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Vince Vaughn
Vince Vaughn by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Vaughn in 2011
Born Vincent Anthony Vaughn
(1970-03-28) March 28, 1970 (age 46)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer, screenwriter, comedian, activist
Years active 1988–present
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Spouse(s) Kyla Weber (m. 2010)
Children 2

Vincent Anthony "Vince" Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, comedian, and activist.

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 became known for his roles in 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 and Rachel McAdams.

Early life[edit]

Vaughn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother, Sharon Eileen (née DePalmo; born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada),[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 surname comes from Ulster Scots immigrants who first settled in Kentucky. 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 descent; His other roots being Canadian, Dutch, English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Swiss.[3] As a child, he was raised "both Protestant and Catholic" by his Catholic mother and Protestant father.[4][5]

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.[6] 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".[7]


Vaughn in 2006.

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.[8] 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.[9] Vaughn is set to produce and star in a movie based on Ridley Pearson's thriller novel The Risk Agent.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

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

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] They broke up in November 2006.[14]

In March 2009, it was reported that Vaughn was engaged to Canadian realtor Kyla Weber.[16] They married on January 2, 2010,[17] 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).[18][19]

Vaughn supported Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in both the 2008 and 2012 elections,[20] and Rand Paul in the 2016 election.[21] He has also appeared at a number of Libertarian inaugurations.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
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
Swingers Trent Walker
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
Psycho Norman Bates
2000 South of Heaven, West of Hell Taylor Henry
Cell, TheThe Cell FBI Agent Peter Novak
Prime Gig, TheThe Prime Gig Pendelton "Penny" Wise
2001 Made Ricky Slade Producer
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
Blackball Rick Schwartz
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
Paparazzi Actor
2005 Thumbsucker Mr. Geary
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 Filming


Year Title Role Notes
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"
Hercules Loki Voice
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

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2016 "Don't Wanna Know" Maroon 5

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Chaos Island: The Lost World Nick Van Owen Voice



  • 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)



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  2. ^ "Money honey Vaughn turns Disturbingly evil". The Toronto Star. November 2, 2001. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Vince Vaughn: Company". Retrieved May 24, 2006. 
  4. ^ Webb, Cynthia L. (November 3, 1998). "VINCE VAUGHN: SERIEL KILLER". Associated Press. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Vince Vaughn: Playing Kooks is OK with Him". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 23, 2006. Retrieved May 24, 2006. 
  6. ^ "People Magazine:Vince Vaughn". Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ ESPN interview; retrieved April 26, 2010.
  8. ^ Trio of Ladies Going on Couples Retreat" TV Guide. October 15, 2008. Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  9. ^ Release of Kevin James’s Zookeeper Pushed to Summer 2011 Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  10. ^ "Vince Vaughn to produce 'The Risk Agent'". The Times Of India. July 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "CBS and Vince Vaughn Developing The Brady Bunch Reboot". July 31, 2012. 
  12. ^ Morgenstern, Madeleine. TheBlaze TV Launching New Reality Show to Find the Next Great News Documentary, TheBlaze, December 5, 2012.
  13. ^ McKittrick, Christopher (25 April 2016). "Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn & Peter Billingsley: Friends & Frequent Collaborators". Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Jordan, Julie (December 5, 2006). "Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn Split". People. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Vince Vaugh to tabloids: Watch it". CNN. Archived from the original on October 26, 2006. Retrieved October 18, 2006. 
  16. ^ Oh, Eunice (March 5, 2009). "Vince Vaughn Gets Engaged!". People. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Vince Vaughn Weds!". 
  18. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (December 20, 2010). "Vince Vaughn Welcomes a Daughter". People. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  19. ^ Leonard, Elizabeth (August 9, 2013). "Vince Vaughn Welcomes Son Vernon Lindsay". People; retrieved August 9, 2013.
  20. ^ Costa, Robert (September 16, 2011) Vince Vaughn to Ron Paul: You’re So Money!, National Review
  21. ^ "Vince Vaughn Crashes Young Americans for Liberty Convention". The Canal. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  22. ^ "Why Vince Vaughn supports Ron Paul". The Daily Caller. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 

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