The McConaugheys: an unusual family, yet very close and loving
Matthew McConaughey was born in 1969 in Uvalde, Texas. His father, James Donald McConaughey, known as Jim, was a retired professional American footballer, who first worked as a manager at a petrol station, then as a pipe hauler, then as a pipe salesman for a company called Gensco. He was of Irish origin, but born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana; his mother, Mary Kathleen McCabe, or Katy, was a simple, devout woman from Pennsylvania. Over the years, they were married three times and divorced twice – to each other! An unusual family, they didn’t always like each other, but they always loved each other. They would hug and kiss, wrestle, and fight, but they never held a grudge. Punishments were old school, and the kids were often disciplined to teach them values. The McConaughey children, Matthew and his two older brothers, Michael (who everyone called Rooster) and Pat (who was adopted) were expected to follow the rules and if they didn’t, they had to make sure that they didn’t get caught! This was a sort of “outlaw” mentality, in which punishment was used to teach them not to waste their time and to learn from their mistakes.
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