Matthew Paige Damon (October 8, 1970) is an actor and screenwriter American. Winner of an Academy Award for best original screenplay by Good Will Hunting and nominated for best actor for the same work


Early years

Matt Damon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Kent Telfer Damon, real estate agent and former runner bag and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, child teacher and Professor at Lesley University.

He studied at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in his hometown, where he became friends with a neighbor and pupil of this school, Ben Affleck, who shared the same desire to become a film actor. Finally together staged and wrote the screenplay for the film Good Will Hunting which won an Academy Award to the to the best original screenplay. He graduated in 1988 and began studying at the University of Harvard, but did not finish because it began with his first works.


His first film work was in 1988, in the romantic comedy Mystic Pizza and took odd jobs in other movies as School Ties, alongside Brendan Fraser and Chris O’Donnell; Geronimo: An American Legend, along with Gene Hackman and Jason Patric or Courage under fire alongside Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan.

Greater success came you in 1997 with his own script and their interpretation in Good Will Hunting where he worked with Ben Affleck and Robin Williams and earned him an Academy Award as a screenwriter and her first nomination as an actor. The second came in 2010 for his role in Invictus.

From there rained it job and began to interpret various characters as killer Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr. Ripley by which he was nominated for a Golden Globe as best actor “drama”; the Angel dropped dogma, which he again worked with Ben Affleck; Siamese brother pasted you where shared body with Greg Kinnear; Gerry, where he played the character who gave name to this experimental film directed by Gus Van Sant; a player of golf in the legend of Bagger Vance, in which she co-starred with Will Smith or adventurous cow-boy of All the Pretty Horses where he shared the poster with Penelope Cruz and zenry Thomas.

In 2001 would participate in the first film ocean’s, directed by Steven Soderberg alongside other stars of Hollywood as Brad Pitt and George Clooney. In Ocean’s eleven and Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen interpreted Linus Caldwell, one of the members of the gang of thieves. But without doubt his most successful trilogy is Bourne, which gives life to the protagonist, Jason Bourne, an amnesiac agent CIA that seeks to know their identity. In 2002 revolved The Bourne Identity that would be followed by The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, thanks to which has managed to be most profitable film actors.

Later works have been as varied as the Syriana; energy analyst one of the Brothers Grimm in the film, Terry Gilliam; Colin Sullivan, the corrupt police of The departed, winner of the Oscar for best picture and where he worked with Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg, among others; or Edward Wilson, the agent of the CIA in the good Shepherd, directed by Robert De Niro. He has worked with directors such as:

• Gus Van Sant on Good Will Hunting and discovering at Forrester.

• Steven Spielberg in Saving Private Ryan.

• Francis Ford Coppola in The Rainmaker.

• Martin Scorsese in infiltrates.

• Robert De Niro in the good Shepherd.

• Clint Eastwood in Invictus.

Private life

His success in Hollywood as an actor earned him also that on July 25, 2007 the 2.343 number to receive a star on the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. A new success came with their choice by People as the man American magazine 2007, sexiest  apart from by physicist, for his sense of humor, a humility that arrives to the soul. With his wife Luciana, has three daughters: Isabella Damon (born 11 June 2006), Gia Zavala Damon (born 20 August 2008), and Stella Zavala Damon (born 20 October 2010), which is joined by Alexia, daughter of a previous relationship of Luciana Argentina.

September 10, 2008, in an interview with the AP Agency, stated its concern on the candidate for Vice-President of the Republican party for the Presidency of United States, the Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin by his little experience in international politics and fear of ultra-conservative educational reforms. The Republican party reacted with a release debunking actor having no political experience and qualifying it as “of celebrity”. Instead the Democrat fans applauded statements by Damon.


Year       Film        Paper    Notes

1988       Mystic Pizza        Steamer

1992       School Ties          Charlie Dillon

1993       Geronimo: An American Legend               2nd Lt. Britton Davis

1996       Glory Daze          Edgar Pudwhacker

Courage Under Fire        Specialist Ilario

1997       Good Will Hunting           Will Hunting

The Rainmaker Rudy Baylor

Chasing Amy      Shawn Oran       Cameo

1998       Rounders            Mike McDermott

Saving Private Ryan         Soldier James Francis Ryan

1999       The Talented Mr. Ripley                Tom Ripley

Dogma Loki

2000       Finding Forrester             Steven Sanderson           Cameo

All the Pretty Horses      John Grady Cole

The Legend of Bagger Vance      Rannulph Junuh

Titan a. E.             Cale Tucker         Voice

2001       The Majestic      Luke Trimble      Only voice

Ocean’s eleven                 Linus Caldwell

Jay and silent Bob strike back     He himself          Cameo

2002       Confessions of a dangerous mind             Matt, bachelor # 2           Cameo

The Bourne Identity       Jason Bourne

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron    Spirit      Voice

Gerry    Gerry    Also co-writer

2003       Glued to yourself             Bob Tenor

2004       Howard Zinn: You can’t ‘ t Be Neutral on a Moving Train                 Narrator               Voice

Ocean’s Twelve                Linus Caldwell

The Bourne Supremacy                 Jason Bourne

A Jersey girl        PR Exec # 2         Cameo

Eurotrip                Donny   Cameo

2005       Syriana                 Bryan Woodman

The Brothers Grimm       Will (Wilhelm) Grimm

2006       The good Shepherd        Edward Wilson

The Departed    Colin Sullivan

2007       Ocean’s Thirteen              Linus Caldwell

The Bourne Ultimatum Jason Bourne

Youth Without Youth     Ted Jones, Life Magazine Reporter          Cameo

Arthur   Himself                 Voice

2008       Che: Part Two    Fr. Schwarz         Cameo

2009       On a cliff              Koichi    Voice (English version)

The Informant!                 Mark Whitacre

Invictus                Francois Pienaar

2010       Green Zone        Ensign Roy Miller

Margaret             Mr. Aaron

Hidden destination         David Norris       post-production

Beyond of life    George                 post-production

Happy Feet 2 in 3D                          post-production

True Grit              LeBouef               post-production

Contagion           Thomas Emhoff                pre-production


Academy Awards

Year       Category              Film        Result

2009       Best supporting actor     Invictus                Candidate

1997       Best actor            Good Will Hunting           Candidate

1997       Best original screenplay                Good Will Hunting           Winner

Golden Globe Awards

Year       Category              Film        Result

2009       Best actor – musical or comedy The Informant!                 Candidate

2009       Best supporting actor     Invictus                Candidate

1999       Best actor – drama           The Talented Mr. Ripley                Candidate

1997       Best actor – drama           Good Will Hunting           Candidate

1997       Best screenplay                Good Will Hunting           Winner

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Year       Category              Film        Result

2009       Best supporting actor     Invictus                Candidate

2006       Best cast              The Departed    Candidate

1998       Best cast              Saving Private Ryan         Candidate

1997       Best cast              Good Will Hunting           Candidate

1997       Best actor            Good Will Hunting           Candidate