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Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s (including his breakout role in Dazed and Confused, director Richard Linklater's second feature film), he came to fame after starring in several successful films, including A Time to Kill and U-571. On October 25, 1999, McConaughey was arrested at his home in Austin, Texas; the charges included possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. In 2005, People magazine named him their "Sexiest Man Alive". Also in 2005, the actor is alleged to have frightened away a coyote that was threatening a mother and her child in a Los Angeles park. An Oprah Winfrey episode from that same year also showed McConaughey participating in a rescue of various pets, including cats, dogs and hamsters, that were stranded after the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. "Extra, NBC" reported in 2006 that McConaughey admits to wearing no underwear, and says he doesn't use cologne or deodorant, because he doesn't want to smell like someone else. He is supposedly in line to star as Thomas Magnum in the 2008 movie Magnum, P.I..
McConaughey, the youngest of three boys, son of a gas station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business, and a mother who was a substitute school teacher, was born in Uvalde, Texas; and has Irish ancestry. McConaughey had what he describes as a conservative Christian upbringing. His late father, James Donald McConaughey, and his mother, Mary Kathlene "Kay" McCabe, divorced and re-married each other several times, in what McConaughey describes as a "loving, but unstable relationship".
McConaughey moved to Longview, Texas in 1980 and graduated from Longview High School in 1988, where he was voted the most handsome. Lacking direction in life, Matthew lived for a year in Warnervale, NSW, Australia as a Rotary exchange student. He had relative academic success in high school, and went on to college. He studied film direction at the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, graduating in 1993.
McConaughey began his acting career in 1991, appearing in student films and television commercials in Texas before being cast in his first role in Richard Linklater's film Dazed and Confused (1993), after meeting casting director Don Phillips at a bar near the University of Texas at Austin. After appearing in some additional small parts in Angels in the Outfield, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Boys on the Side, and the television series Unsolved Mysteries, 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. In 1997, McConaughey won an MTV Movie Award for best breakthrough performance for the role. He has also twice been nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award.
McConaughey gained renown and 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 Kate Beckinsale, in Two For The Money as a protege to Al Pacino's gambling mogul, and in Frailty, cast against type as a serial killer, opposite Bill Paxton.
McConaughey starred in the feature film Sahara (budgeted at $130 million), 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. In 2006, he co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch, which was reasonably successful at the box office.
McConaughey also provided voice work for an ad campaign of the Peace Corps in late 2006.