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Matthew McConaughey

The easygoing actor, once known for playing bongo drums while naked, has come a long way from "Dazed and Confused." He's earned raves for roles in "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Dallas Buyers Club."

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Matthew McConaughey

Out of this world

In the 2014 space drama “Interstellar,” Matthew McConaughey stars as a widowed engineer who travels through space to try and save humanity.

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Golden moment

Matthew McConaughey accepts the award for best actor in a leading role for "Dallas Buyers Club" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on March 2.

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Detective work

McConaughey and Woody Harrelson star in the acclaimed HBO series "True Detective," which premiered on Jan. 12, 2014.

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European recognition

Gwyneth Paltrow and McConaughey attend the Goldene Kamera 2014 awards at Berlin Tempelhof Airport on Feb. 1, 2014.

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Dapper man on the street

McConaughey is seen leaving the Axel Springer building in Berlin on Jan. 31, 2014.

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Cowboy up

McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, the HIV-positive Texan who smuggled AIDS drugs into the United States in the 1980s, in the Oscar-nominated 2013 film "Dallas Buyers Club."

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London calling

McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves attend the UK premiere of "Dallas Buyers Club" in London on Jan. 29, 2014.

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SAG Award

McConaughey won the best male lead actor award from the Screen Actors Guild for his "Dallas Buyers Club" role, and gave an entertaining if random speech.

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Flip cup game

McConaughey and model Gisele Bundchen joined Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" for an intense game of flip cup.

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Dare to bare

McConaughey shows off his chest in a scene from the 2012 film "Magic Mike," in which he plays male strip-club owner Dallas.

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Posing at a premiere

"Dallas Buyers Club" co-stars Jennifer Garner, McConaughey and Jared Leto attend a premiere of their film at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Oct. 17, 2013.

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Horsing around

McConaughey, Argentine polo player Nacho Figueras, and Nacho's son, Hilario Figueras, pose at the sixth annual Veuve Clicquot Polo match Classicon in Jersey City on June 1, 2013.

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Color my world

McConaughey attends the Cinema Society screening of his film "Mud" at The Museum of Modern Art in New York on April 21, 2013.

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Red-carpet couple

McConaughey and wife Camila Alves depart the 'Mud' premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in France on May 26, 2012.

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Clear as 'Mud'

In the 2012 film "Mud," McConaughey plays a strange man who is hiding out from the law when he meets two teenage boys who decide to help him.

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'Paperboy' cast

John Cusack, McConaughey, director Lee Daniels, and Nicole Kidman arrive for the screening of their thriller, "The Paperboy," in Cannes, France on May 24, 2012.

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'Paper' chase

In "The Paperboy," McConaughey plays a reporter trying to save Cusack's character from death row.

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M-I-C, K-E-Y...

McConaughey and wife Camila Alves stroll through the Mickey's Toontown section of Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. with their children, son Levi, 2, and daughter Vida, 1, on June 15, 2011.

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Back in black

Alves and McConaughey arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on February 27, 2011.

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Order in the court

In the 2011 black comedy "Bernie," McConaughey plays district attorney Danny Buck Davidson, who takes a murder case to trial even though the town's sympathy is heavily on the side of the murderer.

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Fore!

McConaughey smiles on the 2nd green during the Mission Hills Star Trophy celebrity golf tournament in Haikou, China on Oct. 29, 2010.

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Off to see the animals

McConaughey walks his son Levi to the Central Park Zoo in New York on March 10, 2010.

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Baby mine

McConaughey and Camila Alves share a moment after the birth of their second child, Vida Alves McConaughey, on Sunday Jan. 3, 2010.

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Play ball!

McConaughey warms up before throwing the ceremonial first pitch at the New York Mets-Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on May 20, 2009.

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Gotta wear shades

Actors Jack Black, Tom Cruise, McConaughey, Ben Stiller, and Robert Downey Jr. arrive on the red carpet of the Los Angeles premiere of "Tropic Thunder" on Aug. 11, 2008.

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Drivers, start your engines

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, greets Ashton Kutcher and McConaughey at the NASCAR Nextel Cup Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida on Feb. 20, 2005.

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Laugh riot

Kate Hudson and McConaughey laugh during an appearance on "Total Request Live" at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York on Feb. 3, 2003.

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Lost and found

McConaughey arrives at the premiere of "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood on Jan. 27, 2003.

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Rom-com rendezvous

Kate Hudson starred with McConaughey in "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days," the 2003 romantic comedy.

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Dearly beloved...

Actors Salli Richardson and McConaughey arrive at the premiere of the "The Wedding Planner" in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, 2001.

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Something borrowed, something blue

McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez play a seemingly mismatched couple in 2001's "The Wedding Planner."

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Bald is beautiful

McConaughey sported a shaven look while attending the premiere of the Mel Gibson movie 'What Women Want' at the Village Theater in Los Angeles on Dec. 12, 2000.

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Undersea battles

McConaughey stars as Lieutenant Andrew Tyler in "U-571," a 2000 World War II film about submarine warfare.

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Running out of 'Time'

McConaughey and Donald Sutherland and McConaughey star in the 1996 film "A Time to Kill," based on the bestselling John Grisham novel.

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'All right all right all right'

McConaughey got his first big break playing David Wooderson, a Texas twentysomething who still hangs out with high schoolers, in Richard Linklater's classic 1993 film "Dazed and Confused."

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Matthew McConaughey Senior Year 1988
Longview High School, Longview, TX
Voted Most Handsome
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Golden boy

Decades before he was crowned the "Sexiest Man Alive," Matthew McConaughey was voted Most Handsome in the Longview High School yearbook in 1988.

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