Born October 8, 1970 - He is an American actor and screenwriter. For his screenwriting in the film Good Will Hunting, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for his lead performance in the same film. Growing steadily in popularity from that film back in 1997 with many appearances alongside other A-list actors, today he is rated amongst the top actors in Hollywood. His first film role came in 1988 with one line in the romantic comedy, Mystic Pizza. He next appeared as a heroin-addicted soldier in 1996's Courage Under Fire.