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Matthew McConaughey Biography

Birth Name:
Matthew David McConaughey
Birth Place:
Uvalde, Texas, United States
Profession
Actor, producer, director, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • Didn't grow up watching movies; had seen only two films by the time he was 18
  • Traveled to Australia after graduating high school and spent a year working odd jobs; kept Aussie accent for two years after returning to the U
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  • Originally studied law in college but switched to film after reading Og Mandino's The Greatest Salesman in the World
  • A chance 1993 meeting at a bar with Dazed and Confused casting director Don Phillips led to him being cast in the movie
  • Founded the production company j
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  • The name is adapted from his Dazed and Confused character's motto, "Just keep livin'
  • " Voted People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2005
  • When not working, loves to travel to exotic places for extended visits

Awards

  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2014Irish Film & Television Awards-Best International Actor: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Drama Series: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Actor: winner
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: winner
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Actor: winner
  • 2013Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2013Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2013Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: winner
  • 2013Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 2013Rome International Film Festival-Best Actor: winner
  • 2012New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actor: winner
  • 2012Detroit Film Critics Society-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2006People's Choice Awards-Favorite Male Action Star: winner

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