McConaughey Ditches Acting, Becomes a Professor


Matthew McConaughey is taking on one of his greatest roles yet – but it’s not for a movie.

Matthew McConaughey

No, it’s not for a TV show or limited series either. And it won’t be found on any streaming platforms, so phones with 5g network support aren’t necessary either. That is, unless there end up being online classes.

Yes, that’s right, the Academy Award-winning actor is formally joining the University of Texas at Austin’s college faculty. As a professor there, he’ll continue teaching at the Moody College of Communication in the Radio-Television-Film department.

This isn’t entirely new though – McConaughey has actually been a visiting professor for several years already. The school’s announcement makes things more official, however.

Moody College Classes

“In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success,” Moody College tweeted, “Matthew McConaughey has been appointed a #TEXASMoody professor of practice.”

He will continue teaching their Script to Screen class, they said, which he had been co-teaching with director Scott Rice. McConaughey’s name, however, will now be the sole one atop the class syllabus.

“It’s the class I wish I would have had when I was in film school,” he said. Being able to work with students in a classroom, he said, allows him to better prepare them for what’s ahead.

Dean Jay Bernhardt also warmly welcomed the actor to the college’s staff.

McConaughey’s Qualifications

The American actor and class of 1993 UT graduate has quite a lot of experience in the film industry. He’s earned several prestigious awards throughout his lengthy career that spans more than 50 movies, too.

For starters, McConaughey has been the recipient of an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

He’s also got plenty of TV experience as well, including working as a producer on True Detective.

Joining the Class

Why study for a business degree when you instead could study film with a legendary actor?

McConaughey’s class will be available for the 2019 fall term and features an in-depth look at several of his films.

The course includes a studying the 2012 coming-of-age drama, Mud, in which he played the title character. Additionally, students will learn about the upcoming 2020 action film The Gentlemen, directed by Guy Ritchie and also starring McConaughey.

Mud director and screenwriter Jeff Nichols will be visiting the class as well.