Matthew McConaughey  Visits Since making his big-screen debut more than 20 years ago in "Dazed and Confused," Matthew McConaughey has taken Hollywood by storm.

The Texas-born actor was practically a leading man from the get-go, starring in critically-acclaimed dramas before topping the box office in a flurry of romantic comedies. And then the McConaissance began. McConaughey transformed himself for a role in "Dallas Buyers Club," won his first Oscar -- and then nearly won an Emmy for "True Detective," too. Now, the actor continues his hot streak by starring in Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar."

From his early days shooting armadillo to his love for bongo drums, here are 35 things you probably don't know about Matthew McConaughey.

1. Matthew David McConaughey was born November 4, 1969 in Uvalde, Texas to Mary Kathleen McCabe and James Donald McConaughey.

2. His mother is a former kindergarten teacher, while his father ran an oil supply business.

3. McConaughey's father was also drafted by the Green Bay Packers.

4. Although born in Uvalde, his family relocated to Longview, Texas in 1980. At Longview High School, McConaughey was voted "Most Handsome" his senior year.

5. McConaughey's first job in high school was to rake and prep the sand traps at a local country club. On occasion, he was also paid to shoot armadillos on the course!

6. Unlike his two brothers, the future actor wasn't interested in his father's oil business. To broaden his horizons, McConaughey lived in Australia after graduating high school as part of an exchange program.

7. He even adopted an Australian accent for a while after returning to the US.

8. Once back in the U.S., Matthew McConaughey attended the University of Texas at Austin and had plans to study pre-law, go to law school, and eventually become a criminal defense lawyer!

9. Coincidentally, he ending up portraying a criminal defense lawyer in "A Time to Kill" (1996) and "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011).

10. And weirder still, McConaughey is currently endorsing Lincoln Motor Company and can be seen in these commercials driving, well, a Lincoln.

11. Jim Carrey spoofed the ads in his October 2014 appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Lincoln sales spiked as a result. Of course.

12. In 1993, McConaughey graduated college with a degree in Radio-Television-Film.

13. That same year, he made his big-screen debut in Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" as the memorable David Wooderson.

14. He was introduced to Linklater by casting director Don Phillips, whom he met by chance in a hotel bar.

15. Shortly after "Dazed and Confused," McConaughey moved out to Los Angeles. His first two L.A. auditions were for "Boys on the Side" (1995) and "Angels in the Outfield" (1994). He landed parts in both movies.

16. In 1995, the actor also starred in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation," opposite a then unknown Renée Zellweger.

17. McConaughey's big break came the following year in 1996's "Time to Kill," alongside Sandra Bullock.

18. After meeting on set, Bullock and McConaughey dated for two years.

19. The breakout role also put him in discussion for the lead in "Titanic" (1997). After strong consideration, Leonardo DiCaprio accepted the now iconic role of Jack Dawson.

20. Not to worry, though. McConaughey had truly become a leading man and was even cast as the lead in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad" that same year. Today, he has over 50 credits to his name.

21. He also took home the Best Actor Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013). It was McConaughey's first nomination and win.

22. McConaughey nearly took home the Best Actor Emmy, too, for his work in HBO's acclaimed series "True Detective." Unfortunately for McConaughey, he lost to Bryan Cranston for AMC's "Breaking Bad."

23. "True Detective" marked the third time McConaughey's worked with Woody Harrelson. The other two? "Edtv" (1999) and "Surfer, Dude" (2008). Here's what he had to say about Harrelson: "My good man Woody Harrelson, man. Whatever it is, we turn each other on. We really have a comfort with each other. Always good value with Wood-man. Classic, classic wild man." That's true bromance.

24. Speaking of wild, in October 1999, McConaughey was arrested for "resisting transportation" after police found him playing bongo drums loudly in the nude and spotted illegal drugs.

25. McConaughey has a thing for bongo drums. In March 2012, when English rock band The Cult performed in Austin, Texas, McConaughey went onstage and played bongo drums with them for two songs.

26. And he loves his music. The actor played Brazilian music for eight straight hours in the delivery room to help his now-wife, Camila Alves, give birth to their first child, Levi.

27. The couple now have three children, two boys and a girl.

Bonus Facts

28. His childhood hero was daredevil Evel Knievel, and McConaughey has said that he would like to star in a movie based on Knievel's life.

29. He auctioned off his 1971 Chevy Stingray Corvette on Ebay and donated all the money to Oprah's Angel Network Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief funds.

30. McConaughey did an interview with Barbara Walters in 2006 and gave her a foot massage at the end. Not every interviewer gets a rub down.

31. He served as the Grand Marshall for the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida in February 2005.

32. In 2006, McConaughey rescued a cat from two youths who had doused it in hairspray and were attempting to set it on fire.

33. McConaughey is good friends with Lance Armstrong and traveled to France to support him in the 2009 Tour De France.

34. McConaughey traveled around the United States for a month in his personal Airsteam trailer promoting his 2005 movie "Sahara."

35. He has said he doesn't wear deodorant or cologne. We're not sure we agree with that decision.

[Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb]

Special thanks to Erin Whitney and Cydney Fisher for their help on this list.

Check out New From Moviefone on LockerDome on LockerDome
categories Movies, Tv News, Trivia