Matt Damon


Matthew Paige Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, producer, and screenwriter. Ranked among Forbes’ most bankable stars, the films in which he has appeared have collectively earned over $3.12 billion at the North American box office, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He has received various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Damon began his acting career by appearing in high school theater productions. He made his professional acting debut in the film Mystic Pizza (1988), with Annabeth Gish, Julia Roberts, Lili Taylor, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Other early roles include School Ties (1992), with Brendan Fraser, Ben Affleck, Chris O’Donnell, Cole Hauser, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery and Anthony Rapp; Walter Hill’s Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Wes Studi, Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, and Robert Duvall; Glory Daze (1995), with Affleck, Sam Rockwell, Megan Ward, French Stewart, John Rhys-Davies, Alyssa Milano, and Spalding Gray; Edward Zwick’s Courage Under Fire (1996), with Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan; and Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Rainmaker (1997), with Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Claire Danes, Jon Voight, Roy Scheider, Mickey Rourke, Virginia Madsen, Mary Kay Place and Teresa Wright.

He came to prominence in 1997 when he and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting (directed by Gus Van Sant, with Robin Williams, Minnie Driver, and Stellan Skarsgård), which won them the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and earned Damon a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He would collaborate with Van Sant on otter films including Finding Forester (2000), with Sean Connery, Rob Brown, Anna Paquin, and F. Murray Abraham; Gerry (2002), and Promised Land (2012), with John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt and Hal Holbrook.

He continued to garner praise from critics for his roles in Steven Spielberg‘s Saving Private Ryan (1998), with Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, and Jeremy Davies; Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), with Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Kevin Smith‘s Dogma (1999), with Affleck, Linda Fiorentino, Jason Mewes, Chris Rock, Salma Hayek, and Jason Lee; Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana (2005), with George Clooney, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, William Hurt, Tim Blake Nelson, and Mark Strong; Martin Scorsese‘s The Departed (2006), with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Martin Sheen, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, and Alec Baldwin; and James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari (2019), with Christian Bale.

Damon is also known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise (2002–2016) and as a con man in Stephen Soderbergh‘s Ocean’s trilogy (2001–2007), with Clooney, Andy García, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Don Cheadle, Casey Affleck, Elliott Gould, and Carl Reiner. Other Soderbergh films he’s worked on include Che: Part Two (2008), with Benicio del Toro; The Informant! (2009), with Scott Bakula, Joel McHale and Melanie Lynskey; Contagion (2011), with Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, Law, Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, and Sanaa Lathan; and Unsane (2018), with Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving.

For his supporting role as rugby player Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood‘s Invictus (2009), with Morgan Freeman; and his leading role as an astronaut stranded on Mars in Ridley Scott‘s The Martian (2015), with Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Hennie, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, and Benedict Wong; he received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively. The latter also won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. He received Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of Scott Thorson in the biopic Behind the Candelabra (2013), with Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd, Bakula, Rob Lowe, and Debbie Reynolds; and for producing the reality series Project Greenlight (2001–2015). He also received an Academy Award nomination for producing Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea (2016).

Other notable roles include Rounders (1998), with Edward Norton, John Turturro, Famke Janssen, Gretchen Mol, John Malkovich, and Martin Landau; Robert Redford’s The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), with Will Smith and Charlize Theron; Terry Gilliam‘s The Brothers Grimm (2005), with Heath Ledger, Lena Headey, Peter Stormare, Jonathan Pryce, and Monica Bellucci; The Good Shepherd (2006), with Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro (who also directed), Billy Crudup, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, William Hurt, and Joe Pesci; Green Zone (2010), with Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson, and Jason Isaacs; and Joel & Ethan Coen‘s True Grit (2010), with Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, and Pepper.

Later roles include The Adjustment Bureau (2011), with Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, and Terence Stamp; Margaret (2011), with Paquin, Jean Reno, Mark Ruffalo, J. Smith-Cameron, Jeannie Berlin, Kieran Culkin, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie DeWitt; Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo (2011), with Scarlett Johansson, Maggie Elizabeth Jones, Thomas Haden Church, Patrick Fugit, Elle Fanning, Colin Ford, and John Michael Higgins; Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium (2013), with Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Sharlto Copley, and William Fichtner; The Monuments Men (2014), with Clooney (who also directed), Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and Blanchett; Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar (2014), with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Chastain, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, and Michael Caine; Zhang Yimou‘s The Great Wall (2016), with Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, and Andy Lau; Alexander Payne’s Downsizing (2017), with Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, and Wiig; and Suburbicon (2017), with Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac.

