Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey
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McConaughey at the 2011 83rd Academy Awards
BornMatthew David McConaughey
(1969-11-04) November 4, 1969 (age 43)
Uvalde, Texas, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Camila Alves (m. 2012)
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Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey 2011.jpg
McConaughey at the 2011 83rd Academy Awards
BornMatthew David McConaughey
(1969-11-04) November 4, 1969 (age 43)
Uvalde, Texas, U.S.
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Camila Alves (m. 2012)

Matthew David McConaughey (/məˈkɒnəh/;[1] born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. McConaughey first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993). He went on to appear in films in a variety of genres including the slasher Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), the legal thriller A Time to Kill (1996), Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad (1997), the science fiction drama Contact (1997), the comedy EDtv (1999) and the war film U-571 (2000).

In the 2000s he became best known for starring in romantic comedies,[2] including The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Failure to Launch (2006) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). Since 2010 he has moved away from romantic comedies and has had critically acclaimed roles in the films The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Bernie (2011), Killer Joe (2011), Mud (2012), Magic Mike (2012) and Dallas Buyers Club (2013).

Early life[edit]

McConaughey, the youngest of three boys, was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen "Kay" (née McCabe), was a kindergarten teacher, and later a published author, and his father, James Donald McConaughey, was a gas-station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business and once played NFL football for the Green Bay Packers.[3][4][5][6] McConaughey's mother and late father divorced and re-married each other several times.[7] His ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, Swedish, and German.[8] He is a relative of brigadier general Dandridge McRae.[9][10][11] McConaughey had a Methodist upbringing.[12][13][14]

McConaughey moved to Longview, Texas—located east of Dallas—where he attended Longview High School. While in high school, he was voted most handsome in the Longview Lobo Yearbook. He lived for a year in Warnervale, New South Wales, Australia, as a Rotary exchange student in 1988.[15] McConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, where he joined Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity and lived at The Castilian residence hall.[16] He began in fall of 1989 and graduated in the spring of 1993 with a B.S. degree in Radio-Television-Film.[17]


McConaughey began his acting career in 1991, appearing in television commercials, before being cast in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused, which became a critical success, garnering largely positive reviews.[18] After appearing in some smaller roles in Angels in the Outfield, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Boys on the Side, the television series Unsolved Mysteries, and as the male lead in the Trisha Yearwood music video for the song Walkaway Joe, McConaughey's big break came as the lawyer "Jake Brigance" in the 1996 film A Time to Kill, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name.

McConaughey approaching the finish line in a triathlon, September 2008.

McConaughey was cast in leading roles in many more movies: Contact, Amistad, The Newton Boys, EDtv, and U-571. By the early 2000s, he was frequently cast in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, both of which were successful at the box office. During this period, he appeared as a firefighter in the low-budget film Tiptoes, opposite Rene Russo, in Two For The Money as a protégé to Al Pacino's gambling mogul, and in Frailty, cast against type as a serial killer, opposite Bill Paxton. On September 10, 2000, he appears as himself on the show Sex and the City on HBO, talking with Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) about optioning her columns to make a movie.

McConaughey starred in the feature film Sahara, along with Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz. Prior to the release of the movie, he promoted it by repeating some trips he took in the late 1990s, including sailing down the Amazon River and trekking to Mali. That same year, McConaughey was named People magazine's “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2005.[19] In 2006, he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch. McConaughey also provided voice work for an ad campaign of the Peace Corps in late 2006.[20] He replaced Owen Wilson in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder after Wilson's suicide attempt.[21] On January 21, 2008, McConaughey became the new spokesman for the national radio campaign, "Beef: It's What's For Dinner", replacing actor Sam Elliot.[22][23] In June 2010 it was announced that McConaughey is teaming up with Marc Hyman to develop a scripted comedy for TV channel FX based on material from J. R. Reed.[24]

McConaughey was one of the presenters at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony. In 2012, McConaughey starred alongside Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, based on Tatum's early life, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh. He returned to his East Texas roots, by working again with director Richard Linklater on Bernie, the story of a small-town funeral director, played by Jack Black, who kills the town's grande dame, played by Shirley MacLaine. McConaughey played real-life district attorney Danny Buck Davidson, who had prosecuted the real Bernie Tiede in 1998. McConaughey's mother, KayMac, played one of the town gossips in the film. The film premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival and hit theaters in April 2012. In June 2012, McConaughey was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[25] He will be seen as a gaunt man living with HIV in his upcoming movie Dallas Buyers Club. The role required him to lose 38 pounds.[26] During this time, he recorded a public service announcement in Austin, Texas for the LBJ Presidential Library.[27] He will next appear in HBO series True Detective.[28] In early 2013, McConaughey was confirmed as the lead in Christopher Nolan's upcoming time travel science fiction film Interstellar, which is set for release on November 7, 2014.[29]

Personal life[edit]

McConaughey's foundation is called the j.k. livin foundation, which "is dedicated to helping teenage kids lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women."[30]


Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey in 2010

On October 26, 1999, McConaughey was at his home in Austin, Texas, playing the bongo drums in the early hours of the morning.[31] After a neighbor complained and the police were called in, they found cannabis.[32] McConaughey denied the drug charges (which were subsequently dropped),[33] but was charged with disturbing the peace. He pleaded guilty and paid a $50 fine.

