Matt Damon Biography

Matt Damon is an actor-screenwriter who received the Best Original Screenplay ‘Academy Award’ for the movie Good Will Hunting. To know more about his childhood, profile, career and timeline read on.

Matt Damon
Quick Facts

Birthday: October 8, 1970

Nationality: American

Famous: Millionaires College Dropouts

Age: 48 Years, 48 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Matthew Paige Damon

Born in: Cambridge

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Luciana Barroso

father: Kent Damon

mother: Nancy Carlsson-Paige

siblings: Kyle Damon

children: Alexia Barroso, Gia Zavala Damon, Isabella Damon, Stella Damon

Personality: ISTJ, ENTJ

Ideology: Democrats

U.S. State: Massachusetts

Founder/Co-Founder:, H2O Africa Foundation, LivePlanet

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education: Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Harvard University, Graham And Parks

Humanitarian Work: Actor associated with organizations such as ‘’.

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Matt Damon is a renowned actor of the American film industry who rose to success slowly and cemented his position in the international cinematic scenario. He had an affinity to acting and used to forgo classes in high school for his involvement in plays. He performed well as an actor and had many plays to his credit even when he was a student. His passion for acting made him drop out from the university and follow his dream of being an actor. He had to struggle initially when he could only manage to get small roles in some films. His major breakthrough was the movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ which became a huge hit. This movie not only had Damon as the protagonist but the screenplay of the movie was also co-written by him and his childhood mate and actor Ben Affleck. This movie was highly acclaimed and his acting too received appreciation from the masses as well as the critics. He even won the ‘Oscar’ along with Affleck for the screenplay of the same movie. The success of the movie ushered him into the film industry and proved that he is here to stay. Ever since he has worked in many high grossing movies, and also turned into a producer. The talented actor also contributes much to philanthropic causes.

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Matt Damon
Childhood & Early Life
  • He was born to Kent Tefler Damon and Nancy Carlson-Paige on 8th October, 1970, in Cambridge city of Massachusetts. He has an elder brother named Kyle Damon. When he was about two-years-old, his parents separated and Matt and his brother lived with their mother henceforth. Matt and actor Ben Affleck have been childhood mates.
  • He did his schooling from institutions such as ‘Cambridge Alternative School’ (now known as ‘Graham and Parks) and ‘Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’. He later enrolled at the ‘Harvard University’ but dropped out in order to chase his dream of becoming an actor.
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  • Before launching into a lead role, Damon played many minor roles in plays such as ‘Burn This Winthrop House’ and ‘A… My Name is Alice’. In 1988, he acted in the film ‘Mystic Pizza’ thus began his acting career in films. However, he only had a single dialogue in the film.
  • During his time at the university, he acted in films such as ‘Rising Son’ and ‘School Ties’. He then left the university without completing his course to star in the movie ‘Geronimo: An American Legend’ in the year 1993.
  • His next project was in the year 1996, when he worked in the movie ‘Courage Under Fire’. His role was appreciated and gave an indication of his potential to the industry.
  • In 1997, he and Ben Affleck together wrote the screenplay for the film ‘Good Will Hunting’. This film was immensely successful and established Damon in the Hollywood industry. He also acted in the film and his performance as well as the screenplay received acclamation.
  • The same year he also acted in films ‘The Rainmaker’ and ‘Chasing Army’. The following year his films named ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Rounders’ were released.
  • During the period 1999-2000, he worked in films such as ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’, ‘Dogma’, ‘Finding Forrester’, ‘All the Pretty Horses’, ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’.
  • The first major success of the year 2001 was the film ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ which earned fame for Damon and then, he also starred in the sequels of this film which are ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’.
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  • In 2002, he played the protagonist Jason Bourne in the movie ‘The Bourne Identity’ and later, worked in its sequels ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ and ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’.
  • He then had movie projects flowing and during the period 2002-06, worked on movies such as ‘Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron’, ‘Stuck on You’, ‘Syriana’, ‘The Brothers Grimm’, ‘The Good Shepherd’, ‘The Departed’.
  • In 2009, he acted in the film ‘The Informant!’ and this film earned him critical acclamations as an actor. The same year, the talented actor worked in the movie ‘Invictus’ in a supporting role and his acting got him nominated in the ‘Academy Award’ for the ‘Best Supporting Actor’.
  • From 2010 to 2014, he acted in the movies such as ‘Green Zone’, ‘Hereafter’, ‘True Grit’, ‘Contagion’, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’, We bought a Zoo’, ‘Elysium’, Behind the Candelabra’, ‘The Monuments Men’, ‘Interstellar’.
  • He has also appeared in some television series such as ‘Saturday Night Live’, ‘Will & Grace’, ‘Arthur’, ‘Entourage’, ‘House of Lies’, and ‘Years of Living Dangerously’. He has also provided voice over for films such as ‘Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea’, ‘Happy Feet Two’ and some advertisements too.
  • His upcoming movies on which he has already started working are ‘The Martian’ and ‘The Great Wall’.
Major Works
  • In the movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ this skilled actor played the lead and even wrote the screenplay along with Ben Affleck. The screenplay was initially an assignment on which Matt had worked and later, this was modified into the screenplay of this movie. He and Ben Affleck shared the ‘Oscar’ for the ‘Best Original Screenplay’.
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  • His another major achievement as an actor was his role as Jason Bourne in the Bourne trilogy.
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Awards & Achievements
  • In 1998, won the ‘Oscar’ for the ‘Best Original Screenplay’ for the film ‘Good Will Hunting’ where he wrote the screenplay together with Ben Affleck.
  • He was awarded a star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in July 2007. The same year ‘People’s’ magazine named him as the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ for that year.
  • In 2013, he was honoured with the ‘Harvard Arts Medal’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In December 2005, he married Luciana Bozán Barroso after a courtship of about two years. The couple is blessed with three daughters Isabella, Stella Zavala and Gia Zavala. Matt also has a step-daughter named Alexia who is Luciana’s daughter from a previous marriage.
  • He is a follower of the American baseball team ‘Boston Red Sox’, and is himself a poker player and participated in many poker competitions.
  • This actor founded the non-profit organization named ‘H2O African Foundation’ which was later merged with the ‘WaterPartners’ organization to form ‘’ foundation. He is associated with many other charitable organizations such as ‘Not On Our Watch Project’, ‘ONE Campaign’. He has also been an ambassador of the foundation ‘ONEXONE’.
  • This famous personality is a follower of the ‘Democratic Party and in the year, 2012 was engaged in a fundraiser show to support Elizabeth Warren who was a candidate of the Democratic Senate.
Net Worth
  • According to certain sources this actor is estimated to have a net worth of $75 million.
  • He co-founded the production companies named ‘LivePlanet’ and ‘Pearl Street Films’.

1. The Departed (2006)

  (Crime, Drama, Thriller)

2. Good Will Hunting (1997)


3. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

  (Drama, War)

4. The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

  (Thriller, Action, Mystery)

5. The Martian (2015)

  (Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi)

6. Interstellar (2014)

  (Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure)

7. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

  (Mystery, Thriller, Action)

8. The Bourne Identity (2002)

  (Mystery, Thriller, Action)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
1998 Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Good Will Hunting (1997)
Golden Globe Awards
2016 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Martian (2015)
1998 Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Good Will Hunting (1997)
People's Choice Awards
2008 Favorite Male Action Star Winner

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