Matthew McConaughey And Woody Harrelson May Be Biological Brothers

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson might actually be biological brothers.
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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson might actually be biological brothers.

McConaughey, 53, is an American actor who has starred in films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Interstellar and Dallas Buyers Club.

While Harrelson, 61, is also an American actor who is known for his role as bartender Woody Boyd in the TV sitcom Cheers, as well as movies including White Men Can’t Jump and The Hunger Games franchise.

The pair co-star in the drama series True Detective, and they’ve previously starred in the 1999 comedy EDtv together.

McConaughey and Harrelson are also longtime friends and they often go on holidays with each other’s families.

But now there’s a possibility they could be even closer.

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McConaughey recently appeared on the Let’s Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa podcast and discussed the possibility of being Harrelson’s younger brother.

The Gentleman star revealed that he had the hunch about it when his mum, Mary, admitted that she had once had an intimate experience with Harrelson’s father – who was hitman Charles Harrelson.

The hitman died in 2007 while in prison aged 68.

McConaughey continues: “You know, where I start and where he ends, and where he starts and I end, has always been like a murky line. And that’s part of our bromance, right?

“My kids call him Uncle Woody. His kids call me Uncle Matthew. And you see pictures of us and my family thinks a lot of pictures of him are me. His family thinks a lot of pictures of me are him.”

He then recalls the moment his mum said she knew the Zombieland star’s father.

Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.
Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson might actually be biological brothers. Credit: @officiallymcconaughey/Instagram

McConaughey explains: “In Greece a few years ago, we’re sitting around talking about how close we are and our families. And my mom is there, and she says, ‘Woody, I knew your dad’.

“Everyone was aware of the ellipses that my mom left after ‘knew’. It was a loaded K-N-E-W.

“We went on to unpack what this ‘knew’ meant and did some math and found out that [Woody’s] dad was on furlough at the same time that my mom and dad were in their second divorce.

“Then there’s possible receipts and places out in West Texas where there might have been a gathering, or a meeting, or a ‘knew’ moment.”

This would make the two actors half-brothers.

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Coincidentally, the pair are filming the Apple TV+ comedy series Brother From Another Mother – where they’ll play loosely fictionalised versions of themselves as Harrelson and his family will cohabitate with McConaughey’s family on his Texas ranch.

They are yet to take a DNA test to confirm the news and McConaughey still isn’t too convinced to take one.

The Wolf of Wall Street actor explains: “Look, it’s a little easier for Woody to say, ‘Come on, let’s do [DNA tests]’, because what’s the skin in it for him?

‘It’s a little harder for me because he’s asking me to take a chance to go, ‘Wait a minute, you’re trying to tell me my dad may not be my dad after 53 years of believing that’?

“I got a little more skin in the game.”

McConaughey’s dad, James, passed away in 1992 and according to the actor’s memoir ‘Greenlights’, he died from a heart attack while ‘clim**ing’.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.