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Matthew Paige Damon (; born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, film producer, and screenwriter. Ranked among ''Forbes'' most bankable stars, the films in which he has appeared have collectively earned over $3.88 billion at the North American box office, making him one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. He is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards, in addition to nominations for three British Academy Film Awards, six Screen Actors Guild Awards, and seven Primetime Emmy Awards.
Damon began his acting career by appearing in high school theater productions. He made his professional acting debut in the film ''Mystic Pizza'' (1988). He came to prominence in 1997 when he and Ben Affleck wrote and starred in ''Good Will Hunting'', which won them the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay, continuing to garner praise from critics for his roles as the title character in ''Saving Private Ryan'' (1998), the titular antihero in ''The Talented Mr. Ripley'' (1999), the fallen angel Loki in the View Askewniverse films ''Dogma'' (1999) and ''Jay and Silent Bob Reboot'' (2019), and as a Loki actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films ''Thor: Ragnarok'' (2017) and ''Thor: Love and Thunder'' (2023), an energy analyst in ''Syriana'' (2005), a corrupt Irish-American policeman in ''The Departed'' (2006), and racecar driver Carroll Shelby in ''Ford v Ferrari'' (2019).
Damon is also known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the ''Bourne'' franchise (2002–2007; 2016), and as con man Linus Caldwell in the ''Ocean's'' trilogy (2001–2007; 2018). He had a supporting role as rugby player Francois Pienaar in ''Invictus'' (2009) and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his leading role as Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars, in ''The Martian'' (2015). Damon portrayed Scott Thorson in the biopic ''Behind the Candelabra'' (2013) and produced the reality series ''Project Greenlight'' (2001–2015) as well as the film ''Manchester by the Sea'' (2016).
Damon has also performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films, and has established two production companies with Affleck. He has been involved in charitable work with organizations including the One Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, and Water.org. Provided by Wikipedia