Livingston Alves McConaughey
University of Texas at Austin
Longview High School
Co-starred in the Gus Van Sant film "The Sea of Trees"
Starred in the acclaimed science fiction film "Interstellar"
Starred on the highly acclaimed series "True Detective"
Featured in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Portrayed Ron Woodroof in the AIDS-themed drama "Dallas Buyers Club," winning an Academy Award for his performance.
Starred as the title character in Jeff Nichols' "Mud"
Cast as the owner of a male strip club in "Magic Mike," directed by Steven Soderbergh
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron in Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy"
Played title role in crime thriller "Killer Joe," directed by William Friedkin
Played a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney in the thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer"
Co-starred with Jennifer Garner in the romantic comedy "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"
Played Ben Stiller's loyal agent in "Tropic Thunder"
Re-teamed with Kate Hudson to star in "Fool's Gold"
Played a thirtysomething slacker who still lives with his parents in the romantic comedy "Failure to Launch"
Starred in "We Are Marshall" as head coach Jack Lengyel who helped resurrect the Marshall University football squad after a 1970 plane crash that killed most of the players and coaches
Starred with Steve Zahn and Penélope Cruz in "Sahara"
Co-starred with Kate Hudson in the romantic comedy "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
Played an ambitious young lawyer in the ensemble drama "13 Conversations About One Thing"
Acted opposite Jennifer Lopez in "The Wedding Planner"
Starred as Lt. Andrew Tyler, executive officer to Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgrin (Bill Paxton) in "U-571"
Portrayed the lead in Ron Howard's "EDtv"
Directed (also wrote and co-starred) the 20-minute short "The Rebel"
Re-teamed with Linklater as one of "The Newton Boys"
Played Jodie Foster's love interest in "Contact" and an attorney defending the rebellious slaves of the "Amistad"
Co-starred with Bullock in her short film "Making Sandwiches"; also co-produced
Breakthrough role as lawyer Jake Brigance in "A Time to Kill," based on John Grisham's novel and co-starring Sandra Bullock
Portrayed Sheriff Buddy Deeds, suspected of killing his predecessor (Kris Kristofferson), in John Sayles' "Lone Star"
Cast in "Boys on the Side" as Drew Barrymore's love interest, policeman Abe Lincoln
Co-starred with Renee Zellweger in "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (later edited and reissued in 1997)
First significant film role, Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused"; character initially in only three scenes but role grew to more than 300 lines
Feature acting debut, "My Boyfriend's Back"
After meeting casting director Don Phillips in an Austin bar he was cast in "Dazed and Confused" (1993)
Appeared in student films and local commercials in Texas
Is of Scottish, English, Irish, Swedish, and German heritage.
Traveled to Australia after high school.
Was arrested in Texas in 1999 for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and resisting transport. According to police reports, McConaughey was dancing around naked and playing bongo drums with Cole Hauser, a co-actor in "Dazed and Confused" (1993). All drug charges were later dropped. McConaughey plead guilty for violating the city's noise ordinance and paid a $50 fine.
Purchased a 1,600-acre ranch in west Texas for $500,000.
In 2005, McConaughey was named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine.
Formed J.K. Livin' Productions; name taken from his "Dazed and Confused" character's motto "Just keep livin'."
In 2007, McConaughey was named the "Bachelor of the Year" by People magazine.