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Also Known As: Matthew David Mcconaughey Died:
Born: November 4, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Uvalde, Texas, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, director

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A laid-back actor who stood out from Hollywood for his down-to-earth charm and fun-loving lifestyle, Matthew McConaughey was the exact opposite of his image behind the scenes and used his strong work ethic to carve out a vibrant career marked with a number of quality performances. McConaughey made his first impression early on as an older guy who hangs out with high school kids in Richard Linklater's stoner comedy "Dazed and Confused" (1993), and went on to supporting turns in "Angels in the Outfield" (1994) and "Boys on the Side" (1995). He delivered a hailed performance as a small town deputy who is later murdered in John Sayles' indie drama "Lone Star" (1996), before graduating to large scale studio films like "Amistad" (1997), "Contact" (1997) and "EDtv" (1999). Also in 1999, McConaughey made headlines for his comical arrest for disturbing the peace and possession of cannabis - he was found in his home loudly playing bongos naked late in the night. While accepting the subsequent ridicule, McConaughey starred in one of his more popular films, "The Wedding Planner" (2001), and followed up with a darker turn in the serial killer thriller "Frailty" (2002). After a pair of disappointing showings with...

A laid-back actor who stood out from Hollywood for his down-to-earth charm and fun-loving lifestyle, Matthew McConaughey was the exact opposite of his image behind the scenes and used his strong work ethic to carve out a vibrant career marked with a number of quality performances. McConaughey made his first impression early on as an older guy who hangs out with high school kids in Richard Linklater's stoner comedy "Dazed and Confused" (1993), and went on to supporting turns in "Angels in the Outfield" (1994) and "Boys on the Side" (1995). He delivered a hailed performance as a small town deputy who is later murdered in John Sayles' indie drama "Lone Star" (1996), before graduating to large scale studio films like "Amistad" (1997), "Contact" (1997) and "EDtv" (1999). Also in 1999, McConaughey made headlines for his comical arrest for disturbing the peace and possession of cannabis - he was found in his home loudly playing bongos naked late in the night. While accepting the subsequent ridicule, McConaughey starred in one of his more popular films, "The Wedding Planner" (2001), and followed up with a darker turn in the serial killer thriller "Frailty" (2002). After a pair of disappointing showings with "Sahara" (2005) and "We are Marshall" (2008), McConaughey received some of the best notices of his career as "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011), a film that began a rebound some wags dubbed "the McConnaisance," which culminated in a Best Actor Oscar for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013). Having navigated the peaks and valleys of his career, McConaughey always exhibited a humility and exuberant spirit that was contagious both on and off screen.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Rebel, The (1998) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Sea of Trees (2015)
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 Interstellar (2014)
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 Thunder Run (2013)
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 Mud (2013)
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 Paperboy, The (2012)
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 Magic Mike (2012)
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 Bernie (2011)
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Raised in Longview, TX
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Travelled to Australia after high school
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Enrolled in film studies at University of Texas
1991:
Appeared in student films and local commercials in Texas
1993:
After meeting casting director Don Phillips in an Austin bar he was cast in "Dazed and Confused" (1993)
1993:
Feature acting debut, "My Boyfriend's Back"
1993:
First significant film role, Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused"; character initially in only three scenes but role grew to more than 300 lines
1995:
Co-starred with Renee Zellweger in "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (later edited and reissued in 1997)
1995:
Cast in "Boys on the Side" as Drew Barrymore's love interest, policeman Abe Lincoln
1996:
Portrayed Sheriff Buddy Deeds, suspected of killing his predecessor (Kris Kristofferson), in John Sayles' "Lone Star"
1996:
Breakthrough role as lawyer Jake Brigance in "A Time to Kill," based on John Grisham's novel and co-starring Sandra Bullock
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Formed J.K. Livin' Productions; name taken from his "Dazed and Confused" character's motto "Just keep livin'"
1997:
Co-starred with Bullock in her short film "Making Sandwiches"; also co-produced
1997:
Played Jodie Foster's love interest in "Contact" and an attorney defending the rebellious slaves of the "Amistad"
1998:
Re-teamed with Linklater as one of "The Newton Boys"
1998:
Directed (also wrote and co-starred) the 20-minute short "The Rebel"
1999:
Portrayed the lead in Ron Howard's "EDtv"
2000:
Starred as Lt. Andrew Tyler, executive officer to Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgrin (Bill Paxton) in "U-571"
2001:
Acted opposite Jennifer Lopez in "The Wedding Planner"
2001:
Played an ambitious young lawyer in the ensemble drama "13 Conversations About One Thing"
2003:
Co-starred with Kate Hudson in the romantic comedy "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
2005:
Starred with Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz in "Sahara"
2006:
Played a thirtysomething slacker who still lives with his parents in the romantic comedy "Failure to Launch"
2006:
Starred in "We Are Marshall" as head coach Jack Lengyel who helped resurrect the Marshall University football squad after a 1970 plane crash that killed most of the players and coaches
2008:
Re-teamed with Kate Hudson to star in "Fool's Gold"
2008:
Played Ben Stiller's loyal agent in "Tropic Thunder"
2009:
Co-starred with Jennifer Garner in the romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"
2011:
Played a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney in the thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer"
2011:
Played title role in crime thriller "Killer Joe," directed by William Friedkin
2012:
Cast as the owner of a male strip club in "Magic Mike," directed by Steven Soderbergh
2012:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"
2013:
Starred as the title character in Jeff Nichols' "Mud"
2013:
Portrayed Ron Woodroof in the AIDS-themed drama "Dallas Buyers Club"
2013:
Featured in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"
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Education

