When it comes to movie stars, it doesn’t get any bigger than Matthew McConaughey. He is one of the greatest actors that the world has ever seen. In a glittering career spanning three decades, McConaughey has featured in over 50 movies. He has played a diverse range of characters such as a slick defence lawyer working out of his car (The Lincoln Lawyer), a sexy but immature adult living in his parents’ basement (Failure to Launch), a hired assassin (Killer Joe), a sexy male stripper (Magic Mike) as well as an AIDS sufferer (Dallas Buyers Club). There is just no end to the abundance of talent that this man has. Want to know more about McConaughey? Then you are in the right place.
Matthew McConaughey Bio
Matthew David McConaughey was born on the 4th day of November 1969 in Uvalde, Texas. He had his high school education at Longview High School, graduating in 1988. He then attended the University of Texas at Austin to study law. After two years of studying law, McConaughey did not find any joy in it despite pulling in good grades.
One day, he happened upon a popular 70s self-help book titled The Greatest Salesman in the World. After reading the book, he decided that he wanted to become an actor. With his parents’ blessings, he changed his major to film production and graduated in 1993.
Matthew McConaughey commenced his acting in 1994 in a teen comedy titled Dazed and Confused. He then played other minor roles until 1996 when he got the lead role in the movie, A Time to Kill. From there, Matthew McConaughey went on to star in other serious movies until the dawn of the millennium.
With the new millennium, McConaughey (who is blessed with good looks and a sexy drawl) reinvented himself as a heartthrob and appeared in several romcoms. They include The Wedding Planner (2001), How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003), Fool’s Gold (2008) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). Matthew McConaughey reinvented himself once more in 2010 and returned to serious dramatic movies. They include the Wolf of Wall Street, True Detective, and Dallas Buyers Club(2013).
For his role as an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey had to lose 38 pounds. All the hard work, however, paid off as the movie fetched him several awards. They include the 2014 Academy Award, SAG Award and Golden Globe Award for best actor.
Matthew McConaughey has a net worth estimated at $95 million. He made his fortune from an illustrious acting career as well as endorsement deals. As a way of giving back to society, McConaughey set up the Just Keep Living Foundation which is aimed at assisting young people with wellness and health issues. The actor also teaches a film class at his alma mater, University of Texas at Austin.
Wife and Kids
The Texan native is married to Camila Alves (pictured), a Brazilian-American model. They first met in 2006 and dated for several years before getting engaged on Christmas day, 2011. McConaughey and Camila tied the knot on the 9th of June 2012 in his hometown in Texas. The couple has three kids together; two sons and a daughter. They are Levi Alves (born in July 2008), Livingston Alves (born in December 2012) and Vida Alves (born in January 2010).
Is He Gay?
In May 2017, a newspaper seemed to suggest that McConaughey was gay with a headline that read “Matthew McConaughey just came out of the closet but will this affect his career?”. The headline was however misleading as they were referring to the fact that he openly admitted to being a Christian. McConaughey has never said anything about being gay and judging from his marriage to a woman, his straightness is clear to see.
Family and Brother
Matthew McConaughey hails from an interesting family. His father’s name is Jim Donald (Jim). He played college football and was even drafted into the NFL. His career was however prematurely cut short. His mother’s name is Mary Kathleen (Kay). She taught as a kindergarten teacher for more than 30 years even though she had no qualification.
The love story of McConaughey’s parents is worth telling. They divorced each other twice and remarried each other thrice in the course of their union. They remained together until his dad passed away in 1994. McConaughey has two adoptive elder brothers, Michael and Patrick. Michael, popularly known as Rooster, is a self-made millionaire and an actor with his credits including the CNBC series, West Texas Investors Club.