Matthew McConaughey Biography

Birthday: 1969-11-04
Place of Birth: Uvalde, Texas USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: The youngest son of a gas station owner, who ran an oil pipe supply business and mother - substitute school teacher, Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas, but 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. His most interesting role was playing 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.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Lone Star Buddy Deeds 1996 Drama
Glory Daze Rental Truck Guy 2010 - 2011 Comedy
Straatdokter, De Mark Hanna 2011
Salamander Denton Van Zan 2012 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Sahara Dirk Pitt 1943 Romance, 0
Angels in the Outfield Ben Williams 1951 0, 0
Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation Vilmer Slaughter 1994 Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Boys on the Side 1995 Comedy, Drama
A Time to Kill Jake Tyler Brigance 1996 Game Show, Comedy
Lone Star 1996 0, Game Show, Biography
Scorpion Spring El Rojo 1996 Comedy, 0
Glory Daze Rental Truck Guy 1996 Comedy
Contact Palmer Joss 1997 Drama, Mystery, Sci Fi
The Contact Palmer Joss 1997
Amistad Roger Sherman Baldwin 1997 Drama, History, Mystery
The Newton Boys Willis Newton 1998 Action, Crime, Drama
EdTV Ed 'Eddie' Pekurny 1999 Comedy
U-571 Lt. Andrew Tyler 2000 0, 0, Game Show
Frailty 'Fenton Meiks' 2001 Game Show, Comedy, 0
The Wedding Planner Steve Edison 2001 Biography
Reign of Fire Denton Van Zan 2002 0, 0
Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Troy 2002 Drama
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Ben Barry 2003 Comedy, Romance
Tiptoes 2003
Two for the Money 2005 0, Game Show, 0
We Are Marshall Jack Lengyel 2006
Failure to Launch Tripp 2006 Comedy, Romance
Surfer, Dude Steve Addington 2008
Surfer Dude Steve Addington 2008
Fool's Gold Ben "Finn" Finnegan 2008
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Connor Mead 2009 Biography, 0
Made in China Himself 2009 Comedy
Bernie Danny Buck 2012 0, 0
Magic Mike Dallas 2012 Comedy, Drama
Killer Joe Killer Joe Cooper 2012 Crime, Thriller
The Paperboy Ward Jansen 2012 Thriller
Mud Mud 2013 0, Game Show
The Wolf of Wall Street Mark Hanna 2013 Biography, Crime, Drama
Dallas Buyers Club Ron Woodroof 2013 Drama
Interstellar Cooper 2014
Sea of Trees Arthur Brennan 2015 Drama
Magic Mike XXL Dallas 2015 0
Thunder Run Colonel Wesley 2015 Action, Drama
The Free State of Jones Newton Knight 2016 Drama, Thriller