Longview High School: Longview , Texas - 1988
University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas - 1993

Notes

On October 25, 1999, McConaughey was arrested in Texas for possessesion of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and resisting transport. All charges were dropped and the actor was fined $50 for violation of a noise ordinance.

Purchased a 1,600-acre ranch in west Texas for $500,000.

McConaughey reportedly reads from "The Greatest Salesman in the World" by Og Mandino daily. "It's the only book I have read cover to cover," he was quoted as saying in Harper's Bazaar, August 1996.

"Let's face it. Matthew's got those three things that make you a star: you got to be smart, you got to have talent, and the girls have got to want to fuck you."---casting director Don Phillips quoted in Vanity Fair, August 1996.

"I think he's much more like Brando... But I do think he's a total original. I don't know anyone like him. There's an innate integrity and, yes, elegence about Matthew, yet there's a kind of shitkicking, dangerous side to him too."---Director Joel Schumacher quoted in Vanity Fair, August 1996.

"You have certain things that you think about when you set out to make a life for yourself... You have your family name, for one. And you're an American, you've got your patriotism, that's the reason you have to do things right. Another one is 'under God', whatever that means to you. Well, Texas is the only state where you've got a fourth thing slapping you on the ass, saying 'Do right.' It's a state of mind, you can't explain it."---McConaughey in Premiere, August 1996.

"I've seen people get cynical in this business... I know I've got to work my butt off to maintain a good perspective. I don't think I can be alive unless I'm looking at the world as a good place."---McConaughey quoted in Newsweek, July 8, 1996.

"My dad's death made me feel I was responsible for myself. Suddenly I understood that each day is a building block to the future. Who I am today is dependent on who I was yesterday. I was a late bloomer. My father's death also made me realize that I had to be responsible in my relationships with others. Especially with my mother... I've become more protective of her. I became a man the day my father died. Nothing in my life gave me more clarity and a stronger sense of responsibility. I've become a better lover, a closer friend and a kinder stranger."---McConaughey to Parade, March 7, 1999.

"I had the luxury of talking to people beforehand about what it [fame] was going to be like. I became good friends with Sandra Bullock, so I talked to her. But as much as you can rationalise [sic] it in your head, you have no idea what it does to your soul. People want a piece of you. Before, if people wanted something from me, if they were being honest and straight, it was like 'sure... no problem.' I was a fairly open person. But afterwards, things happen and you discover that someone has lied to you and you go 'son of a bitch!' And it's like 'where did that come from? Nobody was lying to me before.'"---McConaughey to the London Times, November 6, 1999.

"I'll keep makin' a livin' with my life and a life with my livin', 'cuz when the J's for 'just' and the K's for 'keep' ... that's livin'."---McConaughey quoted in People, March 22, 2005.

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companion:
Patricia Arquette. Actor. Dated c. 1994.
companion:
Ashley Judd. Actor. Reportedly involved during filming of "A Time to Kill".
companion:
Sandra Bullock. Actor. Reportedly dated, although neither confirmed the relationship; met during filming of "A Time to Kill"; no longer together.
companion:
Salli Richardson. Actor. Reportedly dating as of late spring 2000.
companion:
Michelle Smith. Waitress. Dating as of December 2002; no longer together.
companion:
Penelope Cruz. Actor. Met while filming "Sahara" together; began dating summer 2004.
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father:
Jim McConaughey. Salesman. Sold pipe and couplings in oil business; had played defensive end for Paul 'Bear' Bryant at Alabama and later with the Green Bay Packers until a knee injury ended his football career; had divorced wife prior to McConaughey's birth but later reunited and remarried; divorced again briefly when he was 13; remarried until his death from a heart attack on August 17. 1992.
mother:
Kay McConaughey. Kindergarten teacher. Born in 1930; divorced husband prior to McConaughey's birth, but the pair later reconciled; divorced again briefly when he was 13; remarried until husband's 1992 death.
brother:
Michael McConaughey. Actor, salesman. Born c. 1953; sold pipe and couplings in oil business.
brother:
Pat McConaughey. Salesman. Born c. 1962; sold pipe and couplings in oil business.
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