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Paltrow at the 68th Venice Film Festival, September 2011

Born Gwyneth Kate Paltrow[1]
(1972-09-27) September 27, 1972 (age 40)[2]
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, author and comedian
Years active 1990–present
Spouse(s) Chris Martin (m. 2003)
Children 2
Parents Bruce Paltrow
Blythe Danner
Relatives Jake Paltrow (brother)
Katherine Moennig (half-cousin)
Gabrielle Giffords (second cousin)

Gwyneth Paltrow (/ˈɡwɪnɨθ ˈpæltroʊ/; born Gwyneth Kate Paltrow; September 27, 1972)[3] is an American actress, singer, and food writer.[4][5] She made her acting debut on stage in 1990 and started appearing in films in 1991.. After appearing in several films throughout the decade, Paltrow gained early notice for her work in films such as Seven (1995) and Emma (1996) (in which she played the title role).




Following the films Sliding Doors (1998) and A Perfect Murder (1998), Paltrow garnered worldwide recognition through her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actress and as a member of the Outstanding Cast. She also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 for her role as Holly Holliday on the Fox hit TV show Glee in the episode "The Substitute". In April 2013, Gwyneth was named "Most Beautiful Woman" by People Magazine.[6]

Paltrow has portrayed supporting as well as lead roles in films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), and Proof (2005), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama. Since 2008 she has portrayed Pepper Potts, the love interest of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), and Iron Man 3 (2013). Paltrow has been the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume since 2005.

She is married to Chris Martin, the lead vocalist of Coldplay.[7] They have two children together, Apple and Moses. She is also the face of American fashion brand Coach,[8] owner of the lifestyle company Goop.com and author of two cookbooks: My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness, and It's All Good.[9]


Early life Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and the late film producer/director Bruce Paltrow. Her father was Jewish and her mother is from a Christian background, and Paltrow was raised with "both Jewish and Christian holidays".[10][11][12] Her father's Ashkenazi family immigrated from Belarus[13] and Poland,[14] while her mother's ancestry is Pennsylvania Dutch (German) and white Barbadian (English).[15][16][17] Paltrow's paternal great-great-grandfather, whose surname was "Paltrowicz," was a rabbi in Nowogród, Poland.[18] Paltrow has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow, and is a half-cousin of actress Katherine Moennig, and a second cousin of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08).[19]

Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, where she attended Crossroads School, before enrolling in the Spence School, a private girls' school in New York City.[20] Later, she briefly studied anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out to act.[21] She is an "adopted daughter" of Talavera de la Reina (Spain), where at 15 she spent a year as an exchange student and learned to speak Spanish.[22][23][24]


1989–1995: Early work

Her acting debut was in High (1989), a TV film her father directed, and after spending several summers watching her mother perform at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, Paltrow made her professional stage debut there in 1990.[25] Her film debut followed with Shout (1991), starring John Travolta; and she was cast by Steven Spielberg in his film Hook (1991) as the young Wendy Darling.[25] Paltrow's next roles were in Cruel Doubt (TV 1992) and Deadly Relations (TV 1993). Her first plum supporting role in a big-screen film was in the drama Flesh and Bone (1993) as the much-younger girlfriend of James Caan. In the hit thriller Seven (1995), she played Brad Pitt's high school sweetheart and wife, even though she is nine years younger than he is in real life. Her performance earned her a Satellite Award nomination. Also in 1995, she appeared in Moonlight and Valentino[26] and Jefferson in Paris.[27]

1996–2001: Breakthrough and film stardom[

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Paltrow at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival

Paltrow's first role as the central lead was the title role in Emma (1996), for which she received critical acclaim. She had leading roles in several films throughout 1998, including Sliding Doors and the adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations with Ethan Hawke, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Chris Cooper. She also appeared in two thrillers, Hush opposite Jessica Lange and A Perfect Murder inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film, Dial M for Murder. Paltrow appeared opposite Michael Douglas as Emily Taylor, based on Grace Kelly's character from the original film, though the film was met with mixed reviews. She was also considered for the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in the 1997 film Titanic.[28]

In 1998, Paltrow starred in Shakespeare in Love, portraying the fictional lover of William Shakespeare, played by Joseph Fiennes. The film earned more than US$100 million in box office receipts in the United States, and Paltrow gained critical acclaim for her portrayal. Entertainment Weekly commented, "Best of all is Gwyneth Paltrow, who, at long last, has a movie to star in that's as radiant as she is."[29] The New York Times summed up her turn as Viola as such: "Gwyneth Paltrow, in her first great, fully realized starring performance, makes a heroine so breathtaking that she seems utterly plausible as the playwright's guiding light."[30] The award-winning Shakespeare in Love[31][32] earned Paltrow the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role from the Screen Actors Guild,[33] the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress[33] and the Academy Award for Best Actress, among other honors.[32] Her Pink Ralph Lauren dress worn at the 71st Academy Awards in collecting her Oscar was extremely popular and was credited for bringing pink back into fashion.[34]

In 1999, Paltrow co-starred alongside Jude Law, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett in The Talented Mr. Ripley, which earned $80 million domestically and received positive reviews.[35] She showcased her singing ability in 2000's Duets, which was directed by her father and co-starred singer Huey Lewis. The same year, Paltrow co-starred with Ben Affleck in the romantic drama Bounce as Abby Janello. In 2001, she played Margot Tenenbaum as part of an ensemble cast in the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums and starred with Jack Black in the comedy Shallow Hal, where she had to wear a specially designed 25-pound fatsuit and heavy make-up.

