Matthew Paige Damon is an American actor, writer and philanthropist who was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 8, 1970. One of America's most successful and sought-after actors, he currently earns approximately $24 million a year. Damon has one brother and briefly attended Harvard University before launching his career in show business. His big break came when he and his good friend Ben Affleck wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting. They each received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Damon was nominated for Best Actor. Other important film roles quickly followed in such films as Saving Private Ryan, The Talented Mr. Ripley and featured parts in the Bourne Series and the "Ocean's" Series. Matt Damon already has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has received many award nominations, including 4 from the Screen Actors Guild and was voted Sexiest Man Alive in 2007 by People Magazine. He also owns his own movie production company, Live Planet.