How Old is Matthew McConaughey and When Did He Start Acting?

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Matthew McConaughey has been making his rounds in Hollywood since 1991, but acting wasn’t always his calling. The American actor’s original goal in life was to be a lawyer. He attended the University of Texas in Austin in pursuance of his dream. One day, before a final exam, he stumbled upon a book, Og Mandino’s The Greatest Salesman in the WorldEncountering the book was a life-changing experience for McConaughey. He decided at that moment to shift gears from law to film. 

Matthew McConaughey’s debut

After making the switch, McConaughey began preparing for his new career by appearing in local Texas commercials and student films. Through a string of events, he ended rubbing shoulders with director Richard Linklater. Linklater was working on the coming-of-age drama Dazed and Confused at the time. McConaughey starred alongside other explosive talents in the film including Milla Jovovich and Ben Affleck.

At first, his role was akin to a bit part but Linklater recognized the potential in the young actor and encouraged him to create his own lines.  From there the Texas-born actor immediately went on to star as the bloodthirsty Vilmer in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation. Considering the vast difference between the roles, the newbie showed off his versatility at the very beginning of his career.

Matthew McConaughey’s best roles

McConaughey has amassed 68 acting credits throughout his 25+ year career. While he has had his fair share of flops, the talented actor eventually had a turnaround that put him on the top of his game. Here are some of his most notable roles.

Despite being his first, Dazed and Confused, is one of his most memorable roles. Considering he improved some of his lines, it’s also one of his most impressive. Fans were quoting David Wooderson for years after the film released and it’s still a beloved coming-of-age comedy to this day.

Following his role as a stoner, the actor took the part of a hard-hitting lawyer in A Time to Kill. In the film, McConaughey goes to great lengths to defend a man, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who is on trial for murdering the man who raped his daughter. The movie was one of the best in 1996 and received critical acclaim and numerous awards and nominations. He even reprised his role as a lawyer in the 2011 film, The Lincoln Lawyer, another of his noteworthy movies.

Other big parts for the actor included Killer Joe Cooper in Killer Joe (2011), Mud in Mud (2012), Dallas in Magic Mike (2012), and Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

What’s next for Matthew McConaughey?

According to IMDb, McConaughey has just finished up one project and is working on another that is going to be released next year. In the comedy The Beach Bum, he plays Moondog, a “rebellious stoner who lives by his own rules.” Looks like he’ll be channeling some of the energy from his debut role!

The other film is titled Toff Guys and is currently in the filming stage. The movie is about a British drug lord trying to sell off his empire to a group of Oklahoma billionaires. McConaughey’s part hasn’t been specified yet, but he will be starring alongside Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, Michelle Dockery, and Hugh Grant among a handful of other stars. 

So, how old is Matthew McConaughey?

McConaughey has been around Hollywood long enough to have an explosive start, a troubling stint, and a resurgence in his career. He won the title of People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2005 and was named one of their hottest bachelors the following year. The Oscar-winning actor has also received his fair share of nods, 47 wins, and 106 nominations. That’s extremely impressive considering he’s acted in less than 100 films. So how hold is the handsome actor? McConaughey was born in 1969 making him 49 years old. He’ll be turning 50 in the fall of this year!