2002–2007: Career slowdown

Since the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow's film success has been less noteworthy.[36] She said she was unequipped for the pressure, leading to several bad movie choices,[37] agreeing with peers who believe the win is, in some ways, a curse.[38] During this time, Paltrow rarely appeared in films, having taken a career hiatus to raise her family.[20] In The Guardian, she said she divided her career into movies for love and films for money: The Royal Tenenbaums, Proof, and Sylvia fell into the former category, while she did View from the Top and Shallow Hal for the latter.[24] In 2004, she appeared in the science-fiction film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow opposite Jude Law. The same year, she was recognized as an outstanding woman in entertainment by Women in Film Los Angeles with the Crystal Award.[39] In 2005, she appeared in the film Proof as the depressed daughter of a brilliant, eccentric mathematician. The movie is based on the play of the same name, in which Paltrow also played the same character at London's Donmar Warehouse in 2002. For her performance Paltrow earned her second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. In 2006, she had small roles in Running With Scissors and Infamous, in which she sang Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?".

2008–present: Career comeback

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Paltrow at a ceremony for receiving her Hollywood Walk of Fame star, December 2010

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Paltrow in Paris at the French premiere of Iron Man 3, April 2013.

In 2008, she appeared in the superhero film Iron Man as Pepper Potts, Tony Stark's personal assistant, closest friend, and budding love interest.[40] Iron Man was Paltrow's highest-grossing film to date, earning more than $585,000,000 worldwide,[41] until she reprised her role as Potts in Joss Whedon's 2012 epic, The Avengers, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.[42] Paltrow said she was hesitant to appear in a big-budget project but she was won over by Robert Downey, Jr., the film's lead, and director Jon Favreau. She recalled a conversation with Downey, saying:[43]

"Robert called me and he said, 'This is gonna be fun, and this is gonna be good.' And then he said to me, 'Don't you want to be in a movie that people see?' And I was like, 'Whoa! What would that feel like?' And he's right. Moviemaking is not supposed to be a masturbatory exercise; it's supposed to be shared by other people."

In 2010, Paltrow reprised her role in the sequel to Iron Man, Iron Man 2. Later in 2010, she appeared in the musical Country Strong and recorded the song Country Strong for the film's soundtrack.[44] The song was released to country radio in August 2010.[45] At the 83rd Academy Awards, Paltrow performed another song from the movie, "Coming Home," which was nominated for Best Original Song.[46] She also appeared in Fox's Glee, as substitute teacher Holly Holliday, who fills in for Matthew Morrison's character when he falls ill. In her first episode, "The Substitute," she sang "Nowadays" from the musical Chicago with Lea Michele, Cee Lo Green's "Forget You", and a mash-up of "Singin' In the Rain" and Rihanna's "Umbrella" with Morrison and the rest of the cast.[47] She later performed "Forget You" with Cee Lo Green himself and several puppet characters provided by The Jim Henson Company at the 2011 Grammy Awards.[48] She reprised her role twice more that season, performing "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" by Gary Glitter, an acoustic version of "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac, "Kiss" by Prince, and Adele's "Turning Tables". In 2011, Paltrow appeared in the Steven Soderbergh thriller Contagion, in which she was part of an ensemble cast, including Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and her The Talented Mr. Ripley co-stars Matt Damon and Jude Law.[49] The movie opened at number 1 at the US Box Office Weekend and received positive reviews. In 2012 she starred in the independent romantic comedy Thanks for Sharing with Mark Ruffalo and reprised her role as Pepper Potts in the film The Avengers, which broke records as the highest grossing U.S. opening weekend film of all time. It was confirmed that Paltrow will star as Dora Maar in Carlos Saura's Spanish film 33 días alongside Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso. The film began shooting in late 2012, for a 2013 release.[50][51]

In April 2013, Paltrow was named People magazine's annual "Most Beautiful Woman".[52]

Other projects

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Paltrow at the 84th Academy Awards in 2012

Paltrow is a Save the Children artist ambassador, raising awareness about World Pneumonia Day.[53] She is on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization that works to alleviate poverty in New York City.[54] In February 2009, Paltrow received a Grammy nomination for her reading of the classic bear books of author Bill Martin, Jr.[55]

Paltrow had her singing debut in the 2000 film Duets, in which she performed a cover version of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'". The song was released as a single. The song went to number one in Australia, while Paltrow's rendition of the Kim Carnes classic "Bette Davis Eyes" reached number three.[56] In the 2006 film Infamous, she sang "What Is This Thing Called Love". On September 27, 2006, Paltrow sang with rapper Jay-Z during his concert at Royal Albert Hall. She sang the chorus for "Song Cry", from the rapper's album Blueprint.[57] In an interview, she said she would be at the concert but not that she would perform. She was quoted as saying "I'm a Jay-Z fan. He's my best friend."[58]

In May 2005, Paltrow became the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume. She appeared in Chicago on August 17, 2007, to sign bottles of the perfume, and on July 8, 2008, she promoted Lauder's Sensuous perfume in New York with the company's three other models.[59] Estée Lauder donates a minimum of $500,000 of sales of items from the 'Pleasures Gwyneth Paltrow' collection to breast cancer research.[60] In 2006, she became the face for Bean Pole International, a Korean fashion brand.

