Matthew McConaughey
Actor
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor. After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s, McConaughey gained notice for his breakout role in Dazed and Confused. His best-known movies include The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold, The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe and Magic Mike.
Biography
Matthew McConaughey's personal information overview.
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Matthew McConaughey decries those protesting Trump
Fox News - 20 days
Actor urges country to embrace the president
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'A Dog's Purpose' Debuts At No. 2 At Box Office Despite Controversy
Huffington Post - 24 days
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WATCH: Matthew McConaughey Says His Mom Wants to Star in Movies With Him
ABC News - 26 days
McConaughey appears on "Popcorn with Peter Travers" to talk about his latest role as Kenny Wells in the new film "Gold."
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Fool's 'Gold': As An '80s Huckster, McConaughey Outshines The Film Around Him
NPR - 27 days
Matthew McConaughey gained weight and lost hair to throw himself into this tale of a real-life stock-market swindle. The film aches for us to admire his reckless, grasping selfishness; we don't. (Image credit: The Weinstein Company)
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Beyond the ever-energetic Matthew McConaughey, there's no payoff in treasure-hunt drama 'Gold'
LATimes - 27 days
“Gold,” with Matthew McConaughey as a wild-eyed, hard-drinking prospector doggedly hunting the strike of a lifetime, is like the quintessential experience most treasure seekers have with a pan full of promising gravel: a lot of hopeful swirl, with little meaningful result. In crafting a fictionalized...
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McConaughey on playing a "dreamer" in "Gold"
Reuters.com - 28 days
Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey talks about his new, real-life inspired drama "Gold". Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Matthew McConaughey on pursuing his dream
CNN - 29 days
Matthew McConaughey will never forget the night he called his father and told him he wanted to be an actor.
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Matthew McConaughey Lives in Austin to Be Close to His Mom
ABC News - about 1 month
"Now we see her every weekend," he said.
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Celebrities Stick It To Donald Trump With Dramatic Rendition Of 'I Will Survive'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
At first we were afraid, we were petrified, kept thinking this was yet another mashup of celebrities dramatically reading lyrics to a famous song. Actually, that’s exactly what this is, but there’s something about a video compilation of this year’s Oscar front-runners belting out “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration that captures the sprit of this political moment.  As part of W Magazine’s Best Performance Issue, stars like Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Ruth Negga, Chris Pine, Taraji P. Henson, Matthew McConaughey, Mahershala Ali, Hailee Steinfeld, Dev Patel and more gathered to perform everybody’s favorite fight song.  “[It’s] the antidote for a still-grieving Hollywood, many members of which were outspoken Hillary Clinton supporters over the past year,” W explains. “And a few of whom have found themselves on the unfriendly end of Donald Trump’s Twitter account.”  Watch the full video above.  -- This feed and ...
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What’s on TV Monday: Matthew McConaughey in ‘Big Fan’ and ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
NYTimes - about 1 month
Could anyone know Matthew McConaughey better than he knows himself? “Big Fan” puts him to the test. Then check him out in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
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A Thought for Matthew McConaughey
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Let me get the blunt part out of the way first. You are an actor; you have won a Golden Globe and an Oscar. You should not need a live tiger in front of you to show fear in your new movie. Perform, Matthew. Act. In his new film, Gold, McConaughey appears in a scene with a live tiger, walks through a gate, stands in front of him, and pats the animal on his head. McConaughey looks afraid. He's certainly sweating. In 2016, it's shocking that live animals, including dangerous wild animals such as tigers, are still used in films. We have access to computer-generated imagery. We don't need to use a tiger at all. In 2016, it's beyond belief that we continue to exploit exotic animals. There are more tigers in captivity in private hands in the U.S. than in all of the wild; there are more tigers in Chinese tiger farms, being bred and confined for the domestic commercial trade in tiger parts, than in all of the wild. Tigers are poached in places like India for their skins, bones, teeth, c ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matthew McConaughey
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    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. McConaughey met Brazilian model and television performer Camila Alves in 2006. The couple became engaged on December 25, 2011, and were married on June 9, 2012, in Austin, Texas (where they reside) in a private Catholic ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details Together they have three children: sons Levi Alves McConaughey (born July 7, 2008), Livingston Alves McConaughey (born December 28, 2012), and daughter Vida Alves McConaughey (born January 3, 2010). He is a Christian and attends a non-denominational church.
    McConaughey is teaching classes at the University of Texas, the first session of which was about the filming of the 2016 film Free State of Jones.
    More Details Hide Details For the second session, he will team with Hunger Games director Gary Ross and university lecturer Scott Rice. The college course, part of Moody College of Communications, will be open to juniors and seniors. There are no prerequisites or fees to take the once a week course. McConaughey frequently returns to his alma mater to see Longhorns football games.
    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". On February 25, 2016, McConaughey received the Creative Conscience award from unite4:humanity for his work with his just keep livin foundation.
    More Details Hide Details He rescued various pets stranded after the flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, he rescued a cat from two youths in Sherman Oaks, California before they could set it on fire. McConaughey's older brother Mike, nicknamed "Rooster", is a self-made millionaire who stars in the CNBC series West Texas Investors Club.
