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Matt Damon

Matt DamonAKA Matthew Paige Damon

Born: 8-Oct-1970
Birthplace: Cambridge, MA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Good Will Hunting

At about age ten Matt Damon became inseparable from another kid who lived two blocks away -- Ben Affleck. Damon & Affleck played baseball together, attended discount double features, and went to the same school. Both boys were interested in acting, and both worked as extras when Field of Dreams filmed a few scenes at Fenway Park. Damon also appeared in several plays at the American Repertory Theatre and other Boston-based theatre venues. Pursuing thespian dreams, Damon & Affleck slipped away to New York when Damon was 16. Success eluded them, and Damon returned home and went to Harvard, where he studied drama and took small roles in more movies filmed locally.

When Damon landed a large role in Geronimo: An American Legend, a big budget film by Walter Hill, he moved to Los Angeles, and Affleck tagged along. But the movie flopped, and Affleck ended up sleeping on Damon's couch for years. Damon first garnered some critical acclaim as a troubled Gulf War veteran in Courage Under Fire, but for the most part both actors were getting only small or silly roles. Damon, frustrated, re-read a script he had written for a college class, about a genius janitor sweeping the halls at MIT. They tinkered with the screenplay, and after having William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Princess Bride) polish the dialogue, they sold it to Miramax, and Good Will Hunting was a hit. Damon and Affleck co-starred, and won the Oscar for Best Screenplay.

After Good Will Hunting, Damon and Affleck appeared in several films together, did joint interviews, interviewed each other, and seemed as tight at 30 as they had been at 10, leading to rumors that they were a couple. They apparently made a conscious decision to stop appearing in films together, which further hurt Affleck's career. Damon, meanwhile, has made several successful films, including Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Stuck on You, The Departed, The Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum, and Oceans Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen.

Damon and Affleck are executive producers of Project Greenlight, an HBO series spotlighting their "Project Greenlight" contest, wherein one aspiring moviemaker sees his or her script filmed as a low-budget movie. The winning films include Stolen Summer with Kevin Pollak, The Battle of Shaker Heights with Shia LaBeouf, and Feast with Balthazar Getty.

Father: Kent Damon (tax preparer, real estate agent)
Mother: Nancy Carlsson-Paige (college professor)
Brother: Kyle Damon (sculptor, b. 1967)
Girlfriend: Skylar Statenstein (doctor, later married to Lars Ulrich)
Girlfriend: Minnie Driver (actress, together 1995-97)
Girlfriend: Claire Danes (actress, together 1997)
Girlfriend: Winona Ryder (actress, together 1997-2001, briefly engaged)
Girlfriend: Penelope Cruz (actress, together 1999)
Girlfriend: Kara Sands (model, ex)
Girlfriend: Odessa Whitmire (Ben Affleck's personal assistant)
Wife: Luciana Barroso (bartender, b. circa 1971, m. 9-Dec-2005, four daughters)
Daughter: Alexia (stepdaughter born to Barroso)
Daughter: Isabella Damon (b. 11-Jun-2006)
Daughter: Gia Zavala Damon (b. 20-Aug-2008)
Daughter: Stella Zavala Damon (b. 23-Oct-2010)

    High School: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Cambridge, MA
    University: Harvard University (majored in English, dropped out)

    Oscar for Best Screenplay 1998 for Good Will Hunting (shared)
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 26-Jul-2007 at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Kucinich for President
    MoveOn.org
    Obama for America
    Peace Action 50th Anniversary Honorary Host Committee (2007)
    Risk Factors: Former Smoker, Yoga

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Monuments Men (5-Feb-2014)
    Elysium (7-Aug-2013)
    Behind the Candelabra (21-May-2013) · Scott Thorson
    Promised Land (28-Dec-2012)
    We Bought a Zoo (26-Nov-2011) · Benjamin Mee
    Happy Feet Two (17-Nov-2011) · Bill the Krill [VOICE]
    Margaret (30-Sep-2011) · Mr. Aaron
    Contagion (3-Sep-2011) · Mitch Emhoff
    The Adjustment Bureau (3-Mar-2011) · David Norris
    True Grit (22-Dec-2010) · LaBoeuf
    Hereafter (12-Sep-2010) · George Lonegan
    Green Zone (26-Feb-2010) · Miller
    Inside Job (2-Feb-2010) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Teenage Paparazzo (22-Jan-2010) · Himself
    Invictus (3-Dec-2009)
    The Informant! (7-Sep-2009) · Mark Whitacre
    Che: Part Two (21-May-2008)
    The Bourne Ultimatum (25-Jul-2007)
    Ocean's Thirteen (24-May-2007)
    The Good Shepherd (11-Dec-2006)
    The Departed (4-Oct-2006)
    Syriana (23-Nov-2005) · Bryan Woodman
    The Brothers Grimm (29-Jul-2005)
    Ocean's Twelve (8-Dec-2004)
    The Bourne Supremacy (15-Jul-2004) · Jason Bourne
    Jersey Girl (26-Mar-2004) · PR Exec #2
    Eurotrip (20-Feb-2004) · Donny
    Stuck On You (10-Dec-2003) · Bob
    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (31-Dec-2002) · Bachelor Matt
    The Bourne Identity (6-Jun-2002) · Bourne
    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (24-Jan-2002) [VOICE]
    Gerry (12-Jan-2002)
    The Majestic (11-Dec-2001) · Luke's Letter [VOICE]
    Ocean's Eleven (5-Dec-2001) · Linus
    Finding Forrester (19-Dec-2000) · Sanderson
    All the Pretty Horses (11-Dec-2000) · John Grady
    The Legend of Bagger Vance (29-Oct-2000) · Rannulph Junuh
    Titan A.E. (13-Jun-2000) · Cale [VOICE]
    The Talented Mr. Ripley (12-Dec-1999)
    Dogma (12-Nov-1999)
    Rounders (11-Sep-1998) · Mike McDermott
    Saving Private Ryan (24-Jul-1998) · Pvt. Ryan
    Good Will Hunting (5-Dec-1997) · Will
    The Rainmaker (21-Nov-1997) · Rudy Baylor
    Chasing Amy (4-Apr-1997) · Exec #2
    Glory Daze (27-Sep-1996) · Edgar Pudwhacker
    Courage Under Fire (12-Jul-1996) · Ilario
    The Good Old Boys (5-Mar-1995)
    Geronimo: An American Legend (10-Dec-1993)
    School Ties (18-Sep-1992) · Charlie Dillon
    Mystic Pizza (21-Oct-1988) · Steamer


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