THE DARK TOWER
Texas native MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY (Walter) is one of Hollywood's
most sought-after leading men. A chance meeting in Austin 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 over 40 feature films that have grossed over $1 billion; and has
become a producer, director, and philanthropist - all the while sticking to his
Texas roots and "jk livin" philosophy.
In 2016 McConaughey voiced Buster Moon in the holiday release of Illumination
project's Sing. The film was a holiday box office success, grossing over $600
million at the box office. In addition, that same year, he was seen in Gold and
Free State of Jones as well as featured as the voice of Beetle in Kubo and the
Two Strings, which was nominated for an Academy Award. McConaughey most
recently wrapped White Boy Rick and will begin production on Serenity with Anne
2014 was a game-changing year for McConaughey. For his riveting portrayal of Ron
Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey received an Academy Award, Golden
Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and Gotham Award for Best Actor, the Best
Actor Award at the Rome Film Festival as well as the Desert Palm Achievement
Actor Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival. He also made the move to TV
starring alongside Woody Harrelson in the HBO dramatic series "True Detective."
The show was met by rave reviews from critics and fans alike and earned
McConaughey a Critics' Choice and TCA Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series as
well as an Emmy Nomination. Later that year he starred in Interstellar, directed
by Christopher Nolan, also starring Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain.
In 2012 McConaughey was spotlighted in four diverse career-changing
performances. He won a Spirit Award for his portrayal of Dallas Rising in Steven
Soderbergh's Magic Mike, and 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 Magic Mike and Richard Linklater's Bernie. McConaughey also received
acclaim for his performance in Lee Daniels' The Paperboy and was a 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
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, Richard 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 largest, non-profit,
dropout-prevention organization -in West Los Angeles to implement fitness and
wellness programs in two large urban high schools. Through an afterschool
program, they are able to give kids a healthy start in life and the promise of a
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