Matthew Paige Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. Damon has received various accolades, including an Academy Award from five nominations, two Golden Globe Awards from eight nominations, has been nominated for three British Academy Film Awards and seven Emmy Awards. Born and raised in Cambridge, Damon began his acting career by appearing in high school theater productions, he made his professional acting debut in the film Mystic Pizza. He came to prominence in 1997, when he wrote and starred in Good Will Hunting, alongside Ben Affleck, which won them the Academy and Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay and earned Damon a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, he continued to garner praise from critics for his roles as the eponymous character in Saving Private Ryan, the antihero in The Talented Mr. Ripley, a fallen angel in Dogma and Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, an energy analyst in Syriana, a corrupt Irish-American police officer in The Departed.
In 2019 he starred as designer Carroll Shelby in James Mangold's Ford v Ferrari. Damon is known for his starring roles as Jason Bourne in the Bourne franchise and as a con man in the Ocean's trilogy. For his supporting role as the rugby player Francois Pienaar in Invictus and his leading role as an astronaut stranded on Mars in The Martian, Damon received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively; the latter won him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. Damon has received Emmy Award nominations for his portrayal of Scott Thorson in the biopic Behind the Candelabra and for producing the reality series Project Greenlight, he received an Academy Award nomination for producing Manchester by the Sea. In addition to acting in films, Damon has performed voice-over work in both animated and documentary films and has established two production companies with Affleck, he has been involved in charitable work, including the ONE Campaign, H2O Africa Foundation, Feeding America, Water.org.
Damon is married to Luciana Bozán Barroso, they have four daughters together. Damon was born in Cambridge, the second son of stockbroker Kent Telfer Damon and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University, his father had English and Scottish ancestry, his mother is of five-eighths Finnish and three-eighths Swedish descent. Damon and his family moved to Newton for two years, his parents divorced when he was two years old, Damon and his brother returned with their mother to Cambridge, where they lived in a six-family communal house. His brother Kyle is artist; as a lonely teenager, Damon has said. Due to his mother's "by the book" approach to child-rearing, he had a hard time defining a self identity, he attended Cambridge Alternative School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where he was a good student. Damon performed as an actor in several high school theater productions, he credited his drama teacher, Gerry Speca, as an important artistic influence, though Ben Affleck, his good friend and schoolmate, got the "biggest roles and longest speeches".
Damon attended Harvard University, where he was a resident of Lowell House and a member of the class of 1992, but left before receiving his degree to take a lead role in the film Geronimo: An American Legend. While at Harvard, he wrote an early treatment of the screenplay for Good Will Hunting as an exercise for an English class. Damon was a member of one of the University's select Final Clubs. In 2013, he was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal. Damon received an Academy Award for the screenplay of Good Will Hunting in 1998. Damon entered Harvard in 1988, where he appeared in student theater plays, such as Burn This and A... My Name is Alice, he made his film debut at the age of 18, with a single line of dialogue in the romantic comedy Mystic Pizza. As a student at Harvard, he acted in small roles such as in the TNT original film Rising Son and the ensemble prep-school drama School Ties, he left the university in 1992, a semester - 12 credits - shy of completion of his Bachelor of Arts in English to feature in Geronimo: An American Legend in Los Angeles, erroneously expecting the movie to become a big success.
Damon next appeared as an opiate-addicted soldier in 1996's Courage Under Fire, for which he lost 40 pounds in 100 days on a self-prescribed diet and fitness regimen. Courage Under Fire gained him critical notice, when The Washington Post labeled his performance "impressive". During the early 1990s, Damon and Affleck wrote Good Will Hunting, a screenplay about a young mathematics genius, an extension of a screenplay he wrote for an assignment at Harvard, having integrated advice from director Rob Reiner, screenwriter William Goldman, writer/director Kevin Smith, he asked Affleck to perform the scenes with him in front of the class and, when Damon moved into Affleck's Los Angeles apartment, they began working on the script more seriously. The film, which they wrote during improvization sessions, was set in their hometown of Cambridge, drew from their own experiences, they sold the screenplay to Castle Rock in 1994, but after a conflict with the company, they convinced Miramax to purchase the script.
The film received critical praise.
Rheinallt H Rowlands was a band from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch operating between 1991 and 2001. It consisted of Oz Wright and Dewi Evans; the band was formed to contribute to the spoof compilation album Hen Wlad y Lladd-dai, an album of songs performed by imaginary singers and groups. Evans and Wright performed under the name Rheinallt H. Rowlands and the following back-story was created: "On May the 17th 1980, the quarry where Rheinallt H. Rowlands had been working for the previous thirteen years was forced to close, making all the workers redundant. Despondent to the point of suicide, Rheinallt walked the thirteen miles back to his isolated cottage for the final time and sat in his old wooden chair with a bowl of broth. Finding the silence unbearable, he turned on his old valve radio and, fumbling to tune it to the Home Service, he inadvertently came across the John Peel programme on BBC Radio 1. Rheinallt would not have paused for more than one second on such new-fangled nonsense, but on this occasion the voice that came from the crackly speaker was so mournful it seemed to have a special resonance with his current state of mind.
