5 of Matt Damon's best roles to celebrate his 45th birthday

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Happy Birthday, Matt Damon!

Academy Award winning actor Matt Damon celebrates his 45th birthday today. The Cambridge, Massachusetts native has had quite the career and it is clear he is far from over. Damon currently stars in the spacey hit, "The Martian," where he plays an astronaut that was left behind after he was presumed dead.

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It's clear Matt Damon's film career has been pretty incredible. From "Good Will Hunting," (which he won the Oscar for), to "The Departed" and everything in between, Matt Damon is clearly no stranger to the big screen.

Just look at him!

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5 of Matt Damon's best roles to celebrate his 45th birthday
Brendan Fraiser, Matt Damon, Randel Batinkoff and Guest at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Matt Damon (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Tommy Lee Jones, center , arrives at the premiere of " The Good old boys" with Blayne Weaver, left and Matt Damon, February 28, 1995. ( AP Photo/Alan J. Duignan)
Matt Damon (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Matt Damon at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1274 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Matt Damon during an interview with host Jay Leno on December 1, 1997 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
"Good Will Hunting" co-stars Matt Damon, right, and Robin Williams arrive at the fourth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 8, 1998. Williams went on to win Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film and Damon is nominated for Best Actor. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Matt Damon during 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BOSTON, : Oscar winning actor Matt Damon from Cambridge, Massachusetts, signs autographs prior to the Home-Run Derby during the 70th Baseball All-Star Week12 July, 1999, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. The All-Star will be played 13 July between the American and National Leagues. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
368219 04: Actor Matt Damon stars as Rannulph Junuh in Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance, to be distributed domestically by DreamWorks. (Photo by David James/Newsmakers)
385569 20: (NO WHO WEEKLY) FILE PHOTO: Actor Matt Damon attends the world premiere of his new film 'All The Pretty Horses' December 10, 2000 at the Beekman Theater in New York City. A Rhodesian Ridgeback dog who resembles actor Matt Damon 'especially in the eyes' says his owner, participated in an audition for pets that look like celebrities February 15, 2001 at Universal Studios in Burbank, CA. The dog was one of several dozens pets competing for a video spot on 'Animal Planet Live', a new attraction at Universal Studios. (Photo by Robin Platzer/Liaison)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - JANUARY 12: (Publicist approval required for ALL usages) Actor Matt Damon on the set during filming of 'The Bourne Identity' on January 12, 2001 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)
American actor Matt Damon poses for photographers during a photocall at Deauville's American Film Festival to promote his film "Gerry," Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002. (AP Photo/Franck Prevel)
Photo by: David Greenman/starmaxinc.com �2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 12/8/03 Matt Damon at a special screening of "Stuck on You". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actor Matt Damon points something out as he sits in Fenway Park with his girlfriend Luciana Barroso prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics in Boston Tuesday, July 6, 2004. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Cast members Brad Pitt, left, Catherine Zeta-Jones, center, and Matt Damon arrive for the premiere of "Ocean's Twelve," at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Hollywood star Matt Damon speaks at a news conference to promote one of his latest movies "The Bourne Supremacy" at a Tokyo hotel Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005. The new film, a sequel to Damon's hit movie "The Bourne Identity," about amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne, will be released Feb. 11 in Japan. (AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara)
Actor Matt Damon and his nephew, Jack Damon, watch the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Sunday, June 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Photo by: Jackson Lee/starmaxinc.com �2006 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 12/11/06 Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso at the premiere of "The Good Shepherd". (NYC) (Star Max via AP Images)
Actor Matt Damon pumps his fist during the Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament of World Series Poker in Las Vegas, Thursday, July 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Actor Matt Damon, center, is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by Honorary Mayor of Hollywood Johnny Grant, left, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leroy Gubbler in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 25, 2007. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
U.S. actor Matt Damon waves as he arrives for the Australian premier of his movie, "The Bourne Ultimatum", at a Sydney theater Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Actor Matt Damon poses for a photo prior to a interview at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 8 2008. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
Actor Matt Damon speaks during a news conference announcing a commitment that aims to create increased access to water and sanitation worldwide at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting Friday, Sept 26, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Actor Matt Damon visits the South African border town with Zimbabwe of Mesina to draw attention on the plight on those fleeing from economic collapse and dire humanitarian situation Tuesday , March 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Actor Matt Damon participates in a press conference for the film 'The Informant!' during the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2009 in Toronto. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actor and honoree Matt Damon speaks at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actor Matt Damon and wife Luciana Barroso attend the world premiere of 'The Adjustment Bureau' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
U.S. actor Matt Damon arrives for the press conference of the film Contagion at the 68th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Actor Matt Damon, from the upcoming film "Elysium", poses for a portrait during Comic-Con, Friday, July 13, 2012, in San Diego. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, actor Matt Damon, from the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra", poses for a portrait during the HBO Winter TCA Tour in Pasadena, Calif. An all-star line-up including Matt Damon, Alan Alda and Vanessa Redgrave are set to feature in a night of readings and a town hall discussion hosted by The Public Theater. The June 17 one-night-only event at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park will also feature Christine Baranski, Gloria Reuben, Raul Esparza, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, Lily Rabe and Marsha Stephanie Blake. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actor Matt Damon poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Behind the Candelabra at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Matt Damon, right, and Luciana Barroso arrive at the world premiere of "Elysium" at the Regency Village Theater on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actor Matt Damon looks around Fenway Park during the seventh inning of Game 1 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Matt Damon arrives at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Matt Damon, actor and co-founder of Water.org, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in a session, "Cities as Labs of Innovation," Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Luciana Barroso, left, and Matt Damon attend the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP)
FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Matt Damon attends The Project Greenlight Season 4 premiere of "The Leisure Class" in Los Angeles. Damon has apologized for comments regarding diversity in filmmaking that sparked widespread backlash, after a portion of a conversation from HBOâs âProject Greenlightâ circulated online. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP, File)
In this Sept. 11, 2015 photo, Matt Damon poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in "The Martian" at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Matt Damon attends the European premiere of 'The Martian' at Odeon Leicester Square on September 24, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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We've decided to round up his best roles, both big and small screen, in honor of his 45th birthday!