  • 2015
    Age 45
    After finishing Gus van Sant's 2015 film The Sea of Trees with Ken Watanabe, McConaughey starred in two films for 2016 release: Gold and The Free State of Jones.
    More Details Hide Details He also voiced parts in two animated films, Kubo and the Two Strings and the upcoming Sing.
  • 2014
    Age 44
    He shared star billing with Woody Harrelson in HBO's 2014 series True Detective.
    More Details Hide Details For his role as Rustin Cohle, he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, which he lost to Bryan Cranston. 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." Critic Rachel Syme dubbed his recognition and performances while taking on more complex, dramatic roles as "The McConaissance." 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).
    In August 2014, the Lincoln Motor Company signed a multi-year collaboration with McConaughey for an ad campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The commercials, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), featured McConaughey as a storyteller driving around in Lincoln's MKC crossover. Shortly after the commercials debuted in September 2014, they were parodied by Ellen DeGeneres, Conan O'Brien, Jim Carrey, South Park, and Saturday Night Live. Overall sales for Lincoln increased by 25 percent one month after the ads debuted. The series of commercials starring McConaughey continued until October 2015; during this period he also endorsed the MKZ sedan and MKX crossover.
    During this time, McConaughey recorded a public service announcement in Austin, Texas for the LBJ Presidential Library. In April 2014, Time magazine included McConaughey in its annual Time 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World."
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  • 2013
    Age 43
    In 2013, he played Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club.
    More Details Hide Details The role of a rodeo rider who discovers he has AIDS and struggles to get treatment, required him to lose nearly 50 pounds (22 kilograms). The film gathered wide critical acclaim and earned McConaughey many acting awards, including the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama, and the coveted Academy Award for Best Actor. His co-star Jared Leto won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, making Dallas Buyers Club the first film since Mystic River (2003) to win both awards.
  • 2012
    Age 42
    In June 2012, McConaughey was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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    In 2012, McConaughey starred alongside Channing Tatum in Magic Mike, based on Tatum's early life, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to his East Texas roots, working again with director Richard Linklater on Bernie, playing district attorney Danny Buck Davidson.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 38
    On January 21, 2008, McConaughey became the new spokesman for the national radio campaign, "Beef: It's What's for Dinner", replacing Sam Elliot.
    More Details Hide Details McConaughey recognized that his " lifestyle, living on the beach, running with my shirt off, doing romantic comedies" had caused him to be typecast for certain roles, and he sought dramatic work with other themes. He said:
  • 2006
    Age 36
    McConaughey also provided voice work in an ad campaign for the Peace Corps in late 2006.
    More Details Hide Details He replaced Owen Wilson in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder after Wilson's suicide attempt.
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 35
    That same year, McConaughey was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 2005.
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    McConaughey starred in the 2005 feature film Sahara, along with Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to the release of the film, he promoted it by sailing down the Amazon River and trekking to Mali.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1992
    Age 22
    In 1992, he was cast as "Joe" in Trisha Yearwood's video for her hit song "Walkaway Joe."
    More Details Hide Details 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 film A Time to Kill (1996), based on the John Grisham novel of the same name. In the late 1990s, McConaughey was cast in leading roles in more movies, including Contact, Amistad, The Newton Boys, EDtv and U-571. During the early start of McConaughey's career, he appeared in several movies, rated highly among his peers. 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 Kate Beckinsale, in Two for the Money as a protégé to Al Pacino's gambling mogul, and in Frailty, with Bill Paxton, who also directed.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 19
    He began in the fall of 1989 and graduated in the spring of 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in Radio-Television-Film.
    More Details Hide Details His original plan had changed as he wanted to attend Southern Methodist University until a brother told him that private school tuition would have been a burden on the family finances. He also had planned to attend law school after graduation from college, but he realized he was not interested in becoming a lawyer. McConaughey began working in television commercials, including one for the Austin, Texas daily newspaper, the Austin American-Statesman, which is 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.
  • 1988
    Age 18
    He lived for a year in Warnervale, New South Wales, Australia, as a Rotary exchange student in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details He attended the University of Texas, where he joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Age 10
    McConaughey moved to Longview, Texas in 1980, where he attended Longview High School.
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  • 1969
    Born
    Matthew McConaughey, the youngest of three boys, was born on November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details His mother, Mary Kathleen "Kay" or "KMac" (née McCabe), is a former kindergarten teacher and a published author. She was originally from Trenton, New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was from Louisiana and ran an oil pipe supply business. He played for the Kentucky Wildcats and the Houston Cougars college football teams. In 1953, Jim McConaughey was drafted in the 27th round by the NFL football team the Green Bay Packers. He was released before the season began and never played an official league game in the NFL. Matthew's mother and late father married each other three times (having divorced each other twice). His ancestry includes Scottish, English, Irish, Swedish and German. He is a relative of Confederate brigadier general Dandridge McRae. McConaughey had a Methodist upbringing.
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