Matt Damon

Actor, Screenwriter
Despite his all-American persona, actor Matt Damon has thrived in roles that ran counter to his mom-and-apple-pie image. Whether playing a combative mathematics genius, a serial killer hunting the rich and famous or a ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (106)

Project Greenlight 2001 - 2005, 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Himself

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Manchester-by-the-Sea 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Martian 2015 (Movie)

Mark Watney (Actor)

Interstellar 2014 (Movie)

Mann (Actor)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Monuments Men 2014 (Movie)

James Granger (Actor)

Years of Living Dangerously 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Himself

Behind the Candelabra 2013 (Movie)

Scott Thorson (Actor)

Elysium 2013 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

House of Lies 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Zero Theorem 2013 (Movie)

Management (Actor)

All In: The Poker Movie 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

Steve Butler (Actor)

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

30 Rock 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Teacher 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Contagion 2011 (Movie)

Mitch Emhoff (Actor)

Happy Feet Two 2011 (Movie)

Bill the Krill (Voice)

Margaret 2011 (Movie)

Mr. Aaron (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Adjustment Bureau 2011 (Movie)

David Norris (Actor)

We Bought a Zoo 2011 (Movie)

Benjamin Mee (Actor)

Green Zone 2010 (Movie)

CWO Roy Miller (Actor)

Hereafter 2010 (Movie)

George Lonegan (Actor)

His Way 2010 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Inside Job 2010 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

LaBoeuf (Actor)

Entourage 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Invictus 2009 (Movie)

Francois Pienaar (Actor)

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Koichi (Actor)

Running the Sahara 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Narrator

Teenage Paparazzo 2009 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

Mark Whitacre (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Che: Part Two 2008 (Movie)

Fr. Schwartz (Actor)

Running the Sahara 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The People Speak 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 2007 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ocean's 13 2007 (Movie)

Linus Caldwell/Lenny Pepperidge (Actor)

The Bourne Ultimatum 2007 (Movie)

Jason Bourne (Actor)

The Departed 2006 (Movie)

Colin Sullivan (Actor)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

Edward Wilson (Actor)

Red Carpet Confidential 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Syriana 2005 (Movie)

Bryan Woodman (Actor)

The Brothers Grimm 2005 (Movie)

Wilhelm Grimm (Actor)

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Eurotrip 2004 (Movie)

Donny (Actor)

Jersey Girl 2004 (Movie)

PR Exec #2 (Actor)

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

Linus Caldwell (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Stuck on You 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bourne Supremacy 2004 (Movie)

Jason Bourne (Actor)

Gerry 2003 (Movie)

Gerry (Actor)

Revealed With Jules Asner 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuck on You 2003 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

The Third Wheel 2003 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Will & Grace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 2002 (Movie)

Bachelor Matt (Actor)

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Spirit (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (11/16/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bernie Mac Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bourne Identity 2002 (Movie)

Jason Bourne (Actor)

Billy Bob Thornton 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ocean's Eleven 2001 (Movie)

Linus Caldwell (Actor)

The Majestic 2001 (Movie)

of Luke's Letter (Voice)

All the Pretty Horses 2000 (Movie)

John Grady Cole (Actor)

Finding Forrester 2000 (Movie)

Sanderson (Actor)

The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 (Movie)

Rannulph Junuh (Actor)

The Untitled Jay Lacopo Project 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Titan A.E. 2000 (Movie)

of Cale (Voice)

Dogma 1999 (Movie)

Loki (Actor)

Seventeen: The Faces For Fall 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

Tom Ripley (Actor)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

Mike McDermott (Actor)

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

Private Ryan (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Chasing Amy 1997 (Movie)

Executive No 2 (Actor)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

John Grisham's The Rainmaker 1997 (Movie)

Rudy Baylor (Actor)

Courage Under Fire 1996 (Movie)

Ilario (Actor)

Glory Daze 1996 (Movie)

Edgar Pudwhacker (Actor)

Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 (Movie)

Lieutenant Britton Davis (Actor)

School Ties 1992 (Movie)

Charlie Dillon (Actor)

Mystic Pizza 1988 (Movie)

Steamer (Actor)

Rising Son (TV Show)

Actor

The Good Old Boys (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (9)

Speakeasy 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Running the Sahara 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The People Speak 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Feast 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Push, Nevada 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Battle of Shaker Heights 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Third Wheel 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stolen Summer 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (3)

Happy Feet Two 2011 (Movie)