Damon has also performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films, and has established two production companies with Affleck. He has been involved in charitable work with organizations including the One Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, and

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  • Mystic Pizza (1988) – directed by Donald Petrie
  • The Good Mother (1988) – directed by Leonard Nimoy – extra
  • Field of Dreams (1989) – directed by Phil Alden Robinson – uncredited extra
  • Rising Son (1990) – directed by John David Coles – TV movie
  • School Ties (1992) – directed by Robert Mandel
  • Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) – directed by Walter Hill
  • Good Old Boys (1995) – directed by Tommy Lee Jones – TV movie
  • Glory Daze (1995) – directed by Rich Wilkes
  • Courage Under Fire (1996) – directed by Edward Zwick
  • Chasing Amy (1997) – directed by Kevin Smith
  • The Rainmaker (1997) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Good Will Hunting (1997) – directed by Gus Van Sant – also co-writer
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) – directed by Steven Spielberg
  • Rounders (1998) – directed by John Dahl
  • Dogma (1999) – directed by Kevin Smith
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) – directed by Anthony Minghella
  • Titan A.E. (2000)* – directed by Don Bluth & Gary Goldman
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) – directed by Robert Redford
  • Finding Forrester (2000) – directed by Gus Van Sant – cameo
  • All the Pretty Horses (2000) – directed by Billy Bob Thornton
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)* – directed by Kevin Smith – cameo as himself
  • Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • The Majestic (2001) – directed by Frank Darabont – voice cameo
  • Gerry (2002) – directed by Gus Van Sant – also co-writer, co-editor
  • Stolen Summer (2002) – directed by Pete Jones – producer only
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002) – directed by Kelly Asbury & Lorna Cook
  • The Third Wheel (2002) – directed by Jordan Brady – cameo – also executive producer
  • The Bourne Identity (2002) – directed by Doug Liman
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) – directed by George Clooney – cameo
  • Speakeasy (2002) – directed by Brendan Murphy – executive producer only
  • The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003) – directed by Efram Potelle & Kyle Rankin – executive producer only
  • Stuck on You (2003) – directed by Peter & Bobby Farrelly
  • EuroTrip (2003)* – directed by Jeff Schaffer, Alec Berg (uncredited), & David Mandel (uncredited) – cameo
  • Jersey Girl (2004) – directed by Kevin Smith – cameo
  • The Bourne Supremacy (2004)* – directed by Paul Greengrass
  • Ocean’s Twelve (2004) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train (2004) – directed by Deb Ellis & Denis Mueller – narrator – documentary
  • Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) – directed by Mark Cowen – narrator – documentary
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)* – directed by Terry Gilliam
  • Syriana (2005) – directed by Stephen Gaghan
  • Feast (2005) – directed by John Gulager – executive producer only
  • The Departed (2006) – directed by Martin Scorsese
  • The Good Shepherd (2006) – directed by Robert De Niro
  • Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) – directed by Paul Greengrass
  • Youth Without Youth (2007) – directed by Francis Ford Coppola – uncredited cameo
  • Running the Sahara (2007) – directed by James Moll – narrator – also executive producer – documentary
  • Che: Part Two (2008) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Ponyo (2008)* – directed by Hayao Miyazaki – English dub
  • The Informant! (2009) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Invictus (2009) – directed by Clint Eastwood
  • Green Zone (2010) – directed by Paul Greengrass
  • Hereafter (2010) – directed by Clint Eastwood
  • True Grit (2010)* – directed by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Inside Job (2010) – directed by Charles Ferguson – voice – documentary
  • The Adjustment Bureau (2011) – directed by George Nolfi
  • Contagion (2011) – directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Margaret (2011) – directed by Kenneth Lonergan
  • Happy Feet Two (2011) – directed by George Miller
  • We Bought a Zoo (2011) – directed by Cameron Crowe
  • Promised Land (2012) – directed by Gus Van Sant – also co-writer, co-producer
  • Behind the Candelabra (2013) – directed by Steven Soderbergh – TV movie
  • Elysium (2013) – directed by Neill Blomkamp
  • The Zero Theorem (2013) – directed by Terry Gilliam
  • The Monuments Men (2014) – directed by George Clooney
  • The Man Who Saved the World (2014) – directed by Peter Anthony – narrator – documentary
  • Interstellar (2014) – directed by Christopher Nolan
  • The Martian (2015)* – directed by Ridley Scott
  • Manchester by the Sea (2016) – directed by Kenneth Lonergan – producer only
  • Jason Bourne (2016) – directed by Paul Greengrass – also co-producer
  • The Great Wall (2016)* – directed by Zhang Yimou
  • Bending the Arc (2017) – directed by Kief Davidson & Pedro Kos – co-executive producer only
  • Downsizing (2017) – directed by Alexander Payne
  • Suburbicon (2017) – directed by George Clooney
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)* – directed by Taika Waititi – uncredited cameo
  • Unsane (2018) – directed by Steven Soderbergh – cameo
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)* – David Leitch – cameo (credited as Dicky Greenleaf)
  • Ocean’s 8 (2018) – directed by Gary Ross – cameo (scenes deleted)
  • Ford v Ferrari (2019) – directed by James Mangold
  • Jay and Silent Bob Reboot (2019)* – directed by Kevin Smith – cameo
  • The Last Duel (2021) – directed by Ridley Scott – also co-writer, executive producer
  • Stillwater (TBA) – directed by Tom McCarthy