Matt Damon’s acting career was launched with the surprise hit “Good Will Hunting,” which he co-wrote and starred in with childhood friend Ben Affleck. The 1997 film earned Damon a lead actor Oscar nomination and Damon and Affleck the Academy Award for original screenplay.
Damon went on to play a broad variety of roles in such films as “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” the Farrelly brothers’ comedy “Stuck on You,” “Syriana” and Martin Scorsese’s best picture Oscar-winner “The Departed.” In a 2009 acting double-header, he appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!” and Clint Eastwood’s “Invictus,” for which Damon was Oscar-nominated for supporting actor.
The philanthropic Damon is perhaps best known, though, for playing author Robert Ludlam’s intrepid spy Jason Bourne in three high-octane “Bourne” features, whose combined worldwide grosses totaled nearly a billion dollars.
Damon also hit pay dirt in the ensemble caper “Ocean’s Eleven” and its two sequels, in which he played thief Linus Caldwell. The three “Ocean’s” pictures grossed more than $1.1 billion.
The personable actor and his wife, Luciana Bozan Barosso, have two children. Damon is also stepfather to Barosso’s daughter from a previous marriage.
|1997||Best Original Screenplay||Good Will Hunting||Win*|
|1997||Best Actor||Good Will Hunting||Nomination|
|2009||Best Supporting Actor||Invictus||Nomination|