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MATTHEW 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).

After moving 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.

McConaughey 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 DeGeneres.

The Texas 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.

Before moving 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.

McConaughey 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.

McConaughey's 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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