Matthew McConaughey

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McConaughey at the 2014 Golden Camera award

Matthew David McConaughey [ ˈmæθjuː məˈkɑnəheɪ̯ ] (born November 4, 1969 in Uvalde , Texas ) is an American actor . He won an Oscar for Best Actor in 2014 for his role in Dallas Buyers Club .


McConaughey grew up in Longview , Texas. His father Jim worked in the oil industry and his mother Katherine was a substitute teacher. He has two older brothers named Michael and Patrick. He studied law at the University of Texas at Austin , but dropped out. He later studied film at the same university and graduated in 1993.

Acting career

McConaughey starred in commercials at the beginning of his career and had his first minor role in the film Confusion - Summer of the Freaky . After several minor appearances in Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Return , coffee, milk and sugar and Lone Star McConaughey got his big break as a lawyer Jake Brigance in the film The jury , which on the novel by John Grisham based.

McConaughey at the premiere of Dallas Buyers Club in
Toronto in September 2013

McConaughey won an MTV Movie Award in 1997 for best acting in The Jury . He has also been nominated twice for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award . The success with Die Jury brought him engagements in films such as Contact , Amistad , The Newton Boys , EDtv and U-571 . The attempt to establish oneself for serious roles as an A-list leading actor initially failed.

As a result, he was increasingly seen in romantic comedies since 2000, including Wedding Planner - In love, engaged, planned and How do I get rid of him - in 10 days? . In 2005, he was voted Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine .

For several years he remained committed to the character of the slippery handsome boy. To avoid this typecasting , he turned down numerous roles in romantic comedies and took a two-year career break from 2009.

In 2011 McConaughey took on the role of attorney Mick Haller in Brad Furman's The Client , for which he received much praise from critics. This was followed by roles in William Friedkin's brutal crime thriller Killer Joe , Lee Daniels 'thriller The Paperboy , Jeff Nichols ' drama Mud and Steven Soderbergh's stripper movie Magic Mike .

For his performance with HIV infected and then to AIDS diseased electrician Ron Woodroof in Valleys Dallas Buyers Club (2013) Matthew McConaughey was at the Oscars 2014 in the category Best Actor and the Golden Globe Awards 2014 in the category Best Actor - Drama Award . For this role, the actor had lost 21 kg in body weight within four months.

Also in 2013, he appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street . In 2014 he took on the lead role of Rust Cohle in the television series True Detective . In Christopher Nolan's science fiction film Interstellar , he again played the leading role the astronaut Cooper that year.

Matthew McConaughey is mostly spoken by Benjamin Völz in the German dubbing of his film and series appearances .

Private life

While filming The Jury in 1996, McConaughey got together with his film partner Sandra Bullock , who played law student Ellen Roark. The relationship lasted five years.

He has been in a relationship with the Brazilian model Camila Alves since 2007 . The engagement took place on December 25, 2011 and the marriage followed in June 2012. The couple have three children together, two sons and a daughter. In 2008 the first son was born.

Filmography (selection)


Web links

Commons : Matthew McConaughey  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Matthew McConaughey - From ripper to Oscar favorite at , accessed on February 7, 2014
  2. Kurier am Sonntag of February 9, 2014, p. 16.
  3. ^ Matthew McConaughey wants to get married ,, December 26, 2011, accessed on December 26, 2011
  4. Focus Style No. 2, July 2020, p. 14.