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Real Name: Matt Damon
Birthday: August 10, 1970
Place of Birth: Boston, MA, USA
Trivia: Matt's parents separated when he was two years old.

 

Born in the Cambridge area of Boston, Matt Damon’s parents separated when he was two years old and he and his brother moved to close by Cambridge. A dazzling youngster, he was a ‘straight A’ student with a love of baseball. When he was only ten, he befriended a local boy by the name of Ben Affleck and the pair became life-long acquaintances. Both young boys developed an attraction to acting, and he would often be found trying out as an extra in any movies shot in his local area.

At the tender young age of sixteen, Matt and Ben relocated to New York in search of their fame and fortune. Things got off to a excellent start for the young actor when he was cast beside Julia Roberts in ‘Mystic Pizza’ (1988), about three young teen girls who come of age while working at a pizza parlor in Mystic Connecticut. However, this hopeful start wasn’t to continue, and before long he decided to take up drama classes at Harvard with an eye to moving onto the Yale School Of Drama after graduation. Always the clear student, he received one of the first varsity letters in dramatics, before leaving Harvard with only 12 credits still needed for graduation.

Still seeking that illusive big break, Damon did the rounds of auditions, losing out on some nice roles and turning down others that went on to become hits for other young hopefuls such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Joaquin Phoenix. He next turned his attentions to working on a screenplay that he and Affleck had written while studying at Harvard. The play, ‘Good Will Hunting’, originally picked up interest from a top movie studio, although worries were cast as to whether the two friends were right for the lead roles. While searching for the right deal for the screenplay, his profile was mounting steadily thanks to parts in such films as Francis Ford Coppola's ‘The Rainmaker’ with Claire Danes, based on the John Grisham book.

Soon after this, Miramax decided to pay the two screenwriters half a million dollars for ‘Good Will Hunting’ and Robin Williams joined the venture. Released in December 1997, ‘Good Will Hunting’ was an instantaneous hit, easily topping the $100 million mark and picking up nine nominations at the 1998 Academy Awards. Williams walked away with the Best Supporting Actor award while Matt and Ben became the humble winners of a Best Original Screenplay award. The young celebrity's star was starting to shine, and over the next few years he appeared in hits such as ‘Saving Private Ryan’ with Tom Hanks, ‘Rounders’ with Edward Norton, ‘All The Pretty Horses’ with Penelope Cruz and ‘Dogma’, about an abortion clinic worker with a special heritage who is called upon to save the existence of humanity from being negated by two renegade angels trying to exploit a loophole and re-enter Heaven..

Choosing his projects intelligently, he managed to make the right career moves without opting for high-earning, quick turnaround movies favored by some. Displaying his menacing side in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ (1999), alongside Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, set in late 1950's New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Europe to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy, named Dickie Greenleaf. But when the errand fails, Ripley kills the playboy and begins to assume his life , he won a new multitude of fans proving his talents lay above and beyond his sparkling looks. Next was the romantic drama "The Legend of Bagger Vance" (2000) starring Will Smith, about a down-and-out golfer who attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy. Then came the drama "Finding Forrester" (2000) with Sean Connery, about a young teen writing prodigy who finds a mentor in a reclusive author. 

The crime comedy "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) was another huge hit that allowed him the chance to work with heavy-hitter stars like George Clooney and Brad Pitt, in this flick about Danny Ocean and his ten accomplices plan to rob three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously. 

He also took the artistic freedom to work on ventures such as ‘Project Greenlight’, which provided a inspired vehicle for new movie making talent. The television show behind the project was a great accomplishment and earned him an Emmy nomination. 

It was with ‘The Bourne Identity’ in 2002 where Damon made a comeback to the big screen, a role that earned him a enormous $10 million. The film, about a man who is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and without memory, then races to elude assassins and recover from amnesia is based on the Robert Ludlum novel. The film was a worldwide success and birthed the sequels ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ and ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’.

‘Ocean's Twelve’ marked another turning point in the young actor’s career as did ‘The Brother’s Grimm’ with Heath Ledger, about two con-men who convince villagers they're being mistreated by nasty spirits, and then cash in as exorcists. Next was the dramatic thriller "Syriana" 2005) with George Clooney, a politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it. Next was the smash hit crime thriller "The Departed" (2006) with an all-star cast including DiCaprio, Nicholson and Wahlberg, about two men from opposite sides of the law who are undercover within the Massachusetts State Police and the Irish mafia, but violence and bloodshed boil when discoveries are made, and the moles are dispatched to find out their enemy's identities. 

Rounding out the tear was the Robert DeNiro thriller "The Good Shepard" (2006), about the chaotic early history of the Central Intelligence Agency and how it is viewed through the eyes of one man's life. He started of the following year with the drama "Margaret" (2008) about a young woman who witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, where the question of whether or not it was intentional affects many people's lives. 

The year 2009 had several  projects including the war drama "Green Zone" (2009), a thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission. Inspired by Imperial Life in the Emerald City. Next was the biography "The Human Factor" (2009), a look at the life of Nelson Mandela after the fall of apartheid in South Africa during his first term as president when he campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen. Damon was then cast and hired for the crime thriller "The Informant" (2009), where the U.S. government decides to go after an agriculture business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre. 

On the private front Matt has dated a number of his co-stars including Winona Ryder and Minnie Driver, whom he prominently ditched during an appearance on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’. However, the qualified bachelor married interior designer, Luciana Barroso, in a top secret ceremony in New York in December 2005, after meeting during the filming of his movie 'Stuck on You'. On 11th June 2006 he and Luciana's first child together, Isabella, was born in Miami. Luciana has one other child, Alexia, from a previous marriage.

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