Matt Damon

Highest Rated: 100% Bending the Arc (2017)
Birthday: Oct 8, 1970
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Going from obscure actor to Hollywood golden boy in just a handful of years, Matt Damon became an instant sensation when he co-wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting. With his Best Original Screenplay Oscar (shared by co-writer and co-star Ben Affleck), he was ensured a place on the Hollywood "It" boy roster. A product of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he was born on October 8, 1970, Damon grew up in prosperous surroundings with his tax preparer father, college professor mother, and older brother. At the age of ten, he made the acquaintance of one Ben Affleck, a boy two years his junior who lived down the street. The two became best friends and professional collaborators. Educated at Cambridge's Rindge and Latin School, Damon was accepted at Harvard University, where he studied for three years before dropping out to pursue his acting career. During his time there, he had to write a screenplay for an English class: it went unfinished, but it would later be dusted off and turned into Good Will Hunting. Arriving in Hollywood, Damon got his first break with a one-scene part in Mystic Pizza (1988). However, his film career failed to take off, and it was not until 1992, when he had a starring role in School Ties, that he was again visible to movie audiences. As the film was a relative failure, Damon's substantial role failed to win him notice, and he was back to laboring in obscurity. It was around this time, fed up with his Hollywood struggles, that Damon contacted Affleck, and the two finished writing the former's neglected screenplay and began trying to get it made into a film. It was eventually picked up by Miramax, with Gus Van Sant slated to direct and Robin Williams secured in a major role. Before Good Will Hunting was released in 1997, Damon won some measure of recognition for his role as a drug-addicted soldier in Courage Under Fire; various industry observers praised his performance and his dedication to the part, for which he lost forty pounds and suffered resulting health problems. Any praise Damon may have received, however, was overshadowed the following year by the accolades he garnered for Good Will Hunting. His Oscar win and strong performance in the film virtually guaranteed industry adulation and steady employment, something that was made readily apparent the following year with lead roles in two major films. The first, John Dahl's Rounders, cast Damon as a former card shark trying to make good, despite the temptations posed by his ne'er-do-well buddy (Edward Norton). Despite a name cast and preliminary hype, however, the film proved a relative critical and financial disappointment. The same could not be said of Damon's second film that year, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan. As Ryan's title character, Damon headlined an all-star line-up and received part of the lavish praise heaped on the film and its strong ensemble cast. The following year, Damon further increased his profile with leads in two more highly anticipated films, Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley and Kevin Smith's Dogma. The former cast the actor against type as the title character, a psychotic bisexual murderer, and featured him as part of an improbably blonde and photogenic cast that included Cate Blanchett, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow. Dogma also allowed Damon to go against his nice-guy persona by casting him as a fallen angel. One of the year's more controversial films, it reunited him with Affleck, as well as Smith, who had cast Damon in a bit role in his 1997 film, Chasing Amy. Taking a break from psychosis and religious satire, Damon next turned-up in notable performances in a pair of low-grossing, low-key dramas, The Legend of Beggar Vance and All the Pretty Horses (both 2000), before appearing in director Steven Soderbergh's blockbuster remake of the Rat Pack classic Ocean's Eleven the following year. 2002 found the actor vacillating between earnest indie projects and major Hollywood releases, both behind and in front of the camera. First up was Damon's mentoring of neophyte filmmaker Chris Smith in the Miramax-sponsored Project Greenlight, a screenplay sweepstakes in which in the (arguably) lucky winner got the chance to make a feature film and have the process recorded for all to see on an HBO reality series of the same name. Damon's common-sense presence helped make the show a must-see, even if his protege's film -- the critically-reviled coming-of-age film Stolen Summer -- died a swift death at the box office. Damon had better luck at the summer box office, starring in director Doug Liman's jet-setting espionage thriller The Bourne Identity. Though many expected the film to be overshadowed by his old buddy Affleck's less-edgy The Sum of All Fears -- which was released just two weeks prior -- Damon proved once again that he could open a film with just as much star power as his best friend and colleague. Better yet, Bourne reinforced Damon's standings with the critics, who found his performance understated and believable. Critics took notice of a disparaging sort, however, when they caught a glimpse of Damon's reunion project with Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant, the curiously-styled Gerry. Premiering not long after Stolen Summer at the 2002 Sundance Festival, Van Sant's latest dip into the shallow end of the avant-garde pool featured Damon as Gerry, a mostly-silent young man who gets lost in the desert with another mostly-silent young man, played by Casey Affleck, who also happens to be named Gerry. The improvisational film made little impact on festival audiences, but the star's name was enough to ensure it a limited release. Also in 2003, Damon starred opposite Greg Kinnear in the Farrelly Brothers' broad comedy Stuck On You. Playing the shy half of a set of conjoined twins, Damon again played against type to the delight of many critics, even if the film was not the hit its makers may have hoped for. A happier box-office fate met The Bourne Supremacy, Damon's return to the role of Jason Bourne in 2004. The actor's biggest leading-man success to date, it reinforced Damon's continued clout with audiences. Staying on the high-powered sequel bandwagon, he was reunited with Brad Pitt and George Clooney for the big-budget neo-rat pack sequel Ocean's Twelve later that year. 2005 proved to be somewhat lower-key for the actor, as he appeared in the troubled flop The Brothers Grimm and joined the sprawling ensemble of the modestly successful geopolitical treatise Syriana. After working seemingly non-stop for a few years, Damon claimed only a call from Martin Scorsese would get him to give up his resolve to take some time off. Sure enough, that call came. The Departed, an American remake of the Hong Kong mob-mole thriller Infernal Affairs, co-starred Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio. Playing the squirmy, opportunistic "cop" to DiCaprio's moral, tormented "mobster," Damon underplayed his part to perfection while managing not to get steamrolled by the all-star supporting cast. Damon continued his seemingly ceaseless work ethic by taking the lead in the Robert De Niro-directed CIA drama The Good Shepherd. In 2007, the actor tapped into his reserve of blockbuster franchises for the three-quels Ocean's Thirteen and The Bourne Ultimatum, the latter of which netted him -- by far -- the largest opening-weekend take of his career to that point. On the indie side, he joined with Mark Ruffalo, Anna Paquin, and Matthew Broderick for Kenneth Lonergan's sophomore directorial effort Margaret, and he contributed his efforts to the endurance-race documentary Running the Sahara. 2009 was another great year for the hard-working star. His turn as the unstable federal informant in Steven Soderbergh's wicked comedy The Informant! earned him rave reviews, and his supporting work in Clint Eastwood's Invictus, as the leader of the South African rugby team, earned Damon nominations from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy. Damon answered another call to action from Paul Greengrass in 2010, not to reprise the Jason Bourne character, but for a war thriller set in Baghdad, Iraq. Adapted from a nonfictional account of conflict in post-US occupied Iraq, Greenzone drew attention more for political controversy than Damon's performance and tended to split critical opinion; not faring well with audiences, the film would struggle to gain back production costs. Lackluster critical response followed the actor, whose next role would be in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, a supernatural reflection on the afterlife. However, Damon closed out the year strong by appearing as La Boeuf in the acclaimed Coen Brothers version of True Grit. In 2011 Damon starred opposite Emily Blunt in a romantic thriller based on a Philip K. Dick story, The Adjustment Bureau. While the film's reception was largely favorable, one notable critic, Barack Obama, jokingly said that he was disappointed in Damon's performance (a criticism the actor had himself made about the President earlier in the year.) ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ford v. Ferrari Carroll Shelby 2019
No Score Yet The Trade Producer 2018
48% Downsizing Paul Safranek $23M 2017
27% Suburbicon Gardner Lodge Gardner $5.8M 2017
100% Bending the Arc Executive Producer 2017
100% Boston Narrator 2017
36% The Great Wall William Garin $45.2M 2017
96% Manchester by the Sea Producer $47.7M 2016
55% Jason Bourne Jason Bourne Producer $162.2M 2016
No Score Yet Backpack Full of Cash Actor 2016
91% The Martian Mark Watney $202.4M 2015
67% The Man Who Saved the World Actor 2015
0% The Leisure Class Executive Producer 2015