In October 2007, she signed for a PBS television series Spain... on the Road Again with Mario Batali that showcases the food and culture of Spain.[61] In September 2008, she launched a weekly lifestyle newsletter, Goop, encouraging readers to 'nourish the inner aspect'. The website's title is derived from the initials of her first and last names.[62] Each week, the newsletter focuses on an action: Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, and See. It has been ridiculed by E-Online,[63] Vanity Fair,[64] The Independent,[65] and the UK's Daily Mirror.[66]

In 2008, she co-wrote a book with Mario Batali, "Spain...A Culinary Road Trip."[67] In 2011, she wrote a book titled, "My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness".[68] That same year, she penned the book, "Notes From the Kitchen Table."[69] Two years later, she published a book titled, "It's All Good: Delicious Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great." That year, she wrote a foreword of a book by Ross Matthews titled, "Man Up! Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence."

Personal life

At the age of 24, Paltrow was engaged to actor Brad Pitt, whom she dated from 1994 to 1997.[70] The engagement was called off, according to Paltrow, because she was not ready for marriage, and she later felt responsible for hurting Pitt since she was "such a mess" during that time in her life.[71] Paltrow has since said that, as this was her first high-profile relationship with another celebrity, it taught her the need for public discretion about her romantic life; she told Biography magazine, "I said things about being in a relationship [with Brad Pitt] that felt wrong to me even as I was saying them."[72]

Paltrow had an on-off three-year relationship with actor Ben Affleck from 1997 to late 2000.[73] Soon after their breakup, Paltrow managed to persuade Affleck to work in the film Bounce with her;[74] during the making of the film, which was shot in mid-1999, the couple started dating again and eventually broke up in October 2000.[73]

In October 2002, Paltrow met Chris Martin of the British rock group Coldplay backstage three weeks after the death of her father, Bruce Paltrow. They married on December 5, 2003, in a ceremony at a hotel in Southern California.[75] The couple have two children together: Apple Blythe Alison Martin (b. 2004) and Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (b. 2006).[76] Paltrow explained Apple's very unusual first name on Oprah, saying: "It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, 'Perfect!'."[77] She explained her son's first name came from the song, titled "Moses", that her husband wrote for her before their wedding.[76]

Paltrow cut down on work after becoming a mother.[78] She also suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her son, Moses.[79]

Paltrow's father came from a long line of influential East European rabbis, and that inspired Paltrow to raise her daughter and son in a Jewish environment.[80][81] Paltrow has stated, "if you could see how much food I make – I am the original Jewish mother".[82]


Year Film Role Notes
1989 High    
1991 Shout Rebecca  
1991 Hook Young Wendy Darling  
1992 Cruel Doubt Angela Pritchard  
1993 Deadly Relations Carol Ann Fagot Applegarth Holland  
1993 Malice Paula Bell  
1993 Flesh and Bone Ginny Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Paula Hunt  
1995 Higher Learning Student Uncredited
1995 Jefferson in Paris Patsy Jefferson  
1995 Seven Tracy Mills Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1995 Moonlight and Valentino Lucy Trager  
1996 Hard Eight Clementine  
1996 Pallbearer, TheThe Pallbearer Julie DeMarco  
1996 Emma Emma Woodhouse Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1997 Thomas Jefferson Jefferson's granddaughter (voice) TV mini-series
1998 Sliding Doors Helen Quilley Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (also for Shakespeare in Love)
Russian Film of Guild Critics Award for Best Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (also for Shakespeare in Love)
1998 Great Expectations Estella  
1998 Hush Helen Baring  
1998 Perfect Murder, AA Perfect Murder Emily Bradford Taylor Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress – Suspense
1998 Shakespeare in Love Viola De Lesseps Academy Award for Best Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (also for Sliding Doors)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Joseph Fiennes)
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress (also for Sliding Doors)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Comedy/Romance
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Actress
Teen Choice Award for Sexiest Love Scene
1999 Talented Mr. Ripley, TheThe Talented Mr. Ripley Marge Sherwood Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Suspense
2000 Intern, TheThe Intern Herself Uncredited
2000 Duets Liv  
2000 Bounce Abby Janello Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress - Drama/Romance
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Ben Affleck)
2001 Anniversary Party, TheThe Anniversary Party Skye Davidson  
2001 Royal Tenenbaums, TheThe Royal Tenenbaums Margot Tenenbaum Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2001 Shallow Hal Rosemary Shanahan Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Film – Choice Comedy Actress
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself Documentary
2002 Austin Powers in Goldmember Dixie Normous in 'Austinpussy' Cameo
2002 Possession Maud Bailey  
2003 View from the Top Donna Jensen  
2003 Sylvia Sylvia Plath  
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Polly Perkins Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Jude Law)
2005 Proof Catherine Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
2006 Infamous Kitty Dean  
2006 Love and Other Disasters Hollywood Jacks Cameo
2006 Running with Scissors Hope Finch  
2007 Good Night, TheThe Good Night Dora  
2008 Iron Man Pepper Potts Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actress
Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Action Adventure
2008 Two Lovers Michelle Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
2010 Iron Man 2 Pepper Potts Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Sci-Fi
2010 Country Strong Kelly Canter Nominated—Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Song
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Original Song
World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
2011 Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Holly Holliday Uncredited
2011 Contagion Beth Emhoff Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2012 Thanks for Sharing Phoebe  
2012 The Avengers Pepper Potts  
2013 Iron Man 3 Pepper Potts Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Action
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Sci/Fi-Fantasy
2014 33 días Dora Maar Filming


