Damon in 2009
Matt Damon Has Since Starred In Commercially Successful Films-
|Born||Matthew Paige Damon |
October 8, 1970
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University (Dropout)|
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, producer|
|Spouse||Luciana Barroso (m. 2005–present)|
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay|
He will next work with frequent collaborator Steven Soderbergh on a project as the longtime Liberace love interest, Scott Thorsen, opposite Michael Douglas in an upcoming film centered on the pianist's life. He will also star in We Bought a Zoo, and has been cast to play in Elysium.
Along with Affleck and producers Chris Moore and Sean Bailey, Damon founded the production company LivePlanet, through which the four created the documentary series Project Greenlight to find and fund worthwhile film projects from novice filmmakers.
The company produced and founded the short-lived mystery-hybrid series Push, Nevada, among other projects. Project Greenlight was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002, 2004, and 2005.
In March 2010, Damon and Affleck teamed up again to sign a first-look production deal with Warner Bros.
Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, screenwriter, and philanthropist whose career was launched following the success of the film Good Will Hunting (1997), from a screenplay he co-wrote with friend Ben Affleck.
The pair won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for their work and Damon garnered multiple Best Actor nominations, including the Academy Award, for his lead performance in the film.
Matt Damon wanted Ben Affleck to "fire" himself from his new film.
The 'Cantagion' actor wants to work with his 'Good Will Hunting' writing partner again and is jealous of the role Ben has cast himself in for his next directoral endeavor.
He said: "Ben's making a great movie now called 'Argo'. It's really, really good.
"I can't get him to put me in it because he took the best role. He took the lead. I called him and was like, 'Dude, why don't you fire yourself and put me in it man? I'd be great in this.' "
Despite the disappointment, Matt is still looking forward to working with Ben again in the future.
He added: "We really want to work together again. We have a couple of things we're developing, so we're hoping we can work together."
Ben's career stalled a decade ago with a string of flop movies and Matt feels "vindicated" that his friend has now got his professional life back on track.
He said: "That was really hard for me to watch as his friend, because I didn't think it was fair to him.
"It's more of a relief to me, to be honest. As his writing partner, I know how great he is. I always knew that better than anybody, so now I just feel vindicated. Everything is right with the Force again."
Damon has since starred in commercially successful films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), the Ocean's trilogy, and the Bourne series, while also gaining critical acclaim for his performances in dramas such as Syriana (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), and The Departed (2006).
He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for portraying the title character in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and was nominated for an Academy Award as a supporting actor in Invictus (2009). He is one of the top forty highest grossing actors of all time. In 2007, Damon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine.
Damon has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, and Water.org.
In 2011, the documentary which he narrated, American Teacher, opened in New York prior to national screening.
- Academy Award: 3 nominations, 1 win
- Academy Award won, (1997), Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Good Will Hunting)
- Academy Award nomination, (1997), Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Good Will Hunting)
- Academy Award nomination, (2009), Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Invictus)
- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA: 1 nomination, 0 wins
- Saturn Award nomination, (2005), Best Actor (The Bourne Supremacy)
- American Cinematheque Award: 1 win
- 24th Annual American Cinematheque Award won, (2010), Contribution to the art of the Moving Picture
- Berlin International Film Festival: 1 nomination, 1 win
- Silver Berlin Bear won, (1998), Outstanding Single Achievement (Good Will Hunting)
- Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: 4 nominations, 1 win
- Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, (1998), Favorite Actor - Drama (The Rainmaker)
- Blockbuster Entertainment Award won, (1999), Favorite Actor - Video (Good Will Hunting)
- Blockbuster Entertainment Award won, (2000), Favorite Actor - Suspense (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
- Blockbuster Entertainment Award won, (2000), Favorite Actor - Drama/Romance (All the Pretty Horses)
- Golden Globe: 5 nominations, 1 win
- Golden Globe won, (1998), Best Screenplay - Motion Picture (Good Will Hunting)
- Golden Globe nomination, (1998), Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (Good Will Hunting)
- Golden Globe nomination, (2000), Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama (The Talented Mr. Ripley)
- Golden Globe nomination, (2010), Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy (The Informant!)
- Golden Globe nomination, (2010), Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Invictus)
In 2010, Damon re-teamed with director Paul Greengrass, who directed him in the Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, for the action thriller Green Zone, which flopped commercially and received ambivalent reception from critics.
In motion pictures that feature him either as a leading actor or as a supporting co-star, his films have grossed a total of U.S.$1.94 to U.S.$2.42 billion (based on counting his roles as strictly lead or including supporting roles, respectively) at the North American box office, placing him in the top forty grossing actors of all time.
He has appeared as a guest star in an episode of Arthur, titled The Making of Arthur, as himself. During Season 5 of 30 Rock, he appeared as guest star in the role of Liz Lemon's boyfriend in the episodes "I Do I Do," "The Fabian Strategy," "Live Show," and "Double Edged Sword."
Damon's 2010 projects included The Adjustment Bureau, Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, and the Coen Brothers' remake of the 1969 John Wayne-starring Western True Grit; the latter movie started filming in March 2010 and was released in December of that year.
Barroso gave birth to their third daughter, Stella Zavala Damon, in New York. As of 2011, Damon and his family reside in Manhattan.
Damon is a fan of the Boston Red Sox. After the team won the 2007 World Series, he narrated the commemorative DVD release of the event.
Damon enjoys playing poker and has competed in several World Series of Poker (WSOP) events including the 2010 World Series of Poker main event. He dropped $25,000 at the WSOP while researching his role as a professional poker player in Rounders (1998) and after filming the movie Damon was busted out of the 1998 WSOP by poker professional Doyle Brunson.
- On March 27, 2010, Damon received the 24th Annual American Cinematheque Award, which was presented to him by Ben Affleck at a ceremony comprising roasts from Damon's colleagues and friends in the entertainment industry.
Film and television
Year Title Roles Notes
|2009||The People Speak||Himself||Also producer|
|2010||Green Zone||Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller||Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Actor of the Year (Also for True Grit and Hereafter) |
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor
|2010||30 Rock||Carol||TV series (episodes: "I Do Do," "The Fabian Strategy," and "Live Show") |
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2011)
|2010||Hereafter||George Lonegan||Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Actor of the Year (Also for True Grit and Green Zone)|
|2010||True Grit||La Boeuf||Bronze Wrangler for Theatrical Motion Picture (shared with A.C. Lyles, Steven Spielberg, Paul Schwake, Ethan and Joel Coen, Scott Ruben, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld) |
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Actor of the Year (Also for Hereafter and Green Zone)
Nominated — Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Ensemble
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
|2011||The Adjustment Bureau||David Norris|
|2011||Happy Feet Two||Bill the Krill||post-production|
|2011||We Bought a Zoo||Benjamin Mee||post-production|