Matt Damon Biography

Matt Damon is a very popular Hollywood actor who has won many awards, including an Oscar for screenwriting for the movie named Good Will Hunting. Matt is known for his movies like The Martian, Behind the Candelbra, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and of course Jason Bourne movies.

Born in Cambridge in Massachusetts on 8 October 1970, Matt Damon made his mark in Hollywood in 1997 with his film Good Will Hunting in which he acted alongside Ben Affleck. Matt even wrote the script of this movie. Matt and Ben won an Oscar for their writing effort in this movie. Damon has worked in many different movies that include Bourne trilogy and the series called Ocean’s Eleven. Some of his other popular movies have been Behind the Candelbra, The Adjustment Bureau, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and of course The Martian, as major hit at box office that went on to win Golden Globe award. Ridley Scott directed this movie.

The formative years
Born as Matthew Paige Damon to Kent and Nancy Damon, Matt was younger of two sons. His father had a business in real estate and finance while his mother was a teacher in toddler education. Matt was born on 8 October 1970 in Cambridge and his parents got divorced when he was a small kid. Matt made a friend at the age of 10 who became his best buddy. This boy who lived two blocks away from his home was none other than Ben Affleck, the heartthrob of millions of girls in present times. The duo played Dungeons & Dragon s for hours together while they also played a lot of baseball. Both of them happened to be big fans of their favorite team Boston Red Sox. Matt and Ben also saw lots of double feature in theaters together. Both went to a High School named Cambridge Rindge & Latin School that has produced some famous personalities like E. E. Cummings, Patrick Ewing, and Leroy Anderson. It was while studying in this High School that Damon became interested in acting.

Hitting the limelight
Matt Damon left his course in English language at Harvard midway as he wanted to focus upon his career in acting. His debut film was Mystic Pizza released in 1988. He did this movie when he was only 18. It took him almost a decade to get meaty roles by the did not look back once he tasted success with movies like The Rainmaker (1997) and Good Will Hunting that was released in 1997. Damon shred an Oscar for the script of this movie that he shared with Ben Affleck, who acted alongside him. He was seen as a janitor who is also a mathematician in Hunting, a movie that was directed by Gus Van Sant. Robin Williams played the character for the mentor of this mathematician, and he got an Oscar Award for his brilliant performance.

Matt Damon had some wonderful projects in his hand at the end of the last millennium and he continued in the same vain in the next millennium as well. If he was seen in powerful roles in movies like Saving Private Ryan (1998) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) in the last millennium, he continue his good work in the new millennium with movies like The Bourne Identity (2002) and then with its sequels called The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum in the year 2007. Bourne Ultimatum was a big budget movie having been made in $110 million. But it became the largest opening weekend grosser in history, earning more than $70 million at box office in Canada and US combined. This record remained intact till 2014 when it was broken by the collection of Guardians of Galaxy.

In 2008, Damon was seen in a music video alongside Sarah Silverman, a comedian. This video became very popular and got Matt a lot of attention from the media. Sarah, who was then girlfriend of Jimmy Kimmel, a late night show host, played a very sexy role in this music video. Interestingly, the clip of this song video was played during Kimmel’s show and it became viral on the net. Video gags showing fake feud between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel have been doing rounds on internet since then.

Matt Damon played the character of legendary rugby player Francois Pienaar in Invictus, a South African movie that was directed by none other than Clint Eastwood. This film had Morgan Freeman performing the role of Nelson Mandela. Invictus got Damon a nomination for the Oscar Award. Damon also played good roles in movies like Departed and The True Grit. He also acted in a thriller named Green Zone in the year 2010 but this movie did not do too well at box office. The same year, Damon once again played a role in Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter. In 2011, Matt Damon was seen playing the character of a politician who romances Emily Blunt in a movie called The Adjustment Bureau.

The Martian and playing Liberace
Matt Damon has earned a reputation of a versatile actor who takes up diverse projects. He played a family character in a comedy titled We Bought a Zoo in 2011. At the same time he was seen in a drama movie Promised Land in 2012 where his co star was John Krasinski. Then came the real highlight of his career when he portrayed the character of Scott Thorson, boyfriend of Liberace in a biopic movie titled Behind the Candelbra. This movie was released in 2013 and Damon got a chance to work with thespian Michael Douglas. Ironically, it was Douglas who won both the Emmy as well as Golden Globe whereas Damon had to remain content with nominations for both these awards.

Damon got a chance to work with another legend, Jodie Foster in a movie called Elyslum in the year 2013. This was a sci-fi movie an d he repeated the genre with The Zero Theorem in the same year. The next year, Matt Damon worked in a war drama titled The Monuments. This time he got a chance to work with another legend, George Clooney. Next, it was the turn of his buddy with whom Damon was seen in a television series called Incorporated. This series was made under the banner of his production company called Pearl Street Films. Matt next worked in a series called Project Greenlight which was a documentary made for HBO.

In the Fall of 2015, The Martian was released. Director of this movie was Ridley Scott and Matt Damon worked along with stars like Chiwetel Ejiofor and Jessica Chastain. In this movie based upon a novel written by Andy Weir, Matt played the character of an astronaut who finds himself stuck on planet Mars alone while serious efforts are being made from earth to rescue him. This movie was a huge hit on the box office and it also earned critical acclaim. It was not just the movie but also Matt Damon who received Golden Globe for his performance. The Martian earned nearly $600 million at the box office across the world. Damon also got a nomination for Academy Award for his role in this movie.

Life at the personal front
Matt Damon is married to Luciana Bozan Barroso, a girl from Argentina who met her as a bartender while he was shooting for his film called Stuck On You. The couple met for the first time in Miami and tied nuptial knot in New York in the year 2005. Matt Damon has three daughters from his wife. Isabella, his first daughter, was born on 11 June in 2006. Gia Zavala, the 2nd daughter, was born on 20 August 2008. Stella Zavala, the third daughter of the couple was born on 20 October 2010. There is also Alexa, Matt’s stepdaughter who was born to Barroso from her previous marriage.

People magazine named Matt Damon The Sexiest Man Alive in the year 2007. This document was written for art creation forever. com. Matt Damon was greatly surprised and jokingly said that this was a handiwork of his buddies Brad Pitt and George Clooney, both of whom had won this title twice each. He said that both his friends campaigned for him that finally paid off and he was chosen as the sexiest man on earth. He thanked the magazine for this honor and added that they had given a big boost to the ego of an aging dad living in the suburbs. Damon also said that he was happy because her 9 year old daughter thinks that his dad is super

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