Matthew McConaughey: Snapshot

Matthew McConaughey
Date of Birth
November 04, 1969
Birth Place
Uvalde, Texas
Some guys are just lucky: After a chance meeting with director Richard Linklater, Matthew McConaughey was cast in the 1993's Dazed and Confused. What was meant to be a small part kept growing, and a too-handsome-for-words Hollywood career was born.

Whether appearing in serious dramas (A Time to Kill, Contact) or romantic comedies (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Wedding Planner), his wry Texas charm is always on display. Even his 1999 arrest for marijuana possession after being found playing the bongos naked in his home, tends to only make people smile.

PEOPLE's ''Sexiest Man Alive'' in 2005 has had his share of high-profile loves (Ashley Judd, Penélope Cruz), but he eventually settled down with wife Camila Alves, with whom he has three children. In 2014, the actor hit a career milestone with Dallas Buyers Club, taking home the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of AIDS patient Ron Woodroof.

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Matthew McConaughey: Five Fun Facts

  1. "My favorite thing to do alone is jam in my truck and drive," Matthew McConaughey tells PEOPLE. "There are very few people I could take a road trip with. It's where I have my best thoughts."
  2. When asked in 2005 who his hero was, Matthew McConaughey replied, "Me in 10 years."
  3. Matthew McConaughey says he's managed to remain friends with all his exes. "I just don't know how to put Wite-Out over that period in my life," he tells PEOPLE. "So hopefully you're going to be inviting me to your wedding and I'm going to be inviting you to mine."
  4. Matthew McConaughey claims he hasn't worn deodorant in 20 years.
  5. Matthew McConaughey admits that King Kong (the 1976 version with Jessica Lange) makes him teary eyed. "I remember crying at how much he loved her but he was an ape, he was the outcast."

Matthew McConaughey: Biography


Matthew McConaughey


Most Handsome Matthew

The future University of Texas frat boy is voted Most Handsome at Longview (Texas) High School. According to his mom, the popular golf and tennis player has no shortage of female admirers. "I'm telling you, those girls liked his butt," she tells PEOPLE.


Matthew McConaughey

September 24

All Right, All Right, All Right

Along with a cast of future stars, including Ben Affleck and Milla Jovovich, McConaughey makes a memorable film debut as stoner icon David Wooderson in the high school flick Dazed and Confused. He later names his production company Just Keep Livin', a line his character improvises in the movie.


Matthew McConaughey

July 24

Killer Performance

With his role as Southern lawyer Jake Brigance in the adaptation of John Grisham's A Time to Kill, McConaughey establishes himself as a bona fide rising star. He proves to be an adept leading man offscreen as well, briefly romancing costar Ashley Judd during filming and striking up a close friendship with fellow lead Sandra Bullock as well.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Cliff Watts/Icon Intl

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Classmates Yearbook Archives; Everett/REX USA; Warner Bros.

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Matthew McConaughey

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