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MATT DAMON (Edward Wilson) is one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. This year, audiences have also seen him star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson in director Martin Scorsese's The Departed.

Damon most recently completed shooting Ocean's Thirteen and is currently filming The Bourne Ultimatum. These films, and Kenneth Lonergan's film Margaret, in which Damon has a cameo role, will be released next year.

In 2005, Damon starred with George Clooney in the geopolitical thriller Syriana, for director Stephen Gaghan. The film was produced by Section Eight Films. That same year, audiences also saw him in The Brothers Grimm, starring with Heath Ledger for director Terry Gilliam. He also recently reprised his role as Linus Caldwell in Ocean's Twelve, for director Steven Soderbergh.

In 2004, Damon reprised his role as Jason Bourne in the box-office hit The Bourne Supremacy, the second installment in the series following The Bourne Identity. That same year, Damon starred with Greg Kinnear in the Farrelly brothers' comedy Stuck on You, and in 2002, in Gerry, with Casey Affleck for director Gus Van Sant.

In 2000, audiences saw Damon star in The Legend of Bagger Vance, for director Robert Redford, and in the film version of the Cormac McCarthy book All the Pretty Horses, for director Billy Bob Thornton.

In 1999, Damon starred in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. That same year, he rejoined Chasing Amy director Kevin Smith and pal Ben Affleck in Dogma, a film about a pair of outcast angels.

In 1998, he won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay with longtime friend Ben Affleck 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 earned an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his work in the title role. In addition, both he and Affleck received a Golden Globe Award for their screenplay, and Damon also garnered 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.

In the same year, Damon starred 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, in which he portrayed a guilt-ridden Persian Gulf War soldier tormented by an incident that happened in the heat of battle.

The versatile young actor made his feature-film debut in 1988 in a small role in the critically well-received Mystic Pizza. He went on to play Brian Dennehy's medical school dropout son in the television movie Rising Son (TNT, 1990) and gained further attention when he returned to the big screen as a fascist preppy in School Ties (1992).

For director Walter Hill, Damon enjoyed a sizeable supporting role as the green second lieutenant new to the West who narrates Geronimo: An American Legend (1993); and in 1995, he appeared in The Good Old Boys, directed by Tommy Lee Jones for TNT.

In addition to their work in front of the camera, Damon and Affleck partnered to form LivePlanet Productions. This unique company produces featu

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