Matthew David McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas of Irish, Scottish, German and English ancestry. Throughout high school he studied music before going on to play trombone professionally for some time.
Beginning his acting career in 1991 with Dazed and Confused (1993) as an innocuous boy chasing girls, his fame continued to spread quickly through Hollywood.
Early Life and Education
Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas to an oil-pipe supply business owner father and rose to stardom with the 1996 film Lone Star as an outlaw sheriff who killed an suspected killer and in 1997 with John Grisham’s A Time to Kill as a young lawyer whose idealistic beliefs led him into a brutal murder trial.
After working with director Richard Linklater in Dazed and Confused (1995), an early coming-of-age story about a sexually rebellious teenager, and then Martin Scorsese on The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), he achieved great acclaim with his performance as detective Rustin Cohle on HBO series True Detective (2014).
He has served as a professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and Western Oregon University, teaching undergraduate assessment and action research and graduate educational research methods respectively. Furthermore, he has published numerous articles regarding teaching/learning practices as well as assessment practice.
After taking a brief hiatus from acting, McConaughey returned to acting and played District Attorney Mickey Haller in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) film version and also played Killer Joe Cooper from Mud (2012) and Journalist Ward Jensen from The Paperboy (2012) films as well as Dallas from Magic Mike (2013).
In 2014, he rose to stardom as Rustin Cohle on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series True Detective alongside Woody Harrelson in their investigation of a murder case set in their small Louisiana town. For this work he earned four award nominations including Golden Globe and Academy Awards nominations.
After taking two years off acting, McConaughey made his comeback in 2011. In 2011 and 2012 he played several prominent roles: criminal defense attorney in Bernie (2011); detective Joe Cooper (“Killer Joe” Cooper in Mud 2012); reporter Ward Jensen in The Paperboy (2012) and Dallas, male stripper club owner from Magic Mike (2012) co-starring Channing Tatum.
Joshua Steinglass, the prosecutor, questions Mr. McConney regarding some documents turned over to them by Joshua Steinglass’s office, such as general ledgers that include details such as Mercedes-Benz cars and yacht lease agreements. Mr. McConney spends much time quibbling over semantic distinctions. Justice Merchan has already kept busy; he sustained several defense objections and now hosts a lengthy bench conference between all attorneys – it may take place again and again during this trial.
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