|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.
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
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
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
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
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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