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Facts & Trivia

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  • Birth name: Matthew Paige Damon
  • Dated Winona Ryder from December 1997 to May 2000
  • Played in $10,000 buyin Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at the 1998 World Series of Poker ( in Las Vegas. Lost during first day of four.
  • Chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world in 1998
  • Dropped 40 pounds for his role as a Gulf War vet in Courage Under Fire (1996).
  • His parents divorced when he was two and he spent part of his childhood in a commune in Boston with his mother, a specialist in child education.
  • Dropped out of Harvard 12 credits short of graduating to pursue his acting career.
  • To perfect his Southern accent to play the part of Rudy Baylor in Rainmaker, The (1997), he bartended in Knoxville, Tennessee for free. Later he hired one of the customers to serve as his dialect coach.
  • Auditioned for a role in To Die For (1995), Joaquin Phoenix later got that role.
  • Auditioned for a role in Primal Fear (1996); Edward Norton got the role instead. They starred together two years later in ‘Rounders’.Matt Damon
  • Both he and Ben Affleck worked as extras on the film Field of Dreams (1989). At one point during the shoot, Matt hopped on down to Boston’s Fenway Park to take some blades of grass as mementos for his father.
  • Turned down the lead role in Quick and the Dead, The (1995). Leonardo DiCaprio ended up with the role.
  • Announced that he and Minnie Driver broke up during an appearance on the Oprah Show just before the Oscars.
  • Turned down the lead role in Majestic, The (2001)
  • Was named as one of E!’s “25 Most Eligible Bachelors” in June, 2002.
  • While promoting “The Bourne Identity” on Jay Leno, he mentioned that he was an extra (along with Ben Affleck) in the film “Field of Dreams”.
  • His grandfather is Finnish
  • One of his first movie roles was a one line part in “Mystic Pizza” starring Julia Roberts. Later he starred with Roberts in Ocean’s Eleven.
  • Shaved his head for the movie Eurotrip.
  • Started a bowling league in Berlin while making Bourne Supremacy, The (2004).
  • Had a cameo as a waiter in the film “The Sum Of All Fears” (2002), but it was cut from the final film.
  • Is the real-life best friend of Ben Affleck. Each has starred together or had cameos in some of the other’s films.
  • Has starred in 6 movies where the title contains some part of his character’s name in that movie: Good Will Hunting (1997), Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Gerry (2002), Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), and The Bourne Identity (2002). Two more movies in this style – The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • While promoting “The Bourne Supremacy” on Jay Leno, he revealed that when he was a college freshman his agent from a “ma and pa agency” inadvertently sent him and Ben Affleck to an audition for “The Mickey Mouse Club.” They were under the impression that they were going to meet the head of Touchstone Pictures.