MATT DAMON was applauded for his performance and co-writing
of the award-winning "Good Will Hunting," the story
of an orphan from South Boston who comes to terms with his life
and genius through the relationship with a therapist. The film
earned Damon, and longtime best friend/co-star/co-writer Ben Affleck,
the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In addition,
Damon received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Robin Williams
won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and Minnie Driver was
nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Damon's rising career is filled with extraordinary performances.
He starred as the crusading lawyer in Francis Ford Coppola's "The
Rainmaker," based on John Grisham's best selling novel, and
gave a vivid performance in "Courage Under Fire" (1996),
in which he portrayed a guilt-ridden Persian Gulf soldier tormented
by an incident that happened in the heat of battle. Earlier, for
director Walter Hill, Damon enjoyed a sizable supporting role
as the green second lieutenant new to the West who narrates "Geronimo:
An American Legend." In 1995, Damon appeared in "The
Good Old Boys," directed by Tommy Lee Jones for TNT.
The versatile young actor made his feature film debut in 1988
with a small role in the critically acclaimed "Mystic Pizza."
He went on to play Brian Dennehy's medical school dropout in the
TV movie "Rising Sun" for TNT in 1990, and gained further
attention in his return to the big screen, as one of the preppies
in "School Ties."
This summer, Damon stared opposite Tom Hanks in the title role
of "Saving Private Ryan," a World War II saga shot on
location in London under the direction of Steven Spielberg. He
also recently completed production on Kevin Smith's "Dogma"
with Ben Affleck, Linda Fiorentino and Chris Rock. Next year he
will star in Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley."
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