Matt Damon

Matt Damon

A versatile American actor Matthew Paige “Matt” Damon  was born on  October 8, 1970. He was Born to Kent Damon, a stockbroker, realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige. He was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor.

Damon attended Harvard University, where he was a resident of Lowell House (Harvard College) and a member of the class of 1992, but left before receiving his degree to take a lead role in the film Geronimo: An American Legend. While at Harvard, he wrote an early treatment of the screenplay for Good Will Hunting as an exercise for an English class. Damon was a member of the Delphic Club, one of the University’s select Final Clubs. In 2013, he was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal. Damon began his acting career by appearing in high school theater productions and he made his professional acting debut in the film Mystic Pizza in the year 1998. His role in “Good Will Hunting” alongside Ben Affleck earned him prominence in 1997. This role also won them the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay, and earned Damon a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. To name his most loved role are  his roles as the eponymous character in Saving Private Ryan (1998), the antihero in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), a fallen angel in Dogma (1999), an energy analyst in Syriana (2005), and an Irish-American criminal in The Departed (2006).
Damon is also known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise (2002–16) and as a con man in the Ocean’s Trilogy (2001–07). For his supporting role as the rugby player Francois Pienaar in Invictus (2009) and his leading role as an astronaut stranded on Mars in The Martian (2015), Damon received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively. The latter also won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Damon has received Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of Scott Thorson in the biopic Behind the Candelabra (2013) and for producing the reality series Project Greenlight. Apart from his acting, other facet of his career are film producer and screenwriter.

Damon dated  Minnie Driver, Winona Ryder,  Odessa Whitmire. Damon met Argentine Luciana Bozán Barroso in April 2003, while filming Stuck on You in Miami. They became engaged in September 2005, and married in a private civil ceremony on December 9, 2005, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. The couple has three daughters: Isabella who was born on 2006), Gia Zavala born on 2008 and Stella Zavala born on 2010. He also has a stepdaughter, Alexia Barroso born on 1998, from Luciana’s previous marriage. Since 2012, they have lived in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, having previously lived in Miami and New York.

He has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, and Water.org. Damon is a board member of Tonic Mailstopper (formerly Green Dimes), a company that attempts to halt junk mail delivered to American homes each day.

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