Matthew David McConaughey (/məˈkɒnəheɪ/; born November 4, 1969) is an American actor and producer. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused (1993), and went on to appear in films such as the slasher Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), the legal thriller A Time to Kill (1996), Steven Spielberg’s historical drama Amistad (1997), the science fiction drama Contact (1997), the comedy EDtv (1999) and the war film U-571 (2000).
In the 2000s, he became best known for starring in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Failure to Launch (2006), Fool’s Gold (2008) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). Since 2010 he has moved away from romantic comedies and has had roles in the films The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Bernie (2011), Killer Joe (2011), The Paperboy (2012), Mud (2012), Magic Mike (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Interstellar (2014). Some film critics and journalists even refer to this era of film as the ‘McConaissance’.
McConaughey achieved much success in 2013 for portraying a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS in the biographical film Dallas Buyers Club, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, among other awards and nominations. In 2014, he also starred as Rust Cohle in the acclaimed HBO crime anthology series True Detective, for which he won a Critics’ Choice Award and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Matthew McConaughey, the youngest of three boys, was born on November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen “Kay” or “KMac” (née McCabe), is a former kindergarten teacher and a published author, who is originally from Trenton, New Jersey. His father, James Donald McConaughey, ran an oil pipe supply business and played for the Kentucky Wildcats and the Houston Cougars football teams. Jim McConaughey was from Louisiana and in 1953 was drafted in the 27th round by the NFL football team the Green Bay Packers was released before the season began, and never played an official League Game in the National Football League. McConaughey’s mother and late father married each other three times (having divorced each other twice). His ancestry includes Scottish, English, Irish, Swedish, and German. He is a relative of Confederate brigadier general Dandridge McRae. McConaughey had a Methodist upbringing.
McConaughey moved to Longview, Texas in 1980, where he attended Longview High School. He lived for a year in Warnervale, New South Wales, Australia, as a Rotary exchange student in 1988. McConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, where he joined Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He began in the fall of 1989 and graduated spring of 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-Television-Film. McConaughey’s original plan had changed as he wanted to attend Southern Methodist University until a brother told him that private school tuition would have been a burden on the family finances, and Matthew’s plan was to attend law school after graduation from college, but he realized he was not interested in becoming a lawyer.
McConaughey met Brazilian model and television performer Camila Alves in 2006. The couple became engaged on December 25, 2011, and were married on June 9, 2012, in Austin, Texas (where they reside) in a private Catholic ceremony. Together they have three children: son Levi Alves McConaughey (born 2008), daughter Vida Alves McConaughey (born 2010), and son Livingston Alves McConaughey (born 2012).
He is a Christian and attends a non-denominational church.
McConaughey started the just keep livin foundation, which is “dedicated to helping teenage kids lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women”. He also rescued various pets stranded after the flooding of New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, he rescued a cat from two youths in Sherman Oaks, California; the youths had doused the cat in hairspray and were attempting to set it on fire.
McConaughey has been a diehard Washington Redskins fan since his youth and has repeatedly stated he doesn’t want the logo or name to change due to its historical background. He is also a Houston Astros fan.
McConaughey’s older brother Mike, nicknamed Rooster, is a self-made millionaire who stars in the CNBC series West Texas Investors Club.
McConaughey regularly attends home football games in Austin, Texas at his alma matter, The University of Texas at Austin.
On his ranch LP Ranch people can hunt for deer.