Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Vincent Anthony "Vince" Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, activist, and comedian.
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), and the drama-thriller Return to Paradise (1998).
In the 2000s, he acted in several comedies, including Old School (2003), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Break-Up (2006), and Fred Claus (2007). 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.
Vaughn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 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. His parents divorced in 1991. He has two older sisters, Victoria and Valerie. His surname comes from Ulster-Scots immigrants who first settled in Kentucky. His paternal grandmother was of Syrian Lebanese descent, and his maternal grandfather was of Italian descent; his other roots are Canadian, Dutch, English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Swiss. As a child, he was raised "both Protestant and Catholic" by his Catholic mother and Protestant father.
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 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, 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. Vaughn is set to produce and star in a movie based on Ridley Pearson's thriller novel The Risk Agent. 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. 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.
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 2005, Vaughn began dating Jennifer Aniston, his co-star in The Break-Up. 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. 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: daughter Locklyn Kyla Vaughn (born 2010) and son Vernon Lindsay Vaughn (born 2013).
|1991||For the Boys||Cheering Soldier in Crowd||Uncredited|
|1993||Rudy||Jamie O'Hara||Credited as Vincent Vaughn|
|1994||At Risk||Max Nolan|
|1996||Just Your Luck||Barry||Straight-to-video|
|1997||Lost World: Jurassic Park, TheThe Lost World: Jurassic Park||Nick Van Owen|
|Locusts, TheThe Locusts||Clay Hewitt|
|1998||Cool, Dry Place, AA Cool, Dry Place||Russell Durrell|
|Return to Paradise||John "Sheriff" Volgecherev|
|Clay Pigeons||Lester Long|
|2000||South of Heaven, West of Hell||Taylor Henry|
|Cell, TheThe Cell||FBI Agent Peter Novak|
|Prime Gig, TheThe Prime Gig||Pendelton "Penny" Wise|
|Zoolander||Luke Zoolander||Uncredited cameo|
|Domestic Disturbance||Rick Barnes/Jack Parnell|
|2003||Old School||Bernard "Beanie" Campbell||Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo|
|I Love Your Work||Stiev|
|2004||Starsky & Hutch||Reese Feldman|
|DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story||Peter La Fleur||Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo|
|Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy||Wes Mantooth||Uncredited|
|Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie|
|Be Cool||Roger "Raji" Lowenthal|
|Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Eddi|
|Wedding Crashers||Jeremy Grey||MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
|2006||Break-Up, TheThe Break-Up||Gary Grobowski||Writer, producer
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor - Comedy
|2007||Into the Wild||Wayne Westerberg||Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|Fred Claus||Frederick "Fred" Claus||Co-producer|
|2008||Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights - Hollywood to the Heartland||Himself||Producer|
|Four Christmases||Brad (A.K.A. Orlando)|
|2009||Couples Retreat||Dave||Writer, producer|
|2011||The Dilemma||Ronny Valentine||Producer|
|2012||Art of Conflict||Narrator||Producer (Netflix documentary)|
|The Watch||Bob McAllister|
|Lay the Favorite||Rosie|
|2013||The Internship||Billy McMahon||Writer, 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||Producer|
|Hacksaw Ridge||Sgt. Howell|
|TBA||Fighting with My Family||Jake Roberts||Filming|
|TBA||Brawl in Cell Block 99||Post-production|
|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||Episode: "A Question About Sex"|
|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"|
Episode: "Hercules and the Twilight of the Gods"
|The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "The Interview"|
|Saturday Night Live||Host
Episode: "Vince Vaughn/Lauryn Hill"
|2000||Sex and the City||Keith Travers||Episode: "Sex and Another City"|
|2001||Going to California||Gavin Toe||Episode: "This Year's Model"|
|2013||Pursuit of the Truth||Himself||Producer|
|Saturday Night Live||Host
Episode: "Vince Vaughn/Miguel"
|2015||True Detective||Frank Semyon||Season 2|
|2016||"Don't Wanna Know"||Maroon 5|
|1997||Chaos Island: The Lost World||Nick Van Owen||Voice|
Vince Vaughn supports the following charitable cause: Dyslexia.