Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey - Goldene Kamera 2014 - Berlin.jpg
McConaughey at the awards of the Goldene Kamera in Berlin, 2014
Born Matthew David McConaughey
(1969-11-04) November 4, 1969 (age 44)
Uvalde, Texas, United States
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Camila Alves (m. 2012)
Children 3

Matthew David McConaughey (/məˈkɒnəh/;[1] born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), and went on to appear in films such as 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 roles in the films The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Bernie (2011), Killer Joe (2011), The Paperboy (2012), Mud (2012), Magic Mike (2012) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). He achieved further success in 2013 for portraying a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS in the biographical film Dallas Buyers Club, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama, among other awards and nominations. He also starred in the acclaimed 2014 HBO crime anthology series True Detective.

Early life[edit]

McConaughey, the youngest of three boys, was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen "Kay" (née McCabe), is a former kindergarten teacher, and a published author, who is originally from New Jersey.[3] His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a gas-station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business and was drafted by the NFL football Green Bay Packers.[4][5][6][7] McConaughey's mother and late father divorced and re-married each other several times.[8] His ancestry includes Scottish, English, Irish, Swedish, and German.[9] He is a relative of Confederate brigadier general Dandridge McRae.[10][11][12] McConaughey had a Methodist upbringing.[13][14][15]

McConaughey moved to Longview, Texas, 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.[16] McConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, where he joined Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.[17] He began in fall of 1989 and graduated in the spring of 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television-Film.[18]

Career[edit]

1991–2000[edit]

McConaughey began his acting career in 1991, appearing in television commercials, including one for the Austin, Texas daily newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman, which the actor credited as his first speaking role. The line, "How else am I gonna keep up with my 'Horns?" – a reference to his beloved Texas Longhorns sports teams – gave the local community a look at the young actor, before he was cast in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused.[19] After 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. In the late '90s McConaughey was cast in leading roles in more movies, including Contact, Amistad, The Newton Boys, EDtv, and U-571.

2001–2011[edit]

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, with 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, with Bill Paxton, who also directed.

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.[20] 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. McConaughey also provided voice work in an ad campaign for the Peace Corps in late 2006.[21] He replaced Owen Wilson in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder after Wilson's suicide attempt.[22] 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.[23][24] I

2012–present[edit]

McConaughey at the premiere of the film Dallas Buyers Club at the Toronto International Film Festival.

After taking a brief break from acting, McConaughey strayed away from romantic comedies in favor of small, independent films and more challenging roles. 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. In June 2012, McConaughey was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[25]

In 2013 he played Ron Woodroof in the movie Dallas Buyers Club. The film gathered wide critical acclaim and earned McConaughey many acting awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama and an Academy Award for Best Actor. The role in the film required him to lose 47 pounds.[26] During this time, he recorded a public service announcement in Austin, Texas for the LBJ Presidential Library.[27]

He shares star billing with Woody Harrelson in HBO's 2014 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 in November 2014.[29]

With his first Oscar win and the critical acclaim received for True Detective, "McConaughey seems to be tapping into something essential, remaining himself while stretching, getting older while staying the same age." Some critics have dubbed this comeback in his career and his move towards more complex roles "The McConaissance.".[30] On February 4, 2014, it was announced that McConaughey's next role was in Gus van Sant's next film, Sea of Trees, co-starring with Ken Watanabe.[31] On March 2, 2014, McConaughey won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.[32][33] McConaughey and Jared Leto, including the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making it the first film since Mystic River (2003) to win both awards. It also won Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 86th Academy Awards, and received a nomination for Best Picture. As of March 2014 it grossed over $32 million in box office revenue against a budget of $5 million.[34][35]

Personal life[edit]

McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves in 2010.

McConaughey met Brazilian model and television performer Camila Alves in 2006.[36] The couple became engaged on December 25, 2011 and were married on June 9, 2012 in Austin, Texas, where they reside.[37][38] Together they have three children: son Levi Alves McConaughey (born July 7, 2008),[39] daughter Vida Alves McConaughey (born January 3, 2010),[40] and son Livingston Alves McConaughey (born December 28, 2012).[41]

McConaughey started the just keep livin foundation, which is "dedicated to helping teenage kids lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women".[42] He also rescued various pets stranded after the flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina.[43] In 2006, he rescued a cat from two youths in Sherman Oaks, California; the youths had doused the cat in hairspray and were attempting to set it on fire.[44]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

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