THE NEWTON BOYS
MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY (Willis Newton) was born in
Uvalde, Texas, later settling with his parents and two older brothers
in Longview. Discovered in his junior year of college while attending
the University of Texas at Austin, where he was pursuing a degree
in film, McConaughey benefited from a chance meeting with producer/casting
director Don Phillips. This led to McConaughey being cast as the
overaged slacker 'Wooderson' in Richard Linklater's acclaimed
ode to the '70s, "Dazed and Confused."
McConaughey then returned to Texas to complete his senior year.
There, he shot and directed a 12minute short film centered
in the world of low riders called "Chicano Chariots."
Upon graduation, he gained the lead role in "Return of the
Texas Chainsaw Massacre," the fourth installment of the cult
In 1993, McConaughey moved to Los Angeles and quickly landed the
male lead in Herbert Ross' "Boys on the Side," opposite
Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore and MaryLouise Parker.
In 1996, McConaughey portrayed Sheriff Buddy Deeds in John Sayles'
"Lone Star" and appeared in the Bill Murray film "Larger
Than Life." But it was his portrayal of lawyer 'Jake Brigance'
in Joel Schumacher's "A Time to Kill," costarring
Sandra Bullock, Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, which lifted
him to the forefront of in demand leading actors.
McConaughey was most recently seen in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad,"
opposite Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins, and Robert Zemeckis'
"Contact," opposite Jodie Foster.
His other films include "My Boyfriend's Back," "Angeles
in the Outfield" and "Judgment."
In December of 1996, McConaughey's production company, j.k. livin
just keep livin'), entered into a firstlook deal with Warner
Bros. whereby j.k. livin will develop projects for McConaughey
to produce, star in and possibly direct. j.k. livin's initial
effort for Warner Bros. will be "South Beach" in which
McConaughey will reteam with director Joel Schumacher. Additional
projects are to include "Johnny Diamond," in which McConaughey
will star and j.k. livin will partner with Brian Grazer for Grazer's
Imagine Entertainment; and "Last Flight of the Raven,"
based on a true story of a smuggling ring gone awry from Indo
China to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Prior to the deal with Warner Bros., j.k. livin produced "Making
Sandwiches," with Sandra Bullock's Fortis Films, and executive
produced the feature documentary "Hands on a Hard Body,"
about a truck giveaway contest in East Texas. Most recently, McConaughey
wrote, starred in, and directed "The Rebel," a 20minute
short film about a man who breaks arbitrary rules, but imagines
himself to be a national criminal.
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