Matt Damon
American actor, screenwriter, and producer
Matt Damon
Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and philanthropist whose career was launched following the success of the film Good Will Hunting (1997) from a screenplay he co-wrote with friend Ben Affleck. The pair won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for their work.
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Asian Twitter Hilariously 'Thanks' Matt Damon For Saving China In 'The Great Wall'
Huffington Post - 2 days
Asians on the internet made it known that they thought the casting for the film “The Great Wall” was a great big mistake. And they were very snarky about it.  This week, people took to Twitter to throw shade at Matt Damon for his lead role in the movie. They trolled the actor by sarcastically thanking him for “saving China” through the trending hashtag #ThankYouMattDamon.  THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU'VE DONE TO SAVE THE CHINESE PEOPLE, MATT DAMON. #THEGREATWALL pic.twitter.com/o4WlEHtAma — Jenny Yang (@jennyyangtv) February 16, 2017 In the movie, which hits theaters on Friday, Damon and Pedro Pascal play mercenaries who stumble into the Great Wall and get involved in a battle between Chinese warriors and supernatural monsters.  Because Damon plays one of the heroes, and his face has been splashed across promotional posters, “The Great Wall” has drawn an outpouring of criticism. People have accused the movie of perpetuating the white savior trope.  The Ne ...
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'The Great Wall' Review: Keeping Monsters at Bay
Wall Street Journal - 3 days
Matt Damon stars in this medieval saga as a sharp-eyed European archer helping Chinese soldiers defend against zombified beasts.
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Matt Damon's 'The Great Wall' crumbles in epic fashion
LATimes - 3 days
"The Great Wall" is poised to take a great fall, creating the kind of mess not seen since Humpty Dumpty sat on a similar structure. All the king's horses and all the king's men (and there are a lot of them here) won't be able to put this snore of a movie together again. Starring Matt Damon, the...
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Matt Damon defends 'The Great Wall' against claims of whitewashing
ABC News - 3 days
"It's this crazy monster movie," he told ABC News.
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Film Clip: 'The Great Wall'
Wall Street Journal - 4 days
Watch a film clip from "The Great Wall," starring Matt Damon, Tian Jing, and Willem Dafoe. Photo: Universal
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Matt Damon: George and Amal Clooney 'Will be awesome parents'
CNN - 9 days
George and Amal Clooney are expecting twins.
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Matt Damon Crashes 'Kimmel' Dressed as Tom Brady
ABC News - 12 days
You had to know this would happen.
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Matt Damon says he’ll pitch clean water to Trump
CBS News - 27 days
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The Movies Obama Used To Explain The World (And Himself)
Huffington Post - about 1 month
When asked to name his favorite movies in a 2008 interview, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was unabashed in expressing his love for the big screen.  “I’m a movie guy,” Obama said. “I can rattle off a bunch of movies.” As a candidate, Obama stuck to the classics: “The Godfather” Parts I and II (”III, not so much,” he correctly noted), “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Casablanca” because, “you know.” As president, Obama’s breadth of pop culture consumption and his role as pop culture tastemaker and influencer did not go unnoticed. He embraced the big and the small, highbrow and lowbrow, old and new.  For pop culture junkies, it was fun to see the president of the United States dive into all forms of popular culture, voraciously consuming it, talking about it and engaging with it ― but, above all, showing an acute awareness of how it both influences and reflects American society and provides a common language. Throughout his presidency, Obama often used ...