Year Film Role Notes
1997 Thomas Jefferson Jefferson's granddaughter (voice) TV mini-series
1999–2001, 2011 Saturday Night Live Host/Various 5 episodes
2008 Spain... On The Road Again Herself TV series documentary; 13 episodes
2010 Marriage Ref, TheThe Marriage Ref Herself - Panelist Episode: "Gwyneth Paltrow/Jerry Seinfeld/Greg Giraldo"
2010–2011 Glee Holly Holliday Episodes: "The Substitute", "Sexy", "A Night of Neglect"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
2011 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself Episode: "Gwyneth Paltrow"
2012 The New Normal Abby Episode: "Pilot" (cameo/uncredited)



Singles Year Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)

"Cruisin'" (with Huey Lewis) 2000 1 1 1 Duets
"Bette Davis Eyes" 3
"Country Strong" 2010 81 30   Country Strong
"Me and Tennessee" (with Tim McGraw) 2011 34 63  
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Featured singles[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
"Forget You" (with Glee Cast) 2010 11 24 12 20 31 Glee: The Music, Volume 4
"Nowadays / Hot Honey Rag" (with Glee Cast)[102] Non-album singles
"Singing in the Rain / Umbrella" (with Glee Cast) 18 23 20 10 22
"Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" (with Glee Cast) 2011 57 63 95 Glee: The Music, Volume 5
"Kiss" (with Glee Cast) 83 98 80
"Landslide" (with Glee Cast) 23 38 35 36 52
"Turning Tables" (with Glee Cast) 66 66 75 Glee: The Music, Volume 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Album appearances[edit]

Song Year Album
"Silent Worship" (with Ewan McGregor) 1996 Emma
"Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" (with Babyface) 2000 Duets
"It's Only Love" (with Sheryl Crow) 2002 C'mon, C'mon
"What Is This Thing Called Love?" (with Mark Rubin Band) 2006 Infamous
"Shake That Thing" 2010 Country Strong
"Coming Home"
"A Fighter"
"Over the Rainbow" (with Matthew Morrison) 2011 Matthew Morrison
"This Woman's Work" Every Mother Counts
"Waiting on June" (with Holly Williams) 2013 The Highway

Music videos[edit]

Video Year Director
"Country Strong" 2010 Kristin Barlowe, Christoper Sims
"Me and Tennessee" (with Tim McGraw) 2011 Shana Feste


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Jean Dujardin

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Jean Dujardin, Cannes Film Festival (2011).

Born Jean Edmond Dujardin[citation needed]
(1972-06-19) 19 June 1972 (age 41)
Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Occupation Actor, film director, producer, comedian
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Alexandra Lamy
(25 July 2009–present)
Children 2

Jean Edmond Dujardin (French: [ʒɑ̃ dy.ʒaʁ.dɛ̃]; born 19 June 1972) is a French actor, film director, producer and comedian. His starring role in Michel Hazanavicius' silent movie The Artist, playing actor George Valentin, received widespread acclaim.[1] The role won him numerous awards, including the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor.




He is the first French actor to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. He first worked with Hazanavicius by starring in his OSS 117 spy parodies.



Early life

Jean Dujardin was born and raised in Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France region), a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France.[2] After attending high school, he went to work for his parents' construction company.[3] Dujardin began contemplating a career in acting while serving his mandatory military service a few years later.[3]

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Dujardin photographed by Studio Harcourt in 2009.

Dujardin began his acting career performing a one-man show he wrote in various bars and cabarets in Paris.[3] He first gained attention when he appeared on the French talent show Graines de star in 1996 as part of the comedy group Nous C Nous, which was formed by members of the Carré blanc theater.

From 1999–2003, Dujardin starred in the France production of the originally Canadian comedy series Un gars, une fille, alongside his future wife Alexandra Lamy, before transitioning to a career in film. The TV series charted the path of a relationship; each episode was less than ten minutes long. In 2005, he portrayed the titular surfer in the popular comedic film Brice de Nice and performed on its accompanying soundtrack.

In 2006, Dujardin starred as racist, sexist secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath in the comedy OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, a role which earned him an Etoile D'Or Award and a César Award nomination for Best Actor. The film's success spawned a sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio. In 2007, directed by Jan Kounen, he starred in the film 99F (99 francs), a very successful existential parody of an advertising exec, adapted from the eponymous best-seller written by Frédéric Beigbeder. This same year, he ventured in drama for the first time on the silver screen, playing a tortured father and cop in Franck Mancuso's Contre-enquête. In 2009, he appeared in A Man and His Dog alongside screen legend Jean-Paul Belmondo, with whom he has often been compared. In 2010, he starred alongside Albert Dupontel, playing his character's cancer in The Clink of Ice, a French black comedy written and directed by Bertrand Blier.

In 2011, Dujardin starred as movie star George Valentin in the silent film The Artist, reuniting him with OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies director Michel Hazanavicius and his co-star in that film, Bérénice Bejo. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where he received the Best Actor Award.[4] His performance garnered much critical acclaim and he received numerous nominations, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor. On 15 January 2012, Dujardin won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.[5] He later went on to win the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor, and the BAFTA for Best Actor. He was also nominated for the César award of the best actor but lost it to newcomer Omar Sy for his role in the second most ever viewed movie in France The Intouchables. Dujardin went on to win the Best Actor award at the 84th Academy Awards.[6] In effect he is the fourth French actor to be nominated for an Oscar and the first to win the Best Actor.[7] He has been described as France's answer to George Clooney.[8] Following his Oscar nomination for his role in The Artist, WME agency signed the actor.[9]

