- NAME: Matthew McConaughey
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor
- BIRTH DATE: November 04, 1969 (Age: 44)
- Did You Know?: In 1998, police discovered a naked Matthew McConaughey playing the bongos and found a small amount of marijuana.
- Did You Know?: Matthew McConaughey lost 30 pounds in preparation for his role as Ron Woodruff in the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club.
- EDUCATION: Longview High School, University of Texas at Austin
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Uvalde, Texas
- Full Name: Matthew David McConaughey
- AKA: Matthew McConaughey
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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Matthew McConaughey is an American actor known for roles in films like Dazed and Confused, A Time to Kill, Amistad and Dallas Buyers Club, for which he won the Academy Award for best actor.
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Actor Matthew McConaughey was born on November 4, 1969, in Uvalde, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and got his first big break with the 1993 film Dazed and Confused. He later starred in films like A Time to Kill (1996) and Amistad (1997). McConaughey was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2005. Later credits include Mud (2012) and Dallas Buyers Club (2013), which earned McConaughey the 2014 Academy Award for best actor.
"I don't want to just revolve. I want to evolve—as a man, as a human, as a father, as a lover."
"There's a difference in thinking you are a champion and knowing that you are."
Actor Matthew David McConaughey was born on November 4, 1969, in Uvalde, Texas, and is known for his laid-back lifestyle, rugged physique and charming appeal. He was an athlete at a young age, playing golf and tennis at Longview High School. His classmates named him the school's "Most Handsome Student."
McConaughey stayed in Texas for college, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. While he had previously appeared in commercials and in small film roles, McConaughey got his first big break in 1993's Dazed and Confused.
Known for his good looks and easy-going personality, McConaughey soon achieved leading-man status with A Time to Kill (1996), which also starred Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. The press often speculated about the nature of McConaughey's relationship with Bullock, but sources close to the pair insisted that they were only friends.
Making the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in 1996, Matthew McConaughey was seen as a rising star in Hollywood. He had several dramatic projects that helped further establish his talents as an actor. In 1997, he appeared in Contact with Jodie Foster, a science-fiction film directed by Robert Zemeckis. That same year, he starred in Amistad, playing a lawyer involved in the trial of African slaves who staged a revolt onboard the slave ship Amistad. The Academy Award-winning film was directed by Steven Spielberg.
Returning to his comedic roots, McConaughey starred in 1999's EdTv as a lowly clerk who becomes the star of his own reality show. The film was both a critical and commercial disappointment. Later that year, McConaughey began developing some notoriety for his offbeat off-screen behavior. The police visited his Austin, Texas, home after receiving a noise complaint in 1998. There, they discovered a naked McConaughey playing the bongos and found a small amount of marijuana. McConaughey was booked on drug charges and for resisting arrest. The drug charges were later dropped, but the actor paid a fine for violating a local noise ordinance.
Bouncing back, McConaughey emerged as a king of romantic comedies. He starred in The Wedding Planner (2001) with Jennifer Lopez, and then in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) with Kate Hudson. He then tried his hand at action with 2005's Sahara, and became romantically involved with co-star Penelope Cruz.
Then, working with Al Pacino, McConaughey played a con man in the dramatic thriller Two for the Money (2005). While neither Sahara or Two for the Money scored at the box office, McConaughey remained popular.
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