Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Biography

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.



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88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON

Matt Damon - Celebrities attend 88th Oscars NOMINESS LUNCHEON in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton. at Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 8th February 2016

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Jason Bourne: He Remembers Everything, But It's Not Over


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A new instalment to 'The Bourne Identity' franchise is set to hit this summer in the form of 'Jason Bourne', seeing the return of Matt Damon in the starring role. It's a welcome comeback for the actor, after the poorly received previous flick from 2012, 'The Bourne Legacy' starring Jeremy Renner.

Matt Damon in Jason BourneJason Bourne is back and he's badder than ever

It's not that there was anything wrong with Renner's performance, it's just that Jason Bourne's story was generally a lot more engaging, and so pulling him out of retirement for a fifth instalment of the franchise is a much needed resumption to the original layout.

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Jason Bourne - Teaser Trailer


Jason Bourne is used to living in the shadows. Since uncovering the wrongdoings of operation Blackbriar and Treadstone, Bourne has been in hiding, to the outside world Jason Bourne does not exist. Once again finding himself having to surface, Jason Bourne is a hunted man. 

Memories of his past are slowly returning to Bourne but what as his limited allies are quick to remind him, there's a war going on and what Jason might not remember are the things that might be most important. 

Matt Damon returns as Jason Bourne in the fourth film in the series - fifth if including the spin-off The Bourne Legacy. Jason Bourne is directed by Paul Greengrass.

68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Press Room

Matt Damon - 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Press Room at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Century City, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016

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68th Annual DGA Awards 2016 - Press Room

Matt Damon - 68th Annual DGA Awards 2016 held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Press Room at DGA Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016

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DGA Awards 2016 Press Room

Matt Damon - 68th Annual DGA Awards 2016 held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Press Room at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, DGA Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 6th February 2016

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21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards

Matt Damon - 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards - Arrivals at Barker Hangar, Critics' Choice Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Sunday 17th January 2016

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'The Revenant' Sweeps The Golden Globes, As Jennifer Lawrence And Lady Gaga Also Take Home Awards


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The Revenant swept the board at last night’s 73rd annual Golden Globe awards. The historical drama took home the Best Picture and Best Director awards at the star-studded ceremony, while Leonardo Dicaprio was named Best Actor.

Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio was named Best Actor at the Golden Globes.

Accepting the award, DiCaprio, who played frontiersman Hugh Glass in the drama, described taking home the gong as ‘an incredible honour’. 'Wow, that meant a lot,’ he continued.

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Awards Season Shifts Up A Gear With BAFTA Nominations


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This is the point where the industry weighs in on the conversation that has been limited mainly to critics so far. Unsurprisingly, Carol and The Revenant feature heavily in the BAFTA race. But unlike the awards season to date, genre films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian were virtually locked out of the major categories. (The Martian managed nods for actor Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.)

Matt Damon in The Martian

Also unexpected for Bafta was the absence of local favourites like Tom Hardy, Charlotte Rampling and Carey Mulligan, and not even one craft nomination for Spectre. Bafta voters also failed to nominate two other current favourites: Creed and Joy.

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The Total Cost Of Rescuing Matt Damon In His Movies Has Been Calculated (And It's Huge!)


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You may have noticed that Matt Damon needs rescuing a lot in the movies. For some reason the actor seems to mostly play characters who need some sort of rescuing and often it’s costly, for example earlier this year he was left stranded on Mars in The Martian. But have you ever wondered how much rescuing Matt Damon actually costs?

Matt DamonSo how much does it cost to save Matt Damon?

Well if you ever have wondered the cost of all these Matt Damon rescue missions, one very clever Quora user named Kynan Eng is here to help. Eng calculated the total cost of Damon rescues and adjusted them for inflation, taking into account the movie’s budget and the cost of the various rescue missions.

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10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016


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As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but surely some will be worth the effort. (Release dates are subject to change.)

The Hateful Eight, Hail, Caesar!, Bourne 5

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Tarantino kicks off the year with an epic Western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell (Jan). And there's more manly action with Charlie Hunnam in Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur (Jul), Jack Huston in Ben-Hur (Aug), Chris Pratt in The Magnificent Seven (Sep). 

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Leads Critics Choice Awards Nominations


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Mad Max Fury Road leads this year’s Critics' Choice Awards nominations, picking up a massive 13 nods. It follows an already long list of nominations the action film has so far received, including from the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Mad Max Fury RoadMax Mad Fury Road has been nominated for 13 Critics Choice Awards.

In the Critics Choice Awards Mad Max has been nominated for Best Picture while Charlize Theron has picked up a nod for Best Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie and Tom Hardy is also in the running for Best Actor in an Action Movie.

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Ridley Scott's The Martian Demolishes All Challengers


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Last weekend, Ridley Scott's The Martian actually climbed up the box office charts in both the US and UK, becoming the most durable hit of the autumn. In America, the film reclaimed the top spot by knocking Goosebumps into second place. And pundits are saying Matt Damon should have no trouble fending off challenges this weekend from Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. 

Matt Damon in The MartianMatt Damon's The Martian is smashing box office numbers

In the UK, The Martian will relinquish its crown to Spectre, but the film has taken nearly $400 million at the box office over the past month. And in America, it looks set to carry yet another weekend, as its main competitors have both had mediocre reviews. Sandra Bullock's political comedy Our Brand Is Crisis isn't expected to do as well as her higher profile hits like Gravity and The Heat, while Bradley Cooper'a cooking comedy Burnt comes in the wake of his lacklustre rom-com Aloha.

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'Goosebumps' Scares Its Way To The Top Of US Box Office, Knocking Off 'The Martian'


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Jack Black’s Goosebumps has taken the top spot at the US box office this weekend, amassing $23.5 million from 3,501 theatres. The family-friendly horror comedy is based on R. L. Stine’s series of books and stars Jack Black as a fictional version of the author.

GoosebumpsJack Black stars as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps.

The film’s plot sees a variety of Stine’s characters escape from his books and start chaos in the real world, with the writer, his daughter and their teenaged neighbour tasked with returning them back to the pages of his fiction.

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'Pan' Bombs At US Box Office, As 'The Martian' Holds Tight


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Pan has failed to take flight at the box office this weekend, debuting with a disappointing estimated $15.5 million total and taking third place. Joe Wright’s retelling of the classic tale stars newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan and Hugh Jackman as Captain Blackbeard.

Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in Pan.

Pan was rolled out in more than 3,500 US theatres this weekend, but studio Warner Bros will be hoping it does better when it hits more markets. The film, which cost over $150 million to make, had been scheduled to hit cinemas back in July, but was pushed back earlier this year.

Continue reading: 'Pan' Bombs At US Box Office, As 'The Martian' Holds Tight

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