How much is Matt Damon worth?
|Net Worth:||$180 Million|
|Date of Birth:||October 8, 1970|
|Country:||United States of America|
He rose to fame in Good Will Hunting as an undercover genius and at the side of his BFF/business partner Ben Affleck.
Who Is Matt Damon
Originally best known for his longtime “bromance” with fellow actor and childhood friend Ben Affleck, Matt Damon became one of today’s most bankable lead actors after the success of Good Will Hunting, an independent drama that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor and won him an Oscar for Best Screenplay alongside co-writer Affleck.
In 2020, we estimate Matt Damon has a net worth of $180 million dollars.
Born on October 8, 1970 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Matthew Paige Damon was born into a middle class family. His dad, Kent Damon, was a stockbroker and tax preparer while his mother, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, was a professor of early childhood education at Lesley University. His parents divorced when Matt was two and he was raised by his mom with his older brother, Kyle, a sculptor who resides in Boston.
When Damon was 10, he befriended Affleck, who lived two blocks away. The avid Boston Red Sox and Dungeons and Dragons fans immediately became inseparable.
From a young age, Damon knew he wanted to be an actor. He was educated at Cambridge’s Rindge and Latin School, where his passion for acting flourished. Damon’s first small role was as a samurai in a high school production.
The Harvard Dropout
After high school, Damon went to Harvard University. He attended for three years, but left 12 credits shy of a degree in English to pursue acting. What he didn’t know was that an unfinished screenplay he had written for an English class would become the award-winning script for Good Will Hunting.
Relocating to California to begin his career, Damon landed small parts in films. His first professional role was a bit part in Mystic Pizza (1988). He also starred in a made-for-TV movie called The Good Old Boys (1995) with Tommy Lee Jones. Damon did manage to draw some attention after losing a whopping 40 pounds to play a drug-addicted soldier in Courage Under Fire (1996), but he was still short of his big break.
Despite the struggle, Damon pushed forward and he got together with Affleck to collaborate on his unfinished screenplay. Good Will Hunting, the story of a quiet janitor and a secret genius working at MIT, was produced by Miramax and starred Damon and Affleck along with Robin Williams. Gus Van Sant directed. It became a huge hit with critics and moviegoers alike when it came out in 1997, and won the pair a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award.
The Talented Mr. Damon
After the success of Hunting, Damon’s career skyrocketed. During the same year, he signed on for Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker (1997) and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan (1998). To perfect his Southern accent for The Rainmaker, he bartended in Tennessee and later hired a customer to serve as his dialect coach.
He diversified his roles, choosing characters that went against his polite and reserved real-life persona. Damon went from playing a reformed gambler alongside Edward Norton in Rounders (1998) to a fallen angel in Kevin Smith’s Dogma (1999). Damon’s performance as a creepy stalker obsessed with his best friend in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama.
In 2001, he starred opposite George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven, which was followed by two successful sequels. Damon landed the role of superspy Jason Bourne for the action-thriller Bourne Trilogy, which concluded in 2007. Damon gained further fame, starring in The Good Shepherd (2006), directed by Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winner The Departed in the same year.
How did Matt Damon get so rich?
Though it seems like Matt Damon stars in two or three movies a year, it’s clear that he always takes his choices seriously and he doesn’t follow trends; he has never accepted a superhero role. However, he has signed on to more than one franchise, the first being the Ocean’s franchise, which went on to have three sequels, collectively grossing $1.17 billion worldwide. Another franchise, one where he didn’t have to share the limelight with the likes of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, may be the most lucrative work in his career. The Bourne Identity. The Bourne franchise’s popularity grew year on year, and before being handed down to Jeremy Renner, it all culminated in The Bourne Ultimatum, for which Damon was paid $20 million.
From the 2000s, Damon was making at least $10 million per starring role, and that’s still the same now. And though he earned that salary in movies like The Departed, The Bourne series, and The Brothers’ Grimm, there is one role Damon turned down the he surely regrets. Not only was he offered the main role in Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time before Avengers: Endgame eclipsed it, but he was offered 10% of the movie’s profits. He was offered the role be director, James Cameron himself. If Damon accepted, he would have made $250 million for that one role alone, which would have been the highest salary in history for an acting role. However, Damon did make $3 million for starring in a 20-second ad for Nespresso, which might have made up for the loss as the advert is technically more money per second.
Besides his starring roles, Damon also takes on a lot of voice work for animated movies, including Happy Feet Two, and even voice-acted in the English speaking version of the critically acclaimed Studio Ghibli film, Ponyo . He has also been known to have a penchant for narrating and even producing documentaries. Finally, he concurrently stands as executive producer for four television series through his and Ben Affleck’s production company, Pearl Street Films. One of the shows is being produced for Netflix and another for go90, while the other are aired on SyFy and Showtime.