French film historian Tim Palmer has analyzed Dujardin's career and rise to success in France, noting how his formative roles were often unredeemable buffoons, very skilful portrayals of childlike men who aggressively and unabashedly reject the responsibilities and compromises of adult life. Dujardin's breakthrough roles as Brice de Nice and OSS 117 exemplified this tendency.[10]

In February 2012, Dujardin appeared in Les Infidèles. He was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.[11] In 2013, Dujardin starred in Éric Rochant's Möbius with Cécile de France.[12] His second film of the year will be Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, playing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Kyle Chandler among others.[13] His next projects include The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney, with Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett[14] and French film Le Petit Joueur.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 À l'abri des regards indiscrets Jean-Luc Short film
If I Were a Rich Man Weston the seller  
2003 Toutes les filles sont folles Lorenzi  
Bienvenue chez les Rozes Mathieu Gamelin/MG  
Les Clefs de bagnole Himself  
2004 Le Convoyeur Jacques  
Mariages ! Alex  
Les Dalton Cowboy  
Rien de grave Pilotage instructor Short film
2005 La vie de Michel Muller est plus belle que la vôtre Himself  
Brice de Nice Brice of Nice/Brice Agostini Also co-writer
NRJ Ciné Award for Best Look
NRJ Ciné Award for Best Quote
L'Amour aux trousses Franck  
Il ne faut jurer de rien ! Valentin  
2006 OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath/OSS 117 Étoile d'Or Award for Best Actor
Nominated—César Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Globe de Cristal for Best Actor[16]
Nominated—NRJ Ciné Award for Actor of the Year
Nominated—NRJ Ciné Award for Best Look
Nominated—NRJ Ciné Award for Best Kiss
Nominated—NRJ Ciné Award for Best Quote[17]
Nominated—Raimu Award for Comedy
Hellphone The warrior of the cellar  
2007 Contre-enquête Richard Malinowski  
99 francs Octave Parango Raimu Award for Comedy[18]
Nominated—Étoile d'Or Award for Best Actor
2008 Ca$h Cash  
2009 A Man and His Dog The Worker  
OSS 117: Lost in Rio Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath/OSS 117 Nominated—Globe de Cristal for Best Actor[16]
Lucky Luke Lucky Luke Also co-writer
2010 Little White Lies Ludo  
The Clink of Ice Charles Faulque  
Un balcon sur la mer Marc Swann d'Or for Best Actor[16]
2011 The Artist George Valentin Academy Award for Best Actor
AACTA International Award for Best Actor
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award[19]
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Hollywood Film Festival Spotlight Award
Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Cinema Vanguard Award
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Étoile d'Or Award for Best Actor
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screen Couple (with Bérénice Bejo)
Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—César Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (runner-up)
Nominated—Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor (second runner-up)
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (runner-up)
Nominated—Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
2012 Les Infidèles   Also co-director, co-writer and co-producer
2013 Möbius Moïse  
The Wolf of Wall Street Jean Jacques Saurel  
Monuments Men    


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1999 Carré Blanc / Nous C Nous Various TV sketches
1997–1998 Farce Attaque Himself Also co-writer
1999–2003 Un gars, une fille Jean Lead role opposite later lover and wife Alexandra Lamy
2007 Palizzi   Also creator and director
2012 Saturday Night Live George Valentin-like character Appeared in the "Les jeunes de Paris" sketch[20]
2013 Le débarquement Various TV sketches

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Matt Damon,  (711)
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Matt Damon

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Damon at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, September 7, 2009

Born Matthew Paige Damon
(1970-10-08) October 8, 1970 (age 42)[1]
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard College[2]
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, producer, philanthropist
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Luciana Bozán Barroso (m. 2005)
Children 3 daughters, one stepdaughter
Awards Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay


Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist whose career was launched following the success of the drama film Good Will Hunting (1997) from a screenplay he co-wrote with friend and actor Ben Affleck. The pair won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay for their work.




For his performance in the film, Damon received nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Satellite Award, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.

Damon has since starred in commercially successful films such as Saving Private Ryan (1998), the Ocean's trilogy, and the first three films in the Bourne series, while also gaining critical acclaim for his performances in dramas such as Syriana (2005), The Good Shepherd (2006), and The Departed (2006). He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for portraying the title character in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Francois Pienaar in Invictus (2009). He is one of the top-40 highest-grossing actors of all time. In 2007, Damon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine. Damon has been actively involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, and Water.org.

Early life

Matt Damon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of Kent Telfer Damon, a stockbroker, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University.[3][4] His father is of Scottish and English ancestry, while his mother is of Finnish and Swedish descent.[5] His brother Kyle is an accomplished sculptor and artist.[4][6] He and his family moved to Newton and lived there for two years. After his parents divorced, Damon and his brother moved with their mother back to Cambridge,[4][7] where they lived in a six-family communal house.[8][9] Damon grew up near actor Ben Affleck, a close friend since childhood and collaborator on several films (Damon is Affleck's tenth cousin, once removed, through a common New England ancestor).[10] Another neighbor of Damon's was historian and author Howard Zinn,[11] whose biographical film You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train and audio version of A People's History of the United States Damon later narrated.[9]

Damon took to role-playing as a child partly because his mother raised him "by the book",[8] which made him feel as though "you couldn’t define yourself, because you already had been defined by her."[8] He attended Cambridge Alternative School (now Graham and Parks) and then Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where he was a disciplined student[12] but had a "terrifying" first two years due to his short height at the time.[13] As a lonely adolescent, Damon has described feeling "such pain in wanting to belong somewhere and not belonging."[8] Damon performed as an actor in several high school theater productions;[4] he has credited his drama teacher at Rindge and Latin, Gerry Speca, as an important artistic influence, even though Damon recalls that, "Mr. Speca always seemed to trust Ben [Affleck] with the biggest roles and longest speeches."[12]