1.) "Good Will Hunting"
It's hard to dismiss this one. He and bestie Ben Affleck wrote the screen play and won Oscars for it. And to be in a movie with Robin Williams, you know it's going to be good.



2.) "Behind the Candelabra"
Nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe, Damon plays Scott Thorson, the love interest for Liberace (played by Michael Douglas). The HBO TV movie gives a peak behind the much talked about relationship.



3.) "30 Rock"
Damon played Carol, an airplane pilot who was Liz Lemon's love interest. The genius of "30 Rock" is enough to love his several appearances.



4.) "Will and Grace"
In a hilarious guest spot on "Will and Grace," Damon plays Owen, a member of the gay chorus line. Jack is convinced he is straight and devices a plan to "out" him. If you haven't seen it, watch the clip below. It's hilarious.



5.) "Saving Private Ryan"
In this Steven Spielberg directed war drama, Damon plays Private Ryan in this Oscar winning film.



What is your favorite role? Clearly there are SO many others we haven't mentioned, but these are some of our favs!


What's better than Matt Damon? The friendship between Matt Damon and Ben Affleck! Check out the adorable besties below.

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Actors Ben Affleck, 25, left, and Matt Damon, 27, pose during an interview in New York Nov. 22, 1997. The two friends from high school days in Cambridge, Mass. wrote and star in the movie, "Good Will Hunting." (AP Photo/Yukio Gion)
Matt Damon, right, and Ben Affleck hold their Best Screenplay for a Motion Picture award at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. Damon and Affleck won for the film "Good Will Hunting." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Cast members of the new Gus Van Sant film, "Good Will Hunting" Ben Affleck, left, Minnie Driver and Matt Damon arrive at the premiere of the movie Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, in Los Angeles. The movie also stars Robin Williams. (AP Photo/John Hayes)
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, right, react to winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for "Good Will Hunting" at the 70th Academy Awards in Los Angeles Monday, March 23, 1998. (AP Photo/Susan Sterner)
Actors Matt Damon, left, and Ben Affleck arrive for the 71st Annual Academy Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center Sunday, March 21, 1999. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Oscar winners Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck hold the awards they won for best original screenplay for the film 'Good Will Hunting' which the two wrote during the 70th Annual Academy Awards 23 March in Los Angeles. (Photo credit should read HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)
Ben Affleck, right, tells a crowd at a Harvard Workers First! rally Saturday, May 6, 2000, in Cambridge, Mass., that his father was underpaid and underappreciated as a Harvard University custodial supervisor. Affleck and Matt Damon, left, were at the rally, organized by the Harvard Living Wage Campaign, to lend their support for increasing service workers' hourly wage to $10.25. (AP Photo/SEVANS)
Actors Ben Affleck, left, and Matt Damon, two of the creators of the documentary series "Project Greenlight," arrive together to announce the winners of the third edition of the series in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 13, 2004. A first-time director and first-time screenwriter were to be chosen from over 6,000 entries and awarded a budget of at least $1 million from Miramax Films to make a full-length feature. Bravo will air the filmmaking process in a documentary series beginningFebruary 2005. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Ben Affleck, left, and Matt Damon pose for photos on the red carpet prior to the world premiere of "Feast" at the Palms Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006. Affleck and Damon are executive producers of the film which was made possible by the duo's television show "Project Greenlight". (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Actor and honoree Matt Damon, left, and actor Ben Affleck on stage at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actor Ben Affleck, right, and actor and honoree Matt Damon embrace at The 24th American Cinematheque Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Saturday, March 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Ben Affleck, left, and Matt Damon attend the Modern Master Award Ceremony at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Friday, Jan.25, 2013, in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are seen at the HBO Project Greenlight Filmmaker Showcase on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for HBO/AP Images)
Matt Damon, left, and Ben Affleck arrives at Project Greenlight Season Four Winner Revealed on Friday, Nov 07, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR HBO - Matt Damon, left, and Ben Affleck are seen at the HBO Project Greenlight Filmmaker Showcase on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 in Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for HBO/AP Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 25: Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon talk at the afterparty for the premiere of Universal Picture's 'The Bourne Ultimatum' at the Hollywood Palladium on July 25, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actors Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck attend HBO Reveals Winner of 'Project Greenlight' Season 4 at BOULEVARD3 on November 7, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 27: Honoree actor Matt Damon and actor Ben Affleck speak onstage during American Cinematheque 24th Annual Award Presentation To Matt Damon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on March 27, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: AFTER THE OSCARS - The 11th annual 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars' special airs live on Oscar Sunday, February 28, after the late local news EST/CST and at 10pm PST on ABC. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) MATT DAMON, BEN AFFLECK
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: AFTER THE OSCARS - The 11th annual 'Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars' special airs live on Oscar Sunday, February 28, after the late local news EST/CST and at 10pm PST on ABC. (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) MATT DAMON, BEN AFFLECK
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: Honorees Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck accept the Guys Of The Decade award onstage during Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: (L-R) Actors Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attend Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: Honorees Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon accept the Guys of the Decade Award onstage during Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: Actors Ben Affleck (L) and Matt Damon attend Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 04: Actors Matt Damon (L) and Ben Affleck attend Spike TV's 10th Annual Guys Choice Awards at Sony Pictures Studios on June 4, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)
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