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The 'Stranger Things' Kids Took Selfies With ALL The Stars At The Golden Globes
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The youngest cast members of “Stranger Things” are A-list stars in their own right. But even they couldn’t resist being star-struck during Sunday’s 2017 Golden Globe Awards. Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the beloved Eleven in the Golden Globe-nominated Netflix show, took full advantage of her own star power to get the most epic collection of celebrity selfies during the awards weekend. She snagged photos with more than 30 stars in the past few days, including Pharrell Williams, Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Jonah Hill, Priyanka Chopra, Ryan Gosling, two of the three Jonas brothers and Blake Lively, to name a few. We’re not sure who’s more lucky ― Brown or the celebs who had the opportunity to take a picture with the talented 12-year-old? this has been the most incredible and overwhelming few days of my life! I cannot believe I had the chance to meet these amazing actors. Congratulations to all the winners last night and a special shoutout to @thecrownnetflix bringing ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Damon
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 45
    Having not returned for the fourth film in the Bourne film series, Damon reprised his role in 2016's Jason Bourne, reuniting with Paul Greengrass.
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  • 2014
    Age 43
    In 2014, Damon appeared as a celebrity correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously.
    More Details Hide Details He played the main character, astronaut Mark Watney, in Ridley Scott's The Martian (2015), based on Andy Weir's best-selling novel of the same name, a role that earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and his second Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
    In 2014, he starred in George Clooney's The Monuments Men, and played the minor role of scientist Dr. Mann, in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.
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  • 2013
    Age 42
    On January 24, 2013, Damon took over his show and mentioned the long-standing feud and having been bumped from years of shows.
    More Details Hide Details It involved celebrities who were previously involved in the "feud", including Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, and Sarah Silverman. Damon appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews in December 2006, and while discussing the ongoing war in Iraq, expressed concern about inequities across socioeconomic classes with regard to who in the United States is tasked with the responsibility of fighting wars. Damon is a supporter of the Democratic Party, and has made several critical statements against Republican Party figures, but has also expressed his disillusionment with the policies of President Barack Obama. In 2012 Damon, Ben Affleck, and John Krasinski hosted a fundraiser for Democratic Senate nominee Elizabeth Warren.
    Damon also provided voice-over for United Airlines's resurrected "Fly the Friendly Skies" advertisement campaign in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Damon was the founder of H2O Africa Foundation, the charitable arm of the Running the Sahara expedition, which merged with WaterPartners to create Water.org in July 2009. He, along with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub, is one of the founders of Not On Our Watch Project, an organization that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities such as in Darfur. Damon supports the ONE Campaign, which is aimed at fighting AIDS and poverty in Third World countries. He has appeared in their print and television advertising. Damon is also an ambassador for ONEXONE, a nonprofit foundation committed to supporting, preserving and improving the lives of children at home in Canada, the United States, and around the world. Damon is also a spokesperson for Feeding America, a hunger-relief organization, and a member of their Entertainment Council, participating in their Ad Council public service announcements. Damon is a board member of Tonic Mailstopper (formerly GreenDimes), a company that attempts to halt junk mail delivered to American homes each day.
    In 2013, Damon appeared in a 20-second advertisement for Nespresso, directed by Grant Heslov, with whom he worked on The Monuments Men.
    More Details Hide Details The deal earned Damon $3 million.
    He also appeared in the science fiction movie The Zero Theorem by Terry Gilliam in 2013.
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    In 2013, he was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal.
    More Details Hide Details Damon received an Academy Award for the screenplay of Good Will Hunting in 1998, which was handed to him by Harvard alumnus Jack Lemmon, who had also been a member of Harvard's Delphic Club.
  • 2012
    Age 41
    In January 2012, it was announced that Damon had signed a multiyear deal to be the voice of TD Ameritrade advertisements, replacing Sam Waterston as the discount brokerage's spokesman.
    More Details Hide Details Damon donates all fees from the advertisements to charity.
  • 2011
    Age 40
    The documentary which he narrated, American Teacher, opened in New York in 2011 prior to national screening.
    More Details Hide Details He also voiced the lead character Cale Tucker in Titan A.E., took the narrative voice of the Stallion Spirit in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, and voiced a krill named Bill in Happy Feet Two.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    In 2010, Matt Damon narrated the documentary film Inside Job about the part played by financial deregulation in the late-2000s financial crisis.
