Matt Damon

Biography

Date of Birth 8 October 1970, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Birth Name Matthew Paige Damon Height 5' 10" (1.78 m) Mini Biography Matthew Paige Damon, or better known to fans as Matt Damon was born in Boston Massachusetts, USA to Kent Delfer Damon, a stockbroker, Realtor and tax preparer, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige, an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. Matt has an older brother named Kyle who is now a sculptor. Unfortunately for Matt and his brother, their parents divorced in the year 1973. The 5'10" star is of English, Finnish and Scottish ancestry. While his parents were still together, their family lived in Newton, before eventually settling for a divorce, where Damon and his brother moved with his mother to Cambridge. He grew up in a stable community back in Massachusetts. Matt also grew up near actor Ben Affleck, when he was younger. Matt attended Cambridge Ridge and Latin School which is located in Cambridge and he performed in a number of theater productions during his time there. Later on, he was accepted into Harvard University as an English major in the fall of 1988 and was supposed to graduate with the class of 1992. While in Harvard, he kept on skipping classes to pursue acting projects, which included the TNT original film, Sol naciente (1993), and prep-school drama, Colegio privado (1992). It was until his film, Gerónimo, una leyenda (1993), was expected to be a big success that he decided to drop out of university completely. Arriving in Hollywood, Matt managed to get his first break with a part in the romantic comedy, Mystic Pizza (1988). However, the film did not do too well and his film career failed to take off. Not letting failure discourage him from acting, he went for another audition, and managed to get a starring role in Colegio privado (1992). Up next for Matt was a role as a soldier who had problems with drug-addiction in the movie, En honor a la verdad (1996). Matt had, in fact, lost forty pounds for his role which resulted in health problems. The following year, his garnered accolades for El indomable Will Hunting (1997), a screenplay he had originally written for an English class at Harvard University. El indomable Will Hunting (1997) was nominated for 9 Academy Awards, one of which, Matt won for Best Original Screenplay along with Ben Affleck. In the year 1998, Matt played the title role in Steven Spielberg's film, Salvar al soldado Ryan (1998), which was one of the most acclaimed films in that year. Matt had the opportunity of working with Tom Hanks and Vin Diesel while filming that movie. That same year, he starred as an earnest law student and reformed poker player in Rounders (1998), starring opposite Edward Norton and John Malkovich. The next year, Matt rejoined his childhood friend, Ben Affleck and fellow comedian, Chris Rock, in the comedy Dogma (1999). Towards the end of 1999, Matt played "Tom Ripley", a working-class young man who tastes the good life and will do anything to live it. Both Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow also starred in the movie. El talento de Mr. Ripley (1999) earned mixed reviews from critics, but even so, Matt earned praise for his performance. Matt lent his voice to the animated movie, Titan A.E. (2000) in the year 2000, which also earned mixed reviews from the public. He also starred in two other movies, Todos los caballos bellos (2000) and the golf comedy-drama, La leyenda de Bagger Vance (2000), starring alongside Will Smith. In the year 2003, he signed on to star in ¡El soplón! (2009) by Steven Soderbergh and the Farrelly Brothers' Pegado a ti (2003). He also starred in Gerry (2002), a film he co-wrote with his friends, Gus Van Sant and Casey Affleck. One of Matt's most recognizable work to date is his role in the "Bourne" movie franchise. He plays an amnesiac assassin, "Jason Bourne", in El caso Bourne (2002), El mito de Bourne (2004) and El ultimátum de Bourne (2007). Another praised role is that as "Linus Caldwell" in the "Ocean's" movie franchise. He had the opportunity to star opposite George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Don