Matt Damon’s BiographyMatthew Paige Damon is a renowned Hollywood actor, most famous for his roles in the action Ocean’s trilogy and the film series about the special agent Jason Bourne. At the beginning of his career, the actor played roles in Kevin Smith’s movies («Dogma», «Chasing Amy»). Along with his best friend Ben Affleck, the actor wrote the screenplay for the outstanding movie «Good Will Hunting», which won an Oscar for «Best Screenplay» in 1998.
Matt Damon’s ChildhoodMatt spent the first two years of his life in Cambridge, not far from Boston. His father, Kent Telfer Damon, was a stockbroker and his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, lectured at the local University. Matt’s loyal playmate was his brother Kyle, three years his senior. Soon after Matt’s second birthday, his parents got divorced, and from then on Nancy had to bring up her children alone, although both boys maintained good relationships with their father and his new family.
Meeting Ben AffleckWhen Matt was 14, he made friends with Ben Affleck, a boy from the neighborhood, who stayed a couple of blocks away. This was a truly historic meeting. Although Affleck was two years younger than Matt, this didn’t stop the boys from building a true friendship, which later developed into a fruitful creative union.
Until they graduated from school, the two teenagers would sit at Ben’s house doing nothing much, drinking beer, as well as writing and acting out short skits. They also went to auditions and got roles as extras a couple of times.
Matt Damon’s Acting Career. First roles.Matt attended script-writing classes in his free time. Moreover, in his first year, he was lucky to play a tiny one-line role in the romantic comedy «Mystic Pizza». On the 87th minute, his character says: «Mom, do you want my green stuff?». Later he had a slightly bigger role of a sportscaster in the «Field of Dreams» drama with Kevin Kostner.
After coming back together in New York, the best friends started searching for an outlet for their unquenchable energy. However, all they could find were roles in the TJ Maxx supermarkets adverts. In 1989, Matt played in «The Good Mother» and finally decided to quit Harvard.
«Good Will Hunting» creationThe script for one of the most significant movies of the ‘90s – «Good Will Hunting» - came to life during a couple of evenings. Matt Damon was helping Ben Affleck with his homework: the latter had to write an essay for college. After reading through their paper of 20 pages, the lecturer laughed and told Affleck that no one would ever read that nonsense. She returned the paper to him.
In 1999 the audience saw Matt in the movies «The Talented Mr. Ripley» and «Dogma» by Kevin Smith. The first movie presents Matt Damon as a true master of disguise - the character he plays impersonates another character.
The next milestone was «Oceans 11», which came out in 2001. Matt plays one of eleven «professionals», hired by George Clooney’s character to perform the most audacious casino robbery in the history of mankind. Damon’s character is a young pickpocket Linus Caldwell. Later, (in 2004 and 2007), the movie’s sequels came out, which won tremendous approval from the audience worldwide.
In September 2016 the fourth movie in the Bourne series, «Jason Bourne», starring Damon, came out. The actor’s co-stars were the Scandinavian beauty Alicia Vikander and the Hollywood veteran Tommy Lee Jones.