Matthew David McConaughey (born November 4, 1969) is an American actor. After a series of minor roles in the early 1990s, McConaughey gained notice for his breakout role in Dazed and Confused (1993). He then appeared in films such as A Time to Kill, Contact, U-571, Sahara, and We Are Marshall. McConaughey is best known for his performances in The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold, The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe and Magic Mike. McConaughey, the youngest of three boys, was born in Uvalde, Texas. His mother, Mary Kathleen 'Kay' (ne McCabe), was a kindergarten teacher, and his father, James Donald McConaughey, was a gas-station owner who ran an oil pipe supply business and once played NFL football for the Green Bay Packers. McConaughey has Irish ancestry and had a Methodist upbringing. McConaughey's mother and late father had a stormy relationship; they divorced and re-married each other several times.
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