Matt Damon is indeed an actor, producer, and screenwriter from the United States. He made his cinematic debut in the movie Mystic Pizza, in which he played a tiny role. Damon was cast as that of the protagonist in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1997 courtroom thriller The Rainmaker after playing in a string of minor roles during the 1990s. Later that year, he had his debut within drama Good Will Hunting, in which he already co-wrote with Ben Affleck and portrayed the titular character of an undiscovered genius. They won Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, while Damon was nominated for Best Actor. Following that, he starred as a soldier in Steven Spielberg’s military film Saving Private Ryan (1998) and also as criminal Tom Ripley within thriller The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), both of which were critically and commercially successful.
Project Greenlight, a television series that helps novices build their first movie, was produced by LivePlanet, a production firm he founded with Affleck and Sean Bailey in 2000. Damon was an executive producer on such a number of productions directed by the show’s winners.
Inside the 2000s, Matt Damon fame grew even further when he landed major parts in two profitable movie franchises. In Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Trilogy (2001–07), he portrayed a con guy, and then in four of the five Bourne movies, he played the titular spy Jason Bourne. Damon co-wrote, co-edited, and acted in the polarising drama Gerry in 2002. In 2005, he starred as an energy expert in the thriller Syriana, as well as the following year, he co-starred in the critically acclaimed criminal drama The Departed with Leonardo DiCaprio.
In the sports drama Invictus (2009), Matt Damon played rugby player Francois Pienaar against Morgan Freeman’s Nelson Mandela, earning him an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor. Damon’s efforts with Soderbergh on the crime picture The Informant! (2009) and the drama Behind the Candelabra continues to garner recognition (2013). In the former, he portrayed Mark Whitacre, a whistleblower, while in the latter, he played Scott Thorson, Liberace’s unhappy lover, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Pearl Street Films, founded by Matt Damon and Affleck in 2012, is a production business. Promised Land, which Damon co-wrote and co-starred in alongside John Krasinski, was a flop. The western True Grit (2010), as well as the science fiction, flicks Elysium (2013) and The Martian (2013), were Damon’s biggest commercial triumphs of the 2010s (2015).
Damon got an Oscar nomination as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as a botanist stuck on Mars in the latter, which grossed over $630 million and became his highest-grossing film. Damon is one of Hollywood’s most commercially successful actors, having box office profits of nearly $3 billion in North America.