Vince Vaughn

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Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Vaughn at the Liberty Political Action Conference, September 2011
BornVincent Anthony Vaughn
(1970-03-28) March 28, 1970 (age 44)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, screenwriter, political activist
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Kyla Weber (m. 2010)
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Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Vaughn at the Liberty Political Action Conference, September 2011
BornVincent Anthony Vaughn
(1970-03-28) March 28, 1970 (age 44)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer, screenwriter, political activist
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Kyla Weber (m. 2010)

Vincent Anthony "Vince" Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and activist. He began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 movie Swingers. He has since appeared in a number of films, including Rudy, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Return to Paradise, Old School, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up, Fred Claus, Couples Retreat, The Watch and The Internship.

Early life[edit]

Vince Vaughn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother, Sharon Eileen (née DePalmo), who was born in Brantford, Ontario,[1] is a real-estate agent and stockbroker who was once ranked as one of the United States' top money managers by Bloomberg Wealth Manager magazine. His father, Vernon Lindsay Vaughn, worked as a salesman for a toy company.[2] His parents divorced in 1991. He has two older sisters, Victoria and Valerie. His paternal grandmother was of Lebanese descent, and his maternal grandfather was of Italian ancestry; his other roots are English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swiss, and Dutch.[3][4] As a child, he was raised "both Protestant and Catholic" by his Catholic mother and Protestant father.[5][6]

Vaughn grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where he played football, baseball and wrestled, although he has called himself unathletic and "very average" at sports in high school.[7] He then moved to Lake Forest, where he graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1988. He was introduced to musical theater at a young age and decided to become an actor in 1987. He has credited his mother as the inspiration behind his career, saying, "I saw her overcome stuff, and I thought if you worked hard at something you'd give yourself a chance."[8]


In 1988, Vaughn was cast in a Chevrolet television commercial and subsequently moved to Hollywood. He appeared in the 1989 season of the television series China Beach and in three CBS Schoolbreak Specials in 1990. His first film role was 1993's Rudy playing Jamie O'Hare, where he also struck up a friendship with featured Jon Favreau. Two years later, he was cast in a lead role in a proposed revival of 77 Sunset Strip that was to air on the fledgling WB Television Network, but the project ceased development after initial testing. Vaughn did not receive wider success until his role in 1996's Swingers with Jon Favreau. Swingers was released in July 1996 and became a successful independent film. Vince's father Vernon also did a cameo in this film.

Afterwards, director Steven Spielberg cast Vaughn in the blockbuster The Lost World: Jurassic Park which gave him increased exposure. In 1998, he starred in the critically acclaimed drama Return to Paradise with Anne Heche, and starred in Clay Pigeons with Janeane Garofalo and Joaquin Phoenix. In 2000, he starred in The Cell with Jennifer Lopez and in 2001, appeared in Made, another film penned by Favreau. Vaughn also appeared in Dwight Yoakam's directorial debut movie South of Heaven, West of Hell. Vaughn's role in the successful 2003 comedy Old School skyrocketed his popularity. In 2004, he appeared alongside Ben Stiller in the hit films Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball. After this series of roles, Vaughn was dubbed one of the Hollywood "Frat Pack", a group of actors who frequently co-star in film comedies. He subsequently appeared in 2005's Be Cool, Thumbsucker and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Also in 2005, Vaughn starred alongside Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers, which grossed over $200 million at the United States box office. In 2006, Vaughn starred with Jennifer Aniston in the comedy-drama The Break-Up.

Vaughn in 2006

In 2007, Vaughn starred in the christmas comedy Fred Claus, as a sarcastic, wild-at-heart older brother of Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti). The film was directed by David Dobkin, who previously directed Vaughn in Wedding Crashers, and co-starred Elizabeth Banks and Kevin Spacey. Next, he momentarily moved from comedy to drama in Sean Penn's critically acclaimed film Into the Wild, a film about the adventures of Christopher McCandless, which was also a best-selling book by Jon Krakauer.

In 2009, Vaughn starred in Couples Retreat, a comedy chronicling four couples who partake in therapy sessions at a tropical island resort. Malin Åkerman played his wife.[9] Vince's real-life father Vernon portrayed his father in the film. In February 2010, Vaughn was among the nearly 80 musicians and actors to sing on the charity-single remake of We Are the World.

Vaughn starred in Ron Howard's comedy, The Dilemma, released in January 2011.[10] Vaughn is set to produce and star in a movie based on Ridley Pearson's thriller novel The Risk Agent.[11] On July 31, 2012, it was announced that Vaughn would be developing a reboot produced by CBS to the sitcom The Brady Bunch, which was taken off the air in 1974.[12] On December 5, 2012, it was announced that Vaughn is working on a project with Peter Billingsley and Glenn Beck called Pursuit of the Truth for TheBlaze TV.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Family and relationships[edit]

In 2005, Vaughn began dating Jennifer Aniston, his co-star in The Break-Up.[14] In the fall of 2006, Vaughn filed a lawsuit against three tabloid magazines accusing them of falsely claiming that he had been unfaithful to Aniston.[15] Vaughn and Aniston broke up in November 2006.[14]

