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.
Jason Bourne comes as the fifth instalment in the revival of Bourne to our screens where the film sees the return of Matt Damon as the protagonist and its returning director Paul Greengrass. Bourne is a former secret agent who has previously failed to understand his own identity and battles with a constant process of finding out new information about himself. In this sequel Bourne is once again at war with the people that have turned him into the man he is and struggles to cope with the sheer amount of pressure he is put under from the state.
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Matt Damon stunned locals and bar staff at an English pub by giving out $100 (£69) tips.
The Hollywood superstar visited the Chequers Inn in Hertfordshire, England on Saturday (23Apr16) before flying out of nearby Luton Airport.
Matt, 45, enjoyed four pints of Guinness with three friends in the understated venue before his trip.
The pub's manager Bob Morton says the actor was friendly with the locals and even gave each member of his staff a $100 (£69) tip.
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Matt Damon felt his age when returning to the role of Jason Bourne for the first time since 2007.
The 45-year-old star has returned to play the conflicted superspy in the latest instalment in the franchise, titled Jason Bourne, but admits he found it far harder to get action movie fit than he did when he first took on the role in 2002's The Bourne Identity.
"For the first Bourne movie I was 29 and I thought that was hard work getting into shape," he told the BBC. "Now I'm 45 and it's just brutal. We shot this bare-knuckle fighting scene on my 45th birthday and it was a lot of work to get there. I was on a very strict diet and spent a lot of time in the gym just making myself miserable."
The new film will be Matt's fourth outing as Jason, a C.I.A. agent who initially had to rebuild his identity after amnesia. He did not appear in the previous movie in the franchise, The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner.
Continue reading: Matt Damon: 'I'm Getting Too Old To Be Bourne Again'
Fantastic Films And When To Find Them...
This year is turning out to be an exciting year for the film industry. With all the award shows over and done with for 2015, we're keeping tabs on some of the major pictures of 2016 to see what's in store for next year's Oscars. Looks like there's some serious competition.
So far, among the major releases we've had are 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice', 'Deadpool', 'Hail, Caesar!', 'Zootopia' and '10 Cloverfield Lane'. That is literally the tip of a very large iceberg for what 2016 has to bring to screens this year.
Here are 20 more you need to watch out for:
Daisy Ridley doesn’t want her Star Wars audition tape to surface online.
The British actress shot to international fame after being cast in the latest installment of the sci-fi franchise, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. Her role as Rey has won her countless fans and awards, including Female Newcomer at Sunday night’s (20Mar16) Jameson Empire Awards.
While Star Wars may have made her a bona fide A-lister, Daisy doesn’t want the world to see how she landed the part.
“Everyone else’s (audition tape) is great. John’s (Boyega) is on the internet already, he’s always great,” she smiled to Britain’s Metro newspaper.
Continue reading: Daisy Ridley Keeping Star Wars Audition Tape Private
George Clooney has revealed he will disappear from the big screen as he gets older.
Speaking to the BBC during the UK promotion of his latest movie role in the Coen brother comedy Hail Caesar!, the actor revealed his reluctance to remain in front of the camera as he ages.
The star, who turns 55 this year, said: "I think nobody wants to see anybody really ageing. It's a very unforgiving thing the cameras and so ageing becomes something that you know you try to do less and less on screen.
Known as "gorgeous George" to his fans, the actor is still able to draw a crowd and in his latest blockbuster role plays ageing, dimwitted 50s movie star who is kidnapped and held ransom by a Communist cell.
Continue reading: George Clooney Has No Plans To Age In Front Of The Camera
That must've taken some muscle from Affleck.
Matt Damon might have failed at landing a Best Actor Oscar this year, but he has managed to make his way onto 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' finally with the help from his best friend Ben Affleck. Of course, his stay was very brief as Kimmel was soon able to kick him off, but it was enough to please the audience.
Matt Damon sneaks onto Jimmy Kimmel Live
As part of the post-Oscars show, Ben Affleck arrived onto the stage of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live', nonchalantly wearing a massively bulging overcoat and claiming that finishing training for his Batman role has meant that all his muscle has turned to fat. In response to Kimmel's comment that he's 'ballooned', Affleck quipped: 'I didn't think this was going to be about body-shaming tonight'. But Kimmel was not to be fooled by the absurd moving bump and immediately got up to see what Affleck was hiding. It turned out to be a very red-faced Matt Damon, panting a little from the lack of oxygen, who unstraps himself from a body harness that Affleck is wearing and garners huge applause from the audience, to Kimmel's chagrin.
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Matt Damon , Luciana Barroso - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
Ben Affleck helped to smuggle his best pal Matt Damon onto Jimmy Kimmel's traditional post-Oscars television special on Sunday (28Feb16) after serving as the butt of the presenter's jokes for years.
The Argo actor/director was Kimmel's special guest on the 11th annual show and walked out on set wearing an oversized trench coat, clearly trying to hide something bulky under his clothing.
Affleck tried to play off the awkward bulge, claiming the muscle he had put on to play Batman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had simply turned to fat, but he soon gave up the ruse, unbuttoning his coat to allow Damon to untangle himself and reveal his presence.
As Kimmel protested in mock disgust, an ecstatic Damon wasted no time in settling in to one of the guest chairs, delighted to make it onto the set stage.
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Actress Jennifer Lawrence has beaten out Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon to top a new rich list of Oscar nominees.
The 25-year-old, who is up for the Best Actress honour at Sunday's (28Feb16) 88th Academy Awards for her work on biographical movie Joy, earned more than any other 2016 hopeful on the new Forbes magazine countdown.
Jennifer took an estimated $52 million (£32 million), pre-tax, between June, 2014 and June, 2015, giving her the salary edge over DiCaprio and Damon, who are both nominated in the Best Actor category for their roles in The Revenant and The Martian, respectively.
Leonardo, 41, raked in $29 million (£20 million), while Matt earned $25 million (£17 million) during the same period. The three stars were the only nominees to make the magazine's list of highest paid actors.
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Matt Damon doesn't feel the need to create an element of mystery around himself, as he knows attention comes with the job.
The Good Will Hunting star has been in the spotlight since the late '80s, making his silver screen debut in Mystic Pizza before starring in hit films such as the Bourne franchise and True Grit. As well as being a talented actor Matt is known as one of the nicest guys in Hollywood, and he isn't against interviews and press events like some thespians are.
"I don’t know if balancing it all is difficult, exactly," he mused to biography.com when asked if it's difficult to find stability between his career and personal life. "My friend (actor) Edward Norton does very little press. I’ve talked to him a lot about this topic, and he’s got a really good point about being in the spotlight all the time, which is this: as an actor, he feels he can play a wider range of characters because people don’t have any preconceived notions about him... It's preserving the mystery...
"It definitely works for him... So I understand his theory, but – for me anyway – there’s also the realistic side of this business, which is: you’ve got to go tell people about your movie."
Continue reading: Matt Damon: 'What You See Is What You Get'
Matt Damon - EE British Academy Film Awards 2016 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals at Royal Opera House,, British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th February 2016
Date of birth
8th October, 1970
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