Matthew McConaughey through the years

Updated 6:39 AM ET, Tue November 4, 2014
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This week, it's all about Matthew McConaughey. The actor celebrates his 45th birthday on Tuesday, November 4, and on Friday his anticipated new Christopher Nolan movie, "Interstellar," opens in wide release. Here's a look back at the star's rise in Hollywood: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images
The 1993 film "Dazed and Confused" is one of McConaughey's most beloved movies. The actor, in the foreground here with Rory Cochrane, quoted his stoner character when he accepted a Golden Globe in January: "All right, all right, all right." GramercyPictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
McConaughey and Renee Zellweger are horrified in "The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in 1994. Everett Collectio
McConaughey hits the courtroom in the 1996 film "A Time to Kill." Warner Bros/courtesy Everett Collection / Everett Collection
McConaughey plays a sheriff in a small Texas town in the 1996 movie "Lone Star." Sony Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection
McConaughey played a lawyer in the 1997 film "Amistad." Dreamworks
McConaughey and Jodie Foster explore other worlds in the 1997 movie "Contact." Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collectio
McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez enjoy hijinks and love in the 2001 romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner." Columbia Pictures
McConaughey and Kate Hudson find love in 2003's "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection
With 2006's "Failure to Launch," the actor further cemented his reputation as the romantic leading man. Paramount Pictures
McConaughey is a triumphant coach in 2006's "We Are Marshall." Warner Brothers
In 2009, he played a man haunted by his former loves in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past." New Line Cinema
The actor went indie -- and dark -- as a lawman/hit man in the 2011 film "Killer Joe." Voltage Pictures
"The Lincoln Lawyer" in 2011 kept McConaughey deep in the drama as a conflicted attorney. Lakeshore Pictures
A buff McConaughey shows off both his pecs and his dance moves in 2012's "Magic Mike." Warner Brothers
McConaughey plays big brother to Zac Efron in the 2012 film "The Paperboy." Millenium Entertainment
McConaughey played a fugitive in the coming-of-age drama "Mud" in 2012. Roadside Attractions
Critics fell head over heels for McConaughey's turn as Ron Woodroof, an electrician who battles to get the AIDS medicine he needs in "Dallas Buyers Club." The role earned McConaughey his first Oscar nomination and his first win. Focus Features
The actor's time is brief but memorable in the 2013 film "The Wolf of Wall Street." Paramount Pictures
McConaughey has found success on the small screen as the intense lawman Rust Cohle in the first season of HBO's "True Detective." HBO
After a standout year on the awards circuit in 2013, McConaughey's poised to do it all again with Christopher Nolan's space epic "Interstellar." Paramount Pictures