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Vincent Anthony Vaughn
March 28, 1970
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
|Education||Lake Forest High School|
Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American actor. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers. He has appeared in a number of films in the 1990s, including the sports film Rudy (1993), the sci-fi adventure dinosaur film The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), the drama-thriller Return to Paradise (1998) and the remake of psychological thriller Psycho (1998).
Other than his dramatic role in The Cell (2000), and Domestic Disturbance (2001), in the 2000s he acted primarily in comedies, including Old School (2003), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Break-Up (2006), Fred Claus (2007), and Four Christmases (2008). He continued his comedic roles in the 2010s with The Dilemma (2011), The Watch (2012), and The Internship (2013). In 2015, he starred as Frank Semyon in the second season of the HBO anthology crime drama television series True Detective alongside Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Rachel McAdams, and since then has taken dramatic roles such as in Hacksaw Ridge, Brawl in Cell Block 99, and Dragged Across Concrete.
Vaughn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to a wealthy family. His mother, Sharon Eileen (née DePalmo; born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada), 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. As a child, he was raised both Protestant and Catholic by his Catholic mother and Protestant father. He has Lebanese, Italian, Irish, English, and German ancestry.
Vaughn grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where he played football and baseball and wrestled, although he has called himself "unathletic" and "very average" at high school sports. 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 that "I saw her overcome stuff, and I thought if you worked hard at something you'd give yourself a chance".
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 Notre Dame football tailback Jamie O'Hara, where he also struck up a friendship with Jon Favreau, who was also a first-time actor. 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, Vaughn 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 Thumbsucker, Be Cool, 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.
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. 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. It was produced by Wild West Picture Show Productions, his production company. 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.
In 2013, Vaughn co-wrote and starred alongside Wedding Crashers co-star Owen Wilson in The Internship. In 2015, he starred in Unfinished Business, which grossed $4.8 million in its opening weekend, a career low for Vaughn. He also starred in the second season of True Detective alongside Colin Farrell, which premiered on June 21. In 2016, he starred in the crime thriller Term Life, which featured friend and frequent collaborator Jon Favreau in a supporting role and was directed by another frequent collaborator, Peter Billingsley.
In 2018, Vaughn co-starred alongside Mel Gibson in Dragged Across Concrete, his second collaboration with S. Craig Zahler, whom he previously worked with the year before on Brawl in Cell Block 99. In 2020, he starred with Kathryn Newton in the well-reviewed horror-comedy film Freaky.
On January 20, 2022, it was announced that Vaughn will produce a sequel to the 1983 film A Christmas Story entitled A Christmas Story Christmas with Peter Billingsley (who will reprise his role as Ralphie) through his production company Wild West Picture Show Productions for Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max.
In March 2022, Vaughn, along with Greg Olsen and Ryan Kalil, launched a podcast network and production company named Audiorama. The first podcast available from the network, called Youth, Inc., focuses on youth sports.
In 2005, Vaughn began dating Jennifer Aniston, his co-star in The Break-Up. In late 2006, Vaughn filed a lawsuit against three tabloid magazines accusing them of falsely claiming that he had been unfaithful to Aniston. They broke up in November 2006.
In March 2009, it was reported that Vaughn was engaged to Canadian realtor Kyla Weber. They married on January 2, 2010, in the historic Armour House at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. The couple have two children, a daughter born in 2010 and a son born in 2013.
Vaughn describes himself as a libertarian. He supported Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in both the 2008 and 2012 elections, and Rand Paul in the 2016 election. In June 2015, Vaughn expressed his opposition to gun control.
In 2016, Vaughn began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, California and received his blue belt in February 2018.