Damon attended Harvard University from 1988 to 1992, but did not graduate.[14] While at Harvard, he studied English and lived in Matthews Hall and then Lowell House. He took part in student theater,[15] appearing in plays such as Burn This in Winthrop House and A... My Name is Alice (in one of the three male roles usually performed by women).[16] Damon dropped out of the university to pursue his acting career in Los Angeles because he mistakenly expected Geronimo: An American Legend to become a big success.[17] "By the time I figured out I had made the wrong decision, it was too late. I was living out here with a bunch of actors, and we were all scrambling to make ends meet," Damon has said.[18]

Acting career

Early years

Damon made his acting debut in 1988 at the age of 18, with a single line of dialogue in the romantic comedy Mystic Pizza.[19] As a student at Harvard University, he continued to pursue acting and performed small roles in projects such as the TNT original film Rising Son and the ensemble prep-school drama School Ties.[20] In 1992, he landed a big part in Geronimo: An American Legend with Gene Hackman and Jason Patric.[20] In 1996, he auditioned for a small role in Cutthroat Island, but was turned away.[21] Damon next appeared as an opiate-addicted soldier in 1996's Courage Under Fire. He was required to lose 40 pounds (18 kg) in 100 days (for only two days of filming).[22][23] After following a self-prescribed diet and fitness regimen to lose the weight, Damon was told after filming that he was fortunate his heart did not shrink. He took medication for a year and a half afterwards to correct the stress inflicted on his adrenal gland. Courage Under Fire gained him some critical notice, as The Washington Post labeled his performance "impressive";[24] Damon has stated that it was worthwhile to risk his health in order to properly portray his character and show the industry how committed he was to his work as an actor.[19][23]


During the early 1990s, Damon and Affleck wrote a screenplay about a young math genius, which they then pitched around Hollywood for a long time. Receiving advice from director Rob Reiner, screenwriter William Goldman, and their friend writer/director Kevin Smith, the two made changes to the script.[17] It eventually became Good Will Hunting (1997) and received nine Academy Awards nominations, earning Damon and Affleck Oscars for Best Original Screenplay.[25][26] Damon was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for the same film, which also netted an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for co-star Robin Williams.[25] He and Affleck were each paid salaries of $600,000, while the film grossed over $225 million at the worldwide box office.[27][28] The two later parodied their roles from the film in Kevin Smith's 2001 movie Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Also in 1997, Damon was the lead in the critically acclaimed drama The Rainmaker, where he was recognized by the Los Angeles Times as "a talented young actor on the brink of stardom."[29] After meeting Damon on the set of Good Will Hunting, director Steven Spielberg cast Damon as the titular character in the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan.[17]

Hollywood star

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Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Damon, Andy García, Julia Roberts (the cast of Ocean's Eleven), with director Steven Soderbergh in December 2001

Damon has become known for choosing a wide variety of film roles,[30] from his portrayal of Patricia Highsmith's anti-hero Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)[19] to a fallen angel who discusses pop culture as intellectual subject matter with Affleck in Dogma (1999); from a conjoined twin in Stuck on You (2003), which got a mixed critical reception,[31] to the low-budget experimental film Gerry (2002), which he co-wrote with Casey Affleck and Gus Van Sant. Damon garnered generally positive critical reaction for his Golden Globe-nominated[32] portrayal of Ripley, with Variety stating, "Damon outstandingly conveys his character's slide from innocent enthusiasm into cold calculation."[33]

Damon's attempts at essaying leading characters in romantic dramas such as 2000's All the Pretty Horses and The Legend of Bagger Vance were commercially and critically unsuccessful.[27] Variety said of his work in All the Pretty Horses: "[Damon] just doesn't quite seem like a young man who's spent his life amidst the dust and dung of a Texas cattle ranch. Nor does he strike any sparks with [Penelope] Cruz."[34] He was similarly deemed "uncomfortable being the center" of Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance.[35]

From 2001 to 2007, Damon gained wider international recognition as part of two major film franchises. He co-starred as thief Linus Caldwell, alongside George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts, in Steven Soderbergh's 2001 film Ocean's Eleven, a remake of the Rat Pack's 1960 caper film of the same name; the successful crime dramedy spawned two sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007).[19] He played amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne in the hit action thrillers The Bourne Identity (2002), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007).[19] Entertainment Weekly placed Damon as an "action star" on its end-of-the-decade "best-of" list, saying, "When he first signed on as the ass-kicking amnesiac Jason Bourne in 2002, no one would've predicted that Damon would become the decade's best mixer of brawn and brains. Shows what we know."[36] In August 2007, financial magazine Forbes created a list of actors who generated the best box-office performance related to their salaries; the list placed Damon as the most bankable star of the actors reviewed, revealing that Damon had averaged 29 US dollars at the box office for every dollar he earned for his last three films.[37][38]

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Damon and Robert De Niro at Berlin in February 2007 for the premiere of The Good Shepherd

