Matt Damon at the premiere of The Martian at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, England, September 24, 2015. Photo by Karwai Tang.
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Matt Damon with Jerry Weintraub, George Clooney and Brad Pitt
Forecourt Ceremony held on Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Born: October 8, 1970, in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Age at the time of the ceremony: 36
Matt Damon is the likeable actor who broke through spectacularly in Good Will Hunting, and has appeared in a array of projects, both big and small, since then. Oscar loves him. Audiences love him. You probably love him.

Damon's English/Scottish father and his Finno/Swedish mother divorced when he was two years old. Growning up with his mother and older brother in Cambridge, young Matt was a loner. Attending alternative private schools, Damon knuckled down and found escape in his studies, and acting in school productions. Damon now claims that his schoolmate Ben Affleck got the biggest parts.

Damon attended Harvard University as an English major; he and Affleck managed to do extra work in films shot nearby. Damon got the part of "Steamer" in Mystic Pizza (released in October, 1988) with Julia Roberts. They both played Fenway Park spectators in Field of Dreams (released in May, 1989) with Kevin Costner, and they both played supporting roles in School Ties (released in September, 1992) with Brendan Fraiser.

Just prior to receiving his diploma, Damon left to appear as 2nd Leiutenant Britton Davis for director Walter Hill in Geronimo: An American Legend (released in December, 1993) with Wes Studi. Ben Affleck got a lead role in the small comedy Glory Daze (released in September, 1996), so Affleck got his bud Damon a supporting role.

Damon got a role in the drama Courage Under Fire (released in July, 1996) with Denzel Washington; he also undertook a small role in Ben's first big hit film for director Kevin Smith Chasing Amy (released in April, 1997).

While at Harvard, Damon had written a short story for his English class. Working with Affleck and director Gus Van Sant, Damon and Affleck turned it into a script. The resulting film, Good Will Hunting (released in December, 1997) with Robin Williams, not only was a bit hit making Damon (who has the larger role than Affleck) into a household name, but the pair of schoolchums won the Oscar for best original screenplay (!).

The Bigtime beckond; working for director Steven Speilberg, Damon played the titular figure in Saving Private Ryan (which played the Chinese in July, 1998) with Tom Hanks. After that, Damon headlined for the first time in The Talented Mr. Ripley (released in December, 1999) with Gwyneth Paltrow, and undertook a romantic lead in The Legend of Bagger Vance (released in November, 2000) with Will Smith.

Appearing in director Steven Soderbergh's remake of Ocean's Eleven (released in December, 2001) with George Clooney, put Damon into overdrive; he and Affleck became
executive producers on 34 episodes of Project Greenlight (aired over HBO and Bravo from December, 2001 to September, 2015). Greenlight, of course, was a relaity show competition for feature filmmakers. Damon and Affleck both produced the first season's winner, director Pete Jones' Stolen Summer (released in March, 2002) with Amara Balthrop-Lewis. Damon and Affleck also produced eight episodes of Push, Nevada (aired over ABC in September, 2002) with Derek Cecil. Damon became executive producer on Project Greenlight's runnerup winner Brendan Murphy's Speakeasy (which was released somehow in 2002) with David Strathaim.

With Casey Affleck, Damon co-starred and co-wrote director Gus Van Sant's Gerry (released in February, 2003). After this micro-film, Damon became an action star in The Bourne Identity (released in June, 2002) with Chris Cooper. The film was a great success, and so, was followed by The Bourne Supremacy (released in July, 2004) with Joan Allen, which was followed by the sequel to Damon's other franchise, Ocean's Twelve (which played the Chinese in December, 2004) with George Clooney.

Damon drifted into director Terry Gilliam territory, playing Wilhelm in The Brothers Grimm (released in August, 2005) with Heath Ledger as Jakob, then played opposite George Clooney in the thriller Syriana (released in December, 2005).

Working with his Ocean's co-star Brad Pitt, who was a producer on The Departed (which played the Chinese in October, 2006) with Leonardo DiCaprio, must have been fun. He was directed by Robert De Niro in the CIA thriller The Good Shepard (released in December, 2006) with Angelina Jolie.

For the opening of Ocean's Thirteen (which played the Chinese in June, 2007), Damon was imprinted in the Chinese Forecourt, along with producer Jerry Weintraub and co-stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt. This was followed up by The Bourne Ultimatun (released in August, 2007) with Joan Allen.

Working with Steven Soderbergh, he starred in The Informant! (released in September, 2009). He played the South African ruby team captain François Pienaar for director Clint Eastwood in Invictus (released in December, 2009) with Morgan Freeman. He was executive producer on The People Speak (aired over The History Channel in December, 2009) with an all-star cast of narrators, and he took the Glen Campbell role in the remake of True Grit (released in December, 2010) with Jeff Bridges.

Steven Soderbergh directed Damon once more in Contagion (released in September, 2011) with Kate Winslet; for director Cameron Crowe he starred in We Bought a Zoo (released in December, 2011) with Scarlett Johansson. Damon starred and co-wrote Promised Land (released in December, 2012) with Francis McDormand.

Damon, Michael Douglas and director Steve Soderbergh went way out on a limb with their biopic of entertainer Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson, in Behind the Candelabra aired over HBO in June, 2013.

He starred in the science-fiction film Elysium (released in August, 2013) with Jodie Foster, starred with George Clooney (who also directed) in The Monuments Men (released in February, 2014). He played a small role in Interstellar (which played the Chinese in November, 2014) with Matthew McConaughey, then starred in what amounts to a one-man show for director Ridley Scott, The Martain (released in October, 2015) with Jessica Chastain.

Exiting sci-fi land, Damon was executive producer on 75 episodes of The Runner (streamming over go90 beginning in July, 2016). He produced and starred in Jason Bourne (released in July, 2016) with Tommy Lee Jones. He was a producer on Manchester by the Sea (released in December, 2016) with Casey Affleck, which got nominated for Best Picture — not bad!

He headlined the Chinese production The Great Wall (which played the Chinese (get it??) in February, 2017) with Tian Jing, and starred in Downsizing (released in December, 2017) with Christopher Waltz. He starred once more for director George Clooney in Suburbicon (released in October, 2017) with Julianne Moore.
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Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, California. Jerry Weintraub, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon Forecourt ceremony, Tuesday, June 5, 2007. Matt Damon looks up after finishing his inscribing of his block.
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