Matt Damon, who is an actor, is one of the most well-known people in the world. He has been acting for about 20 years now and has played a variety of roles. From that movie he made with Ben Affleck called “Goodwill Hunting” to more recent movies like “The Martian”, Matt Damon has had acting roles in some big movies.
He founded an organization called Water for People which helps to provide clean drinking water around the world, specifically in third-world nations.
About Matt Damon
Matt Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was born to a mother who was a high-school grammar school teacher and a father who was an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His parents divorced when he was just two years old and he went to live with his mother in Newton, Massachusetts. He attended Harvard University and met a man named Ben Affleck while he was there. He and Ben Affleck began writing a movie together called “Goodwill Hunting.
Life of Damon
Matt Damon attended an all-boys Catholic school in Milton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 1992. He graduated as valedictorian of his class at Harvard and was given a John Harvard Scholarship for his academic achievements.
Before he attended Harvard, Matt Damon went to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He graduated from the school in 1989 where he was a member of the football team.
Personal life of Damon
Matt Damon married Luciana Bozán Barroso on December 9, 2005. The couple has three children, Isabella (b. 1998) and Max (b. 2001). Matt and his wife were living in France at the time they were first married but they later divorced in 2004. He later remarried actress Luciana Barroso on December 29, 2008.
Matt Damon started his acting career in 1997. Since then he has appeared in over 20 movies, including “Meet Joe Black” (1998), “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999), “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001), and “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007), and many others.
On October 8, 2017, Matt accepted the Action on Sugar award at the 9th Annual Hollywood Health and Human Rights Awards presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.
1988–1999: Early work and breakthrough
Damon attended Harvard University, where he studied English, as well as wrote and performed comedy with fellow actor and best friend Ben Affleck. Damon was a member of the drama club at Harvard and directed some of their fellow actors in plays.
He started his professional acting career when he moved to New York City in 1988, while still in college.
In 1992, Matt Damon and Affleck wrote Good Will Hunting as their senior thesis project. The film later opened to critical acclaim and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including two nominations for Damon in the Best Actor category and Best Original Screenplay category.
In 1997, Damon’s acting career took off when he landed his first leading role in the film, Geronimo: An American Legend. The film was critically acclaimed and earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Debut Performance. That same year he also starred in The Rainmaker, a movie based on a John Grisham novel of the same name. The film was a financial success and earned Damon his first screenwriting credit.
In 1998 and 1999, Damon had the leading roles in two films: “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Good Will Hunting”. Both films were critical successes and earned Damon another pair of Golden Globe Award nominations for his work.
In 1999, Damon starred with Drew Barrymore in “Protocol”, a political thriller based on Anthony Burgess’s novel. The film was a financial success and was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
2000–2008: Worldwide recognition
In 2000, Damon starred in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, followed by the miniseries “All the King’s Men” and a supporting role in “The Yards”. Damon’s next film was a thriller called “The Other Side of the Mountain”, in which he played a surgeon who goes to a ski resort to reconnect with his estranged son. Despite its moderate box office performance, it received positive reviews from critics and earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Despite not having any films released during 2001, Damon still managed to be nominated for an Emmy Award as Kacie Vanover for his work on the HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. Damon returned to the screen in 2002, starring in three films: “Ocean’s Eleven”, “Ocean’s Twelve”, and “Ocean’s Thirteen”. The first two movies earned Damon and his castmates Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical. The final film, which was released in 2007, also received critical acclaim.
In 2003, Damon appeared on Broadway in the play “The Legend of Georgia McBride”. He later played Henry Archer on Aaron Sorkin’s television series “The West Wing”, and then appeared on three more episodes of the series. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work.
Damon then reteamed with director Steven Soderbergh, who directed him in “Ocean’s Eleven”, for the film “The Informant!” in 2009.
The movie received positive reviews from critics and was nominated for several awards. In 2010, Matt Damon was at the center of a casting controversy when it was announced that he would play Thaddeus Stevens in a film about abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass. Despite objections from some historical groups, the studio executives chose to cast Damon because he was considered to be a bankable actor.
2009–present: Established actor
In 2009, Damon appeared on Broadway in the play “The Legend of Georgia McBride”. He later appeared on three episodes of the television series “The West Wing”, and his first appearance as a cast member was in the September 30, 2000, episode.
Damon was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work. In 2010, Damon starred with Ben Affleck in the action film “The Adjustment Bureau”. The movie received positive reviews and was a box office success.
In 2012, Matt Damon took on a different role as he played computer hacker Gary Webb in the film “Teddy Bear”. The movie also starred Anthony Mackie and Stephen Root. It was released to mixed reviews by critics but achieved moderate success at the box office.
In 2015, Damon starred with Amy Adams in the crime drama film “The Martian”. Damon played astronaut Mark Watney who was stranded on Mars after a failed mission. The movie was met with positive reviews from critics and achieved moderate box office success. It earned Damon another Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Movie Drama or Comedy.
Damon has been doing a lot of work in television recently, appearing on several different shows including “NCIS”, “Empire”, “Horace and Pete”, and the Netflix comedy series “Master of None”.
Matt Damon is an outspoken Democrat and has been involve in political campaigns, supporting Barack Obama and John Kerry. He has advocated for the legalization of marijuana, citing that it is a way to help ease overcrowding in prisons. He also supports gay marriage and has spoken out against gun violence.
In 2007, Damon established a charitable organization called Water.org. That seeks to provide access to safe water for communities all over the world. In 2010, he joined with Ben Affleck and George Clooney to create Not On Our Watch. An organization that raises awareness about mass killings in genocide-affected areas around the world. Damon is also an avid supporter of his hometown team Boston Red Sox.
Matt Damon is an avid supporter of LGBT rights and has donated money to the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) in order to fight homophobia. He has spoken out against animal testing, speaking at a rally while wearing a shirt that had the word “No” replaced with “Yes” on it.
Damon also speaks out in favor of gun control. Having been quote as saying “I think we should put all guns—all handguns in a common database, and track them from birth ’til they’re turn in. And then destroy them. You know, Detroit does that with vehicles.
Awards and honor
Matt Damon has been nominate for numerous awards throughout his career. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his role in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and was nominate for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for “Shark Tale”. He was also nominate for the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. And won Best Actor at the 2010 National Board of Review Awards. As well as the Southeastern Film Critics Association Award in 2004 and 2005. In 2005, Damon was honor with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
Damon has also won two Emmy Awards: one in 2002 as part of “The West Wing”, and another in 2010 as part of “Project Greenlight”.