Damon played a fictionalized version of Wilhelm Grimm in Terry Gilliam's fantasy adventure The Brothers Grimm (2005), which was a critically panned commercial failure;[27] The Washington Post concluded, "Damon, constantly flashing his newscaster's teeth and flaunting a fake, 'Masterpiece Theatre' dialect, comes across like someone who got lost on the way to an audition for a high school production of 'The Pirates of Penzance.'"[39] Later that year, he appeared as an energy analyst in Syriana.[40] In 2006, Damon joined Robert De Niro in The Good Shepherd as a career CIA officer, and played an undercover mobster working for the Massachusetts State Police in Martin Scorsese's The Departed, a remake of the Hong Kong police thriller Infernal Affairs.[19] Assessing his work in the two films, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote that Damon "does what few stars with his kind of billing do: he disappears."[30] The Departed was a success amongst critics and audiences alike.[27][41]

Damon had an uncredited cameo in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth (2007) and another cameo in the 2008 Che Guevara biopic Che. He lent his voice to the English version of the animated film Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, which was released in the United States in August 2009.[42] He also made a guest appearance in 2009 on the sixth season finale of Entourage as himself, where he tries to pressure Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) into donating to his charity OneXOne — a real foundation for which Damon is an ambassador — and gets increasingly irritated when Chase does not seem to comply.[43][44]

Damon next appeared in Steven Soderbergh's dark comedy The Informant! (2009),[45] in which his Golden Globe-nominated work was described by Entertainment Weekly as such: "The star – who has quietly and steadily turned into a great Everyman actor – is in nimble control as he reveals his character's deep crazies."[46] Also in 2009, Damon portrayed South Africa national rugby union team captain François Pienaar in the Clint Eastwood-directed film Invictus, which is based on the 2008 John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Changed a Nation and features Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.[47] Invictus earned Damon an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The New Republic observed, "It is not a demanding role, but the ever-more-actorly Damon brings it off with low-key charm and integrity."[48]

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Handprints and footprints of Damon in front of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre

In 2010, he reteamed with director Paul Greengrass, who directed him in the Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum, for the action thriller Green Zone, which flopped commercially[49] and received ambivalent reception from critics.[50] In motion pictures that feature him either as a leading actor or as a supporting co-star, his films have grossed a total of U.S.$1.94[51] to U.S.$2.42 billion[52] (based on counting his roles as strictly lead or including supporting roles, respectively) at the North American box office, placing him in the top forty grossing actors of all time.

He has appeared as a guest star in an episode of Arthur, titled "The Making of Arthur", as himself.[53] During Season 5 of 30 Rock, he appeared as guest star in the role of Liz Lemon's boyfriend in the episodes "I Do Do", "The Fabian Strategy", "Live Show", and "Double Edged Sword". Damon's 2010 projects included Clint Eastwood's Hereafter and the Coen Brothers' remake of the 1969 John Wayne-starring Western True Grit; the latter movie started filming in March 2010 and was released in December of that year.[54]

In 2011, he starred in The Adjustment Bureau, Contagion, We Bought a Zoo, and voiced a krill in Happy Feet Two. In April 2012, Damon filmed Promised Land, directed by Gus Van Sant, which he co-wrote with John Krasinski.[55][56][57] Damon's next film with frequent collaborator Steven Soderbergh is Behind the Candelabra, a drama about the life of pianist/entertainer Liberace (played by Michael Douglas) with Damon playing Liberace's longtime partner Scott Thorson. The film premiered on HBO on May 26, 2013.[58]

Damon starred alongside Jodie Foster in the science fiction film Elysium, where he played former car-thief-turned-factory-worker Max DeCosta. The movie was written, co-produced and directed by Neill Blomkamp of District 9, and was released on August 9, 2013.[59]

Upcoming films

Damon's upcoming releases include the science fiction movie The Zero Theorem by Terry Gilliam and George Clooney's Monuments Men.

Producing career

Along with Affleck and producers Chris Moore and Sean Bailey, Damon founded the production company LivePlanet, through which the four created the documentary series Project Greenlight to find and fund worthwhile film projects from novice filmmakers.[60] The company produced and founded the short-lived mystery-hybrid series Push, Nevada as well as other projects. Project Greenlight was nominated for Emmys for Outstanding Reality Program in 2002, 2004 and 2005.[17]

In March 2010, Damon and Affleck teamed up again to sign a first-look production deal with Warner Bros.[61] The new company is called Pearl Street Films.

Humanitarian work

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Damon volunteering in Haiti as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission

Damon was the founder of H2O Africa Foundation, the charitable arm of the Running the Sahara expedition,[17][62] which merged with WaterPartners to create Water.org in July 2009.[63] He, along with George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, David Pressman, and Jerry Weintraub, is one of the founders of Not On Our Watch Project, an organization that focuses global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities such as in Darfur.[64] Damon supports the ONE Campaign, which is aimed at fighting AIDS and poverty in Third World countries. He has appeared in their print and television advertising. Damon is also an ambassador for OneXOne, a non-profit foundation committed to supporting, preserving and improving the lives of children at home in Canada, the United States, and around the world.[65] Damon is also a spokesperson for Feeding America, the largest USA-focused hunger-relief organization, and a member of their Entertainment Council, participating in their Ad Council PSAs.

