Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey as Wooderson in "Dazed and Confused": "All right, all right, all right!"

Matthew McConaughey's screen debut in Dazed and Confused is stoner-movie history. In one classic scene, his overgrown high-school student Wooderson asks incoming frosh Mitch: "Say man, you got a joint?"

Dumbfounded, Wiggins mumbles: "Ah, no, not on me, man."

In his best Texas drawl, Wooderson replies: "It’d be a lot cooler if you did."

Born on Nov. 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas, McConaughey has since appeared in more than 30 movies, including A Time to Kill, Lone Star, Amistad, The Newtown Boys, The Wedding Planner, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, SaharaWe Are Marshall, Fool's Gold, Tropic Thunder, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Lincoln Lawyer, Bernie and Killer Joe. He also had a supporting role on HBO's Eastbound and Down.

McConaughey won Oscar and Golden Globe Best Actor awards for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club in 2014. He received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor in Magic Mike in 2013.

He'll next appear in Interstellar, Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated sci-fi flick, which opens Nov. 7.

In 2008, McConaughey produced and starred in his own stoner flick, Surfer, Dude, with Woody Harrelson and Willie Nelson. He reunited with Harrelson on the current HBO series True Detective.

McConaughey was arrested in Austin in 1999 for possessing marijuana and paraphernaila, and for playing loud music with fellow Dazed and Confused alum Cole Hauser. Observed banging the bongos naked, this made for amusing tabloid headlines. The pot charges were dropped, and he paid a $50 fine for the noise violation.

"[It] was real enjoyable until I looked up and saw someone in the house who I knew I hadn’t invited," he says about the infamous incident. "[Things became] less enjoyable when he [the police officer] was tryin’ to pin me to the ground and I was fightin’ back. It sucked when I was goin’ into the jail, and once I got in jail it became enjoyable again because there were some real fun cellmates. We were singin’ songs."

McConaughey and the Brazilian-born Camila Alves married in 2012. They have two sons and a daughter.


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.