("Never Gonna Give You Up") (Song Performer)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

("H.M.S. Pinafore: Act 1: Hail! Men O'war's Men... I'm Called Little Buttercup") (Song Performer)

The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

("My Funny Valentine" "Tu Vuo'fa L'Americano" "We're Called Gondlieri (from 'The Gondoliers')") (Song Performer)
Writer (3)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gerry 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Despite his all-American persona, actor Matt Damon has thrived in roles that ran counter to his mom-and-apple-pie image. Whether playing a combative mathematics genius, a serial killer hunting the rich and famous or a lethal spy unable to recall his identity, Damon built a strong and respected career tackling characters against type. After appearing in several supporting roles, Damon forged his own path with best friend Ben Affleck by writing and starring in "Good Will Hunting" (1997), which earned the duo an Academy Award for Best Screenplay while opening numerous doors. From there, he delivered a brief but acclaimed performance as the titular soldier in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), followed by a more devious part as a social-climbing killer in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999). Though he stalled a bit with "The Legend of Bagger Vance" (2000) and "All the Pretty Horses" (2000), Damon became a bona fide star by aptly trading one-liners with the likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the stylish action comedy "Ocean's Eleven" (2001) and its sequels. But Damon became his own man with "The Bourne Identity" (2002), which allowed him to solo drive a successful action franchise that earned big box-office dollars and critical acclaim across the board. By the time he landed a meaty leading role in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning thriller, "The Departed" (2006), Damon was one of the biggest stars working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Alexia

Step-Daughter
Born c. 1999 to Luciana Bozan

Luciana Bozan

Wife
Previously went by the name Luciana Barroso Had a daughter, Alexia, from a previous relationship Met in 2003 when Damon was filming the comedy "Stuck on You" in Miami Beach, FL Married Dec. 9, 2005 in a private ceremony in New York City

Nancy Carlsson-Paige

Mother
Divorced from Damon's father c. 1973

Penélope Cruz Actor

Companion
Linked when they filmed "All the Pretty Horses" (2000)

Kent Damon

Father
Born c. 1943 Divorced from Damon's mother c. 1973

Gia Damon

Daughter
Born Aug. 20, 2008; mother, Luciana Bozan

Isabella Damon

Daughter
Born June 11, 2006; mother, Luciana Bozan

Kyle Damon

Brother
Born c. 1967

Stella Damon

Daughter
Born Oct. 20, 2010; mother, Luciana Bozan

Claire Danes Actor

Companion
Briefly dated during filming of "The Rainmaker" (1997) No longer together

Minnie Driver Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Good Will Hunting" (1997) No longer together

Winona Ryder Actor

Companion
Introduced by Gwyneth Paltrow at a New Year's Eve party Dec. 31, 1997 Began relationship 1998 Split April 2000

Skylar Statenstein

Companion
Born c. 1961 Statenstein's relationship with Damon was the basis for the "Good Will Hunting" (1997) character Skylar, played by Minnie Driver Later married rock musician Lars Ulrich of Metallica

Odessa Whitmire Actor

Companion
Met when Whitmire worked as a personal assistant to Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck Began dating in 2001 Ended relationship in 2003

EDUCATION

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1988

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1988 - 1991
As of 1998, was two semesters short of completing degree; while still in school, wrote first part of script that eventually became "Good Will Hunting" (1997)

Milestones

2013

Featured in the HBO TV movie "Behind the Candelabra"

2012

Co-wrote screenplay for "Promised Land" with John Krasinski; film based on a story by Dave Eggers and directed by Gus van Sant; also starred as a corporate salesperson

2011

Played a father who moves his family to the countryside to renovate a struggling zoo in "We Bought a Zoo," directed by Cameron Crowe and co-starring Scarlett Johansson

2011

Joined an ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"

2011

Voiced the character of Bill the Krill in the animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"

2011

Starred opposite Emily Blunt in the romantic thriller "The Adjustment Bureau"

2011

Co-starred with Anna Paquin and Mark Ruffalo in "Margaret"; filming began in 2005, but spent five years in post-production

2010

Played Texas Ranger La Boeuf in the Western written and directed by the Coen brothers, "True Grit"

2010

Re-teamed with director Paul Greengrass for the war thriller "Green Zone"

2010

Played an American factory worker who communicates with the dead in "Hereafter," a film written by Peter Morgan and directed by Clint Eastwood

2010

Guest starred as a pilot named Carol on the season finale of "30 Rock," starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin

