Matt Damon stars in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," opposite Marion Cotillard, Jude Law and Kate Winslet, as Thomas Emhoff. Damon next stars in Kenneth Lonergan's drama "Margaret," and Cameron Crowe's true-life comedy/drama "We Bought a Zoo," opposite Scarlett Johansson. Damon also lends his voice to the animated feature "Happy Feet Two," directed by George Miller.

Damon has been honored for his work on both sides of the camera, most recently earning Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and
Matt Damon Contagion
Matt Damon in "Contagion" - © Warner Bros. Pictures

Critics' Choice Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of South African rugby hero Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood's true-life drama "Invictus." In addition, he also garnered dual Golden Globe Award nominations in 2010: one for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Invictus" and one for Best Actor for his starring role in Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" Earlier in his career, Damon won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, both for his breakthrough feature "Good Will Hunting."

In early 2011, Damon starred in George Nolfi's thriller "The Adjustment Bureau." In 2010, he starred in the Coen brothers' Oscar-nominated remake of the classic Western "True Grit," Clint Eastwood's drama "Hereafter," and the action thriller "Green Zone" for director Paul Greengrass.



In 2002, Damon originated the role of Jason Bourne in the blockbuster actioner "The Bourne Identity." He went on to reprise his role in the two hit sequels, "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum," both directed by Paul Greengrass. He has also repeatedly teamed with Steven Soderbergh: as part of the all-star cast in the "Ocean's" trilogy, and in a cameo role in the second part of the director's two-part biopic "Che."

Damon's other recent film credits include the drama "Hereafter," which reunited him with director Clint Eastwood, the action thriller "Green Zone," directed by Paul Greengrass, Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning Best Picture "The Departed," with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg; Robert De Niro's dramatic thriller "The Good Shepherd," with De Niro and Angelina Jolie; and Stephen Gaghan's geopolitical thriller "Syriana," with George Clooney.

In addition, for the small screen, Damon both executive produced and appeared in the History Channel project "The People Speak," based on a book co-written by famed historian Howard Zinn and featuring dramatic readings and performances from some of the most famous names in the entertainment industry.

Hailing from Boston, Damon attended Harvard University and gained his first acting experience with the American Repertory Theatre. He made his feature film debut in "Mystic Pizza," followed by roles in "School Ties," Walter Hill's "Geronimo: An American Legend," and the cable projects "Rising Son" and Tommy Lee Jones' "The Good Old Boys." He first gained attention with his portrayal of a guilt-ridden Gulf War veteran tormented by memories of a battlefield incident in 1996's "Courage Under Fire."

In 1998, Matt Damon won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with longtime friend Ben Affleck for the critically acclaimed drama "Good Will Hunting," a coming-of-age story about a young mathematical genius who, due to his upbringing in inner-city Boston, can't live up to his potential. Matt Damon also earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in the title role. In addition, both he and Affleck received a Golden Globe Award for their screenplay, and Matt Damon also garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant, received seven additional Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture and a win for Robin Williams for Best Supporting Actor.

In the same year that "Good Will Hunting" came out, Damon starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker" and made a cameo appearance in Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy." The following year, Damon played the title role in Steven Spielberg's award-winning World War II drama "Saving Private Ryan" and also starred in John Dahl's drama "Rounders," with Edward Norton. Damon earned his third Golden Globe nomination for his performance in 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," under the direction of Anthony Minghella. He also reunited with Ben Affleck and director Kevin Smith to star in the controversial comedy "Dogma."

Damon's subsequent film credits include starring roles in Robert Redford's "The Legend of Bagger Vance"; Billy Bob Thornton's "All the Pretty Horses"; the Farrelly brothers' comedy "Stuck on You," opposite Greg Kinnear; Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm," with Heath Ledger; and a cameo in George Clooney's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."

Damon and Affleck formed the production company LivePlanet to produce film, television and new media projects. LivePlanet produced three Emmy-nominated seasons of "Project Greenlight," chronicling the making of independent films by first-time writers and directors. The Project Greenlight films produced to date are "Stolen Summer," "The Battle of Shaker Heights" and "Feast." LivePlanet also produced the documentary "Running the Sahara," directed by Oscar winner James Moll.

In addition, Damon co-founded H20 Africa, now known as Water.org, and Not On Our Watch, and is an ambassador for the children's foundation ONEXONE.




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Age: 46 years old
Birthday: October 8, 1970
Height: 5' 10"
Full Name / Real Name: Matthew Paige Damon
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Wife: Luciana Barroso (12/9/2005, 3 children)


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