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The Programs: Matt Damon Biography

Matt Damon

MATT DAMON is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents and a passionate advocate for environmental and human rights issues.

As a philanthropist, Damon helped to create, is one of the founders of Not On Our Watch, an organization that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities such as in Darfur, and supports the ONE Campaign, which is aimed at fighting AIDS and poverty in Third World countries. He is also an ambassador for OneXOne, a non-profit foundation committed to supporting, preserving and improving the lives of children at home in Canada, the United States, and around the world, a spokesperson for Feeding America, the largest USA-focused hunger-relief organization, and board member of Tonic Mailstopper a company that attempts to halt junk mail delivered to American homes each day.

Damon is best known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the films The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum for director Paul Greengrass as well as the infamous Linus Caldwell from Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, and Ocean’s Thirteen for director Steven Soderbergh.

In 2010, Damon appeared on the television comedy 30 Rock, reteamed with director Paul Greengrass on The Green Zone and Clint Eastwood on Hereafter, narrated the documentary film Inside Job, and portrayed a Texas Ranger in Joel and Ethan Coen’s True Grit.

In 2009, Damon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Clint Eastwood’s Invictus and numerous critics awards for his portrayal of Mark Whitacre in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!.

In 2006, Damon appeared alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson in the Academy Award winning film The Departed for director Martin Scorsese and in The Good Shepherd with Angelina Jolie for director Robert DeNiro.

He won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Screenplay with Ben Affleck for the critically-acclaimed drama Good Will Hunting, a coming-of-age story about a young mathematical genius who, due to his upbringing in inner-city Boston, can’t live up to his potential. Damon also earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor for his work in the title role. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant, received seven additional Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture and a win for Robin Williams for Best Supporting Actor.

Matt and his wife, Luciana Barroso, have four daughters Alexia, Isabella, Gia, and Stella.


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