Since his acting career started in the early 90s with his role in Dazed and Confused, Matthew McConaughey has won — or been nominated — for dozens of prestigious awards. The american actor and producer, who started his career cast in various TV adverts, is worth a massive $75 million.
In the 90s Mcconaughey starred in films such as the slasher Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation; A Time to Kill, Spielberg's Amistad, an historical drama, and other roles in genres as wide science fiction, war and comedy.
He is now one of Hollywood’s hottest and richest actors, in demand and never short of work. Not bad considering his degree in Radio and TV. That paid off, for sure.
The advert that the star actor first took was great for his exposure, paying homage to his favourite sports team the Texas Longhorns. This was perfect to introduce himself to locals who could warm to the actor and take an interest in his future films. There woudl be plenty of films to take interest in.
McConaughey has Irish heritage and was born in Texas and is the son of a first school teacher mother, while his father ran an oil supply company and played as a keen basketball player. He was one of three siblings, all boys — which may be a clue as to why the famous film star admits that he ‘loves competition’. Brotherly love has a habit of bringing out the competitive side.
McConaughey once said: ’The challenge for me as an actor is if you become a celebrity, you don't meet strangers anymore. And strangers are where we have our anonymity. And I believe it's essential for the soul to be anonymous, especially if you're going to be an actor.’
It must be hard to be anonymous when you’re one of the world’s most famous actors.
It was in the early 00s that McConaughey became widely known his roles in rom-coms, with some classics that probably earned him a few quid, such as The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold, among others.
But since then the film star — who is a Christian who attends a non-denominational church — has really come into his own, and the critical accolades have followed.
Films such as Killer Joe, The Paperboy, The Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar. What’s amazing about McConaughey, is how he transforms himself in his method-style acting. The difference in his physique in his Gold, where he lost his beard and had a bald head — is really quite something, and shows his commitment to his job.
Some critics have even gone as far as hailing the 47-years-old Oscar nominated actor’s era as the ‘McConaissance’ — such as none other than the high-brow New Yorker, which would have done his career no harm at all.
McConaughey lives in Austin with Brazilian super model Camila Alves, and they have three children together. We count the kids will want for much, with their dad’s money offering them whatever they want or need.