Matthew McConaughey

BirthDay:

04 Nov 1969

BirthPlace:

Uvalde, Texas, USA

BirthName:

Matthew David McConaughey

Bio:

Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen (McCabe), is a substitute school teacher originally from New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, was a Mississippi-born gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business. He is of Scottish, Irish, English, German, and Swedish descent. Matthew grew up in Longview, Texas, where he graduated from the local High School (1988). Showing little interest in his father's oil business, which his two brothers later joined, Matthew was longing for a change of scenery, and spent a year in Australia, washing dishes and shoveling chicken manure. Back to the States, he attended the University of Texas in Austin, originally wishing to be a lawyer. But, when he discovered an inspirational Og Mandino book "The Greatest Salesman in the World" before one of his final exams, he suddenly knew he had to change his major from law to film. He began his acting career in 1991, appearing in student films and commercials in Texas and directed short films as Chicano Chariots (1992). Once, in his hotel bar in Austin, he met the casting director and producer Don Phillips, who introduced him to director Richard Linklater for his next project. At first, Linklater thought Matthew was too handsome to play the role of a guy chasing high school girls in his coming-of-age drama Dazed and Confused (1993), but cast him after Matthew grew out his hair and mustache. His character was initially in three scenes but the role grew to more than 300 lines as Linklater encouraged him to do some improvisations. In 1995, he starred in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), playing a mad bloodthirsty sadistic killer, opposite Renée Zellweger. Shortly thereafter moving to L.A., Matthew became a sensation with his performances in two high-profile 1996 films Lone Star (1996), where he portrayed killing suspected sheriff and in the film adaptation of John Grisham's novel A Time to Kill (1996), where he played an idealistic young lawyer opposite Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey. The actor was soon being hailed as one of the industry's hottest young leading man inspiring comparisons to actor Paul Newman. His following performances were Robert Zemeckis' Contact (1997) with Jodie Foster (the film was finished just before the death of the great astronomer and popularizer of space science Carl Sagan) and Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997), a fact-based 1839 story about the rebellious African slaves. In 1998, he teamed again with Richard Linklater as one of the bank-robbing brothers in The Newton Boys (1998), set in Matthew's birthplace, Uvalde, Texas. During this time, he also wrote, directed and starred in the 20-minute short The Rebel (1998). Later, in Jonathan Mostow's U-571 (2000), McConaughey portrayed the officer Lt. Tyler in a WW II story of a daring mission of American submariners, trying to capture the Enigma cipher machine. Matthew also took a part in comedies such as The Wedding Planner (2001), opposite Jennifer Lopez and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) in which he co-starred with Kate Hudson. He played a role as Denton Van Zan, an American warrior and dragons hunter in the futuristic thriller Reign of Fire (2002), where he co-starred with another young actor, Christian Bale. Later in 2006 he starred as head coach Jack Lengyel in We Are Marshall (2006) along with Matthew Fox, and in 2008 played treasure hunter Benjamin "Finn" Finnegan in Fool's Gold (2008) with Kate Hudson. After playing Connor Mead in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) co-starring with Jennifer Garner, McConaughey took a 2 year hiatus to open different kinds of opportunities in his career. And for many, that change came in 2011 in his first movie after that pause, when he portrayed criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), that operates mostly from the back seat of his Lincoln car. After this performance that was considered one of his best until then, Matthew played other iconic characters as district attorney Danny Buck Davidson in Bernie (2011), the wild private detective "Killer" Joe Cooper in Killer Joe (2011), Mud in Mud (2012), male stripper club owner Dallas in Magic Mike (2012) starring Channing Tatum. McConaughey's career certainly reached it's prime, when he played HIV carrier Ron Woodroof in the biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club (2013), that was shot in less than a month. Matthew won the Best Actor in the 86th Academy Awards for his portrayal of Ron. Meanwhile, he starred in HBO's True Detective (2014), as detective Rustin Cohle, whose job is to investigate with his partner Martin Hart, played by Woody Harrelson, a gruesome murder that happened in his little town in Louisiana. The series was highly acclaimed by critics winning 4 of the 7 categories it was nominated at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. Later in 2014, Matthew starred in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi film Interstellar (2014), playing Cooper, a former NASA pilot.
Filmography

Actor ( 155 credits )

