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Texas native MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY (Buster Moon) is one of Hollywood's most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin, Texas, with casting director and producer Don Phillips led him to director Richard Linklater, who launched the actor's career in the cult classic Dazed and Confused. Since then, he has appeared in more than 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion worldwide and has become a producer, director and philanthropist - all the while sticking to his Texas roots and "jk livin" philosophy.

In 2016, he starred as Newton Knight in the summer release of Free State of Jones, was the voice of Beetle in Kubo and the Two Strings and starred opposite Naomi Watts in The Sea of Trees. Later this year, he will also star in Stephen Gaghan's Gold, and he just wrapped shooting The Dark Tower opposite Idris Elba.

The year 2014 was a game-changing year for McConaughey. For his riveting portrayal of Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and the Desert Palm Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. In 2013, he received a Gotham Award for Best Actor and the Best Actor Award at the Rome Film Festival.

In 2014, he moved to television in the HBO dramatic series True Detective, which also starred Woody Harrelson. The show was met by rave reviews from critics and fans alike and earned McConaughey a Critics' Choice Movie Award and a Television Critics Association Award in best actor categories, as well as a Primetime Emmy Award Nomination. Later that year, he starred in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which also starred Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.

In 2012, McConaughey was spotlighted in four diverse career-changing performances. He won an Independent Spirit Award for his portrayal of Dallas Rising in Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike, and he was named the year's Best Supporting Actor by both the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics for his work in both Magic Mike and Linklater's Bernie. McConaughey also received acclaim for his performance in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy and was an Independent Spirit Award nominee for playing the title role in William Friedkin's Killer Joe.

He followed this up in 2013 with the release of Jeff Nichols' Mud, which received rave reviews and was a sleeper hit in the national box office Top 10 for five weeks, and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, which opened in December 2013.

His other films include Brad Furman's The Lincoln Lawyer, Ben Stiller's Tropic Thunder, McG's We Are Marshall, Jill and Karen Sprecher's Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Bill Paxton's Frailty, Jonathan Mostow's U-571, Ron Howard's EDtv, Linklater's The Newton Boys, Steven Spielberg's Amistad, Robert Zemeckis' Contact, Joel Schumacher's A Time to Kill and John Sayles' Lone Star.

In 2008, McConaughey started the just keep livin Foundation (www.jklivinfoundation.org), 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 foundation has partnered with Communities in Schools (CIS), the nation's leading nonprofit dropout-prevention organization, in West Los Angeles to implement fitness and wellness programs in two large urban high schools. Through its after-school program, they are able to give kids a healthy start in life and the promise of a healthy future.

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