Matt Damon is an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and actor best known as the screenwriter of Good Will Hunting and for his roles in the !$#!# widely acclaimed films Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Ocean’s series, the Bourne trilogy, and The Brothers Grimm.
The son of stockbroker, realtor, and tax preparer, Kent Telfer Damon and Lesley University professor, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Matt Damon was born on October 8, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Damon grew up in Cambridge, with childhood friend and fellow actor Ben Affleck and with historian and author, Howard Zinn as his neighbors. He attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where he actively participated in the school’s theater productions. He then attended Harvard University in college but didn’t finish his studies to pursue his acting career in Los Angeles.
At the age of eighteen, Matt Damon had his debut in the big screen, in the 1988 romantic comedy film Mystic Pizza. He finally had his break when he landed a major role in the 1993 Water Hill film Geronimo: An American Legend alongside Gene Hackman and Jason Patric.
Damon and Ben Affleck wrote the screenplay Good Will Hunting which tells the story of a young math genius. The film was released in 1997 and received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for co-star Robin Williams. Damon was also nominated for Best Actor for portrayal of the lead character in the film.
In 1998, Damon starred in Steven Spielberg’s war film Saving Private Ryan, playing Private First Class James Francis Ryan, who was repeated missing in action in Normandy. The following year, Damon portrayed the role of the bisexual murderer Tom Ripley in Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. The film also co-starred A-list actors Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law and Cate Blanchett.
Damon also played the amnesiac CIA assassin in the action films The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. He also co-starred together with top caliber actors George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia in Steven Soderbergh's remake of the 1960 classic Ocean’s Eleven, playing the young thief Linus Cadwell. He later reprised the role in the films sequels, Ocean’s Twelve in 2004 and Ocean’s Thirteen in 2007.
-Was People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2007.
-Matt turned down the role of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight.
-Matt lost so much weight for Courage Under Fire, he nearly died. He was trying to look emaciated for the role because his character was a heroin addict.
-Matt was unable to attend best friend Ben Affleck's wedding to Jennifer Garner due to the short notice, but he didn't forget to send a gift! He sent them a check for an undisclosed amount. A few years ago, Matt and Ben made a wager on who would get married first; bachelor Matt has to pay off the bet!
-Chosen as one of "the 50 Most beautiful people in the world" by People magazine (1998).
-Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy (2004).
-When his baby nephew cries, he sings "Afternoon Delight" for him.
1997 - NBR Award - Special Achievement in Filmmaking for: Good Will Hunting Shared with: Ben Affleck
1998 - Oscar - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for: Good Will Hunting Shared with: Ben Affleck
1998 - Silver Berlin Bear - Outstanding Single Achievement for: Good Will Hunting
1998 - Critics Choice Award - Best Screenplay, Original for: Good Will Hunting Shared with: Ben Affleck
1998 - Critics Choice Award - Breakthrough Artist for: Good Will Hunting
1998 - CFCA Award - Most Promising Actor for: Good Will Hunting
1998 - FFCC Award - Newcomer of the Year for: Good Will Hunting Shared with: Ben Affleck
1998 - Golden Globe - Best Screenplay - Motion Picture for: Good Will Hunting Shared with: Ben Affleck
1998 - Humanitas Prize - Feature Film Category for: Good Will Hunting Shared with: Ben Affleck
1998 - Sierra Award - Most Promising Actor for: Good Will Hunting Also for The Rainmaker
1998 - Golden Satellite Award - Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Original for: Good Will Hunting Shared with: Ben Affleck
1999 - Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Favorite Actor - Video for: Good Will Hunting
1999 - OFCS Award - Best Ensemble Cast Performance
for: Saving Private Ryan Shared with: Edward Burns, Jeremy Davies, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, and Tom Sizemore
2003 - Bronze Wrangler - Theatrical Motion Picture
for: Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron Shared with: Mireille Soria, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook, John Fusco, James Cromwell, and Daniel Studi
2005 - Empire Award - Best Actor for: The Bourne Supremacy
2006 - NBR Award - Best Ensemble for: The Departed
Shared with: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Anderson, and James Badge Dale
