From “Mystic Pizza” to “Behind the Candelabra” Matt Damon has owned his journey like no other. He has been listed amongst the most bankable stars of our times, by none other than “Forbes”.
|Full Name:||Matthew Paige Damon|
|Stage Name:||Matt Damon|
|Birthday:||8 October 1970|
|Place Of Origin:||Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States|
|Age:||50 years old|
|Spouse:||Luciana Bozan Barroso|
|Profession:||Actor, Producer, Screenwriter|
|Total Net Worth:||$170 million|
Matthew Paige Damon, on the 8th of October, 1970, was born to Kent Telfer Damon and Nancy Carlson Paige. His father was a stockbroker and his mother was a professor. After his parents separated, he along with his brother shifted to Cambridge, with his mother.
He got admitted to the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and for his further studies, he went to Harvard University. He missed his degree only to get a role in “Geronimo : An American legend”, such was his devotion to his passion.
In the year 2003 in Miami, Damon met Luciana, during the shoot of his movie “stuck on you”. Luciana Bozan Barroso hails from Argentina and already had a daughter from her first marriage. In 2005, the couple exchanged rings and later in the same year, they got married.
Damon and Luciana are proud parents of 4 daughters (1 step daughter and 3 biological daughters). In the year 2018, Damon bought the expensive and the most luxurious penthouse in the entire Brooklyn.
Matthew Paige Damon is 1.78 meters tall and weighs 85 kg. He has blue eyes and has blonde hair.
During his days at Harvard, he became a part of several plays including “Burn this” and “A.. My name is Alice”. Matt Damon debuted with a small part in the movie “Mystic Pizza”. It was a romantic comedy and Matt, who was only 18 then, had only a single dialogue given to the character played by him.
He continued doing several small and big roles in movies like “Rising Son” and “school ties”. In the movie “Courage Under Fire”, he played a soldier who was addicted to opium. His role required him to shed 18kgs in just 100 days, which he accomplished with pure determination and hard work. He won a lot of “critical acclaim” for his role in the movie.
For the movie Rainmaker, he had to gain back all the weight that he had lost for his previous movie. However, what got him recognition was not his physical transformation, but his stupendous performance in the movie.
In the year 1999, he lost 11 kgs for his character “Tom Ripley” in the movie “The Talented Mr. Ripley”. The movie was based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley” which came out in 1995. It co-starred Jude Law, Cate Blanchett and Gwyneth Paltrow.
In another one with Affleck, he was seen portraying a fallen angel who has some intellectual conversation regarding pop culture with Affleck. The movie came in 1999 and you guessed it right! It was “Dogma”. Meanwhile, during the years 2001- 2007, he became a part of movies like Ocean’s Trilogy and Bourne. He even joined a tv series named “Project Greenlight” as a producer.
Improvisation at Harvard
As part of his improvisation assignment at Harvard, he had written a plot along with Affleck. The two would practice its scenes during their class. When the two shifted together, they took it more seriously. They extended the plot and in the year 1990, they wrote “Good will hunting”. It was about a guy who was a mathematical genius. The movie gave a turning point to his career and he achieved overnight fame.
Initially they had tried selling it to “Castle Rock” but ended up in a quarrel with the company. After that, they decided to give it to “Miramax”. The movie won them accolades from around the world and was appreciated by critics too. The movie bagged Oscars, the Golden globe award for the best screenplay and 9 Academy Awards nominations. Both Matt and Affleck were paid $600,000 for the movie. In 1998, he played a Gambler, in Edward Norton’s “Rounders”. His character was a smart gambler and had to return to gambling to help his friend get out of all the debt.
He was listed amongst the most bankable stars of the world in 2007 by Forbes after he gave 3 back to back blockbusters at the box office. In 2002 he wrote and was a part of (as an actor) a drama called “Gerry”. It revolved around two friends who go for hiking in a desert and forget to carry food and water. The movie failed terribly at the box office but did receive some appreciation from the critics. Matt has featured in several brilliant movies like Martian, Jason Bourne, The departed, Ford v/s Ferrari and several others.
Matt Damon was nominated for the Academy Awards five times and has been a one time winner of the same. He won several other reputed awards like at the Berlin International Film festival, Critic’s choice movie awards, Empire awards, Golden globe awards, People’s choice awards and many others.
Apart from being a talented actor, Matthew is also an extremely successful producer. As per the reports of 2021, Matt Damon accounts for a net worth of $170 Million.
Losing sanity for success or failure, isn’t Matt’s way of life. He keeps it subtle and does not let it get to his head. In one of his interviews, he said, “Success is not something I’ve wrapped my brain around. If people go to those movies, then yes, that’s true, big-time success. If not, it’s much ado about nothing.”