2009

Portrayed Francois Pienaar, the South African Rugby team captain, opposite Morgan Freeman as former President Mandela in Clint Eastwood's "Invictus"

2009

Portrayed Mark Whitacre, the ADM executive turned whistle-blower in Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant"

2007

Reprised role of Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Ultimatum"

2007

Re-teamed with the original cast for "Ocean's 13"

2007

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2006

Executive produced "Feast" a horror film, which is a result of the third season of the Project Greenlight contest

2006

Cast as a criminal who has infiltrated the police department in Martin Scorsese's mob drama "The Departed"

2006

Portrayed CIA agent Edward Wilson in Robert De Niro's long-anticipated "The Good Shepherd," which recounts the history of the CIA from World War II through its involvement in the Bay of Pigs

2005

Cast as an oil executive in the geopolitical thriller "Syriana," based on the real-life memoirs of CIA agent Robert Baer; produced by George Clooney

2005

Cast in Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm" opposite Heath Ledger

2004

Reprised role of Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Supremacy" based on the Robert Ludlum novel

2004

Returned with the original cast for "Ocean's Twelve," directed by Steven Soderbergh

2003

Co-starred with Greg Kinnear in the comedy "Stuck on You," directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly

2002

With Casey Affleck, co-wrote and co-starred in the Sundance-screened "Gerry"

2002

Guest starred on the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace," playing a heterosexual who poses as a gay man to land a spot in a chorale group

2002

Won lead role of Jason Bourne, a spy with amnesia, in "The Bourne Identity," based on the Robert Ludlum novel

2001

Was an executive producer (with Ben Affleck and others) and appeared in the HBO series "Project Greenlight" which followed the making of the film "Stolen Summer" (2002)

2001

Appeared in the ensemble of "Ocean's Eleven"

2000

LivePlanet sponsored Project Greenlight, an Internet screenwriting competition created in partnership with HBO and Miramax

2000

Portrayed a 1930s golfer in "The Legend of Bagger Vance," directed by Robert Redford

2000

Starred in the film version of "All the Pretty Horses," scripted and directed by Billy Bob Thornton

1999

Co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in "The Talented Mr Ripley," scripted and directed by Anthony Minghella

1999

Reteamed with Affleck to play a pair of renegade angels in Kevin Smith's "Dogma"

1998

Had titular role in Steven Spielberg's WWII drama "Saving Private Ryan"

1998

Played leading role of a reformed gambler in "Rounders"

1997

Starred in "John Grisham's 'The Rainmaker,'" directed by Francis Ford Coppola

1997

Made cameo appearance in "Chasing Amy," starring Affleck and directed by Kevin Smith

1996

Sold script co-written with Ben Affleck, "Good Will Hunting"; Damon and Affleck co-starred in the feature which was released in 1997; received Oscar for Best Original Screenplay; had also been nominated as Best Actor

1996

Landed a supporting role in "Courage Under Fire"

1995

Appeared in the TNT movie "The Good Old Boys," directed by Tommy Lee Jones

1992

Played first prominent screen role in "School Ties," also featuring Affleck

1990

TV acting debut in the TV-movie "Rising Son" (TNT)

1988

Made feature film debut in "Mystic Pizza"; had one line

1981

Met and became friends with Ben Affleck, who lived two blocks away (date approximate)

Lived in a commune-like house in Cambridge with his mother and older brother

Raised in Newton and Cambridge, MA

Acted with the prestigious American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge and with various Harvard theatre groups

With Ben Affleck, formed Pearl Street Productions

Formed LivePlanet with Affleck and producers Sean Bailey and Chris Moore

Bonus Trivia

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"I wasn't looking to become an overpaid sensation...At nineteen I did a TNT movie 'Rising Son' for $25,000. Five years later, after two feature shots, here I was getting $20,000 for another TNT movie 'The Good Old Boys'. Talk about a lesson in humility, somebody was obviously trying to tell me something." – Damon quoted in Details, September 1998

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"It was surreal. 'Surreal' is an overused word. But it's the only way I can describe the whole thing. I had this Stepford-child glaze in my eyes the whole time. When Ben [Affleck] and I went up and we looked at the front row and saw Jack Nicholson and all those guys we revere, we froze. I mean, last year we were in Toronto, filming some 'Good Will Hunting' scenes, watching the awards with Gus [Van Sant], drinking beers and making smart-ass comments. And a year later we're in the front row and Billy Crystal's singing about us!" – Damon quoted in Details, September 1998

