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His father is of Scottish and English ancestry, while his mother is of Finnish and Swedish descent. Damon grew up near actor Ben Affleck, a close friend since childhood and collaborator on several films (Damon is Affleck’s tenth cousin, once removed, through a common New England ancestor.) Another neighbor of Damon’s was historian and author Howard Zinn, whose biographical film You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train and audio version of A People’s History of the United States Damon later narrated. Damon took to role-playing as a child partly because his mother raised him “by the book”, which made him feel as though “you couldn’t define yourself, because you already had been defined by her.” He attended Cambridge Alternative School (now Graham and Parks) and then Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where he was a disciplined student but had a “terrifying” first two years due to his short height at the time. As a lonely adolescent, Damon has described feeling “such pain in wanting to belong somewhere and not belonging.” Damon performed as an actor in several high school theater productions; he has credited his drama teacher at Rindge and Latin, Gerry Speca, as an important artistic influence, even though Damon recalls that, “Mr. Speca always seemed to trust Ben with the biggest roles and longest speeches.” Damon attended Harvard University from 1988 to 1992, but did not graduate.

Matt Damon Embarks on Toilet Strike for Charity Actor and activist Matt Damon has announced plans to go on a “toilet strike” to raise awareness about the millions of global citizens without access to clean water. [link]