Had a dog named "Mrs. Hud", after the movie Hud (1963).
Announced that he is auctioning his 1971 Chevy Stingray Corvette on Ebay, and donating all the money to Oprah's Angel Network Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief funds.
Graduated 1988 from Longview High School, Longview, Texas.
His father, James Donald McConaughey, died of a heart attack in August 1992. He once played football for the Green Bay Packers.
During a guest appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), Leno surprised him with an old airline training tape he had acted in. McConaughey had no memory of being in the video.
His first two L.A. auditions were for Boys on the Side (1995) and Angels in the Outfield (1994) -- both of which he landed.
Fan of John Mellencamp's music. Was seen wearing a tee shirt from Mellencamp's "Whenever We Wanted" tour in A Time to Kill (1996).
Travelled around Peru after filming A Time to Kill (1996).
Was in a relationship with A Time to Kill (1996) co-star Sandra Bullock. They met while filming the movie together.
His original career plan in college was to become a criminal defense lawyer, something he'd end up portraying in A Time to Kill (1996) and The Lincoln Lawyer (2011).
Was for some time strongly considered to play 'Jack Dawson' in Titanic (1997), until Leonardo DiCaprio decided to accept the part.
Turned down a role in The Jackal (1997).
Was considered for a role in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997).
He was considered for the role of "Jack" in Titanic (1997). He then played "Dirk Pitt" (in Sahara (2005)), who found the Titanic in another adventure.
Arrested in Oct 1999 in Austin, Texas for "resisting transportation" after first being under suspicion for marijuana possession.
Police responded to a disturbance call at Matthew's home in Austin, Tx. in October, 1999. When they arrived, the music was blaring and he was playing bongo drums in the nude. He was with an unknown man and police attempted to arrest him after spotting illegal drugs. He resisted arrest.
Was accompanied by Penélope Cruz to the Grammy Awards in 2005. The couple met on the set of Sahara (2005).
People Magazine's 2005 Most Sexiest Man Alive
Served as the Grand Marshall for the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida in February 2005.
He traveled around the United States for a month in his personal Airsteam trailer promoting his movie Sahara (2005).
Was on the sidelines of the Texas Longhorns during the 2006 Rose Bowl where the Longhorns beat the USC Trojans 41-38.
He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 10, 2006 in Austin, Texas. The other inductees were Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Cybill Shepherd and Lyle Lovett.
In 2006, he did an interview with Barbara Walters and was very happy with the way it was conducted. As a 'thank you', he gave Walters a foot-rub.
In November 2007 he bought a 3,500 square foot, 4 bed - 3 bath home in Malibu for $10 million. He was shopping for a home in the area and spotted the property - which was not on the market - and made an offer to the residents for the property, which was accepted.
Attended Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with his girlfriend. [February 2008]
Has 2 children with his girlfriend, Camila Alves; son, Levi Alves McConaughey (born July 7, 2008) weighing in at 7 lb. 4 oz. and daughter, Vida Alves McConaughey (born January 3, 2010) weighing in at 7 lbs., 7 oz.
Traveled to France to support his good buddy, Lance Armstrong, during the 2009 Tour De France. [July 2009]
Was in attendance at the wedding of Reese Witherspoon to Jim Toth (26 March 2011).
In Michael Connelly's novel "Nine Dragons", in which Micky Haller, the character McConaughey plays in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), makes an appearance, a suspect claims that McConaughey is his alibi.
Engaged to Camila Alves [December 26, 2011].
Is a big fan of English rock band, The Cult. On 17 March 2012, at one of The Cult's performances in Austin, Texas, he even went onstage and played bongo drums with them during two songs.