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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Brendan Fraiser, Matt Damon, Randel Batinkoff and Guest at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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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)
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)
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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