Cheadle in Ocean's Eleven. Hagan juego (2001). The successful crime comedy-drama eventually had two other sequels, Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007). Among other highly acclaimed movies that Matt managed to be a part of was in Terry Gilliam's El secreto de los hermanos Grimm (2005), George Clooney's Syriana (2005), Martin Scorsese's Infiltrados (2006) and Robert De Niro's El buen pastor (2006). In his personal life, Matt is now happily married to Argentine-born Luciana Barroso, whom he met in Miami, where she was working as a bartender. They married in a private civil ceremony on December 9, 2005, at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau. The couple have four daughters Alexia, Luciana's daughter from a previous relationship, as well as Isabella, Gia and Stella. Matt is a big fan of the Boston Red Sox and he tries to attend their games whenever possible. He has also formed great friendships with his Ocean's co-stars, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, whom he works on charity projects with. He and actor Ben Affleck, together with Ben's wife, Jennifer Garner, are also good family friends and can be often seen going out together with Matt's wife, Luciana Barroso. Spouse Luciana Barroso (9 December 2005 - present) 3 children Trivia Was in a relationship with Winona Ryder (December 1997-March 2000). 1998: Played in $10,000 buy-in Texas Hold 'Em tournament at the World Series of Poker (www.wsop.com) in Las Vegas. He was knocked out in the first day by poker legend Doyle Brunson. Damon had kings, Brunson aces. Chosen as one of "the 50 Most beautiful people in the world" by People magazine (1998). Dropped 40 pounds for his role as a Gulf War vet in En honor a la verdad (1996). His parents divorced when he was two and he spent part of his childhood in a commune in Boston with his mother. Dropped out of Harvard 12 credits short of graduating to pursue his acting career. To perfect his Southern accent for his role as Rudy Baylor in Legítima defensa, de John Grisham (1997), he tended bar in Knoxville, TN, for free. Later he hired one of the customers to serve as his dialect coach. Auditioned for a role in Todo por un sueño (1995) which was eventually given to Joaquin Phoenix. Audtioned for a part in Las dos caras de la verdad (1996) that was eventually played by Edward Norton. He and Norton starred together two years later in Rounders (1998). Both he and Ben Affleck worked as extras on the film Campo de sueños (1989). At one point during the shoot, Matt took some blades of grass from the field as mementos for his father. Turned down the lead role in Rápida y mortal (1995). Leonardo DiCaprio ended up with the role. Turned down the lead role in The Majestic (2001). When his baby nephew cries, he sings "Afternoon Delight" for him. Was named as one of E!'s "25 Most Eligible Bachelors" in June, 2002. Shaved his head for the movie El secreto de los hermanos Grimm (2005) (to assist in the wearing of a wig for that role). The shaved head was shown in the movie Eurotrip (2004), which was filmed in Prague at the same time. Started a bowling league in Berlin while making El mito de Bourne (2004). Had a cameo as a waiter in the film Pánico nuclear (2002), but it was cut from the final film. Is the real-life best friend of Ben Affleck. Each has starred together or had cameos in each of the other's films. Has starred in 8 movies where the title contains some part of his character's name in that movie: El indomable Will Hunting (1997), Salvar al soldado Ryan (1998), El talento de Mr. Ripley (1999), Gerry (2002), Spirit: El corcel indomable (2002), El caso Bourne (2002), and El mito de Bourne (2004), El secreto de los hermanos Grimm (2005), and El ultimátum de Bourne (2007). While promoting El mito de Bourne (2004) on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), he revealed that when he was a college freshman his agent from a "ma and pa agency" inadvertently sent him and Ben Affleck to an audition for "The New Mickey Mouse Club" (1977). They were under the impression that they were going to meet the head of Touchstone Pictures. His uncle, George Brunstad, swam the English Channel at the age of 70. He completed the 21-mile swim in 15 hours and 59 minutes, making him the new world record holder as the oldest person to complete the swim. In the process, he raised $12,000 for a Haitian children's group (29 August 2004). Quit smoking after visiting a hypnotist in L.A. Grew up next door to radical historian Howard Zinn. Damon references Zinn's seminal work "A People's History of the United States" as Will in El indomable Will Hunting (1997). 