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MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY (Mud) is one of Hollywood's most sought after leading men whose films have grossed over a billion dollars at the box office. A chance meeting in Austin with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched McConaughey's career in the cult classic "Dazed and Confused." Since then he has appeared in over 40 feature films, and has become a producer, director, and philanthropist all the while sticking to his Texas roots and 'jk livin' philosophy.

2012 was a turning point for McConaughey -- he was nominated for 2 Independent Spirit Awards for his work in William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike," and won Best Supporting Actor from the New York Film Critics Circle for his work in "Magic Mike" and Richard Linklater's "Bernie," which also earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Picture. To round the year out, he had 2 world premiere films at Cannes, Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" and Jeff Nichols' "Mud."

McConaughey's other film credits include "The Lincoln Lawyer,""Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Tropic Thunder," "We Are Marshall," "Fool's Gold" and"Two for the Money," "Failure to Launch," "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," "Reign of Fire," "Thirteen Conversations About One Thing;" "Frailty," "The Wedding Planner," "U-571," "EDtv," "Amistad," "Contact," "A Time to Kill," "Lone Star," "Angels in the Outfield," "The Newton Boys," and "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre." He earned a People's Choice Award for his role in the action adventure comedy "Sahara," the first major motion picture produced by his production company, j.k. livin productions.

In 2008, McConaughey started The just keep livin Foundation which is dedicated to helping boys and girls transform into men and women through programs that teach the importance of decision making, health, education, and active living. The just keep livin Foundation has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS) in West Los Angeles to implement fitness and wellness programs in two large, urban high schools. CIS is the nation's largest, non-profit, dropout prevention organization. Through the j.k. livin afterschool program, they are able to give kids a healthy start in life and the promise of a healthy future. The official website is: .


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