Paige Damon on October 8, 1970, the future Oscar winner grew up
in a well-to-do household in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he
later met a lifelong friend, Ben
Affleck, who lived down the street.
accepted at Harvard University, Damon eventually dropped out to
pursue a career in acting, although he held on to a completed
assignment he wrote for a college English class - a screenplay
which would eventually become the basis for his first major hit,
Good Will Hunting.
Hollywood break came with a bit part in Mystic Pizza in
1988 featuring a relatively unknown actress, Julia
to struggle for good roles when he contacted Affleck to dust off
his old screenplay for a shot at making it into a film. After
hawking the idea around Hollywood, the two young actors eventually
got a call from Miramax who not only showed interest, but eventually
secured Gus Van Sant to direct and Robin Williams to co-star.
And the rest, as they say, is Hollywood history.
With an Oscar
for both Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay, Damon's acting
days in Hollywood were now secure. Next came a starring role in
Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, and in successive
years was featured in lead performances in The Talented Mr.
Ripley with Jude
Law and in 1999 reunited with Ben Affleck in the dark comedy hit,
Matt Damon's most memorable performances have included his breakthrough role in Good Will Hunting; in
Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan; and as Jason Bourne in the Bourne thriller movie franchise.
credits have also included The Legend of Beggar Vance;
All the Pretty Horses; the remake of the 60's classic,
Oceans 11; and the hit espionage thriller, The Bourne
Identity. Damon went
on to star in two blockbuster sequels, The
Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. He has also
reprised his role in the "Oceans" franchise alongside George
Clooney and Brad
Since then, Damon's movie roles have also included a comedic turn in The Informant!, (2009) as a South African football team captain in Invictus, (2009) and a rogue army officer in The Green Zone (2010). He also starred opposite Jeff Bridges in True Grit; as a psychic in The Hereafter in 2010; and in We Bought a Zoo (2011) opposite actress Scarlett Johansson.
Recent performances have resulted in critical acclaim for his starring role in the dystopian thriller, Elysium and on the small screen for his performance in the HBO movie "Behind the Candelabra" opposite Michael Douglas. His latest film project in 2015, Martian, has the film starring in the role of an astronaut stranded alone on a NASA mission to Mars.
Damon married girlfriend, Luciana
Barroso, in 2005. It was Damon's first marriage and Barroso's
gave birth to the couple's
first child, Isabella, in June, 2006.