Recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the world’s highest-paid actors in 2017, Matt Damon is a household name in Hollywood and beyond. The star is an American actor, film producer, screenwriter, and philanthropist. He is one of the most profitable actors of all time with an estimated net worth that would make you want to double.
He has received countless awards and recognitions, including an Oscar out of five nominations, two Golden Globe Awards out of eight nominations, and has been nominated for two British Oscar film awards and six Emmy Awards.
Matt Damon Wiki
Matt was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Kent Damon, a stockbroker, real estate agent, and accountant, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University, and was one of the lucky children who grew up in a stable community and grew up around actor Ben Affleck.
His parents divorced when he was just two years old and Matt and his brother returned with their mother from Newton (where they had moved to) to Cambridge where they lived in a six-family community house.
He attended Cambridge Alternative School (now Graham and Parks) and continued his education at Cambridge Rindge and at the Latin School. During high school, Matt appeared as an actor in several school theatre productions, although Ben Affleck, his good friend, and schoolmate, was getting the “biggest roles and longest speeches” at that time.
Matt acknowledges acting teacher Gerry Speca as an important artistic influence in his life. After high school, he attended Harvard University, where he was a member of the class in 1992. Because of a role in the film Geronimo: An American Legend, which he left before graduating.
While at Harvard, he wrote an early adaptation of the script for Good Will Hunting as an exercise for an English class. He later received awards, including an Oscar for the script in 1998, presented to him by Harvard graduate Jack Lemmon, who had been a member of the Harvard Delphic Club along with Matt.
A few years later Matt became one of the most sought-after actors in the world, playing major roles in successful movies. Among his most popular roles are – Jason Bourne in the Bourne Franchise (2002-16) and as swindler in the Ocean’s Trilogy (2001-07). He has also received awards for his supporting role as rugby player Francois Pienaar in Invictus (2009) and his starring role as the astronaut stranded on Mars in The Martian Man (2015) and has received Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor respectively. The latter also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
His portrayal of Scott Thorson in the biography Behind the Candelabra (2013) also earned him Emmy Award nominations, as did the production of the reality series Project Greenlight. He received an Oscar nomination for the production of Manchester by the Sea.
Acting is not Matt’s only strength, as he has worked as a narrator in both animation and documentary films and has founded two production companies with Affleck. He has also been involved in charity work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America and Water.org.
Matt Damon’s Family, Divorce, Brother
Matt has an older brother, Kyle, who is a professional sculptor and artist. His family lived together in Newton until his parents divorced in 1973 and went their separate ways. Matt and his brother then moved with his mother to Cambridge, where she raised both boys on her own.
Matt Damon’s Wife and Kids
The actor is married to the Argentine Luciana Bozán Barroso and they have three daughters together. The couple met in April 2003 when Matt was filming Stuck on You in Miami. They became engaged in September 2005 and entered into the marriage in a private civil ceremony on December 9 of the same year at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.
Their marriage is blessed with three daughters: Isabella Damon, born in June 2006, Gia Zavala Damon, born in August 2008, and Stella Zavala Damon, born in October 2010. He also has one stepdaughter, Alexia Barroso with Luciana Barroso, born in 1998 from their previous marriage. Matt Damon and his family have lived in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles since 2012.
There may be rumors of impending divorce in Matt’s marriage, but the couple seems to be getting stronger than before. Apparently, his policy of always putting family first is working.
Matt Damon’s Height, Net Worth
Being an accomplished star in Hollywood comes with a fat cheque, hence, it’s no surprise that Matt’s estimated net worth is $160 million. In fact, he’s ranked among Forbes magazine’s most bankable stars and is one of the highest-paid actors of all time.
He stands tall at a height of 1.78 m.