You won't believe how much Matthew McConaughey is worth
He's played everything from a stoner, stripper and hustler who helps AIDs patients get treatment to a football coach, detective, astronaut and lawyer. Since beginning his acting career in 1991, Matthew McConaughey has dazzled moviegoers — and occasionally TV watchers — with his charm, good looks and, of course, his acting chops.
Yes, McConaughey has come a long way since his early roles and has the net worth to prove it. On Nov. 4, the star will be celebrating his 47th birthday. Find out about his earnings from acting and endorsements, as well as the awards he's won over the years.
Matthew McConaughey Net Worth: $95 Million
All of McConaughey's screen success has helped him grow an impressive net worth of $95 million, according to CelebrityNetWorth.com. And he isn't the only one in his family bringing home the big bucks. McConaughey's wife, Brazilian model and designer Camila Alves, boasts a net worth of $5 million.
That money should go a long way in Austin, Texas, where the couple lives and raises three children, son Levi (born 2008), daughter Vida (born 2010) and son Livingston (born 2012).
RELATED: The richest celebrity net worths:
Matthew McConaughey Movies and Career
McConaughey got his first big acting break in the 1993 film, "Dazed and Confused." He landed the part in an unconventional way, after meeting casting director and producer Don Phillips in a Texas hotel bar. Phillips introduced McConaughey to director Richard Linklater, who initially thought McConaughey was too handsome to play the role of a guy chasing high school girls, but eventually cast him. The movie, which also featured Ben Affleck, made $8 million on its way to becoming a coming-of-age cult classic.
Two roles in 1996 further catapulted McConaughey into stardom. He appeared as Sheriff Buddy Deeds in "Lone Star" and as a young lawyer who defends a black man accused of murdering the two white men who raped his 10-year-old daughter, sparking dangerous racial tensions, in "A Time to Kill," based on John Grisham's novel. The former film made $12 million domestically, while the latter raked in $108 million.
McConaughey went on to star as a Christian philosopher in Robert Zemeckis' 1997 film "Contact" with Jodie Foster ($100 million domestic gross sales) and in Steven Spielberg's 1997 movie "Amistad" ($44 million domestic gross sales), before teaming up with Linklater again in 1998 for "The Newton Boys" ($10 million domestic gross sales).
The early 2000s saw McConaughey take on a number of romantic comedy roles, most notably alongside Jennifer Lopez in "The Wedding Planner" — which made $60 million domestic gross in sales — and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," which featured Kate Hudson and made $105 million in domestic gross sales.
More recent films include, "We Are Marshall," "The Lincoln Lawyer," "Magic Mike," "Dallas Buyers Club," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Interstellar." He also starred on the small screen in HBO's "True Detective" in 2014.
Matthew McConaughey's Awards and Top-Performing Films
McConaughey has earned accolades for his work in two recent films. The star took home an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his lead role in "Dallas Buyers Club." He was also nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his leading role in HBO's "True Detective."
McConaughey's resume also boasts a number of successful movies, but none have been bigger than "Interstellar" in terms of box office numbers. The 2014 film — in which McConaughey plays an astronaut trying to save humanity — brought in $47.5 million during its opening weekend alone, on its way to a total domestic gross of $188 million and a staggering $675 million worldwide, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
The actor's other top-grossing films include:"The Wolf of Wall Street" — $116 million in domestic gross sales and $392 million worldwide
"Magic Mike" — $113 million in domestic gross sales and $167 million worldwide
"A Time To Kill" — $108 million in domestic gross sales and $152 million worldwide
"How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" — $105 million in domestic gross sales and $177 million worldwide
"Contact" — $100 million in domestic gross sales and $171 million worldwide
Upcoming 'Gold' Movie
McConaughey will return to the big screen this Christmas as the star of "Gold." In the film, McConaughey plays a businessman who travels to the jungles of Indonesia in search of gold, of which he finds plenty. The trailer shows that the newfound success leads to trouble, though.
McConaughey has shown his devotion to the craft of acting on multiple occasions. Not only did he lose a significant amount of weight for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club," but he gained 40 pounds for the part in "Gold," according to a recent Vulture piece.
Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln Commercials and More
Recently, McConaughey has gotten a great deal of attention for his Lincoln car commercials, in which he drives around musing to himself. The commercials were parody gold, with SNL and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" both creating popular ad spoofs.
When asked about the reaction the ads generated, McConaughey made it clear that he doesn't care what people think, adding that the ads pay well and allow him to take movie roles that aren't as lucrative. Sales numbers show that the commercials have paid off for Lincoln, too — soon after the first one aired, Lincoln reported a 25 percent increase.
McConaughey's advertising ambitions extend beyond his work with Lincoln. In September, Wild Turkey announced McConaughey as its new creative director. He'll appear in three commercials and short documentary-style films and will also write, direct, contribute music, advise on print photo shoots and participate in new product development.
With McConaughey's 47th birthday coming up on Nov. 4, the big question is: Will he cheers with Wild Turkey?