When the record finished, Rheinallt heard that the voice was that of Ian Curtis of the popular group Joy Division and that he had committed suicide that day. Far from deepening Rheinallt’s depression, this news brought a profound inspiration to him and he decided that moment that he would forge a new career as a popular singer." Upon hearing their contribution to the album, BBC Radio Cymru DJ Nia Melville invited them to record a session for her show Heno Bydd yr Adar yn Canu. Following the success of this recording and Wright decided to continue performing as Rheinallt H. Rowlands, their first album, Hendaid Brân a Straeon Eraill, was given a cassette-only release in 1993 on Central Slate records. This was followed by Bukowski in 1996, which received significant press attention, drawing comparisons with Scott Walker, Ennio Morricone, The Divine Comedy, it was named as one of the albums of the year by The Independent. The final Rowlands album, Rheinallt III, was released in 2001 and featured a re-recording of their Welsh-language cover of Joy Division's New Dawn Fades, Gwawr Newydd Yn Cilio.
A few months after the release of Rheinallt III, Evans and Wright decided they had taken the band as far as they could and disbanded. Evans concentrating on his work as a composer and Wright starting a carpentry business, they began working on new material in 2005, along with former Topper and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci drummer Peter Richardson. However, Oz Wright was killed in a road accident on 23 December 2005
Professor Maheswar Neog was an Indian academic who specialised in the cultural history of the North East India Assam, besides being an Assamese-language scholar and poet. An editorial in the Assam Times called him "a versatile scholar and visionary thinker with encyclopedic range." He remained Jawaharlal Nehru Professor at Gauhati University and Saint Sankaradeva Professor at Punjabi University. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 1974 in the same year he remained the President of Asam Sahitya Sabha. In 1994, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship the highest honour conferred by Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy for Music and Drama. Maheswar Neog. Śaṅkaradeva and His Predecessors. Lawyer's Book Stall. Maheswar Neog; the Art of Painting in Assam. Gauhati. Maheswar Neog. Rhythm in the Vaishnava music of Assam. Bargīt Research Committee, Asam Sangeet Natak Akademi. Maheswar Neog. Lakshminath Bezbaroa: the Sāhityarathī of Assam. Dept. of Publication.
Maheswar Neog. Assamese Drama and Theatre: A Series of Two Lectures. Neog. Maheswar Neog. Sattrīyā dances. Maheswar Neog. Annals of Asam Sahitya-Sabha, 1917–1975. Asam Sahitya-Sabha. Maheswar Neog. Early History of the Vaiṣṇava Faith and Movement in Assam: Śaṅkaradeva and His Times. Motilal Banarsidass Pub. ISBN 978-81-208-0007-6. Maheswar Neog. Anandaram Dhekiyal Phukan. Sahitya Akademi. Maheswar Neog. Socio-political Events in Assam Leading to the Militancy of the Māyāmariyā Vaiṣṇavas. Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Sankaradeva; the Bhakti-ratnākara of Śaṅkaradeva. Publication Bureau, Punjabi University. Maheswar Neog. Bhaona: the ritual play of Assam. Sangeet Natak Akademi. Maheswar Neog. Lachit Barphukan: The Victor of the Battle of Saraighat. Publications Division, Ministry of I &B, Govt. of India. Maheswar Neog. Religions of the North-east: Studies in the Formal Religions of North-eastern India. Munshiram Manoharlal. Maheswar Neog. Nidhi Levi Farwell. Sahitya Akademi. Maheswar Neog. Gīta-Govinda in the Assam School of Painting.
Publication Board, Assam. Maheswar Neog. Professor Maheswar Neog Felicitation Volume: Volume on Art and Culture of India with Particular Reference to Assam. Bani Prokash Pvt. Ltd. Dr. Maheswar Neog Publication Trust. "Maheswar Neog" on His Eighty First Birthday. Maheswar Neog Publ. Trust. Maheswar Neog; the Contribution of the Śaṅkaradeva Movement to the Culture and Civilisation of India. Forum for Śaṅkaradeva Studies. Maheswar Neog. Cultural Heritage of Assam. Omsons Publications. ISBN 978-81-7117-212-2. Maheswar Neog. Essays on Assamese Literatures. Omsons Publications. ISBN 978-81-7117-213-9. Maheshwar Neog. Sankaradeva. National Book Trust, India. ISBN 978-81-237-2758-5. Maheswar Neog. Aesthetic Continuum: Essays on Assamese Music, Drama and Paintings. Omsons Publications. Maheshwar Neog. Religions of the North-East: Studies In The Formal Religions Of North-Eastern India. Munshiram Manoharlal Pub. ISBN 978-81-215-0125-5. Maheswar Neog; the Creative Force Behind the Śaṅkaradeva Renaissance: Bhakti and Other Aspects.
Professor Maheswar Neog Memorial Trust by Chandra Prakash. ISBN 978-81-244-0161-3. Maheswar Neog. Tradition and Style: A Few Studies on Assamese Culture. Professor Maheswar Neog Memorial Trust by Chandra Prakash. ISBN 978-81-244-0160-6. Mukunda Madhava Sharma. Dr. Maheswar Neog: A Profile and a Short Bibliography. Lawyer's Book Stall