Matt Damon

Actor

10/8/1970 (48 years old) Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

An affable player who has cultivated friendships in tandem with his showbiz career, Damon began acting professionally while attending Harvard University. His first notable role was as an anti-Semitic student in the 1992 teen drama School Ties, costarring his childhood buddy and future collaborator Ben Affleck. After a handful of supporting parts, Damon and Affleck cowrote and costarred in the hit 1997 indie drama Good Will Hunting. Not only did Damon earn an Oscar nod for his winning portrayal of a quiet genius, the duo picked up an Oscar for best screenplay. As both actors' stars continued to rise, they made cameos in each other's projects and also produced the popular filmmaking reality series Project Greenlight. Damon went on to deliver top-notch performances in diverse roles, such as a murderous impostor in The Talented Mr. Ripley, a suave thief in Ocean's Eleven and an amnesia-stricken spy in The Bourne Identity. Once again proving his willingness to physically transform himself for a role (he lost 40 pounds for 1996's Courage Under Fire), Damon packed on the pounds for 2009's The Informant!, in which he played a doughy corporate executive. He also nabbed an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Invictus. On TV, Damon began a recurring gig on 30 Rock, and played opposite Michael Douglas in Behind the Candelabra, earning Emmy nominations for both. Damon then appeared in a series of films set in outer space - Elysium, Interstellar and The Martian, all which were critical and commercial success; his work in The Martian earned him another Oscar nomination. Despite the steady stream of work, Damon still found time for some fun, capitalizing on a long-running joke with Jimmy Kimmel by appearing in a humorous and sexually suggestive music video with Kimmel's on-again-off-again girlfriend Sarah Silverman. Off screen, Damon married interior designer Luciana Barroso. He is also active in a number of charities and is a founding member of the production company LivePlanet.

Filmography Facts Awards

BAFTA Film Awards

The Martian

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2016 Nominee
Best Leading Actor

Golden Globe

The Martian

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2016 Winner
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

The Informant!

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2010 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Invictus

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2010 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
2000 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Emmy

30 Rock

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2011 Nominee
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Oscar

The Martian

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2015 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Invictus

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2009 Nominee
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

IFTA Film & Drama Awards

The Martian

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2016 Nominee
Best International Actor

Critics' Choice Awards

The Martian

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2015 Nominee
Best Actor

The Departed

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2007 Nominee
Best Acting Ensemble

Syriana

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2006 Nominee
Best Acting Ensemble

Ocean's Twelve

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2005 Nominee
Best Acting Ensemble
2002 Nominee
Best Acting Ensemble

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Invictus

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2009 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

The Departed

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2006 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 Nominee
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Invictus

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2010 Nominee
Best Supporting Actor