Matthew McConaughey is an actor. After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s, McConaughey gained notice for his breakout role in Dazed and Confused (1993). His best-known movies include A Time to Kill. The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool’s Gold, The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe and Magic Mike.
Matthew McConaughey began his acting career in 1991, appearing in television commercials, before being cast in Richard Linklater’s film Dazed and Confused, which became a critical success, garnering largely positive reviews. After appearing in some smaller roles in Angels in the Outfield, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Boys on the Side, the television series Unsolved Mysteries, and as the male lead in the Trisha Yearwood music video for the song Walkaway Joe, McConaughey’s big break came as the lawyer “Jake Brigance” in the 1996 film A Time to Kill, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name.
Matthew McConaughey was cast in leading roles in many more movies: Contact, Amistad, The Newton Boys, EDtv, and U-571. By the early 2000s, he was frequently cast in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, both of which were successful at the box office. During this period, he appeared as a firefighter in the low-budget film Tiptoes, opposite Rene Russo, in Two For The Money as a protégé to Al Pacino’s gambling mogul, and in Frailty, cast against type as a serial killer, opposite Bill Paxton. On September 10, 2000, he appears as himself on the show Sex and the City on HBO, talking with Carrie Bradshaw (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) about optioning her columns to make a movie.
Matthew McConaughey starred in the feature film Sahara, along with Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz. Prior to the release of the movie, he promoted it by repeating some trips he took in the late 1990s, including sailing down the Amazon River and trekking to Mali. That same year, McConaughey was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2005.
In 2006, he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch. McConaughey also provided voice work for an ad campaign of the Peace Corps in late 2006. He replaced Owen Wilson in Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder after Wilson’s suicide attempt.
On January 21, 2008, McConaughey became the new spokesman for the national radio campaign, “Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner”, replacing actor Sam Elliot.
In June 2010 it was announced that Matthew McConaughey is teaming up with Marc Hyman to develop a scripted comedy for TV channel FX based on material from J. R. Reed.
Matthew McConaughey was one of the presenters at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony.
Matthew McConaughey will be seen as a gaunt HIV victim in his upcoming movie The Dallas Buyer’s Club. The role demands that he lose 30 pounds. During this time, he recorded a public service announcement in Austin, Texas for the LBJ Presidential Library. He returned to his East Texas roots, by working again with director Richard Linklater on Bernie, the story of a small-town funeral director, played by Jack Black, who kills the town’s grande dame, played by Shirley MacLaine. McConaughey played real-life district attorney Danny Buck Davidson, who had prosecuted the real Bernie Tiede in 1998. McConaughey’s mother, KayMac, played one of the town gossips in the film. The film premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival and hit theaters in April 2012.
How Matthew McConaughey Made His Money – Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $65 Million
Birthday: November 4, 1969
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