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Born: October 8, 1970
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hollywood megastar Matt Damon was born in Massachusetts, where he quickly became involved with the theatre program at Cambridge Ridge and Latin School. The young actor later enrolled at Harvard University to study English but soon dropped out to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor.
After landing small roles in films such as Mystic Pizza and School Ties, Damon finally landed his breakout role in the film Courage Under Fire.
He went on to snag a coveted starring role in Good Will Hunting alongside Robin Williams. The film was based on a screenplay he had written during his time at Harvard with his buddy Ben Affleck. Damon and Affleck won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
But perhaps his best roles were in the films Saving Private Ryan, Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13 and The Departed. Damon snagged his second Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2009’s Invictus as well as an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor in 30 Rock.
Damon became the amnesiac secret agent in 2002 as Jason Bourne in the thriller The Bourne Identity. He went on to star in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Aside from being an action hero and hunk, Damon has also immersed himself in humanitarian work. Damon founded the H2O Africa Foundation which merged with WaterPartners to form Water.org. It is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide clean water for hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America. Damon is also the co-founder of Not On Our Watch Project, along with Brad Pitt and George Clooney, who seek to stop and prevent mass atrocities such as in Darfur.
Damon married longtime girlfriend and bartender Luciana Barroso on December 9, 2005 and the couple are still married today. They share three daughters together: Isabella, 5, Gia, 3, and Stella, 1. Damon also became a stepfather to his wife’s daughter Alexia, 13, from a previous marriage.