Matt Damon

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

8th October, 1970

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.78

Matt Damon (born 8.10.1970) Matt Damon is an American, Oscar-winning actor.

Childhood: Matt Damon was born in Massachusetts, to Kent Telfer Damon and Nancy Carlsson-Paige. His father was a stockbroker and his mother was a professor in early childhood education at Lesley University.

When Kent and Nancy divorced, Damon moved with his mother and brother to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Matt's brother, Kyle, is an artist and sculptor.

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were childhood friends and have since collaborated on a number of films. Damon was also friends with the historian Howard Zinn and as an adult, narrated the audio version of Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

Matt Damon graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 1988 and went on to study at Harvard University. He attended Harvard between 1988 and 1992 but never graduated, choosing instead to pursue his acting career. He appeared in Geronimo: An American Legend, whilst still at university. The filmmakers' expectations of its success are said to have been a contributing factor to his decision to drop out of university.

Film Career: Matt Damon's first film role came in 1988 when he was 18 years old. He had a single line of dialogue in Mystic Pizza, the rom-com that starred Julia Roberts. After Geronimo: An American Legend, Matt Damon appeared in Courage Under Fire, playing a soldier with a heroin addiction. The film also starred Meg Ryan and Denzel Washington.

Damon and Affleck had written a screenplay entitled Good Will Hunting and, after seeking advice from friends such as Kevin Smith and Rob Reiner, the film was produced, earning them both an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Matt Damon also won the Best Actor Oscar and Robin Williams won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in the film.

On the set of Good Will Hunting, Matt Damon met the director Steven Spielberg, who then offered him a role in Saving Private Ryan, the highly-acclaimed World War II film starring Tom Hanks and Tom Sizemore.

Matt Damon co-founded LivePlanet with Ben Affleck, Chris Moore and Chris Bailey. They created the reality series Project Greenlight, which sought film projects from fledgling filmmakers and helped fund the projects.

In 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, Matt Damon stars as a bisexual murderer opposite Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett. He then went on to play a fallen angel in Kevin Smith's Dogma, in which Ben Affleck also starred.

In Stuck On You, Matt Damon played a conjoined twin. Then, he wrote Gerry with Ben Affleck's brother, Casey Affleck and Gus Van Sant.

Two of Matt Damon's biggest hits have both been film franchises. Firstly, he starred in the Jason Bourne trilogy - The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. The Bourne trilogy also starred Franke Potente, Clive Owen, Julia Stiles and Paddy Considine. Secondly, he worked opposite George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts in the remake of the 1960's film Ocean's Eleven. The remake, by Steven Soderbergh, was so successful that they made two sequels, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen.

Damon then went on to play the role of Wilhelm Grimm in the Terry Gilliam-directed The Brothers Grimm and in Syriana, he teamed up with George Clooney again, this time playing an energy analyst.

In 2002, Matt Damon featured in Martin Scorsese's The Departed. The film, which received huge amount of critical acclaim, also starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Ray Winstone, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen.

Personal Life: Matt Damon has been involved a number of high-profile actresses in the past. He was in a relationship with Winona Ryder for two years. He also dated Minnie Driver, his co-star in Good Will Hunting.

It has been rumoured in the past that Matt Damon was dating Eva Mendes, though both Damon and Mendes deny the claims.

Matt Damon married Luciana Bozan Barroso in 2005 in New York. Barroso already had a daughter from a previous marriage and they had their first child together - a daughter, Isabella - in 2006. Their second child, Gia was born in August 2008.

In January 2008, the comedian Sarah Silverman aired a video as a 'birthday present' to her boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel, of a song she had written entitled 'I'm F*cking Matt Damon'. In response, Kimmel then made his own video, entitled 'I'm F*cking Ben Affleck'. A number of stars, including Perry Farrell, Harrison Ford, Cameron Diaz and Meat Loaf appeared in the riposte.

There's A Petition To Remove Matt Damon From 'Ocean's 8'

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 22 December 2017

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The actor has come under fire recently for his comments regarding sexual harassment.

An online petition to leave Matt Damon’s cameo in the upcoming ‘Ocean’s 8’ on the cutting room floor has gained nearly 18,000 signatures.

The petition calls on the producers of the all-female reboot, including George Clooney, to remove Damon from the film, accusing him of enabling “his friend Harvey Weinstein's inappropriate behaviour” and referencing his recent comments on sexual harassment.

Image caption There is a petition calling for Matt Damon’s removal from ‘Ocean’s 8’

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Matt Damon Slammed By Minnie Driver For 'Spectrum Of Behaviour' Comments

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 19 December 2017

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He's put his foot in it with his former co-star.

Matt Damon has managed to upset a lot of people by making some rather unwarranted comments about sexual misconduct in Hollywood. He tried to talk about some harassment cases being worse than others, and Minnie Driver has a lot to say in response to that.

Image caption Matt Damon at 'Suburbicon' premiere

Obviously, all actors and actresses are being forced to comment on the recent slew of sexual harassment accusations within the film industry since the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but the problem is, some people just say the wrong thing. Matt Damon even made remarks that seemed to downplay a lot of what was being talked about.

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Matt Damon Gives Controversial Interview On Harvey Weinstein And Hollywood Sexual Harassment

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 15 December 2017

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Damon condemned Weinstein in the interview, but claimed there was a "spectrum" on which abusers should be condemned and that some did not deserve to lose their careers.

Matt Damon has stirred up controversy with a rather haphazard interview about the state of Hollywood in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, appearing to argue that men who have groped or harassed women should not be judged as harshly as they haven't molested children or raped women.

The 47 year old star was speaking to ABC News journalist Peter Travers on Thursday (December 14th), and discussion turned to the sexual misconduct scandal engulfing the film industry following the revelations of widespread abuse and harassment perpetrated by Harvey Weinstein and others.