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"To me this [celebrity] is all a statement about the power of the media. The press guys who met me last year know I wasn't turning anyone's head then. I hope I'm the same guy. I've been working straight. I haven't had the time to lose my mind yet." – Damon to the Boston Herald, July 21, 1998

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"I wish I could say it was part of some master plan. I was just a guy with my hat in my hand, looking for work." – Damon on his casting in "Saving Private Ryan" to Entertainment Weekly, Sept. 18, 1998

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"I don't have the natural talent to act the same way other people can do it. I'm always looking for every advantage I can get...you want every possible angle covered. So I do a lot of research." – Damon quoted in the San Francisco Examiner, July 19, 1998

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"... it would be harder to go through this without Ben, To see it happen to him makes it more real, too. It's great to be able to talk to him about what's going on because so much of it is weird and trippy and a little unhealthy and creepy." – Damon quoted in the The Boston Globe, July 19, 1998

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"I heard these rumors around Oscar time. The theory is that a certain camp was trying to undermine me and Ben because then they would have a better chance of winning the best screenplay Oscar. As for the rumor, it's insulting. Variety called me about it. I said, 'I don't care. I'm not going to comment on it. Go ask Woody Allen if he wrote his script.' It's offensive, especially since it was so well documented that Ben and I wrote the script." – Damon addressing the rumors that he and Affleck did not really write the script for "Good Will Hunting," quoted in The Chicago Sun-Times, July 19, 1998

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"There's a whole group of us that stick together. It's like Actors Anonymous, and that's important because we all go through the same stuff. It's a life based on rejection, even at its highest level; you're never the first choice so I think it helps to have friends who understand the business. You can talk to them and they know where you're coming from." – Damon quoted in the London Times, Feb. 28, 1998

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"A big shift in my life is not talking about personal things. I was raised in a family [in which] you always talked about whatever issues you were dealing with. My folks felt it was important for inner personal growth.""I've done a 180-degree turn, for I find myself being guarded. It's definitely a transition for me, but I think it's an occupational necessity." – Damon quoted in Daily News, Sept. 6, 1998

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"I think he's right up there with the best actors I've worked with, absolutely. They're all different, of course. But what Matt has shown steadily is the courage to be himself." – stage director David Wheeler (who taught Damon at The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA), quoted in Daily News, March 12, 1998

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"There's something so apple-pie about him. You know he was the best-looking kid in his school, and won all the awards at track and field and dated the most popular girl." – director Anthony Minghella to the London Times, Feb. 28, 1998

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"Matt has the gift and he's a writer in his own right. That gives him something special." – Francis Ford Coppola quoted in the London Times, Feb. 28, 1998

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"We never fancied ourselves writers. And actually, it was a source of embarrassment for us when we sold the script, because a lot of our friends really are writers and can write a lot better than we can, except maybe for dialogue. Writing a script is different, though, because to me it's not really writing. It's acting, is what it is. We still don't call ourselves writers. We just kind of go, 'Well, I guess that worked.'" – Damon quoted in Interview magazine, December 1997

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"I think I probably care too much what people think about me. That’s probably...another reason I’m an actor. It’s not a compliment to myself; it’s just being somebody who wants to be all things to all people, and I actually found a way to do that. It’ll still never happen. It’s something I’m working on." – Damon quoted in Premiere, January 2000

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"When you're famous, you get a lot more credit for simple things. I'm not the nicest guy in the world. I like to think of myself as a nice guy and maybe, compared to these others, I am. Being polite to people and being professional doesn't take much energy." - Damon quoted in USA Today, Dec. 11, 2003

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"This is the most insecure profession. Everyone is on shaky ground, I don't care who they are. Look at all the people who were stars 10 and 20 years ago. Not many of them are around. That doesn't mean you can't act. It just depends on what you're in it for. And if you're in it to be a movie star, you're f***ed. Because no matter who you are, that sh*t will go away, I guarantee you." – Damon to EW, July 23, 2004

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"I can imagine growing old with Ben. My longest relationship with a woman lasted 2 1/2 years, which is short when I consider how long I've been friends with him." – Damon to Brigitte Magazine, November 2004

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"I don't hold myself to some higher standard of behavior. You don't have to do a lot to be seen as nice. I guess some of these people must be such rampant pricks that people are amazed when you say hello. I don't know why people like me, and I don't know if I want to know. That might be the kiss of death." – Damon to Entertainment Weekly, Aug. 3, 2007

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Damon was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2007 by People magazine.

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