Matt Damon is an American actor, screenwriter and film producer. Damon has worked his way up the ranks of Hollywood’s best with numerous awards to his name from Oscars to Golden Globes and BAFTAs. A box office darling, his movies have grossed over $3 billion and $6 billion at the domestic and global box office respectively, and as a reward he is one of the highest paid acts in the business. His net worth is estimated at $140 million.
Matt Damon Net Worth: Brief History
Matthew Paige Damon was born on October 8, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Unlike some Hollywood actors who came from nothing, Damon was born into affluence, his father was into the real estate business and finance while his mother was a professor. His parents divorced when he was just two years old and Matt and his older brother were raised by their mom for the rest of their childhood.
When Matt was 10 years old, he met a certain Ben Affleck (you may have heard of him) who lived in the same neighborhood as him. Both became best budds and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School where they both developed passion for theater and performed in many high school productions.
Matt Damon Net Worth: Hollywood Break
Following high school graduation, Damon enrolled at the prestigious Harvard University where he studied English and continued to participate in school theater productions. In his freshman year in 1988 when he was just 18 years old, Damon landed his first movie role in “Mystic Pizza” and later the same year in “The Good Mother”. He continued to land small roles and in 1992, he dropped out of Harvard 12 credits shy of graduation to focus on his movie career.
After 3 years of hardwork Damon finally grabbed the attention of Hollywood critics with his impressive performance in 1996 war film “Courage Under Fire” which starred Denzel Washington. For his role, Damon had to drop 48 kg worth of weight within 100 days.
Damon landed his big break in 1997 thanks to a screenplay he wrote together with Affleck while he was in Harvard. The piece originally meant for an exercise in his English class was adapted into a movie titled “Good Will Hunting” which propelled the duo to instant fame and success.
They sold the script in 1994 to Castle Rock Entertainment for $600,000. The movie grossed over $225 million against a $10 million budget. The duo won their first Oscar Award for Original Screenplay. The legendary Robin Williams who also starred in the movie got his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Matt Damon Net Worth: Continued Success
That was only the beginning of more success to come for Damon. He followed up with a critically acclaimed performance in “The Rainmaker” (1997) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). The later of which was an instant box office hit.
His success continued through to the new millennium when he began earning 7 figures per role. Also, he began attracting worldwide recognition thanks to films such as the star-studded “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001) and “The Bourne Identity” (2002). Damon continues to earn big starring in subsequent sequels of both movies. Jason Bourne, the 5th installment of the Jason Bourne film series grossed $415.5 million against a $120 million budget.
Here’s A Look At Some of Damon’s Highest Paying Gigs in The 2000’s
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) – $7 million
Ocean’s Eleven (2001) – $5.5 million
The Bourne Identity (2002) – $10 million
The Brothers Grimm (2005) – $15 million
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) – $20 million
In recent times, Damon has earned 8 figures for movies such as Elysium (2013), Interstellar (2014), and The Martian (2015). The later was a massive commercial and critical hit, grossing $630 million at the box office and contributing hugely to the $55 million Damon earned between June 2015 to June 2016, which made him the third highest paid actor in the world behind Jackie Chan and Dwayne Johnson. The movie was rated by the American Film Institute among the Top 10 Best Movies of 2015. For his role, Damon earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
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In addition to acting, Matt also earns big as a screenwriter and producer. He owns a production company called Live Planet alongside his buddy Ben Affleck and two other film producers. In 2012, he earned $9 million from behind-the-camera endeavors. His 2016 movie “Manchester By The Sea” which he produced grossed $34.9 million from $8.5 million production cost and was nominated for a number of Golden Globe Awards.
One of the most charitable men in Hollywood, Damon donated all of his paycheck for his advertising gig for TD Ameritrade to charity. He has endorsed other brands like Verizon and Nespresso.
Matt Damon is one of he most respected acts in Hollywood. He may make headlines for his incredible movie feats but he has never been a tabloid fodder. Over the years, Damon has managed to keep his private life away from the prying eyes of media. He has been married to Luciana Bozán Barroso whom he met at a bar since 2005.