Is Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey Related? The Surprising Truth Behind the Hollywood Friendship


Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey are two of the most popular and acclaimed actors in Hollywood. They have starred together in several movies and TV shows, such as Edtv, Surfer Dude, Welcome to Hollywood, and True Detective. They are also known for their close friendship, which dates back to 1997 when they first met on the set of Edtv. But are they more than just friends? Could they actually be brothers?

The Claim

The speculation about the possible blood relation between Harrelson and McConaughey started in April 2023, when McConaughey revealed in a podcast that his kids call Harrelson “Uncle Woody” and Harrelson’s kids call him “Uncle Matthew”. He also said that their families often mistake their pictures for each other. He then shared a shocking story that involved his mother, Mary Kathlene McCabe, and Harrelson’s father, Charles Harrelson, a convicted hitman who died in prison in 2007.

According to McConaughey, his mother told Harrelson that she “knew” his father, implying that they had a romantic encounter in the past. McConaughey said that he did some math and found out that his mother was on a break from her relationship with his supposed father, James McConaughey, who died in 1992, around the time of his conception in 1969. He also said that there were some clues that his mother and Harrelson’s father might have met in West Texas, where they both lived at some point.

The Confirmation

Harrelson confirmed McConaughey’s claim in a later interview, saying that he also heard the same story from his mother, Diane Lou Oswald. He said that his mother also hinted at a possible affair with McConaughey’s father, saying that she “knew” him too. Harrelson said that he was curious to find out the truth and wanted to take a DNA test with McConaughey, but McConaughey was hesitant, fearing that he might lose his father’s identity. Harrelson said that he tried to reassure him, saying that he would gain a different father and a brother instead.

The Reaction

The revelation of the possible brotherhood between Harrelson and McConaughey caused a stir in the media and among their fans. Many people were surprised and amused by the idea that the two actors, who have similar looks, personalities, and accents, could be related. Some people also expressed their admiration for their friendship and their sense of humor. Others, however, were skeptical and questioned the validity of their story, suggesting that it might be a publicity stunt or a joke.

The Conclusion

As of now, Harrelson and McConaughey have not taken a DNA test to confirm or deny their relation. They have also not commented further on the matter. Therefore, the question of whether they are brothers or not remains unanswered. However, regardless of their genetic connection, it is clear that they share a strong bond of friendship and respect that transcends blood. They are, in their own words, “brothers from another mother”.