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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 Courage Under Fire (1996).


His parents divorced when he was two and he spent part of his childhood in a commune in Boston with his mother, a specialist in child education.


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 The Rainmaker (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 To Die For (1995) which was eventually given to Joaquin Phoenix.


Audtioned for a part in Primal Fear (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 Field of Dreams (1989). At one point during the shoot, Matt hopped on down to Boston's Fenway Park to take some blades of grass as mementos for his father.


Turned down the lead role in The Quick and the Dead (1995). Leonardo DiCaprio ended up with the role.


During an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986), he announced that he and Minnie Driver broke up, even before telling her in person, just before the Oscars. Minnie found out on air.


Turned down the lead role in The Majestic (2001).


When his baby nephew cries, he sings "Afternoon Delight" for him.


His grandfather is Finnish.


Shaved his head for the movie The Brothers 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.


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