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
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
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
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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