Matthew David McConaughey is an American actor. He first gained notice for his breakout role in the coming of age comedy Dazed and Confused, and went on to appear in films such as the slasher Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, the legal thriller A Time to Kill, Steven Spielberg's historical drama Amistad, the science fiction drama Contact, the comedy EDtv and the war film U-571.
In the 2000s, he became best known for starring in romantic comedies, including The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Failure to Launch, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Since 2010 he has moved away from romantic comedies and has had roles in the films The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Mud, Magic Mike and The Wolf of Wall Street. He achieved further success in 2013 for portraying a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS in the biographical film Dallas Buyers Club, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Drama, among other awards and nominations. He also starred as Rustin Cohle in the acclaimed 2014 HBO crime anthology series True Detective.