Texas native MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY (Mark Hanna) 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'" ["just keep living"] philosophy.
2012 saw him spotlighted in four diverse 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." Mr. 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."
These were followed up by the critically acclaimed and much anticipated
Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey dropped 47 pounds to play to role of AIDS
stricken Ron Woodruff. The film was directed by Jean Marc Valle and also stars
Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.
April 2013 saw 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.
In the first quarter of 2014, he will be seen starring alongside Woody
Harrelson in the HBO dramatic series "True Detective." McConaughey is currently
at work filming "Interstellar," directed by Christopher Nolan, for release 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
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