Matthew McConaughey grew up with his two older brothers Rooster McConaughey, an actor, and Pat McConaughey. He is a relative of Confederate brigadier general, Dandridge McRae.
McConaughey, who migrated to Texas, completed his primary education from Longview High School in 1988. After completing his primary level education, McConaughey graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in the spring of 1993 with a degree in Radio-Television-Film. He also enrolled at College of Communication. He also made a plan to enroll at a law school, but he later realized he was not interested in the faculty.
McConaughey began his career appearing in television commercials and student films in a supporting role. His first professional acting was in a beer commercial. He then met the casting director and producer Don Phillips through which he met director Richard Linklater, who chose him for his next project.
Matthew McConaughey rose to fame through his 1993 movie, Dazed and Confused. He later starred in A Time to Kill (1996) and Amistad (1997) and many others. He was also regarded as a “sexiest men alive” by Peoples magazine in 2005. Later, he played a role in Dallas Buyers Club (2013), which earned him his first "Oscar".
His diligent performance led him to numerous other movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Next Generation (1994), Larger than Life, Steven Spielberg, Contact, EDtv U-571, The Wedding Planner with Jennifer Lopez, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Sahara, Bernie, Killer Joe, Dallas Buyers Club, How to Lose a Guy with Kate Hudson and many others.
McConaughey has also appeared in many television series like True Detective, Festival Pass with Chris Gore, Stand Up to Cancer and Eastbound & Down etc.
As an actor, McConaughey has achieved a huge success in his life and has been honored with numerous awards including MTV Movie Award, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award, Saturn Award, Independent Spirit Award, New York Film Critics Award, Critics'Choice Movie Award, Gloden Globe Award, Gotham Independent Film Award, Satellite Award, etc.
Matthew McConaughey is also the founder of “JK Foundation,” a firm founded with an objective to empower high school students by providing them with the tools to lead active lives and make healthy choices for a better future. Moreover, he also rescued several animals from danger during the Hurricane Katrina. Besides, McConaughey was also listed as the "Most Influential People in the World” by Times magazine in 2014.
Apart from these, McConaughey has also been in a lot of controversies. On October 26, 1999, McConaughey was arrested in Austin, Texas, for resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. He was found at home, naked, playing music very loudly on bongo drums. McConaughey denied the drug charges (which were subsequently dropped) but was charged with disturbing the peace. He pleaded guilty and paid a $50 fine.
Moving towards his personal life, Matthew McConaughey got married his girlfriend, Camila Alves, a Brazilian model and television performer, on June 9, 2012. They live in Austin, Texas, and have three children together named Levi Alves, Livingston, and Vida Alves.
Besides his married life, he has also been in a relationship with a number of girls. He has dated famous personalities like Ashley Judd, Sandra Bullock, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Penelope Cruz and Cassandra Hepburn.
McConaughey officially revealed that his favorite actor is Paul Newman, and he is a good friend of a singer-songwriter, Jamey Johnson.
Accounting his financial status, McConaughey has a net worth of $96 million. He is fond of cars and watches. The Car brands owned by Matthew McConaughey include Mercedes Benz, Volvo, BMW, Chevy Camaro which is worth $73,300, GMC Yukon XL worth $70,220, 1971 Corvette, Lincoln MKX worth $30,025 and a Ford. He also owns 3 houses worth $18 million USD. He lives a very comfortable life with various luxurious goods. His favorite brand is Ray-Ban and Nike. He owns a house in Texas which is worth $6 million.
McConaughey also receives a reasonable sum of money from his product endorsement deal with Dolce & Gabbana and Lincoln. Moreover, he has a tattoo in his right hand. He owns a 1,600-acre ranch in west Texas, which is worth $500,000. Further, he also owns a 3,500 square foot, four bed-three bath home in Malibu that was worth $10 million in November 2007.
McConaughey also owns a line of clothing named "J.K. Livin. He is a dog lover and had a dog named "Mrs. Hud".