Matthew McConaughey is arguably one of the greatest actors that has graced out TV screens in recent times. He has been praised for his outstanding performances especially in Dazed and Confused (1993) – which is considered to be the role that brought him into the limelight – A Time to Kill (1996), The Wedding Planner (2001) and Dallas Buyers Club (2013) amongst others. The renowned actor ventured into production later in his career and has been credited as a producer in The Rebel and Making Sandwiches to mention a few. These and more are all that you are going to learn about the talented actor below.
Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. on the 4th of November 1969. His parents- James Donald McConaughey and Mary Kathleen raised him alongside his two adopted brothers in their Texas home. KMac and Jim as they are fondly called had an interesting love story. They divorced themselves twice and got married 3 times in the course of their lives together. Matthew has a rich ancestry which includes German, Swedish, Scottish, Irish and English. Most of his formative years and schooling were in Texas so he might be referred to as a thoroughbred country boy.
Mathew attended Longview High school and did an exchange program in 1988 with Warnervale, New South Wales, Australia. After high school, he proceeded to the University of Texas (Austin) in 1989 and obtained his B.Sc in Radio-Television-Film in 1993.
Movies and TV Shows
Matthew McConaughey’s career has grown in leaps and bounds since it took off in 1991 when he first appeared in student films and commercials. His first movie was Dazed and Confused (1993) where he played the role of a guy going after high school girls. He went ahead to feature in Angels in the Outfield and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation in 1994. Matthew’s next notable roles were in 1996 Lone Star and A Time to Kill. He was later seen in Contact (1997), Amistad (1997), The Newton Boys (1998), EDTV (1999), and U-571 (2000).
Mathew continued to evolve as an actor and he became popular for featuring in romantic comedies in the 2000s. He featured in movies like The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Failure to Launch (2006), Fool’s Gold (2008) Ghosts of Girl of Girlfriends Past (2009). Matthew recognized a pattern in the role offers he was getting and decided to break away from the stereotype. Because of this, he waited two years before he got the kind of opportunity he was looking for. He reappeared in 2011 playing the role of ‘Mickey Haller’ in The Lincoln Lawyer. His next films are Bernie (2011), Killer Joe (2011), Mud (2012), Magic Mike (2012). Matthew McConaughey won an Academy, Golden Globe and Oscar award plus several other nominations for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof an HIV carrier in Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
The actor has featured in more movies than television shows. His first role in a TV show was in 1992 NBC series Unsolved Mysteries as ‘Larry Dickens’ in two episodes. He then featured in King of the Hill (1999), Sex and the City (2000), Freedom A History of US (2003), Eastbound & Down (2010- 2012) and True Detective (2014) where he was also an executive producer.
Matthew McConaughey was included in 2014 Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the World. He is a selfless individual who saved stranded pets after New Orleans Hurricane Katrina. He also teaches free classes in film at UT-Austin his Alma mater.
Mathew McConaughey has come a long way in his acting career. Besides his success as an actor, he has a net worth of $95 million. With more roles to come his way, the actor will obviously keep adding more digits to his already known net worth.
Matthew McConaughey’s Wife
The actor and producer met his wife – Camila Alves in 2006. She liked him instantly before realizing who Matthew McConaughey was. They dated for a long time before finally getting married in 2012. The duo had 3 children (2 boys and 1 girl) before they made their relationship official. Their first child, Levi was born in 2008, followed by Vida in 2010, and then Livingston in 2012.
His wife is a model and designer. She visited her aunt in Los Angeles from Brazil where she was born and raised until the age of 15. After she made it to the States, she decided she was not going back and she later got a job as a waitress and house-cleaner. Camila Alves relocated to New York City at age 19 to become a fashion model and had some successful stints.
Camila has a website called “Women of Today” which she launched in 2016. It’s a hub for her social media activities which includes live video streaming, blog posts about health, food, style, family, crafts & decor, and Camila’s Code. She has been involved in different business ventures as they interest her. She is a very ‘hands-on’ mother and raises her children with her husband in Austin Texas.