Matthew McConaughey: biography and latest news!

  • Occupation: actor, director
  • Real name: Matthew David McConaughey
  • Sign: Scorpio
  • Date of birth: Tuesday 04 November 1969 (age: 51 years)
  • Country: United States

With his Californian surfer’s look, Matthew McConaughey was for a long time confined to the roles of handsome before appearing in more ambitious films.

The youngest of three brothers, he was born on November 4, 1969 in Texas. He made his acting debut in 1993 in Rebel Generation alongside other future stars such as Ben Affleck and Milla Jovovich. He then completed his directing studies before taking on a series of minor roles: Une Équipe aux anges (1994), Massacre à la tronçonneuse, la nouvelle génération (1994), Avec ou sans hommes (1995).

It wasn’t until 1996 that his career took off. That year, he appeared in two films. Lone Star, by John Sayles, and above all The Right to Kill, by Joel Schumacher, where his tenacious lawyer character earned him public recognition. From then on, proposals for leading roles began to flow in. In 1997 he gave the line to Jodie Foster in Contact by Robert Zemeckis. In 1998 Spielberg hired him for his slavery film Amistad. His good looks are used in romantic comedies (Un mariage trop parfait with Jennifer Lopez in 2001, Comment se faire faire larguer en 10 leçons with Kate Hudson in 2003, Playboy à saisir in 2006, Haunté par ses exes in 2009…) as well as in action films (U-571 in 2000 with Harvey Keitel, Le Règne du feu with Christian Bale in 2002, Sahara in 2003…). But in 2009, he takes stock of his career, goes backpacking to Peru (without speaking a word of Spanish) to find himself face to face, decides to end his playboy roles and to be more demanding in his film choices. He revealed his full potential in films such as Brad Furman’s The Lincoln Defence (2011), Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike (2012), William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, Paperboy, starring Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman (2012) and Jeff Nichols’ Mud (2013).

At the end of 2013 he only has a small role in Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street, but the scene in which he explains to DiCaprio how to impose himself in the world of traders makes a strong impression. In 2014 it was his bluffing performance as a rodeo fan, diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 in the Dallas Buyers Club – he lost more than 20 kilos for the role – that earned him praise and a shower of awards, including the Golden Globe and the Oscar for best actor. The same year he made his debut as a TV co-star with Woody Harrelson in True Detective. At the end of 2014 he stars in Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar with Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain. In 2015, he stars in The Sea of trees, selected in official competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

On the heart side, Matthew McConaughey has long been, as in his films, a seducer. He has had many affairs: Sandra Bullock, Patricia Arquette, Ashley Judd, Penélope Cruz… But in 2006 he fell in love at first sight with Brazilian model Camila Alves. Together, they have 3 children: Levi (2008), Vida (2010) and Livingston (2012). On June 9, 2012, they get married in Texas.

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