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    In March 2010, Damon and Affleck teamed up again to create Pearl Street Films, a Warner Bros. based production company.
    More Details Hide Details He lent his voice to the English version of the animated film Ponyo, which was released in the United States in August 2009.
    Damon's 2010 projects included Clint Eastwood's Hereafter and the Coen brothers' remake of the 1969 John Wayne-starring Western True Grit.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, he starred in The Adjustment Bureau, Contagion, and We Bought a Zoo. In April 2012, Damon filmed Promised Land, directed by Gus Van Sant, which he co-wrote with John Krasinski. Damon's next film with frequent collaborator Steven Soderbergh was Behind the Candelabra, a drama about the life of pianist/entertainer Liberace (played by Michael Douglas) with Damon playing Liberace's longtime partner Scott Thorson. The film premiered on HBO on May 26, 2013. Damon starred in the science fiction film Elysium (2013), where he played former car-thief-turned-factory-worker Max DeCosta.
    In 2010, he reteamed with director Paul Greengrass, who directed him in the Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, for the action thriller Green Zone, which flopped commercially and received a score of 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and ambivalent reception from critics.
    More Details Hide Details He has appeared as a guest star in an episode of Arthur, titled "The Making of Arthur", as himself. During season 5 of 30 Rock, he appeared as guest star in the role of Liz Lemon's boyfriend in the episodes "I Do Do", "The Fabian Strategy", "Live Show", and "Double-edged Sword".
  • 2009
    Age 38
    Also in 2009, Damon portrayed South Africa national rugby union team captain François Pienaar in the Clint Eastwood-directed film Invictus, which is based on the 2008 John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation and features Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.
    More Details Hide Details Invictus earned Damon an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The New Republic observed that he brought "it off with low-key charm and integrity."
    He made a guest appearance in 2009 on the sixth-season finale of Entourage as himself, where he tries to pressure Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) into donating to his real foundation ONEXONE.
    More Details Hide Details His next role was Steven Soderbergh's dark comedy The Informant! (2009), in which his Golden Globe-nominated work was described by Entertainment Weekly as such: "The star – who has quietly and steadily turned into a great Everyman actor – is in nimble control as he reveals his character's deep crazies."
  • 2008
    Age 37
    Damon had an uncredited cameo in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth (2007) and another cameo in the 2008 Che Guevara biopic Che.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    According to Forbes in August 2007, Damon was the most bankable star of the actors reviewed, his last three films at that time averaged US$29 at the box office for every dollar he earned.
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  • 2006
    Age 35
    In 2006, Damon joined Robert De Niro in The Good Shepherd as a career CIA officer, and played an undercover mobster working for the Massachusetts State Police in Martin Scorsese's The Departed, a remake of the Hong Kong police thriller Infernal Affairs.
    More Details Hide Details Assessing his work in the two films, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote that Damon has the unique "ability to recede into a film while also being fully present, a recessed intensity, that distinguishes how he holds the screen." The Departed has a score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and critical reception was very good.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    Damon dated his Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver. He later had a two-year relationship with actress Winona Ryder. From 2001 to 2003, he dated Odessa Whitmire, the former personal assistant of Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck. 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.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have three daughters: Isabella (b. 2006), Gia Zavala (b. 2008) and Stella Zavala (b. 2010). He also has a stepdaughter, Alexia Barroso (b. 1998), from Luciana's previous marriage. Since 2012, they have lived in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, having previously lived in Miami and New York. Damon is a fan of the Boston Red Sox. After the team won the 2007 World Series, he narrated the commemorative DVD release of the event. He has competed in several World Series of Poker (WSOP) events, including the 2010 World Series of Poker main event. He was busted out of the 1998 WSOP by poker professional Doyle Brunson. Aside from awards he has garnered for his role as actor and producer, Damon became the 2,343rd person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 25, 2007. He reacted to the award by stating: "A few times in my life I've had these experiences that are just kind of too big to process and this looks like it's going to be one of those times."
