Jones at Comic-Con promoting The Midnight Meat Train in 2007
Vincent Peter Jones
5 January 1965
(m. 1994; died 2019)
Vincent Peter Jones (born 5 January 1965) is a British actor, singer, presenter and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999, notably for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Wales.
Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team, having qualified via a Welsh grandparent. As a member of the "Crazy Gang", he won the 1988 FA Cup Final with Wimbledon, a club for which he played well over 200 games during two spells between 1986 and 1998. He also played for Chelsea, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers. Jones played 184 games in the Premier League, scoring 13 goals in the competition. He was a defensive midfielder who was especially noted for his very aggressive style of play, earning him a "hard man" image on the field.
Since his retirement from football, he has capitalised on his tough man image and is now best known as an actor for his fearsome demeanour and physical presence, often being typecast into roles as violent criminals and thugs. His film career began with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and continued with roles in mainstream films such as Snatch (2000), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and Mean Machine (2001). He played Juggernaut in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, Sebastian Moran in CBS's Elementary, and Brick in The CW's Arrow.
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Vinnie Jones was born on 5 January 1965 in Watford, Hertfordshire, to Peter (a gamekeeper) and Glenda (née Harris) Jones. He attended Bedmond Junior School near Watford. After leaving school and rising to fame, Jones would regularly visit Dollis Junior School due to his close relationship with the now deceased headteacher Derek Heasman, formerly of Bedmond Junior School (who received an OBE for services to education). His family relocated to Hertfordshire where he then later attended Langleybury School. He captained the Hertfordshire Schools football team as a teenager.
Jones' career in semi-professional football began in 1984, when he was 19 years old, at Alliance Premier League side Wealdstone, who had spotted him playing for a local amateur side. A young addition to the experienced Wealdstone team which was the first ever side to achieve the non-league "double" in the 1984–85 season, he was a non-playing squad member at Wembley Stadium in the 1985 FA Trophy final. He combined football with working as a hod carrier on construction sites.
In 1986, he moved to full-time professional status with Wimbledon, who paid Wealdstone £10,000 for him. He scored on only his second appearance for Wimbledon on 29 November 1986, in a 1–0 win over Manchester United in the First Division. He was a member of the Wimbledon team which won the FA Cup in 1988, beating league champions Liverpool 1–0 in the final.
Jones was transferred to Leeds United in 1989 and was part of the team which finished as champions of the Second Division, winning promotion to Division One. After helping them win promotion to the top-flight, Jones proved he could thrive, and under the stewardship of Howard Wilkinson and the captaincy of Gordon Strachan, receiving only three yellow cards during the entire season.
Jones left Leeds United early in the 1990–91 season after losing his first-team place to youngsters David Batty and Gary Speed, as well as new signing Gary McAllister. He returned to Leeds for Lucas Radebe's testimonial in 2006. His former Wimbledon manager Dave Bassett signed him for Sheffield United on his exit from Elland Road.
Jones was sold to Chelsea a year later on 30 August 1991. Jones made his Chelsea debut one day after his signing in the 4–1 win against Luton. On 18 September 1991, Jones scored his first goal for the club in the 2–0 win against Aston Villa.
After just one year at Stamford Bridge, he was back with Wimbledon in the 1992–93 season, when the FA Premier League had just been formed. He helped Wimbledon equal their best ever league finish in 1993–94, when they finished sixth in the Premier League. Three seasons later, he contributed to another strong season for the club, who reached the semi-finals of both cups and finished eighth in the league. That season he scored the winning goal as Wimbledon won 1–0 against Arsenal at Highbury.
Queens Park Rangers
In December 1994, Jones was named in the Wales squad qualifying via his Ruthin-born maternal grandfather. He made his debut under Mike Smith for Wales on 14 December 1994, three weeks before his 30th birthday, in a 3–0 home defeat to Bulgaria in the Euro 96 qualifiers. The last of his nine caps came on 29 March 1997 in a 2–1 defeat to Belgium in a World Cup qualifier, also at Cardiff Arms Park.
Jones's international call-up was however greeted with consternation and even ridiculed by Jimmy Greaves, who said, "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!".
Jones was known for his "hard man" image. He was sent off 12 times in his career, as well as holding the record for the quickest ever booking in a football match, being booked after just three seconds for a foul on the opposition player Dane Whitehouse in an FA Cup tie between Chelsea and Sheffield United in 1992. In his autobiography, he recalls: "I must have been too high, too wild, too strong or too early, because, after three seconds, I could hardly have been too bloody late!" In an incident in October 1987, Jones was photographed grabbing Paul Gascoigne by his testicles during a league game for Wimbledon against Newcastle United.