He condemned the actions of the disgraced movie mogul, saying that he didn’t know about the details of his behaviour at the time, but admitted that they didn’t surprise him.

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Suburbicon Review

Excellent

This film feels kind of like what you'd expect from a collision between George Clooney and the Coen brothers: a comical noir thriller with a hefty dose of social commentary. Essentially two films mashed together, it paints a clever portrait of America in the 1950s with repressed rage, racial unrest and deep-seated greed. But the film's most powerful angle is its story of a young boy's rather nightmarish coming of age.

It's set in 1959 middle America, where Suburbicon is the town of the future, an idyllic place to raise a family. Then the Meyers family moves in, the first black family, and the community blames them when the Lodges - dad Gardner (Matt Damon), mom Rose (Julianne Moore), son Nicky (Noah Jupe) and aunt Maggie (also Moore) - are violently attacked. But an insurance inspector (Oscar Isaac) suspects that Gardner knows more about his attackers (Glenn Fleshler and Alex Hassell) than he's letting on. And Nicky knows he does. So as the neighbourhood descends into chaos to protest the Meyers' presence, Nicky quietly befriends their son Andy (Tony Espinosa).

Clooney directs this in a colourful 1950s style, with jaunty music by Alexandre Desplat and vivid production design by James Bissell. This is a community that looks perfect on the surface, but more than a little rotten underneath. And the script lures the audience in with some clever twists and turns that shift perspectives and tones, playing with the way these people are interconnected. Much of this is observed through Nicky's eyes, and he sees everything even if he can't explain why something is happening. All of this builds to a properly intense final act that's laced with wicked humour to gleefully keep the audience off balance. So even as it turns increasingly violent, the suspense and irony keep us entertained.

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Downsizing Trailer

Everyone is aware of the nation of Lilliput in Jonathan Swift's 'Gulliver's Travels', but what if everyday life was really in miniature? What decision would we make if we had the option to live smaller and yet grander? 'Downsizing' explores a world where over-population is being combatted by just that.

Omaha couple Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) are struggling with their tedious dead-end jobs and are desperate to make a better life for themselves. Luckily for them, there is one option available to them.

In Norway, scientists have found a way to shrink human beings down to five inches tall; that may not sound too attractive to most people, but when people start understanding that it's the perfect solution to over-population and, indeed, to all their environmental issues, as well as being a way to make their money go a lot further, all sorts of people start opting for the lifestyle.

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Matt Damon Admits He Knew Weinstein Harassed Gwyneth Paltrow

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 24 October 2017

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The actor still had no idea just how predatory the producer was.

Matt Damon breaks his silence on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, confessing that he was aware of Gwyneth Paltrow's experience after being informed by Ben Affleck some years later, but he insists that beyond that he never realised the true extent of his predatory actions.

Image caption Matt Damon at 'Suburbicon' premiere

Just over two weeks since Rose McGowan publicly accused Matt and Ben of being aware of Harvey Weinstein's behaviour and subsequently keeping quiet about it, Matt opens up about precisely what he did know about the disgraced producer. He reveals that it was common knowledge that he was 'intimidating' and 'a bully', but naively thought Gwyneth's situation was adequately dealt with.

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Matt Damon Dishes On Trump's Demand For Film Cameos

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 02 September 2017

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The actor also addressed the President’s response to Charlottesville.

Matt Damon has claimed that Donald Trump insists on being written into any movies that want to film in one of his properties.

The actor was speaking to the Hollywood Reporter and revealed that he had never met the President, but did share the insider gossip.

But while Trump might insist on filming a cameo when he gives permission to use one of his buildings, his scenes often end up on the cutting room floor -as was the case with Scent of a Woman.

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Suburbicon Trailer

In the quiet, seemingly perfect land of suburbia, a businessman named Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) has everything. A high-flying career, a beautiful home, a wife and a young son, but when his house gets broken into by thugs who kill his wife, he starts to begin to understand the immensity of some of the mistakes he's made in his life. He's being hunted by loan sharks who happen to have connections to the mob, and they intend to get their money back no matter what the costs. When it starts to become clear that everything he has left is at stake, he decides to take matters into his own hands and give those mobsters as good as they give. Soon the neighbourhood transforms into one of the bloodiest in the area, and even his sister Margaret (Julianne Moore) gets dragged into her brother's vengeful scheme.

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Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso seen on the red carpet at the 2017 Met Gala - New York, United States - Monday 1st May 2017

Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso at the Beauty and the Beast Premiere held at El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 2nd March 2017

Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal Video Interviews

Matt Damon stars in the Chinese fantasy epic 'The Great Wall', as a young orphan from the west who is raised to fight in the army, protecting the world from the beasts that live on the oppoiste side of the Great Wall of China. He talks about how he's always wanted to work with director Zhang Yimou, the incredible scale of the movie, the logistics of having an international cast, the mythical story behind 'The Great Wall' and the folklore that informs it (including that of the great taotie), and of course his relationship with Pedro Pascal and their onscreen antics.

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The Heist Is On! Here's Your First Look At All-Female 'Ocean's Eight'

By Stephanie Chase in Movies / TV / Theatre on 30 January 2017

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Sandra Bullock leads an all female cast who will attempt to pull off the heist of the century.

Next summer eight women will attempt to pull off the heist of the century at the annual Met Ball in New York City.

Warner Bros have just released the first cast picture from the upcoming Ocean’s Eight movie, showing the film’s star-studded female line-up riding the NYC subway.

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Andrea Boragno, Sir Ridley Scott and Matt Damon at the 30th annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 14th October 2016

Matt Damon posing alone at with actress Alicia Vikander at the European premiere of 'Jason Bourne' held at Odeon Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Monday 11th July 2016