Matt Damon

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Matthew Paige Damon ( ; born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, film producer, and screenwriter. He was ranked among ''Forbes'' most bankable stars in 2007, and in 2010 was one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He has received various awards and nominations, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for three British Academy Film Awards and seven Primetime Emmy Awards.

Damon began his acting career in the film ''Mystic Pizza'' (1988). He gained prominence in 1997 when he and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in ''Good Will Hunting'', which won them the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Screenplay. He established himself as a leading man by starring as Tom Ripley in ''The Talented Mr. Ripley'' (1999), Jason Bourne in the ''Bourne'' franchise (2002–2007; 2016), and con man Linus Caldwell in the ''Ocean's'' trilogy (2001–2007). Damon's other notable roles have been in ''Saving Private Ryan'' (1998), ''Syriana'' (2005), ''The Departed'' (2006), ''The Informant!'', ''Invictus'' (both 2009), ''True Grit'' (2010), ''Contagion'' (2011), ''Ford v Ferrari'' (2019), ''Stillwater'', ''The Last Duel'' (both 2021), ''Air'', and ''Oppenheimer'' (both 2023), the last of which is his highest-grossing feature. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for playing an astronaut stranded on Mars in ''The Martian'' (2015).

On television, Damon portrayed Scott Thorson in the HBO biopic ''Behind the Candelabra'' (2013), for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. He appeared on ''30 Rock'' in 2011 and ''Saturday Night Live'' in 2019. He also produced the reality series ''Project Greenlight'' (2001–2015) as well as the film ''Manchester by the Sea'' (2016). Damon has performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films as well as established two production companies with Affleck, Artists Equity, and the former, Pearl Street Films. He has been involved in charitable work with organizations including the One Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, and Provided by Wikipedia
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