We’re Not Alright After Learning Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson Might Be Brothers

Matthew McConaughey recently revealed that he and Woody Harrelson might be half-brothers, though the two haven't taken a DNA test yet. Learn more about their possible biological connection below.

By Angie Orellana Hernandez Apr 13, 2023 11:02 PMTags
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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson might be even closer than they think.

After all, the Dallas Buyers Club actor recently caused a stir with the jaw-dropping revelation that he and his longtime friend Woody could actually be related as half-brothers. Until now, Matthew believed he was born to Mary McCabe and James McConaughey in 1969, whereas Woody was born to Diane Oswald and Charles Harrelson in 1961. However, Matthew is questioning whether Charles, who died in 2007, might have been his father, too.

"Where I start and where [Woody] ends, and where he starts and I end, has always been like a murky line," Matthew said in an April 11 episode of the Let's Talk Off Camera with Kelly Ripa podcast, per Variety. "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."

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Their similarities were further brought into question when Matthew's mom, a 91-year-old author, dropped a bombshell that she knew Woody's dad, who was a convicted hitman.

"In Greece a few years ago, we're sitting around talking about how close we are and our families," Matthew added. "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."

The eyebrow-raising comments prompted a family investigation into the matter.

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"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," Matthew explained. "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."

Matthew and the Hunger Games alum have not yet taken a DNA test to settle the matter once and for all, and it looks like it might not happen anytime soon.

"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?" Matthew said. "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."

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Schroeder, a self-professed true crime fan, commented on Newman's post, "Omg I'm unwell."

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Johnson got emotional when she presented an award to Banderas at the 2019 Hollywood Film Awards.

"I come from a family of many a marriage and I got very lucky," Johnson, whose dad is actor Don Johnson, said. "I got a bonus dad who I realized that, over time, is actually one of the most influential people in my whole life," she said. "When I was six years old, my mother married a man who brought an unbelievably bright light and a whole new world of creativity and culture—and one remarkably magical little sister into our family."

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The Fast & Furious star is cousins with the R&B singer thanks to her stepfather, Reverend Edward Best, who happens to be the rapper's uncle.

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The onetime Grey's Anatomy doc has called the legendary director stepdad ever since he married her mom Kate Capshaw in 1991.

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The Grown-ish star calls the rapper her second cousin. She was even the flower girl in his 2005 wedding with now ex-wife Kelis!

Lea Thompson & Zoey Deutch

The actress is the daughter of the Back to the Future icon.

Kiefer Sutherland & Sarah Sutherland

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Phil Collins & Lily Collins

Some Emily in Paris viewers were très shocked to discover Lily is the daughter of the English Grammy winner. 

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The comedian and the New York Senator are actually related, as he's the first cousin of her father.

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The actors are actually brother and sister!

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Talent runs in this family, as the Reno 911! alum, Orange Is the New Black actress and This Is Us star are all cousins.

"We are blood related!" Nash wrote on Instagram January 2024, sharing a photo of the trio at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Third Annual Fundraising Gala. "REAL cousins!"

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The SNL alum calls the Cheers icon Uncle George whenever he seems him. At least, we assume he does.

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The Salt actor and the memorable Law & Order: SVU guest star are half-brothers.

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The We're the Millers actress has the perfect mentor in the Pretty Woman star, who happens to be her auntie.

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Tom Cruise & William Mapother

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