In 2012 Matthew McConauughey starred in Magic Mike with Channing Tatum. The movie was based on Channing Tatum’s earlier life.
In 2014 Matthew McConaughey was named by Time Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in the World.
Matthew McConaughey is an American actor, voice actor, director, producer and writer.
His full name is Matthew David McConaughey.
He was born on November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas.
His father, James Donald McConaughey, ran an oil pipe supply business and his mother, Mary Kathleen (née McCabe), is a former kindergarten teacher and published author who taught McConaughey.
McConaughey’s ancestry includes English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Swedish.
He has two older brothers: Michael Patrick McConaughey (born 1954) and Patrick James McConaughey (born 1963, adopted).
Matthew grew up in Longview, Texas, where he graduated from the local High School (1988).
Matthew McConaughey’s production company is called JKL Productions which stands for Just Keep Livin’.
Showing little interest in his father’s oil business, which his two brothers later joined, Matthew was longing for a change of scenery, and spent a year in Australia, washing dishes and shoveling chicken manure.
Matthew has appeared in music videos for John Mellencamp, Trisha Yearwood, and Butch Walker.
Back to the States, he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, originally intending to study law. He ultimately switched to film production and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1993.
By that point he had already begun appearing in student films and commercials in Texas and directed short films.
He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993).
After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans Matthew McConaughey auctioned off his 1971 Corvette Stingray and donated the money to Oprah’s Angel Network Hurricane Katrina and Rita funds.
McConaughey starred in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), playing a mad bloodthirsty sadistic killer, opposite Renée Zellweger.
After some smaller roles McConaughey’s big break came as the lawyer Jake Brigance in the film A Time to Kill (1996), based on the John Grisham novel of the same name.
When Matthew McConaughey’s now wife, Camila Alves, was in labor with their child Levi, he played Brazilian music for 8 hours straight. Together they now have two boys and a girl. Camilla is a Brazilian model and tv performer.
His following performances were in Contact (1997), film based on Carl Sagan’s novel about communication with aliens and Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997), a fact-based 1839 story about the
rebellious African slaves.
Than he played one of the bank-robbing brothers in The Newton Boys (1998), set in Matthew’s birthplace, Uvalde, Texas.
In the comedy EdTV (1999) McConaughey starred as a lowly clerk who becomes the star of his own reality show.
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.
While filming Sahara in 2005 Matthew McConaughey began dating his costar in the movie Penelope Cruz.
He played Denton Van Zan, an American warrior and dragons hunter in the futuristic thriller Reign of Fire (2002), where he co-starred with Christian Bale.
In 2005 Matthew appered in the sports-drama film Two for the Money where he teamed up with Al Pacino and in the action-comedy Sahara, along with Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz.
In 2006, he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch and as Marshall head football coach Jack Lengyal in We Are Marshall.
In 2008, he played treasure hunter Benjamin “Finn” Finnegan in Fool’s Gold (2008).
In 1993 Matthew McConaughey starred in Dazed and Confused along with Milla Jovovich and Ben Affleck.
McConaughey appeared in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder, taking over the part for Owen Wilson – alongside Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.
After playing Connor Mead in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), co-starring with Jennifer Garner, McConaughey took a two year hiatus to open different opportunities in his career. Since 2010, he has moved away from romantic comedies.
McConaughey returned to more-substantial fare with The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), a legal drama in which he was featured as a lawyer who does business out of the backseat of a car.
Matthew McConaughey was considered for the movie Titanic to play Jack Dawson but Leonardo DiCaprio got the role instead.
Matthew McConaughey has appeared in television shows such as Saturday Night Live, True Detective, Eastbound & Down, and Sex and the City.
Matthew McConaughey’s first paid acting job was in a commercial for beer.
He then played a viperous hit man in the black comedy crime film Killer Joe (2011), based on the stage play by Tracy Letts.
McConaughey next played a closeted reporter in the salaciously comic Southern noir The Paperboy (2012), a crudely avuncular murderer in the coming-of-age tale Mud (2012), and a male strip-club owner in Steven Soderbergh’s acclaimed drama Magic Mike (2012).
