About this Famous Person
American actor, screenwriter and producer
Source : Tim DOWLING
Damon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the second son of Kent Telfer Damon (born 1942), a stockbroker, and Nancy Carlsson-Paige (born 1944), an early childhood education professor at Lesley University. His paternal grandfather is of English descent and his paternal grandmother is of half English and half Scottish descent, while his maternal grandfather is of Finnish and and his maternal grandmother is of three fourths Swedish ancestry and one fourth Finnish ancestry (his mother's family surname had been changed from the Finnish "Pajari" to "Paige"). Damon and his family moved to Newton for two years. His parents divorced when he was two years old, and Damon and his brother returned with their mother to Cambridge, where they lived in a six-family communal house. His brother Kyle is now an accomplished sculptor and artist.
As a lonely adolescent, Damon has said that he didn't feel that he belonged. Due to his mother's "by the book" approach to child-rearing, he had a hard time defining a self identity, and as a result gravitated to role-playing. He attended Cambridge Alternative School (now Graham and Parks) and then Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where he was a good student, but had a "terrifying" first two years due to his short stature. Damon performed as an actor in several high school theater productions. He credited his drama teacher, Gerry Speca, as an important artistic influence, even though Ben Affleck, his good friend and schoolmate, got the "biggest roles and longest speeches".[nb 2] Damon is Affleck's tenth cousin, once removed, through a common New England ancestor.
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