The Dark Tower (2017) Man in Black
Sing (2016) (voice)
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) (voice)
Free State of Jones (2016) Newton Knight
Magic Mike XXL (2015) Dallas
The Sea of Trees (2015) Arthur Brennan
IMDb Asks (2015)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Interstellar (2014) Cooper
True Detective (2014)  Detective Rust Cohle (8 episodes, 2014)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself - Interstellar (1 episode, 2014)
The Drunken Peasants (2014)  Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 2015-2016)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) Mark Hanna
Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Ron Woodroof
Movie Guide (2013)  Mark Hanna (1 episode, 2013)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Queen Latifah Show (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
The Hollywood Reporter in Focus (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Mud (2012) Mud
The Paperboy (2012) Ward Jansen
Magic Mike (2012) Dallas
Man in the Glass: The Dale Brown Story (2012) Himself
The Hollywood Fast Lane (2012)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2012)
IC Places Hollywood (2012)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2012)
Larry King Now (2012)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
A Moment With (2012)  Himself (3 episodes, 2012)
Celebrity Style Story (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
Killer Joe (2011) Killer Joe Cooper
Making the Case: Creating the Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Himself
Bernie (2011) Danny Buck
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Mick Haller
Piers Morgan Tonight (2011)  Himself (3 episodes, 2011-2014)
A Football Life (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2015)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Film Fiend (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2014)
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) Connor Mead
Made in China (2009) Himself
Eastbound & Down (2009)  Roy McDaniel / ... (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Lopez Tonight (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber (2009) (1 episode, 2011)
Surfer, Dude (2008) Steve Addington
Tropic Thunder (2008) Rick Peck - Peck's Office
Fool's Gold (2008) Finn
The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest (2008)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2010)
Entertainers with Byron Allen (2008)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2012)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2014)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (6 episodes, 2008-2012)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Vilmer (archive footage) (1 episode, 2014)
Rencontres de cinéma (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
We Are Marshall (2006) Jack Lengyel
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006) Himself (archive footage)
Failure to Launch (2006) Tripp
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (2006)  Himself (2 episodes, 2012-2014)
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2011)
What It Takes (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
La imagen de tu vida (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Rachael Ray (2006)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2010)
Guy's Big Bite (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Fuse Celebrity Playlist (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
Two for the Money (2005) Brandon
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D (2005) Al Bean (voice)
Sahara (2005) Dirk Pitt
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2009-2012)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
The Hour (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Cinema mil (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
My Crazy Life (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Paparazzi (2004) Himself (uncredited)
The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
CMT Insider (2004)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2006-2011)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2007-2014)
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) Ben Barry
Tiptoes (2003) Steven Bedalia
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2006-2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2013)
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Freedom: A History of Us (2003)  Alexander Stephens / ... (6 episodes, 2003)
Texas Monthly Talks (2003)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2008)
Reign of Fire (2002) Denton Van Zan
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
The Art Show (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Festival Pass with Chris Gore (2002)  Himself
Frailty (2001) Fenton Meiks
The Wedding Planner (2001) Steve Edison
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) Troy
Anatomy of a Scene (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
U-571 (2000) Lt. Andrew Tyler
Rove Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Nulle part ailleurs: midi (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Edtv (1999) Ed 'Eddie' Pekurny
Junket Whore (1998) Himself
Making Sandwiches (1998) Bud Hoagie
Waking in Mississippi (1998) Himself
The Newton Boys (1998) Willis Newton
Sex and the City (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Will & Grace (1998)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2006)
Total Request Live (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Fox and Friends (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998) Himself
The Rebel (1998)
Amistad (1997) Roger Sherman Baldwin
Contact (1997) Palmer Joss
King of the Hill (1997)  Rad Thibodeaux (1 episode, 1999)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Corazón de... (1997)  Himself (4 episodes, 2005-2006)
SAG Foundation Conversations (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Bl!tz (1997)  Palmer Joss (archive footage) (1 episode, 1997)
Larger Than Life (1996) Tip Tucker
A Time to Kill (1996) Jake Tyler Brigance
Lone Star (1996) Buddy Deeds
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (4 episodes, 1998-2000)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008)
Mundo VIP (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2001-2012)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 2004-2008)
Judgement (1995) Deputy Sam Taylor
Scorpion Spring (1995) El Rojo
Glory Daze (1995) Rental Truck Guy
Boys on the Side (1995) Abe
E! Live from the Red Carpet (1995)  Himself (4 episodes, 2014)
Submission (1995) Joe
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) Vilmer Slaughter
Angels in the Outfield (1994) Ben Williams
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Extra (1994)  Himself (4 episodes, 2014)
Dazed and Confused (1993) David Wooderson
My Boyfriend's Back (1993) Guy #2
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 2005-2013)
Corazón, corazón (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (5 episodes, 2002-2006)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (2 episodes, 1997)
Getaway (1992)  Himself - Celebrity traveller (1 episode, 2008)
E! News (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Nulle part ailleurs (1990)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself / ... (6 episodes, 2005-2014)
Inside Edition (1988)  Himself (4 episodes, 2014)
Unsolved Mysteries (1987)  Larry Dickens (1 episode, 1992)
Biography (1987)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)  Himself (3 episodes, 2005-2006)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (5 episodes, 2000-2009)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself / ... (21 episodes, 2007-2014)
The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 2003)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself - Guest (2 episodes, 2013)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Gold (0)

Producer ( 5 credits )

True Detective (2014) executive producer (8 episodes, 2014)
Addicted to Facebook (2009) executive producer
Surfer, Dude (2008) producer
Sahara (2005) executive producer
Full Burn (0) executive producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

The Rebel (1998) (writer)

Director ( 2 credits )

The Rebel (1998)
Chicano Chariots (1992)

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