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Birthday: October 8, 1970
Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5' 1"
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| Going from obscure actor to Hollywood golden boy in just a handful of years, Matt Damon became an instant sensation when he co-wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting. With his Best Original Screenplay Oscar (shared by co-writer and co-star Ben Affleck), he was ensured a place on the Hollywood "It" boy roster.A product of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was born on October 8, 1970, Damon grew up in prosperous surroundings with his tax preparer father, college professor mother, and older brother. At the age of ten, he made the acquaintance of one Ben Affleck, a boy two years his junior who lived down the street. The two became best friends and professional collaborators. Educated at Cambridge's Rindge and Latin School, Damon was accepted at Harvard University, where he studied for three years before dropping out to pursue his acting career. During his time there, he had to write a screenplay for an English class: it went unfinished, but it would later be dusted off and turned into Good Will Hunting. Arriving in Hollywood, Damon got his first break with a one-scene part in Mystic Pizza (1988). However, his film career failed to take off, and it was not until 1992, when he had a starring role in School Ties, that he was again visible to movie audiences. As the film was a relative failure, Damon's substantial role failed to win him notice, and he was back to laboring in obscurity. It was around this time, fed up with his Hollywood struggles, that Damon contacted Affleck, and the two finished writing the former's neglected screenplay and began trying to get it made into a film. It was eventually picked up by Miramax, with Gus Van Sant slated to direct and Robin Williams secured in a major role. Before Good Will Hunting was released in 1997, Damon won some measure of recognition for his role as a drug-addicted soldier in Courage Under Fire; various industry observers praised his performance and his dedication to the part, for which he lost forty pounds and suffered resulting health problems. Any praise Damon may have received, however, was overshadowed the following year by the accolades he garnered for Good Will Hunting. His Oscar win and strong performance in the film virtually guaranteed industry adulation and steady employment, something that was made readily apparent the following year with lead roles in two major films. The first, John Dahl's Rounders, cast Damon as a former card shark trying to make good, despite the temptations posed by his ne'er-do-well buddy (Edward Norton). Despite a name cast and preliminary hype, however, the film proved a relative critical and financial disappointment. The same could not be said of Damon's second film that year, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. As Ryan's title character, Damon headlined an all-star line-up and received part of the lavish praise heaped on the film and its strong ensemble cast. The following year, Damon further increased his profile with leads in two more highly anticipated films, Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley and Kevin Smith's Dogma. The former cast the actor against type as the title character, a psychotic bisexual murderer, and featured him as part of an improbably blonde and photogenic cast that included Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Dogma also allowed Damon to go against his nice-guy persona by casting him as a fallen angel. One of the year's more controversial films, it reunited him with Affleck, as well as Smith, who had cast Damon in a bit role in his 1997 film, Chasing Amy. Taking a break from psychosis and religious satire, Damon next turned-up in notable performances in a pair of low-grossing, low-key dramas, The Legend of Beggar Vance and All the Pretty Horses (both 2000), before appearing in director Steven Soderbergh's blockbuster remake of the Rat Pack classic Oceans 11 the following year.2002 found the actor vacillating between earnest indie projects and major Hollywood releases, both behind and in front of the camera. First up was Damon's mentoring of neophyte filmmaker Chris Smith in the Miramax-sponsored Project Greenlight, a screenplay sweepstakes in which in the (arguably) lucky winner got the chance to make a feature film and have the process recorded for all to see on an HBO reality series of the same name. Damon's common-sense presence helped make the show a must-see, even if his protege's film — the critically-reviled coming-of-age film Stolen Summer — died a swift death at the box office. Damon had better luck at the summer box office, starring in director Doug Liman's jet-setting espionage thriller The Bourne Identity. Though many expected the film to be overshadowed by his old buddy Affleck's less-edgy The Sum of All Fears - which was released just two weeks prior — Damon proved once again that he could open a film with just as much star power as his best friend and colleague. Better yet, Bourne reinforced Damon's standings with the critics, who found his performance understated and believable.Critics took notice of a disparaging ilk, however, when they caught a glimpse of Damon's reunion project with Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant, the curiously-styled Gerry. Premiering not long after Stolen Summer at the 2002 Sundance Festival, Van Sant's latest dip into the shallow end of the avant-garde pool featured Damon as Gerry, a mostly-silent young man who gets lost in the desert with another mostly-silent young man, played by Casey Affleck, who also happens to be named Gerry. The improvisational film made little impact on festival audiences, but the star's name was enough to ensure it a limited release that fall.The next year, Damon starred opposite Greg Kinnear in the Farrelly Brothers' Stuck On You. Tackling the touchy subject of conjoined twins in a broad comedy, the film was a hit with audiences and garnered positive reviews from critics. Switching gears in 2004, Damon returned to the role of Jason Bourne for the sequel The Bourne Supremacy. When the film opened at number one, it served as proof of Damon's continued clout with audiences. Later that same year, he was reunited with Brad Pitt and George Clooney for the big-budget neo-rat pack sequel Ocean's Twelve. 2005 saw the actor maintaining a mostly low profile, as he made starring appearances in only two films: The Brothers Grimm and Syriana.