In March 2009, it was reported that Vaughn was engaged to Canadian realtor Kyla Weber.[16] Vaughn and Weber married on January 2, 2010,[17] in the historic Armour House at Lake Forest Academy, located in Vaughn's hometown of Lake Forest, Illinois. The couple have two children[18][19]

Political views[edit]

Vaughn in Reno, Nevada at the Liberty Political Action Conference in September 2011.[20]

Vaughn supported libertarian Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.[21] He has appeared at a number of Libertarian inaugurations and announced his support for Ron Paul's candidacy for president.[22] After Mitt Romney won the Republican nomination in 2012, Vaughn endorsed him.[23]

Sports teams[edit]

Vaughn is a fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.[24] The actor can often be seen on the sidelines for Notre Dame games,[25] and one of his first movie roles was as Jamie O'Hara in Rudy (film).[26] Vaughn is also a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.[27] He is a strong supporter of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He has been spotted at many local games, and has sung "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning several times.[28] He has occasionally appeared at games of the New York Yankees. He is also an avid hockey enthusiast, notably of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks. He is a Blackhawks season ticket holder and regularly attends home games at the United Center where he has maintained a presence including the team's 2010 and 2011 NHL Playoffs.[29]





1991For the BoysCheering Soldier in CrowdUncredited
1993RudyJamie O'HaraCredited as Vincent Vaughn
1994At RiskMax Nolan
1996Just Your LuckBarryStraight to video
SwingersTrent Walker
1997Lost World: Jurassic Park, TheThe Lost World: Jurassic ParkNick Van Owen
Locusts, TheThe LocustsClay Hewitt
1998Cool, Dry Place, AA Cool, Dry PlaceRussell Durrell
Return to ParadiseJohn 'Sheriff' Volgecherev
Clay PigeonsLester Long
PsychoNorman Bates
2000South of Heaven, West of HellTaylor Henry
Cell, TheThe CellFBI Agent Peter Novak
Prime Gig, TheThe Prime GigPendelton "Penny" Wise
2001MadeRicky SladeAlso Producer
ZoolanderLuke ZoolanderUncredited cameo
Domestic DisturbanceRick Barnes/Jack Parnell
2003Old SchoolBernard "Beanie" CampbellNominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
I Love Your WorkStiev
BlackballRick Schwartz
2004Starsky & HutchReese Feldman
Dodgeball: A True Underdog StoryPeter La FleurNominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyWes MantoothUncredited
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost MovieWes MantoothUncredited
Straight to video
2005ThumbsuckerMr. Geary
Be CoolRoger "Raji" Lowenthal
Mr. & Mrs. SmithEddie
Wedding CrashersJeremy GreyMTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
2006Break-Up, TheThe Break-UpGary GrobowskiAlso Writer/Producer
2007Into the WildWayne WesterbergNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Fred ClausFrederick "Fred" ClausAlso Co-Producer
2008Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the HeartlandHimselfAlso Producer
Four ChristmasesBrad (A.K.A. Orlando)Also Producer
2009Couples RetreatDaveAlso Writer/Producer
2011The DilemmaRonny ValentineAlso Producer
2012The WatchBob McAllister
Lay the FavoriteRosie
2013The InternshipBilly McMahonAlso Writer/Producer
A Case of YouAlan
Delivery ManDavid Wozniak
Anchorman 2: The Legend ContinuesWes MantoothCameo
2015Unfinished BusinessDaniel "Dan" Trunkman
Term LifeNick BarrowAlso Producer
1989China BeachMotor Pool DriverEpisode: "The Unquiet Earth"
21 Jump StreetBill PetersonEpisode: "Mike's P.O.V."
1990ABC Afterschool SpecialsJasonEpisode: "A Question About Sex"
1990–1991CBS Schoolbreak SpecialSteve
Steve Guarino
Episode: "Malcom Takes a Shot"
Episode: "The Fourth Man"
Episode: "Lies of the Heart"
1992Doogie Howser, M.D.MarkEpisode: "Sons of the Desert"
1998Mr. Show with Bob and DavidSheep DogEpisode: "Show Me Your Weenis!"
HerculesLoki (voice)Episode: "Hercules and the Twilight of the Gods"
The Larry Sanders ShowHimself)Episode: "The Interview"
1998, 2013Saturday Night LiveHimself/HostEpisode: "Vince Vaughn/Lauryn Hill"
Episode: "Vince Vaughn/Miguel"
2000Sex and the CityKeith TraversEpisode: "Sex and Another City"
2001Going to CaliforniaGavin ToeEpisode: "This Year's Model"
2013Pursuit of the TruthHimself/ProducerOn Glenn Beck's TheBlaze
2015True DetectiveFrank SemyonMain role; Season 2
Video games
1997Jurassic Park: Chaos IslandNick Van OwenVoice role


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  23. ^ "Hollywood stars pick their President". Retrieved August 29, 2012. 
  24. ^ Chatting with Vince Vaughn
  25. ^ Catching Up With Vince Vaughn
  26. ^ Rudy
  27. ^ Vince Vaughn film talks real relationships
  28. ^ "Vince Vaughn Takes Chicago". Retrieved 2014-08-03. 
  29. ^ Zaldivar, Gabe. "Chicago Blackhawks: Vince Vaughn Cheers His Hawks, Mocks Robert Luongo". 

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