Texas native Matthew McConaughey is one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor's career in the cult classic ‘Dazed and Confused.' Since then, he has appeared in over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion; and has become a producer, director, and philanthropist.
He won a Spirit Award in 2012 for his portrayal of Dallas Rising in Steven Soderbergh's ‘Magic Mike,' and was named the year's Best Supporting Actor by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for his work in ‘Magic Mike' and Richard Linklater's ‘Bernie.' McConaughey also received acclaim that year for his performance in Lee Daniels' ‘The Paperboy,' and was a Spirit Award nominee for playing the title role in William Friedkin's ‘Killer Joe.'
McConaughey followed these roles with the critically acclaimed and much anticipated ‘Dallas Buyers Club,' for which he dropped 47 pounds to play to role of AIDS stricken Ron Woodruff. The film was directed by Jean Marc Valle and also stars Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto. For his riveting portrayal, McConaughey was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critics' Choice Movie Award. He also won the Gotham award for Best Actor.
Jeff Nichols' ‘Mud,' was also released in 2013. A sleeper hit in the national box office top 10 for five weeks, it received rave reviews. McConaughey ends the year starring opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.'
In the first quarter of 2014, he will be seen starring alongside Woody Harrelson in the HBO dramatic series ‘True Detective.' He also stars in ‘Interstellar,' directed by Christopher Nolan, for release in November 2014.
His other films include Brad Furman's ‘The Lincoln Lawyer,' Ben Stiller's ‘Tropic Thunder,' McG's ‘We Are Marshall,' Jill and Karen Sprecher's ‘Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,' Bill Paxton's ‘Frailty,' Jonathan Mostow's ‘U-571,' Ron Howard's ‘EDtv,' Richard Linklater's ‘The Newton Boys,' Steven Spielberg's ‘Amistad,' Robert Zemeckis' ‘Contact,' Joel Schumacher's ‘A Time to Kill,' and John Sayles' ‘Lone Star.'
In 2008, Mr. McConaughey started the ‘just keep livin Foundation' (www.jklivinfoundation.org), which is dedicated to helping boys and girls transform into men and women through programs that teach the importance of decision-making, health, education, and active living. The foundation has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) -- the nation's largest, non-profit, dropout-prevention organization -- in West Los Angeles to implement fitness and wellness programs in two large urban high schools. Through an afterschool program, they are able to give kids a healthy start in life and the promise of a healthy future.