectually that nothing in the world is different. What mattered to you yesterday are the same things that matter today, and the rules all still apply - yet everyone looks at you differently."
  • "I love shooting, when the character is interesting and the script is interesting, but the research beforehand is really fun. The whole process makes me anxious and restless, and I have trouble sleeping, just trying to figure out the character."
  • "If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. 'Heres Matt at home learning his lines. Here's Matt researching in aisle six of his local library'. A few hours of that and they'd go home."
  • "I didn't grow up with great privilege, nor did I grow up wanting for anything. I was a middle-class kid and, relative to the rest of the world, that's great wealth."
  • "Now I feel I have an unspoken deal with the paparazzi: 'I won't do anything publicly interesting if you agree not to follow me.'"
  • "I'm not Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Those guys walk into a room and the room changes. I think there's something more... not average, but everyman about me."
  • "It's usually the exact same three things which are, the Scripts, the Director and the Role those are the three things I look for and really any two of them, If I get two of them that's usually enough, but definitely those are the things I look for."
  • "I never wanted to do the same kind of movies over and over anyway, so my theory on it all is I'm just gonna try and dodge the label and keep doing what I am doing."
  • "Bond is part of the system. He's an imperialist and a misogynist, and he laughs at killing people, and he sits there slugging martinis. It'll never be the same thing as this, because Bourne is a guy who is against the establishment, who is paranoid and on the run. I just think fundamentally they're just very different things."
  • "I've been left alone, even by the paparazzi, because what sells is sex and scandal. Absent that, they really don't have much interest in you. I'm still married, still working, still happy."
  • "Eventually stardom is going to go away from me. It goes away from everybody and all you have in the end is to be able to look back and like the choices you made."
  • "I think it's still hard for me to turn down work if it's really good because for so many years I was so desperate to get a job and couldn't and so it's kind of an anathema for me to turn down work."
  • "As a struggling actor, you're not looking for parts that define you; you're just looking for work."
  • "Now that I have kids, I'm probably more overprotective than I've ever been. My wife's nickname for me is 'red alert.' I sometimes check just to see if the kids are breathing. But I try not to be a helicopter parent."
  • "As for poker, I've stayed away from that, even though when I was in Vegas for Ocean's Eleven, I would get accosted by these guys begging me to play. They just want to take my money. They see me, think 'actor' and see some easy money."
  • "That's the way this business works: if your movies do well at the box office, you will be offered more movies. It doesn't matter if you're a nice guy or you're a prick. If your movies do well, there's a job waiting for you in Hollywood. It's not any more complicated than that."
  • "The only sci-fi movie that I've ever been offered that, had circumstances been different, I would have definitely done, was 'Avatar.' And I literally couldn't do it because of my schedule. But listening to James Cameron talk about 'Avatar' was so fascinating. Because he literally invented the world in his mind - and it literally existed."
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