Damon is a board member of Tonic Mailstopper (formerly GreenDimes), a company that attempts to halt junk mail delivered to American homes each day.[66] Appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 20, 2007, Damon promoted the organization's efforts to prevent the trees used for junk mail letters and envelopes from being chopped down. Damon stated: "For an estimated dime a day they can stop 70 percent of the junk mail that comes to your house. It's very simple, easy to do, great gift to give, I've actually signed up my entire family. It was a gift given to me this past holiday season and I was so impressed that I'm now on the board of the company."[67]

In 2011, the documentary which he narrated, American Teacher, opened in New York prior to national screening.[68]

In the media

Kimmel and Damon

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel at some point started stating near the end of his ABC television show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, "My apologies to Matt Damon; we ran out of time", a line lampooning instances where shows cannot feature their last guest due to time constraints. On September 12, 2006, after a segment highlighting the running gag and a lengthy introduction by Kimmel, Damon finally appeared on the show, only for Kimmel to apologetically cut his interview and head to credits, leading Damon to curse him extensively before storming off. This encounter was entirely planned by Kimmel and Damon.[69]

Kimmel's girlfriend at the time, comedian Sarah Silverman, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on January 31, 2008, and aired a clip where she is singing a song entitled "I'm Fucking Matt Damon." Damon appeared in the song with Silverman.[70] Kimmel responded by airing his own music video in which he announced, through song, that he is "fucking Ben Affleck." The video aired on February 24, 2008, and featured Affleck along with a host of celebrities, including Don Cheadle, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Harrison Ford, and Robin Williams.

Later on, Kimmel's sidekick, Guillermo, appeared in a spoof of The Bourne Ultimatum, which starred Damon. He was then chased down by Damon as he cursed about Kimmel being behind all this.

The next encounter was titled "The Handsome Men's Club" which featured Kimmel, along with other "Handsome Men" including Matthew McConaughey, John Krasinski, Patrick Dempsey, Sting, Gilles Marini, Ted Danson, Rob Lowe, Keith Urban, Tony Romo, Taye Diggs, Josh Hartnett, Ben Affleck and Lenny Kravitz. At the end of the skit Kimmel has a door slammed in his face by Damon stating that they had run out of time and then Damon continues with a sinister laugh.[71]

On January 24, 2013, Damon finally got his revenge on Jimmy Kimmel by taking over his entire show. He not only referenced the long running feud by mentioning that he has been bumped for 1,205 shows, but involved numerous celebrities who were previously involved in the feud, including Robin Williams. The monologue was hijacked in part by Ben Affleck altering cue cards, and the show culminated with an interview with Kimmel's former fiance, Sarah Silverman.

Political views

Damon appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews in December 2006 and, while discussing the ongoing war in Iraq, he stated: "It seems like we have a fighting class in our country that's comprised of people who have to go for financial reasons... I don't think that that is fair. If you're gonna send people to war... then that needs to be shared by everybody, you know, and if the president has daughters who are of age then maybe they should go too."[72]

Damon is a supporter of the Democratic Party, and has made several critical comments on Republican Party figures, and expressed his disillusionment with the policies of President Barack Obama.[73][74] In 2012 Damon, Ben Affleck, and John Krasinski hosted a fundraiser for Democratic Senate nominee Elizabeth Warren.[75]


In January 2012, it was announced that Damon had signed a multi-year deal to be the voice of TD Ameritrade advertisements, replacing Sam Waterston as the discount brokerage's spokesman. Damon donates all fees from the advertisements to charity.[76]

Personal life

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Damon with wife Luciana Bozán Barroso at the 66th Venice International Film Festival

Damon dated his Good Will Hunting co-star Minnie Driver.[77] He later had a two-year relationship with actress Winona Ryder.[19] From 2001 to 2003, he dated Odessa Whitmire, a former personal assistant of Billy Bob Thornton and Ben Affleck.[19] While filming Stuck on You in 2003,[78] Damon met Argentine-born Luciana Bozán Barroso (born 1976) in Miami, where she was working as a bartender.[79] The couple married in a private civil ceremony on December 9, 2005, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau near New York City Hall.[79] Damon became stepfather to Bozán Barroso's young daughter, Alexia, from her previous marriage. The couple also have three daughters.[80][81][82] On April 13, 2013, Damon and his wife renewed their wedding vows after eight years of marriage.[83] In the summer of 2013, Damon and his family moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles.[84]

Damon is a fan of the Boston Red Sox.[85] After the team won the 2007 World Series, he narrated the commemorative DVD release of the event.[86]

He enjoys playing poker and has competed in several World Series of Poker (WSOP) events[87][88] including the 2010 World Series of Poker main event.[89] He dropped $25,000 at the WSOP while researching his role as a professional poker player in Rounders (1998)[90] and after filming the movie Damon was busted out of the 1998 WSOP by poker professional Doyle Brunson.[91]

Awards and honors

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Main article: Matt Damon filmography


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Further reading

  • Altman, Sheryl and Berk, Sheryl. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck: On and Off Screen. HarperCollins Publishers, 1998. ISBN 0-06-107145-5.
  • Bego, Mark. Matt Damon: Chasing a Dream. Andrews Mcmeel Pub, 1998. ISBN 0-8362-7131-9.
  • Diamond, Maxine and Hemmings, Harriet. Matt Damon a Biography. Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 1998. ISBN 0-671-02649-6.
  • Nickson, Chris. Matt Damon: An Unauthorized Biography. Renaissance Books, 1999. ISBN 1-58063-072-3.

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Difficult to interpret part 2
Difficult to interpret part 1
Environment in cities
Lists of paintings  
    Photo Musicians
Blue Fire Blouse Band
Oscar Fredriks Chamber Choir
Voiceroom  2017-12-12
Restaurant Safir  2017-12-09
   Photo Nature
Part 3  2019-
Part 2  2017-08 and 2018-12
Part 1  2017-04
List of publications
Text attachments