1998: Formed Pearl Street Productions with Ben Affleck and Chris Moore. Lost 30 pounds for his role in the film El talento de Mr. Ripley (1999). Learned to play piano for the film El talento de Mr. Ripley (1999). Was considered for the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Daredevil (2003). The role eventually went to his best friend Ben Affleck. One of his first movie roles was a one-line part in Mystic Pizza (1988) starring Julia Roberts. Later, he starred with Roberts in Ocean's Eleven. Hagan juego (2001). After a notable weight gain for Pegado a ti (2003), he lost 22 pounds training for El mito de Bourne (2004), eventually having six-pack abs. Born on the same day as Sigourney Weaver, Kristanna Loken and Nick Cannon. Had never made a sequel until he made Ocean's Twelve (2004) and El mito de Bourne (2004), both in the same year. In 2007, the third parts of those series, Ocean's Thirteen (2007) and El ultimátum de Bourne (2007), opened, making the first trilogies he's starred in. Became stepfather to girlfriend Luciana Barroso's daughter, Alexia, when he married Luciana at City Hall in New York City (December 9, 2005). His wife, Luciana Barroso, was born in Argentina. Met his wife, Luciana Barroso, in Florida, while he was filming Pegado a ti (2003) and she was working as a bartender. Was once offered the chance at playing Daredevil when it was in production at Miramax in 1999. This version would have starred Damon and been written by Kevin Smith and directed by Robert Rodriguez. However, Marvel Comics wanted too large a budget for the filmmakers' tastes. He is of Scottish, Finnish and English descent. Turned down the part of Bobby Mercer in Cuatro hermanos (2005), as he found the script to be "ultra-violent". The part eventually went to Mark Wahlberg. Francis Ford Coppola cast him in Legítima defensa, de John Grisham (1997) after seeing him in En honor a la verdad (1996). Turned down the role of Harvey Dent in El caballero oscuro (2008). Appears in two of the six summer 2007 "threequels": Ocean's Thirteen (2007) and El ultimátum de Bourne (2007). He also appeared in the second; movies of the "Bourne" and "Ocean" franchises in the same year (2004). Both he and best friend Ben Affleck spent Father's Day 2007 with their wives and children together on vacation in Hawaii. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (26 July 2007). Is only 11 years older than Eddie Redmayne who plays his son in El buen pastor (2006). Named Hollywood's "best value" by Forbes Magazine, with his films making $29 (US) for each dollar he is paid (2007). Named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine in 2007. He gained over 30 pounds to play Mark Whiteacre in ¡El soplón! (2009), which he dieted off as soon as the shoot was complete. He and Ben Affleck lived two blocks away from each other in Cambridge when they were children. Has an older brother named Kyle, who is a sculptor. Visited Haiti with Wyclef Jean to deliver food to hurricane victims. [September 2008] Originally cast as Dan White in Mi nombre es Harvey Milk (2008/I), but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Green Zone: Distrito protegido (2010). Participated in the Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Cape Town, South Africa. [March 2009] Was at some point in talks to star in a remake of El trueno azul (1983) with John Milius directing. Was in a relationship with Penélope Cruz (June-December 2000). He and wife Luciana Barroso (daughter Alexia, born in 1999, from her first marriage), have three daughters together, Isabella born, June 11, 2006, Gia Zavala, born, August 20, 2008 in Miami, Florida and Stella Zavala, born October 20, 2010, in New York.

