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spotlight on... Matt Damon.

Image: Golden boy Best known for: Jason Bourne and a string of hit movies Early life: Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970, in Boston, Massachusetts. He has a brother. His father is a retired investment banker, his mother is a professor of education, but they divorced in 1973, and the boys moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts with their mother. Damon met fellow actor Ben Affleck when he was 10 and they have been friends ever since.

Quote: "If anybody wanted to spotlight on... Matt Damon Career: Dropped out of Harvard to concentrate on acting. He struggled to get roles,

making his film debut in 1988's Mystic Pizza alongside future co-star Julia Roberts. He appeared in several more projects until Courage Under Fire got him noticed in 1996. A year later, Good Will Hunting, based on a story by Damon and Affleck, became a major success and won them Best Screenplay Oscars. Since then, he's appeared in Saving Private Ryan, Dogma, The Talented Mr Ripley, Stuck On You, Ocean's Eleven and The Bourne Identity. He's followed up with sequels to Ocean's Eleven and The Bourne Identity, as well as tackling new projects like The Good Shepherd and The Depar ted.

Love life: Married with three kids. Don't mention: He starved himself for his role in Courage Under Fire but he lost the weight too quickly and he needed medical supervision for several months after the shoot.

photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. 'Here's Matt at home learning his lines. Here's Matt researching in aisle six of his local library'. A few hours of that and they'd go home."

Tonight: Green Zone, Channel 4, 9pm.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:Nov 3, 2012
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