Animal rescue[edit]

McConaughey rescued various pets stranded after the flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.[34] In 2006, in Sherman Oaks, California, he rescued a cat from two youths who had doused it in hairspray and were attempting to set the cat on fire.[35]


McConaughey met Brazilian model and television performer Camila Alves in 2006.[36] McConaughey proposed to Alves on Christmas Day 2011. The couple were married on June 9, 2012, in Austin, Texas, where they reside.[37][38] Together they have three children: son Levi Alves McConaughey (b. 2008),[39] daughter Vida Alves McConaughey (b. 2010),[40] and son Livingston Alves McConaughey (b. 2012).[41]


1992Unsolved MysteriesLarry DickensTV series; 1 episode
1993My Boyfriend's BackGuy #2
1993Dazed and ConfusedDavid Wooderson
1994Angels in the OutfieldBen Williams
1994Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next GenerationVilmer Slaughter
1995JudgementDeputy Sam TaylorShort
1995Boys on the SideOfficer Abe Lincoln
1995Glory DazeRental Truck Guy
1996A Time to KillJake Tyler Brigance
1996Lone StarBuddy Deeds
1996Larger than LifeTip Tucker
1996Scorpion SpringEl Rojo
1997AmistadRoger Sherman Baldwin
1997ContactPalmer Joss
1998Making SandwichesBud HoagieShort Film
1998The Newton BoysWillis Newton
1999King of the HillRad Thidbodeaux (voice)TV series (1 episode: "The Wedding of Bobby Hill")
1999EDtvEd "Eddie" Pekurny
2000U-571Lt. Andrew Tyler
2000Sex and the CityHimselfTV series (1 episode: "Escape from New York")
2001The Wedding PlannerSteve "Eddie" Edison
2002Reign of FireDenton Van Zan
2002Thirteen Conversations About One ThingTroy
2002Frailty"Fenton Meiks"/Adam Meiks
2003Freedom: A History of UsVarious charactersTV series documentary (6 episodes)
2003TiptoesSteven Bedalia
2003How To Lose a Guy In 10 DaysBenjamin Barry
2005Two for the MoneyBrandon Lang
2005SaharaDirk Pitt
2005Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3DAl Bean (voice)Documentary short
2006We Are MarshallJack Lengyel
2006Failure to LaunchTripp
2008Fool's GoldBen "Finn" Finnegan
2008Tropic ThunderRick Peck
2008Surfer, DudeSteve Addington
2009Ghosts of Girlfriends PastConnor Mead
2010Eastbound & DownRoy McDaniel/Texas ScoutTV series (3 episodes)
2011The Lincoln LawyerMickey Haller
2012BernieDanny Buck Davidson
2012Killer JoeKiller Joe Cooper
2012Magic MikeDallas
2012The PaperboyWard James
2013Dallas Buyers ClubRon Woodroof
2013The Wolf of Wall StreetMark HannaPost-Production
2014True DetectiveRust CohleTV series
2015Thunder RunColonel WesleyPre-Production

Awards and nominations[edit]

1996A Time to KillMTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough PerformanceWon
2002Thirteen Conversations About One ThingFlorida Film Critics Circle Award for Best CastWon
2012BernieNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
2012BernieNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
2012BernieChlotrudis Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2012BernieGotham Award for Best Ensemble CastNominated
2012Killer JoeIndependent Spirit Award for Best Male LeadNominated
2012Killer JoeInternational Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actor[42]Nominated
2012Killer JoeSan Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2012Killer JoeSaturn Award for Best ActorWon
2012Magic MikeIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting MaleWon
2012Magic MikeNew York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
2012Magic MikeVillage Voice Film Poll - Best Supporting ActorWon
2012Magic MikeNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting ActorWon
2012Magic MikeBroadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2012Magic MikeDetroit Film Critics Society for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2012Magic MikeHouston Film Critics Society for Best Supporting ActorNominated
2013Dallas Buyers ClubHollywood Award for Best ActorWon
2013Dallas Buyers ClubGotham Award for Best ActorPending


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