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|Also Known As:||Matthew Paige Damon||Died:|
|Born:||October 8, 1970||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA||Profession:||actor, screenwriter|
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arfare in the high-concept film "Elysium" (2013), remarkably the actor's first live-action outing to fall unquestionalbly into clear-cut science-fiction territory. Damon stayed in science fiction territory with his supporting role in Terry Gilliam's futuristic thriller "The Zero Theorem" (2013), followed by a period role in George Clooney's World War II-era caper film "The Monuments Men" (2014). Following a supporting role in Christopher Nolan's time-travel epic "Interstellar" (2014), Damon starred in Ridley Scott's "The Martian" (2014), based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir about an astronaut mistakenly left for dead on Mars. his "Ocean's Eleven" collaborators, including "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002); and up-and-coming filmmaker pals, such as the creators of the comedy "Eurotrip" (2004). As a voice actor, Damon lend his distinctive vocals to the films "Titan A.E." (2000), "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron" (2002), "The Majestic" (2001), and "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" (2004).Demonstrating his increasing diversity and believability, Damon took on the role of the amnesiac Ã¼ber-spy Jason Bourne in the film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's sprawling...
arfare in the high-concept film "Elysium" (2013), remarkably the actor's first live-action outing to fall unquestionalbly into clear-cut science-fiction territory. Damon stayed in science fiction territory with his supporting role in Terry Gilliam's futuristic thriller "The Zero Theorem" (2013), followed by a period role in George Clooney's World War II-era caper film "The Monuments Men" (2014). Following a supporting role in Christopher Nolan's time-travel epic "Interstellar" (2014), Damon starred in Ridley Scott's "The Martian" (2014), based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir about an astronaut mistakenly left for dead on Mars.his "Ocean's Eleven" collaborators, including "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (2002); and up-and-coming filmmaker pals, such as the creators of the comedy "Eurotrip" (2004). As a voice actor, Damon lend his distinctive vocals to the films "Titan A.E." (2000), "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron" (2002), "The Majestic" (2001), and "Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train" (2004).
Demonstrating his increasing diversity and believability, Damon took on the role of the amnesiac Ã¼ber-spy Jason Bourne in the film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's sprawling espionage novel, "The Bourne Identity" (2002), a crackerjack thriller that did solid box office business and became a mega-hit on home video. The actor would reprise the role for the equally well-crafted but ultimately unsatisfying sequel "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004). Demonstrating a flair for goofball comedy, Damon delivered a wickedly funny turn on the small screen as Jack's scheming rival to join the gay men's chorus in a 2002 episode of the hit NBC sitcom "Will & Grace;" a role he reprised the following season. Damon next literallyjoined Greg Kinnear to play one-half of a pair of conjoined twins in the flawed but still winning comedy, "Stuck On You" (2003), a silly romp from the Farrelly Brothers that proved to be a rare miss for the filmmaking duo.
His next film cast him opposite Heath Ledger as a fictionalized version of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, the Bavarian fairy tale spinners known as "The Brothers Grimm" (2005), reimagined by director Terry Gilliam as a pair of curse-removing con artists who are suddenly tasked with solving a genuine mystery that will ultimately inspire their famous stories. Damon showed a great deal of panache and charisma as practical scoundrel Wilhelm, but the story ultimately left him too little to do; the film itself lacked the spark and imagination expected of a Gilliam project. Behind the scenes, Damon was credited with frequently playing peacemaker between the embattled Gilliam and the films' producers, the Weinstein brothers. At the end of that year Damon delivered a fine turn in the complex potboiler, "Syriana" (2005), playing an oil industry analyst living a comfortable life in Geneva until the death of his son while visiting an oil-rich country, drives him to obsession with helping the country's benevolent prince (Alexander Siddig) raise his nation with sound business dealings.
Damon next joined an all-star cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson for "The Departed" (2006), playing a hardened criminal employed by a crime syndicate who infiltrates the police while his counterpart (DiCaprio) on the force g s undercover in the mob. Based on the excellent Hong Kong action thriller, "Infernal Affairs" (2002) and directed by Martin Scorsese, "The Departed" earned a huge helping critical kudos prior to its release as well as several Academy Award wins. In "The Good Shepherd" (2006), a historical look at the beginnings of the CIA, Damon played Edward Wilson, a bright, idealistic Yale student recruited by the OSS to work intelligence during World War II. While later helping to form the CIA, he becomes disenfranchised during the heightened suspicions and deep-rooted paranoia of the Cold War. In 2007, Damon revived two favorite characters for a second time, appearing as Linus Caldwell in the much-improved "Ocean's Thirteen" (2007), and Jason Bourne for "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007), who comes out of retirement to defeat arch rival, The Jackal, in a once-and-for-all showdown.
