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MATT DAMON (Linus Caldwell) starred last year in The Legend of Bagger Vance for director Robert Redford and in the film version of the Cormick McCarthy book All the Pretty Horses, for director Billy Bob Thornton.

More recently, Damon completed a starring role for director Doug Liman in The Bourne Identity, which will be released in May 2002.

In 1999, Damon received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor for his role in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley. He also joined director Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck in Dogma, a film about a pair of outcast angels.

In 1998, he and longtime friend Ben Affleck received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the critically-acclaimed drama Good Will Hunting, a coming-of-age story about a young mathematical genius who, due to his upbringing in inner-city Boston, can't live up to his potential. Damon also garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in the title role.

In addition, he and Affleck received a Golden Globe Award for their screenplay and Damon also earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. The film, directed by Gus Van Sant, received seven additional Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture and a win for Robin Williams for Best Supporting Actor.

That same year, Damon starred in two highly-acclaimed films: in the title role of the World War II drama Saving Private Ryan for Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg and in John Dahl's Rounders, about a reformed gambler who is drawn back into New York's underground poker world to help a recently paroled friend pay off loan sharks.

In 1997, Damon made a cameo appearance in Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy. In the same year, he starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham.

Damon first gained the public's eye in 1996, when he gave a vivid performance in Courage Under Fire, portraying a guilt-ridden Persian Gulf War soldier tormented by an incident which happened in the heat of battle.

He made his feature film debut in 1988 in a small role in Mystic Pizza, which starred his Ocean's Eleven co-star, Julia Roberts. He went on to play Brian Dennehy's medical school dropout son in the TNT movie Rising Son and gained further attention when he returned to the big screen as a fascist preppy in School Ties.

For director Walter Hill, Damon enjoyed a supporting role as the green second lieutenant new to the West who narrates Geronimo: An American Legend. In 1995, he appeared in The Good Old Boys, directed by Tommy Lee Jones for TNT.

In 1998, Damon and Affleck partnered with Good Will Hunting associate producer and longtime friend Chris Moore to form Pearl Street Productions, now known as LivePlanet. This unique company created integrated media, a new kind of entertainment experience that combines traditional media, new media and the physical world. LivePlanet created and oversees Project Greenlight, where filmmaking hopefuls submitted their original scripts to Affleck, Damon and Moore via an Internet competition. A 13-episode documentary series chronicling the making of an independent feature film will debut on HBO December 2001.

Also in 1998, Damon and Affleck signed a multi-year, first-look agreement to develop and produce projects with Harvey and Bob Weinstein's Miramax Films. First up is The Third Wheel directed by and starring Jay Lacopo. The film, which also stars Denise Richards and Luke Wilson, will see Damon and Affleck serving as Executive Producers, as well as appearing in cameo roles.

Damon, who attended Harvard University, first gained acting experience at the American Repertory Theatre as well as other Boston-based


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