26) MATT DAMON
RANK LAST YEAR: 45.
TITLE: Good Thrill Hunting.
CAREER DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE: $1.6 billion.
2005 BOX OFFICE: $78 million.
STATUS REPORT: Egoless actor stars or supports with equal aplomb, excelling in drama, action, and comedy. Brothers Grimm had less than a fairy-tale ending at the box office, but Damon mixed well with oil in Syriana. Will close out the year with a promising pair: Martin Scorsese's Infernal Affairs adaptation, The Departed, and the Robert De Niro-directed The Good Shepherd, with Angelina Jolie. Married fiancee in a quiet, no-fuss ceremony at New York's City Hall.
NEXT: The Bourne Ultimatum, untitled Lance Armstrong project, Ocean's 13.
YES, IT'S TRUE: Had agreed to sport a prosthetic nose in Grimm until the producers vetoed it.