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Birth Name

Matthew Paige Damon

Birth Place

Boston, Massachusetts, États-Unis

Birth Date

10/8/1970
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The Martian

Mark Watney

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The Bourne Ultimatum

Jason Bourne

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Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

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Elysium

Max

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The Departed

Colin

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Ford v. Ferrari

Carroll Shelby

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The Brothers Grimm

Wilhelm Grimm

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Hereafter

George Lonegan

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The Good Shepherd

Edward Wilson

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

Tom Ripley

Starring In
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Imaginary Friends

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Oppenheimer

Leslie Groves

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Air

Sonny Vaccaro

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Thor: Love and Thunder

Actor Loki

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The Last Duel

Jean de Carrouges

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Stillwater

Bill

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Jay and Silent Bob Reboot

Loki (uncredited)

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Ford v. Ferrari

Carroll Shelby

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Brave Blue World

Self - Co-Founder Water.Org

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Deadpool 2

Redneck #2 (as Dickie Greenleaf)

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Unsane

Detective Ferguson

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind

Himself (archive footage)

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Downsizing

Paul Safranek

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Suburbicon

Gardner

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Thor: Ragnarok

Actor Loki (uncredited)

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Boston

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The Great Wall

William Garin

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Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

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The Martian

Mark Watney

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Interstellar

Mann

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The Monuments Men

James Granger

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And the Oscar Goes To...

Himself (archive footage)

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The Zero Theorem

Management

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Elysium

Max

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Behind the Candelabra

Scott Thorson

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The Man Who Saved The World

Himself

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Promised Land

Steve Butler

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Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen

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Contagion

Mitch Emhoff

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Happy Feet Two

Bill the Krill (voice)

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We Bought a Zoo

Benjamin Mee

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The Adjustment Bureau

David Norris

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Margaret

Mr. Aaron

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Inside Job

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True Grit

LaBoeuf

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Hereafter

George Lonegan

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Green Zone

Miller

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Invictus

Francois Pienaar

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The Informant!

Mark Whitacre

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Ponyo

Koichi (voice: English version)

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Che: Part Two

Fr. Schwartz

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The Bourne Ultimatum

Jason Bourne

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Ocean's Thirteen

Linus Caldwell / Lenny Pepperidge

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Youth Without Youth

Life Magazine Reporter (uncredited)

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The Good Shepherd

Edward Wilson

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The Departed

Colin

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Syriana

Bryan Woodman

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The Brothers Grimm

Wilhelm Grimm

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Magnificent Desolation Walking on the Moon

Voice Of

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Ocean's Twelve

Linus Caldwell

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The Bourne Supremacy

Jason Bourne

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Jersey Girl

PR Exec #2

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Eurotrip

Donny

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Saturday Night Live: The Best of Tracy Morgan

Sean Kelly (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Howard Zinn - You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

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Stuck on You

Bob

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Project Greenlight 2 (The Complete Second Series Plus Film The Battle of Shaker Heights)

Himself (2 episodes, 2003)

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Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Matt, Bachelor #2

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The Third Wheel

Kevin (uncredited)

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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Spirit (voice)

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The Bourne Identity

Jason Bourne

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Gerry

Gerry

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The Majestic

Luke Trimble (voice)

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Matt Damon / Will Hunting (uncredited)

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Ocean's Eleven

Linus Caldwell

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Finding Forrester

Sanderson

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All the Pretty Horses

John Grady Cole

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The Legend of Bagger Vance

Rannulph Junuh

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Titan A.E.

Cale Tucker (voice)

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

Tom Ripley

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Dogma

Loki

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Oscarverleihung 1999

Himself - Presenter: Best Documentary Short and Best Documentary Feature

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Rounders

Mike McDermott

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Saving Private Ryan

Private Ryan

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Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting

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Chasing Amy

Shawn Oran - Executive #2

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The Rainmaker

Rudy Baylor

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Courage Under Fire

Specialist Ilario

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Glory Daze

Edgar Pudwhacker

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The Good Old Boys

Cotton Calloway

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Geronimo: An American Legend

Lt. Britton Davis

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School Ties

Charlie Dillon

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Field of Dreams

Fenway Park scenes extra (uncredited)

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Mystic Pizza

Steamer

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The Good Mother

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Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary

Himself (uncredited)

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