Matt Damon

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Matt Damon

Born

10/8/1970, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Birth Name

Matthew Paige Damon

Gender

Male
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Matt hails from Boston, MA. He grew up there, and was even accepted the prestigious Harvard University. He is best known for his roles in hit movies Good Will Hunting and The Bourne Identity. Matt's best friend is fellow actor and Massachusetts-born Ben Affleck. While filming Stuck onmore

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  • Trivia

    • In April 2010, Matt's rep confirmed his wife is expecting a fourth child due in the fall.

    • Matt married Argentine born Luciana Bozan Barroso, in a private civil ceremony on December 9, 2005, at New York City Hall. The two met in Miami, in 2003 where Luciana was a bartender. They have two daughters together, Isabella Damon, born June 11, 2006 and Gia Zavala Damon, born August 20, 2008 both born in Miami, Florida. Lucinda also has a daughter, Alexia (born in 1998), from her first marriage.

    • Matt turned down the role of Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight.

    • Matt has been nominated for four SAG awards. In 1998 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Good Will Hunting. In 1999 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for Saving Private Ryan. In 2007 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for The Departed.

    • Matt has been nominated for three Golden Globe awards. In 1998, he won the award for Best Screenplay-Motion Picture, and was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for Good Will Hunting. In 2000 he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama for The Talented Mr. Ripley.

    • Matt has been nominated for three Emmy awards for his show Project Greenlight. In 2002, 2004 and 2005 the show was nominated for Outstanding Reality Program.

    • Matt was named Sexiest Man Alive of 2007 by People magazine.

    • Matt was listed at #52 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 of 2007.

    • On June 6th 2007, Matt left his hand and feet prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

    • As part of Matt's research for his role in the film The Departed, it was organized for him to ride with police on a drug bust.

    • Matt learned to play a few songs on piano for The Talented Mr. Ripley.

    • Matt founded Project Greenlight with Affleck to find and fund worthwhile film projects from novice filmmakers.

    • Matt lost so much weight for Courage Under Fire, he nearly died. He was trying to look emaciated for the role because his character was a heroin addict.

    • Matt said his strangest encounter was with a girl who told him she never really thought much of him as an actor... never really thought he was good looking... until she saw The Bourne Identity and found herself touching herself!

    • Matt is good friends with Ben Affleck, Rory Cochrane, and Matthew McConaughey.

    • Matt was unable to attend best friend Ben Affleck's wedding to Jennifer Garner due to the short notice, but he didn't forget to send a gift! He sent them a check for an undisclosed amount. A few years ago, Matt and Ben made a wager on who would get married first; bachelor Matt has to pay off the bet!

    • Matt attended the Brothers Grimm premiere with longtime buddy Ben Affleck (August 8, 2005).

    • Matt got knocked out at his very first job at age 13, in which he had to ice skate. Why'd he fall? He didn't know how to skate!

    • Matt won an Oscar for "Best Original Screenplay" with his best friend Ben Affleck for their movie Good Will Hunting. That same year he was nominated for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for the movie.

    • Matt perfected his Southern accent for The Rainmaker by working as a bartender in Knoxville, Tennessee for free. He even hired one of the customers to serve as his dialect coach.

    • Matt was able to quit smoking after working with a hypnotist in Los Angeles.

    • When Matt's baby nephew cries he sings "Afternoon Delight" for him.

    • Matt's favorite baseball team is his hometown team--the Boston Red Sox.

    • Matt attended elementary school in Cambridge.

    • Matt went to high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

    • Matt shaved his head for both Eurotrip and Saving Private Ryan.

    • Matt was so anxious to become an actor, he dropped out of Harvard just 12 credits short of graduating to head to Los Angeles.

    • Matt is five feet nine and a half inches.

  • Quotes

    • Matt: (on the character James Bond) He's repulsive. Bond is an imperialist, misogynist, sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. The movies have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they are doing and they're going to keep doing it.

    • Matt: (on his daughter Isabella) Right now, she kind of sounds like a crow. She kind of goes like 'caw, caw! I'm trying to figure out what's going on in her head.

