Matthew Paige Damon is an American actor, screenwriter and producer who was born on October 8, 1970. Considered one of the highest-grossing actors of all time, he has an estimated net worth of $160 million. He has won two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes, among many nominations. He started acting in high school theater, where he met friend and collaborator, actor Ben Affleck. He attended Harvard, but dropped out because he won the lead role for Geronimo: An American Legend (1993). His breakout role came in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting, which he co-write and co-starred with Ben Affleck. It was a commercial and critical success, winning him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and Robin Williams an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. This led to Steven Spielberg casting him in a lead role for Saving Private Ryan (1998) with Tom Hanks.
He is best known for starring in the Jason Bourne film franchise, with the first released in 2002 and his fourth appearance in 2016. Most recently he’s known for starring The Martian (2015) which won him a Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy, as well as an Oscar nomination for best actor. Matt Damon is a supporter of animal rights and rescue. He is also part of the Compassion Project, that campaigns against the Yulin dog meat festival in China.