MATT DAMON is one of Hollywoodís most sought-after talents. He is currently
filming The Good Shepherd for director Robert De Niro, in which he stars with Angelina
Jolie. Most recently he completed shooting The Departed for director Martin Scorsese, starring
alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson.
Earlier this year audiences saw Damon in The Brothers Grimm, starring with Heath Ledger for director
Terry Gilliam. He also recently reprised his roles as Linus Caldwell in Oceanís Twelve for
director Steven Soderbergh, and as Jason Bourne in the box office hit The Bourne Supremacy, the
second installment in the series following The Bourne Identity.
In 2004, Damon starred with Greg Kinnear in the Farrelly Brothers comedy Stuck on You, and in
2002, in Gerry with Casey Affleck for director Gus Van Sant.
In 2000, audiences saw Damon star in The Legend of Bagger Vance, for director
Robert Redford and in the film version of the Cormick McCarthy book
All the Pretty Horses for director Billy Bob Thornton.
In 1999, Damon starred in Anthony Minghellaís
The Talented Mr. Ripley, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for
Best Actor. That same year he rejoined Chasing Amy director
Kevin Smith and pal Ben Affleck in Dogma, a film about a pair of
In 1998, he 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, canít live up to his potential. 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 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
In the same year, Damon starred in the title role of the World War II drama
Saving Private Ryan for Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg, and in
John Dahlís Rounders, about a reformed gambler who is drawn back into New
Yorkís underground poker world to help a recently paroled friend pay off loan sharks.
In 1997, Damon made a cameo appearance in Kevin Smithís Chasing
Amy. In the same year, he starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis Ford
Coppolaís The Rainmaker, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham.
Damon first gained the publicís eye in 1996, when he gave a
vivid performance in Courage Under Fire, in which he
portrayed a guilt-ridden Persian Gulf War soldier tormented by an incident that happened in
the heat of battle.
The versatile young actor made his feature film debut in 1988 in a
small role in the critically well-received Mystic Pizza. He went on to play Brian
Dennehyís medical school dropout in the TV movie Rising Son
(TNT, 1990) and gained further attention when he returned to the big screen as a fascist
preppy in School Ties (1992).
For director Walter Hill, Damon enjoyed a sizeable supporting role as the green second
lieutenant new to the West who narrates Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), and in
1995 he appeared in The Good Old Boys, directed by Tommy Lee Jones for TNT.
In 1998, Damon and Affleck partnered with Good Will Hunting associate
producer and longtime friend Chris Moore to form Pearl Street Productions, now
known as LivePlanet. This unique company produces feature films, television series and
new media projects. LivePlanet has produced three Emmy-nominated seasons of
Project Greenlight, the documentary series chronicling the
making of an independent feature film by a first time writer and
director. The three Project Greenlight films produced have
been Stolen Summer, The Battle of Shaker Heights and
Feast. Damonís latest LivePlanet project is
Running the Sahara, a documentary about three men running across the Sahara Desert,
directed by Academy Award-winner James Moll.
Damon, who attended Harvard University, first gained acting experience at the American
Repertory Theatre as well as other Boston-based theatre venues.