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Mathew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
83rd Academy Awards
Born Matthew David McConaughey
(1969-11-04) November 4, 1969 (age 44)
Uvalde, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Camila Alves (m. 2012)
Children 3

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

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]

Career

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 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

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]

Arrest

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

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]

Family

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]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Unsolved Mysteries Larry Dickens TV series; 1 episode
1993 My Boyfriend's Back Guy #2
1993 Dazed and Confused David Wooderson
1994 Angels in the Outfield Ben Williams
1994 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Vilmer Slaughter
1995 Judgement Deputy Sam Taylor Short
1995 Submission Joe Short
1995 Boys on the Side Officer Abe Lincoln
1995 Glory Daze Rental Truck Guy
1996 A Time to Kill Jake Tyler Brigance
1996 Lone Star Buddy Deeds
1996 Larger than Life Tip Tucker
1996 Scorpion Spring El Rojo
1997 Amistad Roger Sherman Baldwin
1997 Contact Palmer Joss
1998 Making Sandwiches Bud Hoagie Short Film
1998 The Newton Boys Willis Newton
1999 King of the Hill Rad Thidbodeaux (voice) TV series (1 episode: "The Wedding of Bobby Hill")
1999 EDtv Ed "Eddie" Pekurny
2000 U-571 Lt. Andrew Tyler
2000 Sex and the City Himself TV series (1 episode: "Escape from New York")
2001 The Wedding Planner Steve "Eddie" Edison
2002 Reign of Fire Denton Van Zan
2002 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Troy
2002 Frailty "Fenton Meiks"/Adam Meiks
2003 Freedom: A History of Us Various characters TV series documentary (6 episodes)
2003 Tiptoes Steven Bedalia
2003 How To Lose a Guy In 10 Days Benjamin Barry
2005 Two for the Money Brandon Lang
2005 Sahara Dirk Pitt
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Al Bean (voice) Documentary short
2006 We Are Marshall Jack Lengyel
2006 Failure to Launch Tripp
2008 Fool's Gold Ben "Finn" Finnegan
2008 Tropic Thunder Rick Peck
2008 Surfer, Dude Steve Addington
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Connor Mead
2010 Eastbound & Down Roy McDaniel/Texas Scout TV series (3 episodes)
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller
2012 Mud Mud
2012 Bernie Danny Buck Davidson
2012 Killer Joe Killer Joe Cooper
2012 Magic Mike Dallas
2012 The Paperboy Ward James
2013 Dallas Buyers Club Ron Woodroof
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Mark Hanna Post-Production
2014 True Detective Rust Cohle TV series
2014 Interstellar Cooper Filming
2015 Thunder Run Colonel Wesley Pre-Production

Awards and nominations

Year Film Award Result
1996 A Time to Kill MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Won
2002 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Won
2012 Bernie National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2012 Bernie New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2012 Bernie Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2012 Bernie Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
2012 Killer Joe Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead Nominated
2012 Killer Joe International Cinephile Society Award for Best Supporting Actor[42] Nominated
2012 Killer Joe San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2012 Killer Joe Saturn Award for Best Actor Won
2012 Magic Mike Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Won
2012 Magic Mike New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2012 Magic Mike Village Voice Film Poll - Best Supporting Actor Won
2012 Magic Mike National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2012 Magic Mike Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2012 Magic Mike Detroit Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2012 Magic Mike Houston Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2013 Dallas Buyers Club Hollywood Award for Best Actor Won
2013 Dallas Buyers Club Gotham Award for Best Actor Pending

References

External links

  • Matthew McConaughey Official Site
  • Internet Movie Database
  • People.com
  • "Walkaway Joe" video Trisha Yearwood, CMT
  • Matthew McConaughey's Guest DJ Set on KCRW KCRW Guest DJ Set
  • 2008 interview with Bullz-Eye.com
  • Matthew McConaughey Jump Roping Challenge

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