The life story of Matt Damon – today’s most famous action actor!

Matt Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He was born on October 8, 1970, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is married to Luciano Bozan Barroso, with whom he has four daughters. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Damon is one of the most respected actors of his generation, and “Forbes” magazine included him on the list of the highest paid actors of all time. He has won numerous awards and recognition, including an Oscar, two Golden Globes, three British Academy Film Awards and seven Emmy Awards.

He began his film career by acting in theater plays in high school, and first appeared on the movie screen in 1988 in the film “Mysterious Pizza”. One of his most important roles is in the film “Good Will Hunting”, which brought him numerous nominations and prestigious film awards. In addition to this, he had notable roles in the films “Rescuing Ryan’s Soldiers” from 1998, “Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Dogma” from 1999, “The Dead” from 2006 and many others. Critics also praised his acting skills in the “Born” franchise, and he was nominated for best supporting actor for the role of an astronaut in the 2015 film “Martian: Rescue Mission”.

Damon has lent his voice to a number of animated and documentary films, and together with his colleague Ben Affleck, he runs two production companies. He is also known for his humanitarian work, and he has organized several significant campaigns to fight poverty and hunger in Africa and America, and to protect the environment.

I’ll introduce you to his the life story of Matt Damon.

Childhood and education

Matt Damon was born in 1970, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father Kent Damone was a stockbroker, while his mother Nancy Carlson Page is a retired professor at Leslie University. When he was two years old, his parents divorced, so Matt and his brother Kyle lived with their mother in Cambridge. Kyle is one of the famous sculptors and artists today.

In an interview, Matt pointed out that as a teenager he did not fit in well with society. He attended today’s school “Graham and Parks”, and after that CRLS and was an excellent student. As a high school student, he started acting in school plays, side by side with his colleague Ben Affleck. However, he admits that Affleck has always had bigger and more important roles than him. After graduating from high school, he enrolled at Harvard University, but left it in 1992 to dedicate himself to making the film “Geronimo: An American Legend” in which he played an important role.

During his student days, he wrote a sketch for the screenplay for the film “Good Will Hunting” as a written assignment. After the film saw the light of day in 1998, it became a real hit, and Damon won the Oscar for best screenplay.

After roles in school plays, Matt Damon continued to act in Harvard student theater plays. He made his film debut at the age of 18, playing a minor role in the romantic comedy “Mystic Pizza”. However, when he was given the opportunity to star in the film “Geronimo: American Legend” in 1992, he decided to leave college and move to Los Angeles. Although due to the quality of the cast, many predicted the success of this achievement, it did not happen. Four years later, Damon played an addict in the movie “Brave Warrior”. For this role, he had to lose 18 kilograms in a hundred days. However, it paid off, because critics of the “Washington Post” described his performance as “impressive”.

“Good Will Hunting” and “Talented Mr. Ripley”

During the early 1990s, Damon and Affleck continued to perfect the script for the film “Good Will Hunting”, which he started in college. Listening to the advice of director Rob Rainer and screenwriter William Goldman, they finished it in 1994 and sold it to the production company “Castle Rock”. However, after the conflict with the management of the film studio, the cooperation was terminated.

Three years later, they managed to persuade Mira max to buy the film, which premiered in 1997. In a very short time, the film, like Damon himself who interpreted the mathematical genius, won the hearts of critics and audiences. The film was nominated for as many as nine Oscars, including an award in the category for best actor. Affleck and Damon won the Oscar for best screenplay, as well as the Golden Globe in the same category. He was then only 27 years old. They earned a little more than 600 thousand dollars, while the film earned as much as 225 million dollars in cinemas. Although many predicted his success before this film due to his excellent role in the drama “The Miracle Worker”, “Good Will Hunting” brought him unprecedented fame. That caught the attention of director Steven Spielberg, who offered him the title role in the war drama “Saving the Rows of Ryan”, in which he shared the set with many famous actors, including Tom Hanks.

In the same year, he made the film “Gamblers” with Edward Norton, in which he played a law student who devised a way to make money on gambling in order to save a friend. Although the film did not make much money in cinemas, it gained cult status over the years. The following year, he played the antihero Tom Ripley in the play “Talented Mr. Ripley.” He had to lose as much as 11 kilograms for this role, but more attention was drawn to the fact that he managed to “breathe” humanity and honesty into one villain, qualities that can hardly be combined with such a person. In the same year, he shot “Dogma” with Ben Affleck, a fantastic comedy that was very well-received by critics and audiences, but met with harsh criticism from religious communities, which declared it blasphemous. Despite the success of the previous films he made, Damon’s acting in the romantic dramas “All Beautiful Horses” and “The Legend of Excavator Vance” did not meet with positive comments from film experts.

