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: 10/08/1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (109)

The Great Wall 2017 (Movie)

(Actor)

Guys Choice 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Jason Bourne 2016 (Movie)

Jason Bourne (Actor)

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

Himself

The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

Years of Living Dangerously 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

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)

The Zero Theorem 2014 (Movie)

Management (Actor)

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

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)

The Daily Show 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

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)

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)

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 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)

Presenter

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)

Presenter

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 (13)

Incorporated 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Jason Bourne 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

Manchester By The Sea 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Leisure Class 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

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)
Writer (3)

Promised Land 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gerry 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
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)

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 Assistant

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

2015

Played a stranded astronaut in "The Martian."

2014

Appeared in the Christopher Nolan science fiction film "Interstellar."

2013

Featured in the HBO TV movie "Behind the Candelabra."

2012

Starred in and co-wrote the screenplay for "Promised Land" with John Krasinski, a film based on a story by Dave Eggers and directed by Gus van Sant.

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

Co-starred with Anna Paquin and Mark Ruffalo in the film "Margaret"; which would spend five years in post-production.

2011

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

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."

2010

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

2010

Began a recurring role as Liz Lemon's airline pilot love interest on the sitcom "30 Rock."

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

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

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

Re-teamed with his franchise castmates for "Ocean's 13."

2007

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2007

Reprised role of Jason Bourne for "The Bourne Ultimatum."

2006

Portrayed a crooked police officer in Martin Scorsese's acclaimed crime drama "The Departed."

2006

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

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

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

2005

Was cast in Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm" opposite Heath Ledger.

2004

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

2004

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

2003

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

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

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

2002

Won the lead role of Jason Bourne in the massively popular espionage thriller in "The Bourne Identity," based on the Robert Ludlum novel.

2001

Appeared in the ensemble film "Ocean's Eleven."

2001

Appeared on and acted as executive producer with Ben Affleck and others in the HBO series "Project Greenlight" which followed the making of the film "Stolen Summer."

2000

Sponsored Project Greenlight, an Internet screenwriting competition created in partnership with HBO and Miramax.

2000

Starred in the film version of the Cormac McCarthy novel <i>All the Pretty Horses</i>, scripted and directed by Billy Bob Thornton.

2000

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

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

Played the titular role in Steven Spielberg's WWII drama "Saving Private Ryan."

1998

Played the leading role of a reformed gambler in "Rounders."

1997

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

1997

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

1996

Landed a deal to co-star with Ben Affleck in a script the two co-wrote, "Good Will Hunting," which received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

1996

Landed a supporting role in "Courage Under Fire."

1992

Played his first prominent screen role in the movie "School Ties," also featuring his friend Ben Affleck.

1990

Made his TV acting debut in the TV-movie "Rising Son."

1988

Made his feature film debut with a one-line role in "Mystic Pizza."

Bonus Trivia

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Grew up in a six-family communal house with his mother and brother.

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Acted with the prestigious American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge.

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

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Attended Harvard University but dropped out to appear in the movie "School Ties."

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Met friend and creative partner Ben Affleck while they were both attending Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Has a production company he co-founded with Ben Affleck, Pearl Street Productions.

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