Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon (born October 8, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts) is an American actor, voice actor, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist.
His career was launched with the success of his and Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning screenplay, Good Will Hunting (1997), for which he also received a number of Best Actor nominations. Growing steadily in popularity since then, he is now among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and one of the top-40 highest-grossing actors of all time.
In addition to the many awards and nominations Damon has received, such as Academy, Golden Globe and other industry awards, for his work in the film industry—in 2007, Damon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named the Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Damon has become known for his versatility, starring in commercially and critically successful films such as the rogue secret agent Jason Bourne in the first three installments of the Bourne series, the youthful thief Linus Caldwell in the Ocean's Trilogy, the anti-hero in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), a fallen angel in Dogma (1999), a helpless private in Saving Private Ryan (1998), and a conjoined twin in Stuck on You (2003).
He won further critical acclaim for his performances in dramas such as Syriana (2005) and The Good Shepherd (2006), as well as for his turn as a villain in the crime drama The Departed (2006). Among his critically and commercially unsuccessful films are the romance western All the Pretty Horses and the sports drama The Legend of Bagger Vance, both made in 2000, the adventure fantasy film The Brothers Grimm (2005) and the war thriller Green Zone (2010).
Damon has also performed voice-over work and established several production companies. Damon has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, and Water.org.
With his wife, Luciana Bozán Barroso, Damon has three daughters and a stepdaughter from Barroso's prior marriage. Damon dated his Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver. He later had a two-year relationship with actress Winona Ryder.
From 2001 to 2003, he dated Odessa Whitmire, a former personal assistant of Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck. Damon met Argentine bartender Luciana Bozán Barroso (born 1976) in April 2003 while filming Stuck on You in Miami. They became engaged in September 2005 and married in a private civil ceremony on December 9, 2005, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.
In 2013, they renewed their wedding vows in front of family and friends in St. Lucia. Damon is stepfather to Bozán Barroso's daughter, Alexia, from her previous marriage. The couple also have three daughters together: Isabella (born June 2006), Gia Zavala (born August 2008) and Stella Zavala (born October 2010). By 2012, they lived in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, having previously lived in Miami and New York. Damon is a fan of the Boston Red Sox.
After the team won the 2007 World Series, he narrated the commemorative DVD release of the event. He enjoys playing poker and has competed in several World Series of Poker (WSOP) events, including the 2010 World Series of Poker main event. He dropped $25,000 at the WSOP while researching his role as a professional poker player in Rounders (1998) and, after finishing the film, was busted out of the 1998 WSOP by poker professional Doyle Brunson.
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