Every week through the remainder of 2014, Yahoo Movies is counting down Hollywood's 50 very best working actors and actresses. Come back to Yahoo Movies every Thursday to see who makes the cut.
Greatest Actor Alive (No. 45): Matthew McConaughey
Stating the Case: Come on, who doesn't love Matthew McConaughey? The Texas-born actor has been making a big impression from the very start of his career, stealing scenes and spewing quotes as the wise mentor(-ish) figure of Richard Linklater's "Dazed and Confused" (1993) and glaring with Texas-sized conviction as a doomed lawman in John Sayles's "Lone Star" (1996). McConaughey hit the big time with studio projects like "A Time to Kill" (1996) and "Amistad" (1997) before falling into a temporary abyss of forgettable romantic comedies throughout most of the '00s.
However, he's re-emerged in the past few years as something of a "serious thespian" (a movement some, including your friends here at Yahoo Movies, have called The McConaissance),Read More »from The 50 Greatest Actors Alive: No. 45 Matthew McConaughey