Profile: Matthew McConaughey

If you’ve seen the movie Dazed and Confused, there’s a good chance you know who Matthew McConaughey. His role in the film is actually considered to be his breakout performance, and it’s also where his infamous “alright, alright, alright” phrase came to be.

Born in 1969 in Uvalde, Texas, this handsome lad was raised by his mother, Mary Kathleen, who was once a kindergarten teacher and also a published author, and his mother, James, who ran an oil pipe supply business, according to McConaughey’s Wikipedia page. His father actually played football for the Kentucky Wildcats and the Houston Cougars college ball teams, and in ’53, he was drafted in the 27th round by the Packers, however, he was released from the team before the season got underway.

Matthew has two older brothers names Michael and Patrick, and he is of English, German, Irish, Scottish and Swedish ancestry.

Interestingly enough, Matthew has a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin. Supposedly, he planned on pursuing law after he graduated, though eventually realized that wasn’t his cup of tea.

Matthew married his wife Camila Alves in 2012 and they share three children together.

Moving away from biographical details, Matthew created the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, which aims to assist teenagers in living active, healthy lives, and in 2016, he earned the Creative Conscience Award for his work. He has several rescue animals, and as of this year, he is dabbling in teaching. He became a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication in the Department of Radio-Television-Film.

For whatever reason, I feel like this guy’s acting abilities have been seriously underestimated up until recently. Perhaps this is because of how many romcoms he’s appeared in, however, he did snag an Academy Award for Best Actor as a result of his performance in the 2013 movie Dallas Buyers Club.

I think that accomplishment deserves an “alright, alright, alright.”

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