72% Interstellar Dr. Mann $158.8M 2014
50% The Zero Theorem Management 2014
30% The Monuments Men James Granger $67.3M 2014
66% Elysium Max Da Costa $90.9M 2013
95% Behind the Candelabra Actor $1.7M 2013
52% Promised Land Steve Butler Screenwriter Producer $7.7M 2013
45% All In: The Poker Movie Matt Damon 2012
64% We Bought a Zoo Benjamin Mee $72.8M 2011
45% Happy Feet Two Bill the Krill $64M 2011
73% Margaret Mr. Aaron $47K 2011
67% American Teacher Narrator $32.8K 2011
84% Contagion Mitch Emhoff $75.7M 2011
71% The Adjustment Bureau David Norris $62.5M 2011
No Score Yet Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project Actor 2011
100% Teenage Paparazzo Actor 2010
96% True Grit LaBoeuf $171.1M 2010
47% Hereafter George Lonegan $32.8M 2010
98% Inside Job Narrator $4.4M 2010
54% Green Zone Roy Miller $35.1M 2010
No Score Yet Incorporated Executive Producer 2010
76% Invictus Francois Pienaar $37.5M 2009
80% The Informant! Mark Whitacre $33.3M 2009
92% Ponyo Koichi $15.2M 2009
No Score Yet Running the Sahara Executive Producer Narrator 2009
67% Che: Part One (The Argentine) Guest $1.6M 2009
No Score Yet The People Speak Producer Executive Producer Actor 2009
No Score Yet Sleeper Producer 2009
79% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla) Guest $2.1M 2008
92% The Bourne Ultimatum Jason Bourne $227.5M 2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen Linus Caldwell/Lenny Pepperidge $78.9M 2007
54% The Good Shepherd Edward Wilson $59.9M 2006
76% Happy Feet Actor $197.9M 2006
91% The Departed Colin Sullivan $132.4M 2006
57% Feast Executive Producer 2006
73% Syriana Bryan Woodman $50.9M 2005
88% Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Al Shepard $32.6M 2005
38% The Brothers Grimm Wilhelm Grimm 2005
No Score Yet NY Indies Actor 2005
55% Ocean's Twelve Linus Caldwell $125.5M 2004
97% Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train Narrator 2004
81% The Bourne Supremacy Jason Bourne $176.1M 2004
42% Jersey Girl PR Exec No. 2 2004
61% Stuck on You Bob $33.9M 2003
40% The Battle of Shaker Heights Executive Producer 2003
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Bachelor Matt 2003
61% Gerry Gerry 2003
47% Eurotrip Donny $17.8M 2003
83% The Bourne Identity Jason Bourne $121.6M 2002
33% The Third Wheel Kevin Executive Producer 2002
70% Spirit - Stallion of the Cimarron Spirit $73.3M 2002
36% Stolen Summer Executive Producer Producer $0.2M 2002
42% The Majestic Luke Trimble 2001
82% Ocean's Eleven Linus $183.4M 2001
52% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Himself $29.9M 2001
No Score Yet Speakeasy Producer Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet Judge Not: In Defense of Dogma Actor 2001
32% All the Pretty Horses John Grady Cole $14.8M 2000
74% Finding Forrester Sanderson $51.4M 2000
43% The Legend of Bagger Vance Rannulph $30.4M 2000
51% Titan A.E. Cale 2000
83% The Talented Mr. Ripley Tom Ripley 1999
67% Dogma Loki 1999
65% Rounders Mike McDermott 1998
93% Saving Private Ryan Pvt. James Ryan 1998
No Score Yet Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan' Actor 1998
97% Good Will Hunting Will Hunting Screenwriter 1997
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker Rudy Baylor 1997
83% The Rainmaker Rudy Baylor 1997
87% Chasing Amy Executive No. 2 1997
No Score Yet Glory Daze Edgar Pudwhacker 1996
85% Courage Under Fire Ilario 1996
No Score Yet Younger & Younger (uncredited) 1995
No Score Yet The Good Old Boys Cotton Calloway 1995
50% Geronimo - An American Legend Lt. Britton Davis 1993
68% School Ties Charlie Dillon 1992
No Score Yet Rising Son Charlie Robinson 1990
78% Mystic Pizza Steamer 1988

TV

CREDIT
74% City on a Hill
2019
Executive Producer
  • 2019
No Score Yet Women, War and Peace
2011
Narrator
  • 2019
  • 2011
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2002
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
73% Incorporated
2016-2017
Producer Executive Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Years of Living Dangerously
2014-2016
Reporter
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Project Greenlight
2001-2015
Producer Executive Producer Appearing
  • 2015
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2007
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Journey to Planet Earth
1999-2014
Voice Narrator Host Narrator
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 1999
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Appearing
  • 2013
77% House of Lies
2012-2016
Himself
  • 2013
No Score Yet Matt Damon Goes on Strike!
2013
Himself
  • 2013
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Carol Carol Burnett
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Himself
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Arthur
1996
Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Owen
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
Himself
  • 2002
  • 2001

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