During 2001 and 2002, Matt Damon made two very successful films and produced the television series “Project Green light”. In the first part of Steven Soderbergh’s 2001 film, “Ocean’s Eleven,” he played the thief Linus Caldwell, although the role was originally intended for Mark Wahlberg, who turned her down because of other projects. The film grossed more than $450 million in theaters worldwide. Together with Affleck, he produced the documentary series “Project Green light”, which was first broadcast by “HBO”, and then “Bravo”. The series has been nominated for the “Prime Time Emmy” award three times.

He then played the professional killer Jason Bourne in Doug Lyman’s action thriller “Bourne Identity” from 2002.

Damon allegedly insisted that he shoot dangerous scenes himself, and not that professional stuntmen do that. That is why he spent three months in training on the use of weapons, and training boxing and other skills. The actor himself admitted that before he got the role of Jason Bourne, he was out of work for a long time, and that some of his projects passed without much commercial success. The reviews of “Born’s identity” were very positive, and many pointed out that Damon’s spy was quite convincing. During 2004, he made the films “Born’s Supremacy” and “Oush’s Twelve”. The films grossed more than $280 million in theaters worldwide. Damon’s Jason Born delighted the critics and the audience again, and won the “Espire” award for the best actor. He played the Brothers Grimm with Heath Ledger in the 2005 film Terry Gilliam, but this achievement did not impress many people.

Later that year, he played an energy expert in the geopolitical thriller “Syrian,” in which he stared with George Clooney and Jeffrey Wright. In the film “The Good Shepherd”, which premiered in 2006, Damon shared the scenes with Robert De Niro, and after that he shot the thriller “The Dead” with Scorsese. His role in Soderbergh’s dark comedy “The Whistleblower” in 2009 earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and many were thrilled with the way he “brought” his character to the stage.

With Morgan Freeman, and under the “director’s baton” of Clint Eastwood, he recorded the sport’s drama “Invictus”, which earned him an Oscar nomination in the category of best supporting actor. The following year was very successful for the American actor. Namely, during 2010, the films “Free Zone”, “Life after Death” and the western of the Cohen brothers “Man called Courage” appeared in cinemas, which were a great commercial success. This was followed by roles in the SF thriller “Impossible Encounter”, the horror thriller “Contagion” and the family comedy drama “We Bought a Zoo”. He played Steve Butler in Gus Van Sent’s play “The Promised Land”, while in Soderbergh’s play, “My Life with Liberace”, he played the longtime partner of the famous pianist.

The era of science fiction and biographical dramas

Damon played the former worker in the car factory Max De Costa in the science fiction film “Elysium” from 2013. In the same year, he made another SF film called “Zero Theorem”. He then collaborated with George Clooney on the film “Heritage Squad”, and then he played a supporting role in the film “Interstellar”, by Christopher Nolan. Ridley Scott entrusted him with the role of astronaut Mark Watney in his blockbuster “Martian: Rescue Mission”, based on the novel of the same name by Andy Weir. This role earned him a Golden Globe Award in the Best Actor category, and another Oscar nomination.

He shot the fifth sequel to the franchise about Jason Bourne in 2016, and the following year he played the lead role in the movie “The Great Wall”, which did not delight the audience. He stared with Christoph Waltz and Kristen Vig in Alexander Payne’s comedy “Downsizing”. In 2019, the biographical drama “Challenger of Le Mans ’66” by James Mangold appeared in cinemas around the world, in which Damon played the car designer Carol Shelby, while the driver Ken Miles was played by his colleague Christian Bale. This drama was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Picture category. Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Moore and Sean Bailey founded the production company “LivePlanet”, and one of the most important and successful projects was the documentary series “Project Green light”, for which they received numerous awards and nominations. The series “Push”, “Nevada” and other projects followed. In March 2010, Damon and Affleck reunited to form Pearl Street Films, a production company based in Warner Bros.

Since he became famous in Hollywood, Meta has been associated with many women, and among the most famous were Winona Ryder, Mini Driver and Penelope Cruz. Matt Damon met Argentine Luciana Bozana Barroso in March 2013, during the filming of “Forever Together” in Miami. They started having fun, and in September 2005, the actor proposed to her.

They were married on December 9, 2005, and the ceremony, which was held in secret, was attended only by a small circle of relatives and friends. In June 2006, they had their first daughter, in August 2008 their second, and in October 2010 their third daughter. Matt also considers Alexia Barroso, Luciana’s daughter from her first marriage, to be his. They started living together in Miami, and then moved to the Pacific Palisades in Los Angeles, where they have been living since 2012.

 

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