Matt Damon. biography
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts and first began acting at the age of 10 while attending Rindge & Latin prep school alongside his neighborhood friend Ben Affleck.
Soon after enrolling to Harvard, Matt dropped out to focus on acting and quickly landed two career-changing roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s drama thriller The Rainmaker (1997) with Danny DeVito and Claire Danes, and Good Will Hunting (1997) for which he and his co-star Ben Affleck won the 1998 Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
Once a boy from Massachusetts, Matt had instantly turned into a Hollywood star with starring roles in Steven Spielberg’s war film Saving Private Ryan (1998) with Tom Hanks, Rounders (1998), the comedy Dogma (1999) alongside Ben Affleck, the crime drama The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law, and the sport drama The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000).
The rising star then transformed into a sought after celebrity and gained an army of followers when he starred in the crime comedy remake Ocean’s Eleven (2001) and its sequels Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007). He also made various TV appearances in popular TV shows such as Will & Grace (1998), HBO’s Entourage (2004) and 30 Rock (2006) for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Guest Actor.
Matt gained additional critical acclaim with his performances in the drama thriller Syriana (2005) alongside George Clooney and Amanda Peet, Martin Scorsese’s The Departed (2006) with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson, the history thriller The Good Shepherd (2006) and the biopic Invictus (2009) with the latter resulting in an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Also around this time, Matt’s celebrity status reached new heights when he transformed into his most well known character to-date, the assassin Jason Bourn in The Bourne Identity (2002) and its sequels The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), which pulled in $125 million on opening weekend. He went on to star in the action film Green Zone (2010) and the Coen brothers’ western True Grit (2010) with Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld.
Matt’s popularity continued to grow in part of his memorable performances in the sci-fi thrillers The Adjustment Bureau (2011) alongside Emily Blunt and Contagion (2011) with Kate Winslet and Jude Law, as well as the drama Margaret (2011) opposite Anna Paquin. He then showed off his sensitive side in the animated family comedy Happy Feet Two (2011) and family drama We Bought a Zoo (2011) opposite Scarlett Johansson
The star actor’s most recent projects include, the drama Promised Land (2012), the made-for-TV film Behind the Candelabra (2013), the sci-fi action flick Elysium (2013) opposite Jodie Foster, the drama The Monuments Men (2013) alongside Cate Blanchett and George Clooney, and the drama The Zero Theorem (2013).
Is Matt Damon Gay?
Gay rumors hovering over Matt Damon initially originated from an interview in which Matt opens up about his upcoming biopic Behind the Candelabra, based on Scott Thorson's book Behind the Candelabra: My Life With Liberace, in which he and Michael Douglas play gay lovers. When it was revealed that the two stars were to share many passionate kisses, many were quick to confront Matt in hopes of getting a comment hinting at his gayness.
He later discussed the kiss in a 2011 interview with People.com, saying, "I never thought I would get to kiss Michael Douglas. I kind of think of it in algebra terms, back to my high-school days. It's like the transitive property - by kissing Michael Douglas, I am making out with Catherine. I was actually kind of upset that I never got to kiss Catherine. But now I get to kiss Michael. I thought it would have been better if I could have at least kissed them both."
The speculations continue to linger despite the fact that Matt and his Argentinean girlfriend Luciana Bozán Barroso married in December 2005 in New York City Hall and later welcomed their three daughters; Isabella (Born 11 June 2006), Gia Zavala (Born 20 August 2008) and Stella Zavala (Born 20 October 2010).
Matt Damon Wife, Girlfriend & Dating History Timeline
1996 – 1997
After playing each other’s love interest in the award-winning film Good Will Hunting, Matt and Minnie Driver’s on-screen romance transitioned off-screen. The two carried on a brief relationship while reaching celebrity status prior to Matt going on the Oprah Winfrey Show and revealing they had broken up. Driver was not fond of the spectacle and later expressed, “It's unfortunate that Matt went on Oprah. It seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate."
1997 – 2000
As soon as dating rumors surrounding Matt and Winona Ryder began to emerge, People magazine coined them “Hollywood’s It Couple” even though they were trying to keep their romance quiet and out of the tabloids. Matt later told GQ magazine in 1999, “There’s no advantage to putting it into public consciousness. It’s not something I want to share.”
The two made a point not to share their break up news.
1999 – 2000
Many speculated that Matt and Penelope Cruz began dating after co-starring in the western flick All the Pretty Horses, but the two neither conformed nor denied the rumors. When questioned by Oprah Winfrey on her show, however, the rumors didn’t seem so far fetch when Cruz expressed, "Matt's a very special man, he's funny and he's one of the most generous people I've met in my life. He has no defects."
2001 – 2003
Attempting to keep his private life out of the public eye, Matt secretly dated Odessa Whitmire (personal assistant to Billy Bob Thornton and later Ben Affleck) for two years. The only time the two were seen hand-in-hand was at the international premieres for The Bourne Identity.
2003 – Present
Matt and Luciana Barroso first caught each other’s eyes in Florida during the time he was shooting the comedy Stuck on You and she was bartending. The two later tied the knot on December 9, 2005, at the New York City Hall and went on to welcome their daughters Isabella on June 11, 2006 and Gia Zavala on August 20, 2008.