|1991||For the Boys||Cheering Soldier in Crowd||Uncredited cameo|
|1993||Rudy||Jamie O'Hara||Credited as Vincent Vaughn|
|1994||At Risk||Max Nolan|
|1996||Just Your Luck||Barry||Direct-to-video|
|1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Nick Van Owen|
|The Locusts||Clay Hewitt|
|1998||A Cool, Dry Place||Russell Durrell|
|Return to Paradise||John "Sheriff" Volgecherev|
|Clay Pigeons||Lester Long|
|2000||South of Heaven, West of Hell||Taylor Henry|
|The Cell||FBI Agent Peter Novak|
|The Prime Gig||Pendelton "Penny" Wise|
|2001||Made||Ricky Slade||Also producer|
|Zoolander||Luke Zoolander||Uncredited cameo|
|Domestic Disturbance||Rick Barnes / Jack Parnell|
|2003||Old School||Bernard "Beanie" Campbell|
|I Love Your Work||Stiev|
|2004||Starsky & Hutch||Reese Feldman|
|DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story||Peter La Fleur|
|Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Wes Mantooth||Uncredited|
|Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie|
|Be Cool||Roger "Raji" Lowenthal|
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Eddie|
|Wedding Crashers||Jeremy Grey|
|2006||The Break-Up||Gary Grobowski||Also writer and producer|
|2007||Into the Wild||Wayne Westerberg|
|Fred Claus||Frederick "Fred" Claus||Also producer|
|2008||Wild West Comedy Show||Himself|
|Four Christmases||Brad / Orlando McVie|
|2009||Couples Retreat||Dave||Also writer and producer|
|2011||The Dilemma||Ronny Valentine||Also producer|
|2012||Art of Conflict: The Murals of Northern Ireland||Narrator||Documentary; also producer|
|The Watch||Bob McAllister|
|Lay the Favorite||Rosie|
|2013||The Internship||Billy McMahon||Also writer and producer|
|A Case of You||Alan|
|Delivery Man||David Wozniak|
|Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Wes Mantooth||Cameo|
|2015||Unfinished Business||Daniel "Dan" Trunkman|
|2016||Term Life||Nick Barrow||Also producer|
|Hacksaw Ridge||Sgt. Howell|
|2017||Brawl in Cell Block 99||Bradley Thomas|
|2018||Dragged Across Concrete||Anthony Lurasetti|
|2019||Fighting with My Family||Hutch Morgan|
|The Binge||Principal Carleson|
|Freaky||Blissfield Butcher / Millie Kessler|
|1989||China Beach||Motor Pool Driver||Episode: "The Unquiet Earth"|
|21 Jump Street||Bill Peterson||Episode: "Mike's P.O.V."|
|1990||ABC Afterschool Specials||Jason||1 episode|
|CBS Schoolbreak Special||Steve||Episode: "Malcom Takes a Shot"|
|Steve Guarino||Episode: "The Fourth Man"|
|1991||Richard||Episode: "Lies of the Heart"|
|1992||Doogie Howser, M.D.||Mark||Episode: "Sons of the Desert"|
|1998||Mr. Show with Bob and David||Sheep Dog||Episode: "It's Perfectly Understandishable"|
|Hercules||Loki (voice)||Episode: "Hercules and the Twilight of the Gods"|
|The Larry Sanders Show||Himself (host)||Episode: "The Interview"|
|Saturday Night Live||Episode: "Vince Vaughn/Lauryn Hill"|
|2000||Sex and the City||Keith Travers||1 episode|
|2001||Going to California||Gavin Toe||Episode: "This Year's Model"|
|2013||Pursuit of the Truth||Himself (host)||10 episodes; Also producer|
|Saturday Night Live||Episode: "Vince Vaughn/Miguel"|
|2015||True Detective||Frank Semyon||Main role, 8 episodes|
|2018||F is for Family||Chet Stevenson (voice)||8 episodes; Also executive producer|
|2020–present||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Freddy Funkhouser||8 episodes|
|TBA||Bad Monkey||Andrew Yancy||Main role, upcoming series|
|2022||A Christmas Story Christmas||Producer||Post-production|
|1998||"These Arms"||Dwight Yoakam|
|2010||"We Are the World 25 for Haiti"||Artists for Haiti|
|2016||"Don't Wanna Know"||Maroon 5|
|1997||Chaos Island: The Lost World||Nick Van Owen|
Awards and nominations
|2001||The Cell||Blockbuster Entertainment Award||Favorite Actor – Science Fiction||Nominated|
|2003||Old School||MTV Movie + TV Award||Best On-Screen Team (shared with Will Ferrell & Luke Wilson)||Nominated|
|2005||N/A||Golden Schmoes Award||Favorite Celebrity of the Year||Nominated|
|DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story||MTV Movie + TV Award||Best On-Screen Team (shared with Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Alan Tudyk, Stephen Root, Joel David Moore & Chris Williams)||Nominated|
|Be Cool||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie – Sleazbag||Nominated|
|2006||Wedding Crashers||MTV Movie + TV Award||Best Comedic Performance||Nominated|
|Best On-Screen Team (shared with Owen Wilson)||Won|
|People's Choice Award||Favorite On-Screen Match-Up (shared with Owen Wilson)||Won|
|N/A||ShoWest Convention Award||Comedy Star of the Year||Won|
|The Break-Up||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor – Comedy||Nominated|
|Choice Movie – Chemistry (shared with Jennifer Aniston)||Won|
|2007||People's Choice Award||Favorite Leading Man||Won|
|Favorite On-Screen Match-Up (shared with Jennifer Aniston)||Nominated|
|2008||Into the Wild||Gold Derby Award||Ensemble Cast||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|2010||Couples Retreat||People's Choice Award||Favorite Comedy Star||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie – Hissy Fit||Nominated|
|2013||The Internship||CinemaCon Award||Comedy Duo of the Year (shared with Owen Wilson)||Won|
|2017||Hacksaw Ridge||Australian Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|2018||Brawl in Cell Block 99||Saturn Award||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2021||Freaky||Critics' Choice Super Award||Best Actor in a Horror Movie||Won|
|MTV Movie & TV Award||Most Frightened Performance||Nominated|