In 2009, Damon made a cameo appearance on the hit Hollywood sitcom, "Entourage" (HBO, 2004-2011), playing a hyper-real version of himself in an effort to pressure Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) into donating money to his real-life charity, OneXOne, only to grow more and more angry as Vince continues to avoid him. Back in features, he reunited with Steven Soderbergh to star in "The Informant!" (2009), a dark political comedy in which he portrayed Mark Whitacre, a former high-ranking executive at Archer Daniels Midland who blew the whistle on the company's illegal price-fixing scheme, only to find himself in trouble with the FBI himself when they discover he has embezzled $9 million. The role earned Damon a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in Musical or Comedy. He next starred in "Invictus" (2009), director Clint Eastwood's compelling sports drama about how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with South African rugby star Francois Pienaar (Damon) to unite their country. Damon earned his second Golden Globe nomination that year, this time for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, as well as Screen Actors Guild and Oscar nominations in the supporting category.
After reteaming with Greengrass for the war thriller "Green Zone" (2010), Damon played a factory worker who communicates with the dead in Clint Eastwoodâ¿¿s "Hereafter" (2010). Also that year, he delivered a fine performance as Texas Ranger La Boeuf, who joins a determined 14-year-old (Hailee Steinfeld) and a gruff bounty hunter (Jeff Bridges) in tracking down a notorious gunman (Josh Brolin) in the Coen Brothersâ¿¿ Oscar-nominated Western, "True Grit" (2010). In a rare small screen turn, Damon played the pilot boyfriend of Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) in episodes of "30 Rock" (NBC, 2006-2013), which earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He also served as the narrator for "Inside Job" (2010), the Academy Award-winning documentary that explored the root causes and high-level players involved in the 2008 economic crisis that revealed widespread corruption by U.S. financial services. The following year, Damon starred in "The Adjustment Bureau" (2011), a romantic thriller about a man fighting for his own destiny that was loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story "The Adjustment Team." The film proved to be a moderate hit with both critics and audiences.
Not done by a long shot, Damon had much more to offer that year. He reteamed with Soderbergh once more for a 21st-century update of the disaster movie with "Contagion" (2011), in which he played a father desperately trying to save what remains of his family after a deadly pandemic rapidly depopulates the earth. On a lighter note, he lent his voice to the microbial Bill the Krill, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery with his pal Will (Pitt) in director George Millerâ¿¿s animated sequel "Happy Feet Two" (2011). The industrious actor then capped off the year by starring in director Cameron Croweâ¿¿s endearing comedy-drama "We Bought a Zoo" (2011), the story about a man and his family whose recently purchased home contains a fully stocked zoo that has fallen into disrepair. Clearly catching his breath, Damon had a relatively quiet 2012, with his only feature release of the year being "Promising Land," another thoughtful collaboration with Van Santâ¿¿this time focusing on the issue of fracking in a script that he co-wrote with fellow star John Krasinski. In 2013, Damon portrayed the gay lover of Liberace (Michael Douglas) in Soderbergh's esteemed HBO TV movie, "Behind the Candelabra." Shifting gears radically, he next endured futuristic slum life and being turned into a weapon of class w
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"I wasn't looking to become an overpaid sensation... At nineteen I did a TNT movie 'Rising Son' for $25,000. Five years later, after two feature shots, here I was getting $20,000 for another TNT movie 'The Good Old Boys'. Talk about a lesson in humility, somebody was obviously trying to tell me something."---Matt Damon quoted in Details, September 1998.
"It was surreal. 'Surreal' is an overused word. But it's the only way I can describe the whole thing. I had this Stepford-child glaze in my eyes the whole time. When Ben [Affleck] and I went up and we looked at the front row and saw Jack Nicholson and all those guys we revere, we froze. I mean, last year we were in Toronto, filming some 'Good Will Hunting' scenes, watching the awards with Gus [Van Sant], drinking beers and making smart-ass comments. And a year later we're in the front row and Billy Crystal's singing about us!"---Matt Damon describing the Academy Awards ceremonies Details, September 1998.
