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Matthew David McConaughey ( ; born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s (including his breakout role in Dazed and Confused, director Richard Linklater's second feature film), he appeared in films such as A Time to Kill, Contact, U-571, Sahara, and We Are Marshall. He also played the leading man in several romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Early life

McConaughey, the youngest of three boys, was born in Uvalde, Texasmarker, the son of Mary Kathleen "Kay" (née McCabe), a substitute teacher, and James Donald McConaughey, a gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business and once played football for the Green Bay Packers. McConaughey has Irish ancestry and had what he describes as a strict Baptist upbringing. McConaughey's mother and late father divorced and re-married each other several times.

McConaughey moved to Longview, Texasmarker—located east of Dallas. He lived for a year in Warnervalemarker, New South Walesmarker, Australia as a Rotarymarker exchange student.


Matthew McConaughey began his acting career in 1991, appearing in television commercials while attending College of Communicationmarker at The University of Texas at Austinmarker, where he joined Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity, before being cast in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused. After appearing in some smaller roles in Angels in the Outfield, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Boys on the Side, and the television series Unsolved Mysteries, 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 protege to Al Pacino's gambling mogul, and in Frailty, cast against type as a serial killer, opposite Bill Paxton.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 Malimarker. That same year, McConaughey was named People magazine's “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2005.

In 2006, he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch, which was reasonably successful at the box office. McConaughey also provided voice work for an ad campaign of the Peace Corps in late 2006. Matthew's production company, j.k. livin, is currently in development on projects with Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. McConaughey starred in the football drama We Are Marshall. He also appeared in Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder, replacing Owen Wilson for the role.

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.

He has been cast to star as Thomas Magnum in the 2011 movie Magnum, P.I.

Matthew McConaughey has just signed on to replace Patrick Dempsey in the upcoming movie "Blood, Sweat and Tears." The film is a rags-to-riches story about an all-girl band that becomes one of the biggest music acts in the world. It is scheduled to begin filming in Chicago and Miami in early 2010.

Personal life

McConaughey approaching the finish line in a triathlon, September 2008
McConaughey lived at The Castilian Residential Hall while attending The University of Texas at Austin. He became a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity while at the University of Texas. McConaughey is an avid fan of the Texas Longhorns and the Washington Redskins.

On October 26, 1999, McConaughey was arrested in Austinmarker, Texas, for resisting arrest following a disturbance in the early hours of the morning and for possession of marijuana. He had been found to be playing music very loudly and bongos while naked in his own home. McConaughey denied the drug charges (which were subsequently dropped), but was charged with disturbing the peace. He pleaded guilty and paid a fine of $50. McConaughey has made light of this offense and has discussed the incident in length, including playing the bongos at MTV's TRL while promoting Sahara.

McConaughey's personal life is the subject of media attention. He has dated actresses Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd-with whom he had an onset affair during "A Time To Kill", Penelope Cruz, Salli Richardson and a brief relationship with Janet Jackson.

McConaughey's personal motto is "Just Keep Livin". His foundation is called j.k. livin foundation (all lower-case), which "is dedicated to helping teenage kids lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women."[59624]

McConaughey rescued various pets, including cats, dogs and hamsters that were stranded after the flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, in Sherman Oaks, Californiamarker, he rescued a cat from two youths who had doused the animal in hairspray and were attempting to set it on fire.

Matthew has been with Brazilian model Camila Alves since 2007 and they have one son together Levi (born July 7, 2008). On June 22, 2009 the couple announced they were expecting their second child.


Year Film Role US Gross
1993 My Boyfriend's Back Teenage Moviegoer $3,335,984
1993 Dazed and Confused David Wooderson $7,993,039
1994 Angels in the Outfield Ben Williams $50,236,831
1995 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Vilmer $600,000 (estimated)
Boys on the Side Officer Abe Lincoln $23,450,000
1996 A Time to Kill Jake Tyler Brigance $108,706,165
Lone Star Buddy Deeds $13,269,963
Glory Daze Rental Truck Guy
Larger Than Life Tip Tucker $8,289,972
Scorpion Spring El Rojo
1997 Amistad Baldwin $44,175,394
Contact Palmer Joss $100,853,835
1998 The Newton Boys Willis Newton $10,297,897
1999 EDtv Ed 'Eddie' Pekurny $22,362,500
2000 U-571 Lt. Andrew Tyler, Executive Officer $77,086,030
2001 The Wedding Planner Steve "Eddie" Edison $60,400,856
2002 Reign of Fire Denton Van Zan $43,061,982
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Troy $3,287,435
Frailty Adam Meiks $13,103,828
2003 Tiptoes Steven Bedalia
2003 How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days Benjamin Barry $177,085,826
2004 Paparazzi Himself $15,712,072
2005 Two for the Money Brandon Lang $22,862,049
Sahara Dirk Pitt $68,642,452
2006 We Are Marshall Jack Lengyel $43,532,294
Failure to Launch Tripp $88,658,172
2008 Fool's Gold Ben 'Finn' Finnegan $70,224,196
Tropic Thunder Rick Peck $110,515,313
Surfer, Dude Steve Addington $69,497
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Connor Mead $97,862,417
2010 Pumas Jack Pearce Filming


  1. Say How? A Pronunciation Guide to Names of Public Figures, Library of Congress
  2. People magazine: "2005 Sexiest Man of the Year" Retrieved May 19, 2008.
  3. Matthew McConaughey to Replace Owen Wilson in Film
  4. "McConaughey is Magnum P.I.". Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  5. Toronto Fashion Monitor: "Matthew McConaughey Saves the Pets.". Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  6. San Francisco Chronicle: "McConaughey in Cat Rescue.". Retrieved March 25, 2007.

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