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MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY (Brandon Lang / John Anthony) broke into Hollywood chasing girls as David Wooderson in Richard Linklater's 1993 coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused. He soon became the one being chased as one of the industry's leading young men. His critical breakthrough performance came with his 1996 role as the righteous young defense lawyer Jake Brigance in A Time to Kill, adapted from John Grisham's bestseller, co-starring Samuel Jackson, Kevin Spacey and Sandra Bullock.

He is currently shooting the upcoming romantic comedy Failure to Launch with Sarah Jessica Parker. And the recent box-office hit Sahara, which opened at number one, was the first major motion picture produced by McConaughey 's production company, j.k. livin'. The action adventure also starred Penélope Cruz and Steve Zahn. Since McConaughey 's feature film debut 12 years ago, he has earned a wide array of credits working with some of the industry's top actors and directors.

In February 2003 McConaughey starred with Kate Hudson in the romantic comedy How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, opening at number one at $23.8 million—an alltime high for McConaughey—and achieving a domestic box-office total of over $106 million.

In 2002, McConaughey showed his diverse acting talent in three very different roles. He played an attorney whose morality is challenged after a life-changing experience in the ensemble film Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. McConaughey appeared in the horror/thriller Frailty, written and directed by Bill Paxton. And he starred in the sci-fi action film Reign of Fire, in which he and co-star Christian Bale try to save the world from fire-breathing dragons.

After earning rave reviews and overnight stardom with his performance in Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill, McConaughey starred as Roger S. Baldwin in Steven Spielberg's Amistad with Sir Anthony Hopkins and Morgan Freeman. He played Palmer Joss opposite Jodie Foster in Robert Zemeckis' Contact and later teamed with Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman and Ellen DeGeneres in Ron Howard's Edtv. Other credits include Angels in the Outfield, Lone Star, Glory Days and U-571, which also starred Bill Paxton. In January 2001, he played Steve Edison, Jennifer Lopez' love interest in Adam Shankman's hit romantic comedy The Wedding Planner.

McConaughey 's production company, j.k. livin', has projects in development at Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures. j.k. livin' executive produced the acclaimed feature documentary Hands on a Hardbody. The company collaborated with Sandra Bullock's Fortis Films, producing Making Sandwiches, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. McConaughey also wrote and directed the short films The Rebel and Chicano Chariots.


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