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Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn

Vaughn at the Liberty Political Action Conference, September 2011
Born Vincent Anthony Vaughn
(1970-03-28) March 28, 1970 (age 42)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Residence Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, political activist
Years active 1988–present
Spouse Kyla Weber (2010–present)

Vincent Anthony "Vince" Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American film actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian 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 The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Return to Paradise, Old School, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Couples Retreat, The Break Up, and Wedding Crashers. Vaughn is also a close friend to actor/director Jon Favreau.


  Early life

Vince Vaughn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother, Sharon Eileen (née DePalmo), a native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is a real-estate agent and stock broker 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.[1][2] His parents divorced in 1991. Vaughn is their only son and the youngest of their three children; he has two older sisters, Victoria and Valerie. As a child he was raised "both Protestant and Catholic" by his Catholic mother and Protestant father,[3][4][5] and has English, Irish, German, Lebanese, and Italian ancestry.[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, Illinois, 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. Although he appeared in the 1989 season of the television series, China Beach and in three CBS Schoolbreak Specials (in 1990), he was a struggling actor and faced many rejections.

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 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. 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 sky-rocketed his popularity. In 2004, he appeared alongside Ben Stiller in the hit films Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball, Anchorman, and had roles in 2005's Be Cool, Thumbsucker and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

  Vaughn in Fairbanks, Alaska at the Liberty Political Action Conference in September 2011.[9]

Also in 2005, Vaughn starred alongside Owen Wilson in the comedy Wedding Crashers, which grossed over $200 million at the United States box office. 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. In 2006, Vaughn starred with Jennifer Aniston in the comedy-drama The Break-Up (also with Favreau and his father).

In 2007, Vaughn also starred in a comedy called Fred Claus, in which he played the sarcastic, wild-at-heart older brother of Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti). Fred Claus 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. He played the role of Wayne Westerberg opposite Emile Hirsch as McCandless.

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.[10] Vince's father Vernon portrayed his father in this 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.[11]

Vaughn's most recent film was Ron Howard's comedy, The Dilemma, released in January 2011.[12]

  Personal life

  Family and relationships

Vaughn dated Jennifer Aniston, his co-star in The Break-Up, between 2005 and 2006 in a relationship that became a subject of tabloid speculation. 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.[13] In December 2006, both Vaughn and Aniston's reps confirmed that they had broken up.

On March 5, 2009, it was announced that Vaughn and Canadian realtor Kyla Weber were engaged.[14] Vaughn and Weber married on January 2, 2010,[15] in a small ceremony at the Great Hall of the historic Armour House at Lake Forest Academy in Vaughn's hometown of Lake Forest, Illinois.[16][17] The couple's daughter, Locklyn Kyla Vaughn, was born on December 18, 2010 in Chicago.[18]

  Political opinions

Vaughn supported Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.[19]

Vaughn has appeared at a number of Libertarian inaugrations and announced his support for Ron Paul's candidacy for President.[20]


Vaughn has visited soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq as part of the U.S.O. tour.[citation needed]

  Chicago Sports Teams

Vaughn is a fan 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 stretch at Wrigley several times.[21] 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.[22] He is also a fan of the Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Bears.



  • People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite On-Screen Match-Up for: Wedding Crashers (2005) Shared with: Owen Wilson
  • MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team for: Wedding Crashers (2005) Shared with: Owen Wilson
  • Teen Choice Awards Movies – Choice Chemistry for: The Break-Up (2006) Shared with: Jennifer Aniston
  • ShoWest Convention: Special Award – Comedy Star of the Year (2006)



