Happy birthday, Matt Damon!
The award-winning star turns 43 today, Oct. 8. One of the most accomplished actors of his generation, Damon got his big break at 18 years old when he had a single line in the classic rom-com "Mystic Pizza." Since then, the birthday boy went on to become Jason Bourne, Private Ryan and one half of the team behind "Good Will Hunting."
A hearty happy birthday goes out to one of Boston's golden boys.
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"Contagion" New York Premiere - Arrivals
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Actor Matt Damon attends the 'Contagion' premiere at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
US actor Matt Damon (L) and wife Luciana
US actor Matt Damon (L) and wife Luciana arrive for the screening of 'Contagion' during the 68th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2011. 'Contagion' by US director Steven Soderbergh is presented out of competition. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
6th Annual Made In NY Awards
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Event honoree, actor Matt Damon attends the 6th annual Made In NY awards at Gracie Mansion on June 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
68th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Presenter Matt Damon (L) and Cecil B. DeMille Award winner Robert De Niro pose in the press room at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Actor Matt Damon accepts the Joel Siegel award onstage during the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
48th New York Film Festival Closing Night Premiere - "Hereafter"
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 10: Luciana Barroso and actor Matt Damon attend the closing night premiere of 'Hereafter' during the 48th New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall on October 10, 2010 in New York, New York. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
"The Town" Boston Premiere
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros., and Matt Damon attend the premiere of 'The Town' at Fenway Park on September 14, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bryce Vickmark/Getty Images)