McCONAUGHEY (Lt. Andrew Tyler) made his motion picture debut in Richard
Linklater's acclaimed 1970s coming-of-age drama, Dazed And Confused, after a
chance meeting with producer and casting director Don Philips, in a hotel bar in
Austin where he was attending the University of Texas. His character of
Wooderson, although written as a brief role, became one of the film's most
memorable after Linklater encouraged the actor to improvise additional material
(the initial three scenes became more than 300 lines).
to Los Angeles, McConaughey shortly thereafter became a sensation with his
riveting performance in Joel Schumacher's movie adaptation of John Grisham's
first novel, A Time To Kill. The film, also starring Sandra Bullock, Kevin
Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson, surpassed the $100 million mark at the box office
and earned the young actor rave reviews and overnight stardom.
solidified his bankability with plum roles-working with great co-stars and
A-list directors. He starred opposite Oscar winner Jodie Foster in Robert
Zemeckis' Contact, and then segued to work with Steven Spielberg on the
historical drama Amistad, starring opposite notable actors Anthony Hopkins,
Morgan Freeman and Djimon Hounsou. McConaughey also starred in EDtv for
Universal Pictures, which co-starred Jenna Elfman, Woody Harrelson and Ellen
native from Uvalde and Longview contemplated a career in law before tackling the
entertainment field when he enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin. It
was at the end of his sophomore year that he decided to make the switch to the
school's film curriculum. After wrapping Linklater's film in 1992, McConaughey
returned to the university to complete his degree. His senior year, he shot and
directed a 12-minute short film centered in the world of Hispanic low riders
entitled Chicano Chariots.
to Los Angeles, McConaughey won a starring role as Vilmer, the blood-thirsty tow
truck driver in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, which co-starred
fellow Texan Rene Zelwegger. Upon his arrival in Los Angeles, he quickly landed
work in his first Hollywood audition-Herbert Ross' Boys On The Side, playing a
righteous Arizona cop and co-starring Whoopi Goldberg and Drew Barrymore. He
also landed a key role in Disney's Angels In the Outfield.
also co-starred as Sheriff Buddy Deeds in John Sayles' widely-acclaimed OscarĀ®-nominated
drama Lone Star, portraying a heroic small town police officer. He also reunited
with writer/director Richard Linklater in The Newton Boys, playing one of the
four brothers in the true-life story of bank robbers who were notoriously
successful in the 1920s.
production company, j.k. livin' (short for 'just keep livin' which comes from
one of the lines his character uses in Dazed And Confused), is developing
several projects for Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount and Imagine
Entertainment. The company executive produced the critically-acclaimed feature
documentary Hands On A Hardbo
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