Why is he so famous?
Damon had many supporting roles in the early and mid-1990s, but it was when he caught the eye of The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola who cast him in a lead role alongside Danny DeVito in The Rainmaker, that things really began to happen for him. Though it was considered a disappointment at the box office, Damon was well received by critics and it helped him gain some huge roles in the years to come.
In the same year, Good Will Hunting, a movie that the actor had co-written and starred in with Ben Affleck, was a much bigger success and he went on to win an Academy Award for best original screenplay. The movie made over $220 million from just a $10 million budget thanks to its success on the awards circuit. That’s not the only movie Damon has accrued nominations for. He has also been nominated for Oscars in several different categories, including Best Actor for The Martian, Best Supporting actor for Invictus, and Best Film for Manchester By The Sea, which he co-produced.
The following year Damon was given a golden ticket when he was offered to star as the titular role in Saving Private Ryan, a movie directed by one of the most celebrated directors of all time, Steven Spielberg. The movie went on to gross almost half a billion dollars. His success continued and to round out the 90s he starred in Rounders, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Dogma, which was another on-screen collaboration with Ben Affleck. He and Ben Affleck have a great partnership not only off-screen but on-screen too, as they’ve starred in more than eight movies together.
Infamously, Damon has an on-going feud with late night host, Jimmy Kimmel, and though it might be forced or played up for the audiences, it’s highly entertaining. It might even have made Damon recognizable to people who hadn’t previously seen any of his movies.
Damon has also been noted for his charity work having founded water.org in 2009, a nonprofit developmental aid organization founded by the actor.
What makes him so successful?
Matt Damon is clearly loyal and a rare actor who is compatible with his directors, as he has several great working partnerships with several acclaimed filmmakers. He has worked on seven movies with Steven Soderbergh and four movies with Paul Greengrass.
Besides being well-like among cast and crew, he has never taken a year off, not even a month by the looks of it. Every year Damon has starred in several movies, playfully done a couple of cameos, produced a couple of shows, argued with Jimmy Kimmel a whole bunch, and maybe done a voiceover for good measure. There’s a clear reason why Matt Damon is so successful, it’s through sheer hard work.
Matt Damon has done just about everything in the movie industry and has become highly successful in doing so. The only thing left to do is star in a superhero movie, which surprisingly enough, is something Damon has never done despite it being one of the few jobs out there for his breed. As all of his peers have thrown on a cape or two, Damon is one of the few not to have been nudged. However, he has revealed he would only ever play one superhero, Daredevil, and that’s only if Christopher Nolan directed the movie.
Though it isn’t as if Damon needs a role in a Marvel movie, as we calculate he has an estimated net worth of around $180 million in 2020, it seems like he would make a perfect one.
Defining Quote “It’s just better to be yourself than to try to be some version of what you think the other person wants.”
Damon In Love
Amid his ever-expanding career, Damon found time to engage in some high-profile romances. He dated Minnie Driver, his Good Will Hunting co-star for a year before embarking on a three-year romance with Winona Ryder. In 2001, he dated Affleck’s personal assistant Odessa Whitmire, before meeting his future wife in 2003.
He met Luciana Bozán Barroso while filming Stuck on You in Miami where she worked as a bartender. They married in New York City Hall in December 2005, and have two daughters, Isabella (born June 11, 2006) and Gia (born August 20, 2008), and another child on the way. Damon is also stepfather to Alexa, Barroso’s daughter from her prior marriage.
Making the transition from obscure actor to Hollywood hit, Damon isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. In 2009, he earned another Oscar nomination for Invictus, a drama directed by Clint Eastwood. His performance in Steven Soderbergh’s off-beat comedy The Informant! led to another Golden Globe nomination the same year.
Matt Damon is a well established actor, writer, and movie producer, and has gone on to win numerous major awards for his writing and producing. He rose to fame in the 1990s with several movies co-starring Ben Affleck, most notable Good Will Hunting, and has continued to be as prolific and bankable in 2020, as he was in the late 90s.
Matt Damon will continue to executive produce a lot of great content for television and he has a lot of exciting upcoming roles, even if the character doesn’t wear a cape. Although Damon and Ben Affleck work together a lot off-screen, but an on-screen reunion has been a long time coming, and the audience are going to get it in 2021. The two will be starring together in the historical thriller, The Last Duel, directed by coveted film-maker Ridley Scott.