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Rudy Jamie O'Hara Credited as Vincent Vaughn
1994 At Risk Max Nolan
1996 Swingers Trent Walker
1997 Lost World: Jurassic Park, TheThe Lost World: Jurassic Park Nick Van Owen
Locusts, TheThe Locusts Clay Hewitt
1998 Psycho Norman Bates
Clay Pigeons Lester Long
Cool, Dry Place, AA Cool, Dry Place Russell Durrell
Return to Paradise John 'Sheriff' Volgecherev
2000 Cell, TheThe Cell FBI Agent Peter Novak
Prime Gig, TheThe Prime Gig Pendelton "Penny" Wise
South of Heaven, West of Hell Taylor Henry
2001 Domestic Disturbance Rick Barnes/Jack Parnell
Zoolander Luke Zoolander Uncredited cameo
Made Ricky Slade Also Producer
2003 I Love Your Work Stiev
Old School Bernard "Beanie" Campbell Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Blackball Rick Schwartz
2004 Starsky & Hutch Reese Feldman
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Wes Mantooth Uncredited
Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie Wes Mantooth Straight-to-DVD
Paparazzi Actor
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story Peter La Fleur Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
2005 Thumbsucker Mr. Geary
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Eddie
Wedding Crashers Jeremy Grey MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance
Be Cool Roger "Raji" Lowenthal
2006 Break-Up, TheThe Break-Up Gary Grobowski Also Writer/Producer
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 Also Co-Producer
2008 Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights – Hollywood to the Heartland Himself Also Producer
Four Christmases Brad (A.K.A. Orlando) Also Producer
2009 Couples Retreat Dave Also Writer/Producer
2011 Dilemma, TheThe Dilemma Ronny Valentine Also Producer
2012 The Watch Bob Finnerty Filming
Lay the Favorite Rosie


  1. ^ "Rush & Molloy" (column), "Vince Had to Deal with Mother of All Swindles". New York Daily News, June 16, 2006.
  2. ^ "Money honey Vaughn turns Disturbingly evil". The Toronto Star. 2001-11-02. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/thestar/access/426175291.html?dids=426175291:426175291&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Nov+02%2C+2001&author=&pub=Toronto+Star&desc=Money+honey+Vaughn+turns+Disturbingly+evil&pqatl=google. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  3. ^ Webb, Cynthia L. (1998-11-03). "VINCE VAUGHN: SERIEL KILLER". Associated Press. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=WE&s_site=kansas&p_multi=WE&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB576000EED9D5B&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  4. ^ "Vince Vaughn: Playing Kooks is OK with Him". Archived from the original on April 23, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20060423041508/http://www.vince-vaughn.com/archives/1998_10.html. Retrieved May 24, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Washingtonpost.com: Live Online". The Washington Post. http://discuss.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/zforum/01/entertainment_vaughn102401.htm. 
  6. ^ "Vince Vaughn: Company". Vincev.com. http://www.vincev.com/int_company.html. Retrieved May 24, 2006. 
  7. ^ "People Magazine:Vince Vaughn". People Magazine at people.com. http://www.people.com/people/vince_vaughn. Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  8. ^ ESPN interview Retrieved on April 26, 2010.
  9. ^ Vince Vaughn and Ron Paul
  10. ^ Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat" TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved on October 15, 2008.
  11. ^ Vince Vaughn, music veterans form unlikely group for 'We Are the World' charity single " USA Today. February 2, 2010. Retrieved on February 21, 2010.
  12. ^ Release of Kevin James’s Zookeeper Pushed to Summer 2011 Retrieved on April 26, 2010.
  13. ^ "Vince Vaugh to tabloids: Watch it". CNN.com. Archived from the original on October 26, 2006. http://web.archive.org/web/20061026052217/http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Movies/10/18/people.vaughn.aniston.ap/index.html. Retrieved October 18, 2006. 
  14. ^ Vince Vaughn Is Engaged!
  15. ^ "Vince Vaughn Weds!". UsMagazine.com. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebritynews/news/vince-vaughn-weds-201041. 
  16. ^ Vince Vaughn Gets Married!
  17. ^ "Vince Tied the Knot!". Vince-Vaughn.com. http://www.vince-vaughn.com/2010/01/best_wishes_vince_and_kyla.html. Retrieved on January 6, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Shea Vaughn's keys to wellness". Chicago Tribune. December 27, 2010. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-12-27/features/ct-tribu-weigel-shea-vaughn-20101227_1_weigel-wellness-pilates. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  19. ^ Costa, Robert (2011-09-16) Vince Vaughn to Ron Paul: You’re So Money!, National Review
  20. ^ "Why Vince Vaughn supports Ron Paul". The Daily Caller. The Daily Caller. http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/19/why-vince-vaughn-supports-ron-paul/. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,656329,00.html
  22. ^ Zaldivar, Gabe. "Chicago Blackhawks: Vince Vaughn Cheers His Hawks, Mocks Robert Luongo". http://bleacherreport.com/articles/672137-brooklyn-decker-maria-sharapova-steve-nash-and-todays-swagger-buzz/entry/66742-chicago-blackhawks-vince-vaughn-cheers-his-hawks-mocks-robert-luongo. 

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