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Matt Damon: Career in pictures

Matt Damon

Matthew Paige Damon was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Oct. 8, 1970. Damon enrolled in 1988 at Harvard University, where he appeared in several stage productions and made his feature debut with a bit part in 1988’s “Mystic Pizza." He dropped out in 1992 to pursue acting full time.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

No Matt Damon retrospective is complete without including his Cambridge high school pal turned Hollywood collaborator Ben Affleck, left. They’ve worked together on several films, including the Oscar-winning “Good Will Hunting,” and launched the reality series “Project Greenlight” together in 2001.  

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‘The Rainmaker’ | 1997

After small roles in films such as 1992’s "School Ties” -- which also featured Affleck -- "Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993) and “"Courage Under Fire” (1996), Damon landed his first starring role in Francis Ford Coppola’s John Grisham adaptation “The Rainmaker.”

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‘Good Will Hunting’ | 1997

Damon’s breakthrough came with 1997’s “Good Will Hunting,” which he and Affleck co-wrote and co-starred in. Minnie Driver, left, and Robin Williams also starred. Gus Van Sant directed. 

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Oscar win | 1998

Old friends Affleck, left, and Damon shared the Oscar for original screenplay for “Good Will Hunting” at the 1998 Academy Awards. Affleck would later win the best picture Oscar for 2012’s “Argo.”

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‘Saving Private Ryan’ | 1998

Steven Spielberg provided Damon with a key early role as the title character in the 1998 Oscar winner “Saving Private Ryan.” Damon, center, was joined by Tom Hanks, left, Edward Burns, right, Vin Diesel, Tom Sizemore and others in the WWII drama. 

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‘Dogma’ | 1999

Among their many projects together, Damon, left, and Affleck starred in Kevin Smith’s 1999 religious comedy “Dogma.” Two years later, the duo spoofed their “Good Will Hunting” characters in Smith’s “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.”

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‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ | 1999

Damon, left, drew acclaim as a murderous sociopath opposite Jude Law, right, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett in 1999’s “"The Talented Mr. Ripley.”" 

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The ‘Oceans’ trilogy | 2001-2007

When it came time for Hollywood to remake the Rat Pack caper “Ocean’s 11" in 2001, director Steven Soderbergh assembled an all-star cast including, from left, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Damon, Elliott Gould and Don Cheadle. Sequels followed in 2004 and 2007. Damon re-teamed with Soderbergh several times in subsequent years. 

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‘Project Greenlight’ | 2001

In 2001, Damon and Affleck joined producer Chris Moore to create “Project Greenlight,” an HBO documentary series intent on discovering up-and-coming filmmakers. The show aired in 2001, 2003 and 2005, and was ressurrected earlier this year. 

From left, Moore, Affleck, Season 1 winner Pete Jones and Damon.

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The ‘Bourne’ franchise | 2002 - 2007

The role for which Damon is probably best-known is as amnesiac superspy Jason Bourne. He first appeared as the Robert Ludlum-created character in 2002’s hit "“The Bourne Identity” and reprised the role in the sequels “The Bourne Supremacy” (2004) and “The Bourne Ultimatum” (2007). After sitting out 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” Damon is rejoining the franchise


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Matt Damon and Luciana Bozan Barroso

After romances with fellow movie stars Minnie Driver and Winona Ryder, Damon married former Miami bartender Luciana Bozan Barroso in 2004. She and Damon have four daughters.

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‘The Departed’ | 2006

Damon, right, was part of the all-star cast of Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar winner “The Departed,” which also included Jack Nicholson, left, Leonardo DiCaprio, Vera Farmiga and Mark Wahlberg.   

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‘Invictus’ | 2009

Damon, right, earned a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role in Clint Eastwood’s "Invictus.” Co-star Morgan Freeman, left, was nominated in the lead actor category for his performance as Nelson Mandela. Damon re-teamed with Eastwood for 2010’s “Hereafter.”

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‘True Grit’ | 2010

Damon went out west to play a Texas Ranger named LaBeouf in the Coen brothers’ take on the classic western "True Grit” in 2010. It was nominated for 10 Oscars but went home empty-handed. 

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‘Behind the Candelabra’ | 2013

In 2013, Damon, left, once again partnered with Soderbergh for HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra." Michael Douglas, right, won an Emmy for his performance as flamboyant music icon Liberace, while Damon’s performance earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. 

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‘The Monuments Men’ | 2014

Damon reunited with Cate Blanchett, right, and director-star George Clooney in 2014’s "The Monuments Men.”

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‘The Martian’ | 2015

Damon plays astronaut Mark Watney in Ridley Scott’s “The Martian,” and will soon reprise his signature role as Jason Bourne.

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