2008 - People's Choice Award - Favorite Male Action Star
Works as an Actor:
-The Fighter - 2009 - Pre-Production - Plays: Dick Eklund
-Margaret - 2007 - Post-Production - Plays: Mr. Aaron
-The Bourne Ultimatum - 2007 - Plays: Jason Bourne
-The Departed - 2006 - Plays: Colin Sullivan
-The Good Shepard - 2006 - Plays: Edward Wilson
-Syriana - 2004 - Plays: Bryan Woodman
-Ocean's Twelve - 2004 - Plays: Linus Caldwell
-The Brothers Grimm - 2005 - Plays: Will Grimm
-The Bourne Supremacy - 2004 - Plays: Jason Bourne
-Jersey Girl - 2004 - Plays: PR Exec #2
-EuroTrip - 2004 - Plays: Donny
-Stuck On You - 2003 - Plays: Bob
-This is your Youth - 2002 - Theather
-Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - 2002 - Plays: Matt, Bachelor #2
-The Bourne Identity - 2002 - Plays: Jason Bourne
-The Third Wheel - 2002 - Plays: Kevin
-Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - 2002 - voice Plays: Spirit
-Gerry - 2002 - Plays: Gerry
-The Majestic - 2001 - voice - Plays: Luke Trimble
-Ocean's Eleven - 2001 - Plays: Linus Caldwell
-Finding Forrester - 2000 - Plays: Steven Sanderson
-All the Pretty Horses - 2000 - Plays: John Grady Cole
-The Legend of Bagger Vance - 2000 - Plays: Rannulph Junuh
-Titan A.E. - 2000 - voice - Plays: Cale Tucker
-The Talented Mr. Ripley - 1999 - Plays: Tom Ripley
-Dogma - 1999 - Plays: Loki
-Rounders - 1998 - Plays: Mike McDermott
-Saving Private Ryan - 1998 - Plays: Pvt. James Ryan
-Good Will Hunting - 1997 - Plays: Will Hunting
-The Rainmaker - 1997 - Plays: Rudy Baylor
-Chasing Amy - 1997 - Plays: Executive Shawn Oran
-Glory Daze - 1996 - Plays: Edgar Pudwhacker
-Courage Under Fire - 1996 - Plays: Specialist Ilario
-The Good Old Boys - 1995 - TV - Plays: Cotton Calloway
-Geronimo: An American Legend - 1993 - Plays: 2nd Lt. Britton Davis
-School Ties - 1992 - Plays: Charlie Dillon
-Rising Son - 1990 - TV - Plays: Charlie Robinson
-The Good Mother - 1988 - uncredited - Plays: Extra
-Mystic Pizza - 1988 - Plays: Steamer.
(on being typecast)
-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.
(on kissing good friend, Angelina Jolie, in “The Good Shepherd”)
-It’s a little bit like kissing your sister. Even though you have a really hot sister, it’s still a little awkward.
(on his daughter Isabella)
-Right now, she kind of sounds like a crow. She kind of goes like 'caw, caw! I'm trying to figure out what's going on in her head.
(on gaining weight for the movie "The Informant")
-I just stopped working out and basically just ate whatever I wanted. I ate a lot of In-N-Out, a lot of burgers, drank a lot of beer and basically had a great time.
-Success is not something I've wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that's true, big-time success. If not, it's much ado about nothing."
-on The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) We're all signed on in principle, in the sense that we've all agreed that we want to do it, but we're not going to do it unless we have a great script. It's ours to lose at the minute and, if we do make a third one, we want to make it as good as the first two. And if we can't do that, then we're going to have to let it drop.
What roles has Matt worked on the small screen
"60 Minutes" playing "Himself" 29 August 2004
"Mondo Thingo" playing "Himself" (episode # 1.26) 26 August 2004
"Panel, The" playing "Himself" (episode # 7.7) 25 August 2004
"Rove Live" playing "Himself" (episode # 5.28) 24 August 2004
"Enough Rope with Andrew Denton" playing "Himself" (episode # 2.25) 23 August 2004
"GMTV" playing "Himself" 13 August 2004
"Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" playing "Himself" 30 July 2004
"Late Show with David Letterman" playing "Himself" 22 July 2004
"Tinseltown TV" playing "Himself" 3 January 2004
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" playing "Himself" 12 December 2003
"Tinseltown TV" playing "Himself" 29 November 2003
"Celebrities Uncensored" playing "Himself" (archive footage) (episode # 1.6) 30 July 2003
"Saturday Night Live" playing "Host" (episode # 28.1) 5 October 2002
"Bernie Mac Show, The" playing "Himself" in episode: "Keep It on the Short Grass" (episode # 2.1) 18 September 2002
"Extra" playing "Himself" (uncredited) 28 June 2002
"Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The" playing "Himself" 6 June 2002
"Oprah Winfrey Show, The" playing "Himself" 14 March 2002
"Will & Grace" playing "Owen" in episode: "A Chorus Lie" (episode # 4.15) 7 February 2002
"Revealed with Jules Asner" playing "Himself" in episode: "Matt Damon" 6 December 2001
Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The" playing "Himself" 5 December 2001
"Saturday Night Live" playing "Himself" (uncredited) (episode # 27.5) 10 November 2001
"Late Night with Conan O'Brien" playing "Himself" 29 December 1999
"Howard Stern Radio Show, The" playing "Himself" 27 March 1999
"Howard Stern" playing "Himself" 2 March 1998
"Rosie O'Donnell Show, The" playing "Himself" 11 December 1997
Movies that Matt has written
-Gerry - 2002
-Good Will Hunting - 1997