"To me this [celebrity] is all a statement about the power of the media. The press guys who met me last year know I wasn't turning anyone's head then. I hope I'm the same guy. I've been working straight. I haven't had the time to lose my mind yet."---Damon to the Boston Herald, July 21, 1998.
"I wish I could say it was part of some master plan. I was just a guy with my hat in my hand, looking for work."---Matt Damon on his casting in "Saving Private Ryan" to Entertainment Weekly, September 18, 1998.
"I don't have the natural talent to act the same way other people can do it. I'm always looking for every advantage I can get ... you want every possible angle covered. So I do a lot of research."---Matt Damon quoted in the San Francisco Examiner, July 19, 1998.
"... it would be harder to go through this without Ben, To see it happen to him makes it more real, too. It's great to be able to talk to him about what's going on because so much of it is weird and trippy and a little unhealthy and creepy."---Damon as quoted in the The Boston Globe, July 19, 1998.
"I heard these rumors around Oscar time. The theory is that a certain camp was trying to undermine me and Ben because then they would have a better chance of winning the best screenplay Oscar. As for the rumor, it's insulting. Variety called me about it. I said, 'I don't care. I'm not going to comment on it. Go ask Woody Allen if he wrote his script.' It's offensive, especially since it was so well documented that Ben and I wrote the script."---Matt Damon addressing the rumors that he and Affleck did not really write the script for "Good Will Hunting" as quoted in The Chicago Sun-Times, July 19, 1998.
"There's a whole group of us that stick together. It's like Actors Anonymous, and that's important because we all go through the same stuff. It's a life based on rejection, even at its highest level; you're never the first choice so I think it helps to have friends who understand the business. You can talk to them and they know where you're coming from."---Damon quoted in the London Times, February 28, 1998.
"A big shift in my life is not talking about personal things. I was raised in a family [in which] you always talked about whatever issues you were dealing with. My folks felt it was important for inner personal growth."
"I've done a 180-degree turn, for I find myself being guarded. It's definitely a transition for me, but I think it's an occupational necessity."---Matt Damon quoted in Daily News, September 6, 1998.
"I think he's right up there with the best actors I've worked with, Absolutely. They're all different, of course. But what Matt has shown steadily is the courage to be himself."---stage director David Wheeler (who taught Damon at The American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts) as quoted in Daily News, March 12, 1998.
"There's something so apple-pie about him. You know he was the best-looking kid in his school, and won all the awards at track and field and dated the most popular girl."---director Anthony Minghella to the London Times, February 28, 1998.
"Matt has the gift and he's a writer in his own right. That gives him something special."---Francis Ford Coppola quoted in the London Times, February 28, 1998.
"We never fancied ourselves writers. And actually, it was a source of embarrassment for us when we sold the script, because a lot of our friends really are writers and can write a lot better than we can, except maybe for dialogue. Writing a script is different, though, because to me it's not really writing. It's acting, is what it is. We still don't call ourselves writers. We just kind of go, 'Well, I guess that worked.'"---Damon quoted in Interview, December 1997.
"I think I probably care too much what people think about me. That's probably... another reason I'm an actor. It's not a compliment to myself; it's just being somebody who wants to be all things to all people, and I actually found a way to do that. It'll still never happen. It's something I'm working on."---Damon quoted in Premiere, January 2000.
"... it's really always for me more about the group of people that you're with that's gonna determine how much fun, how much value the experience is gonna have in your life."---Damon on working with the cast of "Ocean Eleven" to zap2it.com, November 27, 2001.
"When you're famous, you get a lot more credit for simple things," Damon says. "I'm not the nicest guy in the world. I like to think of myself as a nice guy and maybe, compared to these others, I am. Being polite to people and being professional doesn't take much energy."---Damon quoted in USA Today, December 11, 2003.
"This is the most insecure profession," Damon continues. "Everyone is on shaky ground, I don't care who they are. Look at all the people who were stars 10 and 20 years ago. Not many of them are around. That doesn't mean you can't act. It just depends on what you're in it for. And if you're in it to be a movie star, you're f---ed. Because no matter who you are, that s--- will go away, I guarantee you."---Damon to EW, July 23, 2004.
"I can imagine growing old with Ben. My longest relationship with a woman lasted 2 1/2 years, which is short when I consider how long I've been friends with him."---Damon to Brigitte Magazine, November 2004.
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