    He co-starred as thief Linus Caldwell in Steven Soderbergh's 2001 film Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the Rat Pack's 1960 film Ocean's 11; the successful crime dramedy spawned two sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).
    More Details Hide Details He played amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne/David Webb in the hit action thrillers, The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), and the series' fifth installment, Jason Bourne (2016). For his role, Entertainment Weekly named Damon among "the decade's best mixer of brawn and brains." Damon did the voice of Spirit in the animated movie Spirit Stallion of the Cimmaron (2002) and later played a conjoined twin in Stuck on You (2003), which received a 60% Rotten Tomatoes score and mixed critical reception. He played a fictionalized version of Wilhelm Grimm in Terry Gilliam's fantasy adventure The Brothers Grimm (2005), which was a critically panned commercial failure; The Washington Post concluded, "Damon, constantly flashing his newscaster's teeth and flaunting a fake, 'Masterpiece Theatre' dialect, comes across like someone who got lost on the way to an audition for a high school production of The Pirates of Penzance." Later that year, he appeared as an energy analyst in Syriana.
    From 2001 to 2007, Damon gained wider international recognition as part of two major film franchises.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 29
    Damon's attempts at essaying leading characters in romantic dramas such as 2000's All the Pretty Horses and The Legend of Bagger Vance were commercially and critically unsuccessful.
    More Details Hide Details Variety said of his work in All the Pretty Horses: "Damon just doesn't quite seem like a young man who's spent his life amidst the dust and dung of a Texas cattle ranch. He was similarly deemed "uncomfortable being the center" of Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance.
  • 1998
    Age 27
    He co-starred with Edward Norton in the 1998 poker film Rounders, where he plays a reformed gambler in law school who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.
    More Details Hide Details Then he portrayed Patricia Highsmith's antihero Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), in which "Damon outstandingly conveys his character's slide from innocent enthusiasm into cold calculation", according to Variety magazine. He played a fallen angel who discusses pop culture as intellectual subject matter with Affleck in Dogma (1999).
    After meeting Damon on the set of Good Will Hunting, director Steven Spielberg cast him as the titular character in the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan.
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  • 1997
    Age 26
    Also in 1997, Damon was the lead in the critically acclaimed drama The Rainmaker, where he was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as "a talented young actor on the brink of stardom."
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  • 1996
    Age 25
    Damon next appeared as an opiate-addicted soldier in 1996's Courage Under Fire, for which he lost in 100 days on a self-prescribed diet and fitness regimen.
    More Details Hide Details Courage Under Fire gained him critical notice, when The Washington Post labeled his performance "impressive". During the early 1990s, Damon and Affleck wrote Good Will Hunting (1997), a screenplay about a young math genius, an extension of a screenplay he wrote for an assignment at Harvard, having integrated advice from director Rob Reiner, screenwriter William Goldman, and writer/director Kevin Smith. It received nine Academy Awards nominations, earning Damon and Affleck Oscars and Golden Globes for Best Screenplay. Damon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the same film, which netted an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for co-star Robin Williams. He and Affleck were each paid salaries of $600,000, while the film grossed over $225 million at the worldwide box office. The two later parodied their roles from the film in Kevin Smith's 2001 movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
  • 1992
    Age 21
    He left the university in 1992, a semester - 12 credits - shy of completion of his Bachelor of Arts in English to feature in Geronimo: An American Legend in Los Angeles, erroneously expecting the movie to become a big success.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 17
    Damon entered Harvard in 1988, where he appeared in student theater plays, such as Burn This and A...
    More Details Hide Details My Name is Alice. Later, he made his film debut at the age of 18, with a single line of dialogue in the romantic comedy Mystic Pizza. As a student at Harvard, he acted in small roles such as in the TNT original film Rising Son and the ensemble prep-school drama School Ties.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born on October 8, 1970.
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