- Announced that he and Winona Ryder had broken up. They had been dating since New Year's Eve 1997. [May 2000]
- Played in ,000 buy-in Texas Hold 'Em tournament at the 1998 World Series of Poker (www.wsop.com) in Las Vegas. He was knocked out in the first day by poker legend Doyle Brunson; Damon had kings, Brunson aces.
- Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world. 
- Dropped 40 pounds for his role as a Gulf War vet in Courage Under Fire (1996).
- His parents divorced when he was two and he spent part of his childhood in a commune in Boston with his mother, a specialist in child education.
- Dropped out of Harvard 12 credits short of graduating to pursue his acting career.
- To perfect his Southern accent to play the part of Rudy Baylor in The Rainmaker (1997), he bartended in Knoxville, Tennessee for free. Later he hired one of the customers to serve as his dialect coach.
- Auditioned for a role in To Die For (1995), Joaquin Phoenix later got that role.
- Audtioned for a role in Primal Fear (1996); Edward Norton got the role instead. They starred together two years later in Rounders (1998).
- Both he and Ben Affleck worked as extras on the film Field of Dreams (1989). At one point during the shoot, Matt hopped on down to Boston's Fenway Park to take some blades of grass as mementos for his father.
- Turned down the lead role in The Quick and the Dead (1995). Leonardo DiCaprio ended up with the role.
- During an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986), he announced that he and Minnie Driver broke up, even before telling her in person, just before the Oscars. Minnie found out on air.
- Turned down the lead role in The Majestic (2001)
- When his baby nephew cries he sings "Afternoon Delight" for him
- Was named as one of E!'s "25 Most Eligible Bachelors" in June, 2002.
- While promoting The Bourne Identity (2002) on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), he mentioned that he was an extra (along with Ben Affleck) in the film Field of Dreams (1989).
- His grandfather is Finnish
- Shaved his head for the movie The Brothers Grimm (2005) (to assist in the wearing of a wig for that role). The shaved head was shown in the movie EuroTrip (2004), which was filmed in Prague at the same time.
- Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy (2004).
- Had a cameo as a waiter in the film The Sum of All Fears (2002), but it was cut from the final film.
- Is the real-life best friend of Ben Affleck. Each has starred together or had cameos in some of the other's films.
- Has starred in 8 movies where the title contains some part of his character's name in that movie: Good Will Hunting (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Gerry (2002), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), The Bourne Identity (2002), and The Bourne Supremacy (2004). One more movie in this style - The Brothers Grimm (2005) - is still to be released. Also in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), the third in the Bourne series, the role was just announced.
- While promoting The Bourne Supremacy (2004) on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), he revealed that when he was a college freshman his agent from a "ma and pa agency" inadvertently sent him and Ben Affleck to an audition for "The Mickey Mouse Club." They were under the impression that they were going to meet the head of Touchstone Pictures.
- His uncle, George Brunstad, swam the English Channel on 29 August 2004 at the age of 70 and he completed the 21 mile swim in 15 hours and 59 minutes. Thus, making him the new world record holder as the oldest person to complete the swim. In the process Mr. Brunstad raised ,000 for a Haitian children's group.
- Quit smoking after visiting a hypnotist in L.A.
- Grew up next door to radical historian Howard Zinn. Damon references Zinn's seminal work "A People's History of the United States" as Will in Good Will Hunting (1997).
- In 1998, formed Pearl Street Productions, with Ben Affleck and Chris Moore.
- Father Kent Damon was a Realtor and former stockbroker. Mother Nancy Carlsson-Paige was a college professor. They divorced in 1973. His brother Kyle was born in 1967, and is a sculptor.
- Lost 30 pounds for his role in the film The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).
- Learned to play piano for the film The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).
- Son of Nancy Carlsson-Paige and Kent Damon.
- Was considered for the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in _Daredevil (2003)_ . The role eventually went to his best friend Ben Affleck.
- Engaged to Luciana (Barroso) Bozan [September 5, 2005].
- One of his first movie roles was a one line part in Mystic Pizza (1988) starring Julia Roberts. Later, he starred with Roberts in Ocean's Eleven (2001).
- After a notable weight gain for _Stuck On You (2003)_ , he lost 22 pounds training for The Bourne Supremacy (2004), eventually having six pack abs.
- Born on the same day as Sigourney Weaver, Kristanna Loken and Nick Cannon.
- Had never made a sequel until he made _Ocean's Twelve_ (2004) and _The Bourne Supremacy_ (2004) in the same year.
- Became step-father to Barroso's daughter, Alexia (born 1998), when he married Luciana on December 9, 2005
- His wife, Luciana Barroso, was born in Argentina
- Met his wife, Luciana Barroso, while he was filming _Stuck On You (2003)_ in Florida.
- Daughter, Isabella Damon, born June 11, 2006 in Miami, Florida & weighed in at 7 lbs. 7oz.
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