In 2013, he portrayed Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. The role of a rodeo rider who discovers he has AIDS and struggles to get treatment required him to lose about 22 kg (50 lb). The film gathered wide critical acclaim and earned McConaughey many acting awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama.
Matthew debated studying law but decided against becoming a lawyer.
The same year, he also appeared in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
In 2014, he starred in HBO’s True Detective (2014), as detective Rustin Cohle, whose job is to investigate with his partner Martin Hart, played by Woody Harrelson, a gruesome murder that happened in his little town in Louisiana. For his role as Rust Cohle, he won the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
Some of Matthew McConaughey’s most famous roles have been in films such as Dazed and Confused, A Time to Kill, Contact, U-571, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Fool’s Gold, Ghosts of Girlfriend’s Past, The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Free State of Jones, and many more.
McConaughey also played Cooper, a widowed father and astronaut, alongside Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Mackenzie Foy, and Casey Affleck in Christopher Nolan’s science fiction film Interstellar (2014). The film was critically acclaimed and was a huge hit at the box office.
Matthew spent a year in Australia prior to attending university for his bachelor’s.
In 2015, McConaughey starred opposite Naomi Watts in the Gus Van Sant drama The Sea of Trees.
In 2016, McConaughey starred in two films, Free State of Jones and Gold, and voiced leading characters in two animated films, Kubo and the Two Strings and Sing.
Matthew McConaughey has an estimated net worth of $95 million.
Matthew McConaughey was named most handsome student at his high school.
McConaughey met Brazilian model and television performer Camila Alves in 2006. The couple became engaged on December 25, 2011 and were married in a private Catholic ceremony on June 9, 2012 in Austin, Texas (where they reside). Together they have three children: sons Levi Alves McConaughey (b. 2008) and Livingston Alves McConaughey (b. 2012), and daughter Vida Alves McConaughey (b. 2010).
He owns a 650-hectare (1,600-acre) ranch in Austin, Texas, which he purchased for $500,000.
Animal lover Matthew McConaughey has helped rescue many critters, including countless pets stranded after Hurricane Katrina.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 17, 2014.
His first professional acting job was in a beer commercial.
In 2016, McConaughey was hired as creative director and celebrity spokesman for Wild Turkey’s latest campaign, to bring in more women and more international customers.
Matthew’s father was drafted to the Green Bay Packers but did not play a season. He died of a heart attack in 1992.
In November 2007, he bought a 325 square metre (3,500 square feet), four bed – three bath home in Malibu for $10 million. He was shopping for a home in the area and spotted the property – which was not on the market – and made an offer to the residents for the property, which was accepted.
Matthew McConaughey starred in commercials for Lincoln after starring in the movie The Lincoln Lawyer. Sales for the cars increased by 25% in the following month.
McConaughey was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and violation of a noise ordinance in Austin in 1999. This incident enshrined him in the pop culture legendarium as the archetypal jovial stoner. The actor was found by police playing bongo drums in the nude in celebration of a football victory.
Despite being a native Texan, he is a huge fan of the Washington Redskins NFL team.
He was voted “Most Handsome” in his senior year of high school.
His childhood hero was Evel Knievel, and he has said that he would like to star in a movie based on Knievel’s life.
His favorite actor is Paul Newman.
He is a huge fan of English rock band, The Cult. On March 17, 2012, at one of The Cult’s performances in Austin, Texas, he even went onstage and played bongo drums with them during two songs.
The 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club took 20 years to get made. Matthew had to lose 30 pounds to play his role and the movie was filmed in only 25 days.
McConaughey has his own line of clothing, called “j.k. livin”, named for his life’s motto, “Just keep living”, which is also the name of his charitable foundation.
He is afraid of revolving doors.
He chews tobacco.
Matthew McConaughey won an Oscar for his role as an AIDS patient in the film Dallas Buyers Club.