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He's one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood and it's been an interesting ride. Let's take a look back over the career of Matthew McConaughey and, of course, the rise of The McConaissance.

Dazed and Confused

via Rolling Stone
via Rolling Stone

In 1993 a 24-year-old McConaughey appeared in his first movie role as the beloved David Wooderson in stoner classic Dazed and Confused. His interview for the gig is below and, as you can imagine, it's a banger:

A Time To Kill

In 1996 he landed his breakthrough role playing a lawyer in the adaptation John Grisham novel A Time to Kill.

The Wedding Planner

5 years later McConaughey embarks on a series of rom coms starting with The Wedding Planner opposite Jennifer Lopez in 2001.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days with Kate Hudson in 2003.

Failure to Launch

Then co-starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in Failure to Launch in 2005.

Killer Joe

Skip forward 6 years and McConaughey is moving away from rom coms, starring as a moonlighting hit man in Killer Joe in 2011.

The Paperboy

In 2012 he bags the role of reporter Ward Jansen in The Paperboy alongside Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron.


He then went on to play a fugitive by the name of Mud in 2012.

Magic Mike

Later the same year he stole the show as a total sleaze bag in stripper comedy drama Magic Mike.

Dallas Buyers Club

His incredible performance in 2013's Dallas Buyers Club scored him an Oscar for Best Actor.

The Wolf of Wall Street

The same year he bagged a fantastic cameo opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street.

True Detective

In 2014 we lost our minds as he portrayed Detective Rust Cohle opposite Woody Harrelson in HBO's True Detective.


Later in 2014 he took us on an epic galactic adventure in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi Interstellar.

What's your favorite McConaughey film?

Source: imdb


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