He also was the presenter of the infamous Soccer's Hard Men video released in 1992, which featured archived footage of him and many other "hard men" of the game, and included advice for budding "hard men". After the release of the video, Jones was fined £20,000 and given a six-month ban (suspended for three years) for "bringing the game into disrepute". Wimbledon chairman Sam Hammam branded Jones a "mosquito brain". After this incident, Jones failed to stay out of trouble. After exceeding 40 disciplinary points that season, he was once again summoned to Lancaster Gate, the headquarters of The Football Association, but failed to appear. The FA banned Jones indefinitely. Jones explained that he had "mixed up" the date of the hearing, for which he received a four-match ban and was told by Football Association officials to "grow up". Jones commented later: "The FA have given me a pat on the back. I've taken violence off the terracing and onto the pitch" – an obvious reference to the football hooliganism problem which had blighted the English game during the 1970s and 1980s.
Other football activities
Jones has stated that he would eventually like to return to football, possibly to Leeds. Jones told Yorkshire Radio "I will come back without a doubt, Leeds fans gave me so much and it's a club very close to my heart."
Jones made an appearance in Ireland for Carlisle United, coming on as a second-half substitute in 2001 against Shelbourne, teaming up with friend Roddy Collins who was manager at the time. In June 2010, Jones released a press statement stating that he was donating his 1988 FA Cup winners medal to the fans of A.F.C. Wimbledon, wishing their fans the best for the future. The medal will be displayed in the club's Kingsmeadow stadium.
Vinnie Jones is also currently club president of non-league Soham Town Rangers.
In 1998 Vinnie Jones made his film debut in Guy Ritchie's crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, in which he played a mob enforcer, Big Chris. Jones was typecast in similar roles as criminals or villains, including the dapper gun-for-hire "Bullet-Tooth Tony" in Ritchie's 2000 follow up Snatch. Jones became known to American audiences in the 2000 film remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, in which he played "Sphinx". Although this was a major role with significant screen time, he only had one line of dialogue because his character was a silent, tough brawler. He teamed up with director Dominic Sena again the following year for the thriller Swordfish, where Jones played one of John Travolta's henchmen.
Jones played Danny Meehan in Mean Machine, a 2001 British remake of the Burt Reynolds film The Longest Yard (retitled Mean Machine for its UK release). He played a former captain of the England national football team, who is sent to prison and subsequently takes control of a team of inmates who play against the prison guards' team.
He played another football role as Mad Maynard, the leader of a Manchester United football hooligan firm, in the 2004 film EuroTrip. His next role was in the 2006 film, X-Men: The Last Stand, as the X-Men villain Cain Marko/Juggernaut. Jones said that he would like to play Juggernaut in a spin-off. His line in the film, "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!," was based on a pre-existing Internet parody.  The same year, he was featured in another football film, She's the Man as the coach of the Illyria team. In 2007, he played the part of McStarley in The Condemned, about death row inmates forced to fight to the death on a remote island.
Jones played a professional killer in the Kazakhstani film, Ликвидатор ("Liquidator"), in 2011. Jones' character is an elite assassin invited to eliminate the main character. Producers of the film dealt with the Kazakh/English language barrier by writing Jones' character as a mute who does not speak throughout the film. In the same year he played in the movie "Blood out" as Zed. He played a role in the Hungarian film The Magic Boys in late 2012. In the 2004 Japanese film Survive Style 5+, he played a hit-man from Britain. In 2012, Jones voiced "Freddie the Dog" in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. He co-starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action/thriller Escape Plan, released in 2013, and was featured with Danny Trejo in the 2014 horror/thriller Reaper.
Celebrity Big Brother
Jones was a housemate on the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother 7, and celebrated his 45th birthday while he participated. He received loud cheers as he entered the house and was the favourite to win going into the house, but he did not maintain popularity with the public, the crowd chanted 'Get Vinnie Out' on the final night and booed him as he left the house after he finished in third place. Speaking of his experience on the show, he said: "It was like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in there – and I was Jack Nicholson."
In 1998, Jones penned an autobiography, Vinnie: The Autobiography, which was later revised and reprinted a year later to include information on his first film appearance in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
During his football career Jones resided in Dronfield, near Sheffield. Jones met Tanya Terry (1966–2019) as 12yr old neighbours, they married in 1994 in Watford. Tanya had a daughter by her first husband, footballer Steve Terry. Tanya had had a much earlier heart transplant but in 2013 she was diagnosed with (skin) cancer which then spread to her brain by 2018. Jones was at her bedside when she died of cancer on 6 July 2019. Recalling her death on ITV's Piers Morgan's Life Stories, broadcast on 5 September 2020, he pleaded with the attending nurse to ease Tanya's acute pain in her last minutes with additional morphine. He told Morgan that he would never ever marry again as she was his one-time wife.
In November 2013 Jones also received treatment after finding a malignant melanoma below his eye.
Jones is an outspoken supporter of the Conservative Party, stating "I am very proud of being British, very pro the monarchy and very Conservative." In 2019, Jones decided to relocate from Los Angeles to Surrey in the UK. He is a supporter of the football team Tottenham Hotspur.
