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MATT DAMON (Jason Bourne) is an Academy Award®-winning screenwriter, in addition to being honored for his work as an actor. He most recently starred in Martin Scorsese's Oscar®-winning Best Picture The Departed, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg, and in Robert De Niro's dramatic thriller The Good Shepherd, with De Niro and Angelina Jolie.

Hailing from Boston, Damon attended Harvard University and gained his initial acting experience at the American Repertory Theatre. He made his feature-film debut in Mystic Pizza, followed by the TNT telefilm Rising Son. His early credits also include roles in School Ties, Walter Hill's Geronimo: An American Legend and Tommy Lee Jones' The Good Old Boys for TNT. Damon first caught the attention of critics and audiences with his portrayal of a guilt-ridden Gulf War veteran tormented by memories of a battlefield incident in 1996's Courage Under Fire.

However, 1997 would prove to be Damon's breakout year. Together with his friend Ben Affleck, he co-wrote the acclaimed drama Good Will Hunting, in which Damon also starred in the title role as a troubled math genius. The film brought him an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe award (shared with Affleck) for Best Original Screenplay. Damon also garnered Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for his performance in the film, as well as two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations: one for his individual performance and another for Outstanding Cast Performance. In the same year, Damon starred as an idealistic young attorney in Francis Ford Coppola's The Rainmaker and made a cameo appearance in Kevin Smith's Chasing Amy.

In 1998, Damon played the title role in Steven Spielberg's award-winning World War II drama Saving Private Ryan, for which he shared another SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance. That same year, he also starred in John Dahl's drama Rounders, with Edward Norton.

Damon earned his third Golden Globe nomination for his performance in 1999's The Talented Mr. Ripley, under the direction of Anthony Minghella. He also reunited with Affleck and director Kevin Smith to star in the controversial comedy Dogma. In 2000, Damon starred in Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance and Billy Bob Thornton's All the Pretty Horses. The next year, he joined an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, in Steven Soderbergh's hit remake of the Rat Pack comedy Ocean's Eleven. Damon followed with his first action role when he starred as Jason Bourne in 2002's mega-hit action thriller The Bourne Identity. In 2004, he starred in the sequels Ocean's Twelve and The Bourne Supremacy. He is currently starring in the hit Ocean's Thirteen, reuniting him with Soderbergh and the all-star cast.

Damon's recent film work also includes Stephen Gaghan's geopolitical thriller Syriana, with George Clooney; the Farrelly brothers' comedy Stuck on You, opposite Greg Kinnear; Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm, with Heath Ledger; and a cameo appearance in George Clooney's Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Lifelong friends Damon and Affleck formed the production company LivePlanet to produce film, television and new media projects. LivePlanet produced three Emmy-nominated seasons of Project Greenlight, chronicling the making of independent films by first-time writers and directors. The resulting Project Greenlight films to date are Stolen Summer, The Battle of Shaker Heights and Feast. The latest LivePlanet project is the documentary Running the Sahara, directed by Academy Award® winner James Moll.

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