November 04, 2013 at 07:34 PM EST

Matthew McConaughey could’ve been the shirtless Texan who came into Hollywood, made a handful of chick flicks, posed for some sexy magazine covers, and spent his days relaxing/working out on the beach. Instead, he’s the shirtless Texan who came to Hollywood, made a handful of chick flicks, posed for some sexy magazines covers, spent his days relaxing/working out on the beach, and kept working until he has now created a rather impressive résumé of work. So even though I will never let go of his long-haired days of making The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, I have to admit that Mr. McConaughey — a name I learned how to spell when I fell in love with him at the age of 15 — is better than ever at age 44.

In honor of McConaughey’s 44th birthday, we’re celebrating some of his greatest traits and achievements:

His body: First, let’s get the obvious asset out of the way. The man is a beautiful physical specimen. From his hair to his abs, it’s hard to argue with someone who looks that good pretty much all the time.

His voice: McConaughey has one of the sexiest voices in Hollywood. And I’m not just talking about the accent. It’s more of a tone thing, actually. When he whispers and his voice gets all deep and rumbly, there’s nothing better. Reference: The scene from The Wedding Planner in which Mary gets drunk, and he whispers about how Wendy is “nothing but a poor man’s Mary.”

His sense of self/humor: McConaughey’s relaxed outlook on life is nothing if not refreshing. Between going shirtless 80 percent of the time and being able to make fun of himself, you’ve got to love a guy who just is who he is regardless of what others say, particularly in Hollywood. I mean, the man was named People’s Sexiest Man Alive even after he admitted to never wearing deodorant. How many actors can say that? (Spoiler: One)

His kids: Could they be any cuter?

His career: From stealing the show in Magic Mike to his recent lineup of projects — Mud, Wolf of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, and HBO’s upcoming True Detective — McConaughey is proving his range one project at a time. If you don’t think of him as a genuine talent, well, I’m calling bullsh–.

Happy Birthday, Matthew! We only have one request on your special day: If you ever take home an Oscar, could you accept it shirtless?

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