Jones was convicted in December 2003 of assault and threatening behaviour on an aircraft for an air rage incident, during which he slapped a passenger in the face and threatened to murder the cabin crew while drunk on an aircraft. He was fined £1,100 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. As a result of the conviction Hertfordshire police revoked Jones' firearms licence and seized the weapons listed on the licence.
|Club check||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Full Members' Cup||Total|
|1984–85||Wealdstone||Alliance Premier League||12||0||–||–||–||12||0|
|Sweden||League||Svenska Cupen||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1986||IFK Holmsund||Division 3||22||1||–||–||–||22||1|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Full Members' Cup||Total|
|1989–90||Leeds United||Second Division||45||5||1||0||2||0||4||0||52||5|
|1997–98||Queens Park Rangers||First Division||7||1||–||–||–||7||1|
|Date||Location||Host team||Score||Away team||Competition||Goals scored|
|14 December 1994||Cardiff||Wales||0–3||Bulgaria||Qualifiers EURO 1996||0|
|29 March 1995||Sofia||Bulgaria||3–1||Wales||Qualifiers EURO 1996||0|
|26 April 1995||Düsseldorf||Germany||1–1||Wales||Qualifiers EURO 1996||0|
|7 June 1995||Cardiff||Wales||0–1||Georgia||Qualifiers EURO 1996||0|
|24 April 1996||Lugano||Switzerland||1–0||Wales||Friendly||0|
|9 November 1996||Eindhoven||Netherlands||7–1||Wales||Qualifiers FIFA 1998||0|
|14 December 1996||Cardiff||Wales||0–0||Turkey||Qualifiers FIFA 1998||0|
|11 February 1997||Cardiff||Wales||0–0||Ireland||Friendly||0|
|29 March 1997||Cardiff||Wales||1–2||Belgium||Qualifiers FIFA 1998||0|
|1998||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels||Big Chris|
|2000||Snatch||Bullet Tooth Tony|
|Gone in 60 Seconds||Sphinx|
|Mean Machine||Danny Meehan|
|2002||Night at the Golden Eagle||Rodan|
|2004||The Big Bounce||Lou Harris|
|Survive Style 5+||Killer|
|Mysterious Island||Bob||TV film|
|2006||Johnny Was||Johnny Doyle|
|She's the Man||Coach Dinklage|
|The Other Half||Trainer|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Cain Marko / Juggernaut|
|Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties||Rommel||Voice role|
|2007||Strength and Honour||Smasher O'Driscoll|
|The Riddle||Mike Sullivan|
|The Condemned||Ewan McStarley|
|7–10 Split||Roddy Nightengale|
|Tooth & Nail||Mongrel|
|Hell Ride||Billy Wings|
|The Midnight Meat Train||Mahogany|
|The Ballad of G.I. Joe||Destro||Video short|
|Assault of Darkness||Mr. Hunter|
|2010||Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball||McTeague|
|Locked Down||Anton Vargas|
|Age of the Dragons||Stubbs|
|The Heavy||Edgar Dunn|
|2011||Kill the Irishman||Keith Ritson|
|You May Not Kiss the Bride||Brick|
|Not Another Not Another Movie||Nancy Longbottom|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Freddie the Dog||Voice role|
|Fire with Fire||Boyd|
|Magic Boys||Jack Varga|
|The 34th Battalion||Lieutenant Colonel|
|Company of Heroes||Brent Willoughby|
|Blood of Redemption||Campbell|
|2014||A Certain Justice||Bennett|
|Way of the Wicked||John Eliott|
|The Calculator||Yust Van Borg|
|2015||Awaken (US)/Left to Die (UK)||Sarge|
|Rivers 9||Ray Kaplan|
|Kill Kane||Ray Brookes|
|The Midnight Man||Pearl|
|2019||The Gandhi Murder||Sir Norman Smith|
|Madness in the Method||Vinnie|
|2020||Ron Hopper's Misfortune||Ron Hopper|
|I Am Vengeance: Retaliation||Sean Teague|
|The Big Ugly||Neelyn|
|Rise of the Footsoldier Origins- The Tony Tucker Story||Bernard O'Mahoney||Pre-production|
|2005||Extras||Himself||Episode: "Ross Kemp"|
|2008||Vinnie Jones' Toughest Cops USA||Himself||Presenter|
|2010||Chuck||Karl Stromberg||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Three Words"|
|2011||The Cape||Dominic Raoul / Scales||6 episodes|
|2013||Vinnie Jones: Russia's Toughest||Himself||6 episodes|
|Elementary||Sebastian Moran||2 episodes|
|2014||Psych||Ronnie Ives||Episode: "Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels and Burton Guster's Goblet of Fire"|
|The Musketeers||Martin Labarge||Episode: "The Challenge"|
|Mind Games||Isaac Vincent||2 episodes|
|2015–2018||Arrow||Danny "Brick" Brickwell||9 episodes|
|2016||MacGyver||John Kendrick||Episode: "The Rising"|
|Police Interceptors with Vinnie Jones||Himself||Presenter|
|2018||Deception||Gunter Gastafsen||13 episodes|
|2019||NCIS Los Angeles||Rick Dorsey||Season 11 episode 6|
|2019||The X Factor: Celebrity||Himself||Contestant|
|2020||Harry's Heroes: Euro Having a Laugh||Himself||Season 2 episode 2|
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