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Matthew McConaughey’s son posts a touching birthday tribute; says he taught him to ‘appreciate the journey’


Matthew McConaughey is a name synonymous with Hollywood stardom, celebrated for his charismatic performances in a wide range of films. Known for his Academy Award-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar and his signature catchphrase, “All right, all right, all right,” he’s established himself as one of the industry’s leading actors. Beyond the silver screen, McConaughey is also a dedicated family man, with three children. His eldest son, Levi Alves McConaughey, born in 2008, shares in the values of family and privacy that are paramount in the McConaughey household.

Matthew McConaughey celebrates 54th birthday

Interstellar star Matthew McConaughey marked his 54th birthday with the warmth of family and friends by his side. The renowned actor, hailing from his home state of Texas, commemorated the occasion with a football match. Additionally, his 15-year-old son, Levi McConaughey, took to Instagram to share a heartfelt birthday tribute to his father, making the celebration even more special. He captioned the post, “People know Matthew McConaughey as an actor and now a writer, but I know him as my father,” as he shared throwback pictures of his father and himself.

He continued, “The man who always makes time for us no matter what, the man who’s always there for us no matter what, and the man who taught me to appreciate the journey and not just the destination. The journeys just getting started…Happy birthday Papai.”

The first image captured Matthew and his 15-year-old son, Levi, beaming with joy outdoors. They were joined by Matthew’s wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, and their other two children, 13-year-old daughter Vida and 10-year-old son Livingston, creating a heartwarming family portrait. The second photograph featured a throwback moment with Levi as a young boy, seated in a stadium with his father Matthew during a baseball game, showcasing their special bond through the years. In another image, the entire McConaughey family, including Matthew’s mother Kay, gathered for a group photo, highlighting their close-knit and celebratory dynamic. The final photo portrayed the family seated around a kitchen table, hands intertwined in a touching display of familial unity, capturing a beautiful bonding moment.

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Matthew McConaughey’s double celebration

Besides celebrating his latest birthday, Matthew also celebrated the launch of his and his wife Camila’s new Pantalones Organic Tequila. In a video shared on the X (formerly Twitter), Matthew was treated to a delightful birthday surprise. He received a birthday cake and a bottle of his own tequila as gifts while joining the hosts of Big Noon Kickoff at a game.

Addressing a crowd of enthusiastic fans gathered behind him, Matthew humorously inquired, “It’s not too early to start sipping this, is it? Here’s to 54.” With a toast to his 54th year, he popped open the bottle and proudly took a celebratory swig.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.