Matthew McConaughey is an American actor. Matthew McConaughey is widely regarded as a talented actor with a diverse range of roles and performances throughout his career. He has been praised for his ability to portray complex characters with depth and nuance, as well as his natural charisma and screen presence.
Matthew McConaughey Biography
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Some of his most acclaimed performances include his Oscar-winning portrayal of Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013), his turn as Rust Cohle in the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” (2014), and his role as the conflicted astronaut Cooper in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” (2014).
Matthew McConaughey was born on November 4, 1969, in Uvalde, Texas. He was raised in Longview, Texas, where his parents owned a gas station. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a former NFL player and his mother, Mary Kathleen McCabe, was a substitute school teacher.
McConaughey attended Longview High School, where he played football and was voted “Most Handsome” in his senior yearbook. After high school, he enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied Radio-Television-Film.
During his time at the university, McConaughey began to take an interest in acting and started to appear in student films and local commercials. He eventually dropped out of college to pursue a career in acting full-time.
Matthew McConaughey Career
In 1991, McConaughey moved to Los Angeles, where he landed a role in the movie “Dazed and Confused.” The film, which was directed by Richard Linklater, became a cult classic and launched McConaughey’s career. After his breakout role in “Dazed and Confused,” McConaughey went on to appear in several more films, including “Angels in the Outfield,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation,” and “A Time to Kill,” which was based on the novel by John Grisham.
McConaughey’s career continued to rise in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with roles in films such as “Amistad,” “The Newton Boys,” “Edtv,” and “U-571.” However, it was his lead role in the romantic comedy “The Wedding Planner” opposite Jennifer Lopez that cemented his status as a Hollywood heartthrob.
In 2003, McConaughey starred in the hit film “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” opposite Kate Hudson. The movie was a commercial success, and McConaughey’s performance was praised by critics.
McConaughey continued to take on a variety of roles throughout the 2000s and 2010s, including in films such as “Failure to Launch,” “We Are Marshall,” “Tropic Thunder,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” and “Magic Mike.”
In 2014, McConaughey won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club.” He had undergone a significant physical transformation for the role, losing 50 pounds to portray a man with HIV.
Since then, McConaughey has continued to work in film and television. He starred in the HBO crime series “True Detective” and appeared in films such as “Interstellar,” “The Dark Tower,” and “Serenity.” In 2020, he released his memoir “Greenlights,” which became a New York Times bestseller.
Matthew McConaughey Movies and TV Shows
Here is a list of Matthew McConaughey’s filmography:
Dazed and Confused (1993), Angels in the Outfield (1994), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), Boys on the Side (1995), A Time to Kill (1996), Lone Star (1996), Amistad (1997), Contact (1997), The Newton Boys (1998), EDtv (1999), U-571 (2000), The Wedding Planner (2001), Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001), Frailty (2001), Reign of Fire (2002), Tiptoes (2003), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Sahara (2005), Two for the Money (2005), Failure to Launch (2006), We Are Marshall (2006), Fool’s Gold (2008), Surfer, Dude (2008), Tropic Thunder (2008), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Bernie (2011), Magic Mike (2012), Mud (2012), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Interstellar (2014), Free State of Jones (2016), Gold (2016), The Dark Tower (2017), White Boy Rick (2018), Serenity (2019), The Gentlemen (2019)
Sing 2 (2021, voice role)
Note: This list includes only films in which Matthew McConaughey played a significant role, and it may not be exhaustive.
Matthew McConaughey Awards / Nominations
Matthew McConaughey has received numerous awards and nominations throughout his career, including:
2014 – Best Actor for “Dallas Buyers Club” (won)
Golden Globe Awards:
2014 – Best Actor – Drama for “Dallas Buyers Club” (won)
2015 – Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for “True Detective” (nominated)
Screen Actors Guild Awards:
2014 – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for “Dallas Buyers Club” (won)
2015 – Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for “True Detective” (nominated)
2014 – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for “True Detective” (nominated)
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards:
2014 – Best Actor for “Dallas Buyers Club” (won)
Independent Spirit Awards:
2014 – Best Male Lead for “Dallas Buyers Club” (won)
MTV Movie Awards:
2003 – Best Male Performance for “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” (won)
People’s Choice Awards:
2007 – Favorite Leading Man (won)
2014 – Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor (won)
Matthew McConaughey Wife and Relationship
Matthew McConaughey has been in a long-term relationship with Camila Alves, a Brazilian model and designer. The couple met in 2006 and got engaged on Christmas Day in 2011. They were married in a private ceremony in Austin, Texas on June 9, 2012.
Together, they have three children: sons Levi Alves McConaughey (born in 2008) and Livingston Alves McConaughey (born in 2012), and daughter Vida Alves McConaughey (born in 2010).
McConaughey has been open about the challenges he and Alves have faced in their relationship, including issues with communication and prioritizing their family. However, he has also spoken about the importance of working through those challenges and maintaining a strong and supportive partnership.
Overall, McConaughey and Alves have been together for over 15 years and are known for their commitment to family and philanthropy.
Matthew McConaughey Net Worth
According to various sources, including Celebrity Net Worth, as of 2021, Matthew McConaughey’s net worth is estimated to be around $140 million. This wealth comes from his successful career as an actor, producer, and author, as well as various endorsements and business ventures.