    • Matt: (on gaining weight for the movie "The Informant") I just stopped working out and basically just ate whatever I wanted. I ate a lot of In-N-Out, a lot of burgers, drank a lot of beer and basically had a great time.

    • Matt: (joking about the Bourne trilogy) "Bourne the musical." That was my suggestion. I think you have to kind of change the genre. It's either got to be porn or a musical to re-ignite the franchise.

    • Matt: (on kissing good friend, Angelina Jolie, in "The Good Shepherd") It's a little bit like kissing your sister. Even though you have a really hot sister, it's still a little awkward.

    • Matt: (on doing love scenes with Angelina Jolie in "The Good Shepherd") Doing a love scene with the girlfriend of a good friend is weird. We all know each other.

    • Matt: (Damon says giving journalists exclusives does nothing for his career) I'm actively trying to get away from the over-exposure that happened eight years ago. The only thing a celebrity can do in one of these articles is hurt their own career. If I give you a really good interview, am I going to get a movie out of it? F**k no. So what's the argument for saying anything, unless you have this rampaging need to please?

    • Matt: (on who has given him the best advice about Hollywood) Mickey Rourke. He sat me down and said, 'Don't mouth off to people in Hollywood, like I did. You gotta be on time and disciplined. I fucking blew it.' It still sticks with me at the end of a long day of rehearsals--or doing one more interview!

    • Matt: I want to do is a character-driven porn movie. It's all going to be about characters, and the porn's gonna grow all out of the character's and it's going to serve as character development.

    • Matt: (on working with Jack Nicholson) I have a lot of funny stories, but I like this one. Marty [Martin Scorsese, director] called me up and said, 'Jack had some ideas for your scene tomorrow. He's going to wear a dildo.' So I thought, 'Uh, okay.' I thought he was joking, but he actually did! I was impressed at how obscene he was willing to be. With Jack, you expect the unexpected.

    • Matt: (on attending a real drug bust as research for "The Departed") When we were in the crack house I was scared. I'm sure I was in no real danger and they brought twice as many cops as they usually do. I was in the back of the line, so I had my bullet proof vest on, standing there going, 'Well, what am I doing here?' And I didn't go in until they cleared the house, but I got to see them do it.

    • Matt: (on attending a real drug bust as research for "The Departed") I said to the cops, 'Have you ever seen the movie The Hard Way with Michael J. Fox?' That was what I thought I'd do. 'Hey! I got a gun?' They're like, 'Absolutely not. Shut up!'

    • Matt: I think you can control the effect that fame has on your life by the way you choose to live... Not dating a celebrity is big.

    • Matt: (on being typecast) I never wanted to do the same kind of movies over and over anyway, so my theory on it all is I'm just gonna try and dodge the label and keep doing what I am doing.

    • Matt: As for poker, I've stayed away from that, even though when I was in 'Vegas for Ocean's Eleven, I would get accosted by these guys begging me to play. They just want to take my money. They see me, think "actor" and see some easy money.

    • Matt: (on being a struggling actor) I think it's still hard for me to turn down work if it's really good because for so many years I was so desperate to get a job and couldn't and so it's kind of an anathema for me to turn down work.

    • Matt: Eventually stardom is going to go away from me. It goes away from everybody and all you have in the end is to be able to look back and like the choices you made.

    • Matt: Right before The Bourne Identity came out, I hadn't been offered a movie in a year. Because The Legend of Bagger Vance had come out and bombed and All the Pretty Horses had come out and bombed.

    • Matt: Success is not something I've wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that's true, big-time success. If not, it's much ado about nothing.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The perfect actor/person/writter/director.

    10
    Love his acting. Love how he married out of hollywood. Funny.
  • Action Packed Actor

    9.5
    This default picture TV.com has of Matt cracks me up for a few reasons- it shows his seriousness, his stern face, his about to woop your tail-face, and just how you see him on your tv and on movie screen. I have to agree with everyone, he was literally made to act for Bourne... hands down the best series of films I've seen him in yet, he's really hardworking and a devotive fighter of an actor in war movies too. I like his strong presence, his passion for his role playing, and all the movies he chooses to take part of... it kind of defines his individuality as a true actor... something that is hard to replicate. He is commanding, funny, a lover, a fighter, and just a great actor!moreless
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