He’s an award-winning actor, producer, and college professor and “Minister of Culture” at the University of Texas at Austin, but above all, he’s one the most beloved Texans– Matthew McConaughey.
McConaughey, born on November 4, 1969, in Uvalde, Texas, stays close to his roots.
Despite his presence in Hollywood as an actor, McConaughey continues to call the Lone Star State his home and work to better the community.
One of his most recent contributions to the state was the organization of the “We’re Texas” virtual benefit concert.
According to Deadline, the benefit raised $7.7 million for those affected by the deadly winter storm that Texans without electricity and clean water for several days during February.
Here’s a look at McConaughey’s involvement in his homestate:
Ties to Texas
McConaughey’s ties to Texas go beyond simply being born in the state.
One of his most prominent anchors to the Lone Star State is his relationship with the University of Texas at Austin.
McConaughey earned his film degree from the university in 1993.
In 2019, he joined the college faculty as a professor of practice, co-teaching a “Script to Screen” film production class.
McConaughey was also given the role of “Minister of Culture” at the UT-Austin as well as Austin FC, of which he is the co-owner.
According to IMBD, McConaughey began his acting career in 1991.
During his time at UT-Austin, McConaughey appeared in student films and commercials.
At a hotel bar in Austin, McConaughey met the casting director and producer Don Phillips, who introduced him to director Richard Linklater for “Dazed and Confused,” which is considered his break-out role by many.
According to IMBD, McConaughey’s character was initially in just three scenes but the role grew as Linklater encouraged him to do some improvisations, which led to the birth of McConaughey’s famous catchphrase, “Alright, Alright, Alright.”
“Dazed and Confused”
“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
McConaughey voices Buster Moon in the upcoming “Sing 2,” expected to be released in Dec. 2021.
Apart from his projects in the film industry, McConaughey may be pursuing a long-term role in politics.
In an interview with Crime Stoppers Houston, McConaughey said he was truly considering a run for Texas governor.
Although the election isn’t until 2022, a recent poll shows McConaughey has a 12 point lead over the incumbent, Gov. Greg Abbott.
According to IMBD, McConaughey has amassed 49 awards and 85 nominations for his talent in the film industry.
McConaughey’s most prestigious awards include an Oscar and Golden Globe for his performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Many fans may remember his inspiring acceptance speech at the 2014 Academy Awards.
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