Vince Vaughn
Birth Date:
March 28, 1970
Birth Place:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
6' 5
Famous for:
His role in 'Swingers' (1996)
Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, IL, Class of '88
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American actor Vince Vaughn received recognition for his portrayal of hip, stylish and ultra-suave Trent Walker in the cult hit Swingers (1996). He received worldwide exposure when he was cast as Nick Van Owen, along side Julianne Moore and Jeff Goldblum, in the sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). Vaughn gained even more notice in Return to Paradise (1998, opposite Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix), the comedy Old School (2003, along side Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004, with Ben Stiller).

Off screen, the Starsky & Hutch star reportedly turned down a starring role in Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond movie, because he wants to bring cult 1960's TV series The Man From Uncle to the silver screen in 2005. As for his romantic life, Vaughn was rumored to have a special relationship with ex-wife of Brad Pitt, Jennifer Anniston.

However, he strongly denied the rumor and stated they are just friends. Commenting about his relationship with Anniston, he said, "We had a meeting about one of the projects that I'm doing and discussing. People wanna try to sell magazines. You can't take it personal, that's just their job."

Vaughn added to his acting resume such newer films as Thumb Sucker (2005), Be Cool (2005) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005, starring Brat Pitt and Angelina Jolie). He will also play roles in the forth coming Wedding Crashers (2005) and The Break Up (2006).

Mr. Sunshine

Childhood and Family:

Part Lebanese, Italian, Irish, English and German, Vincent Anthony Vaughn was born on March 28, 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father is Vernon Vaughn, a salesman, and his mother is Sharon Vaughn, a real-estate agent and stockbroker. The youngest child of the family, Vince has two older sisters, Victoria and Valerie.

In elementary school, Vince Vaughn, whose nickname is Mr. Sunshine, was sent to a physiatrist and received a prescription for Ritalin due to his hyperactivity. Instead of giving him the drug, his parents signed him up for special classes for children with behavioral problems.

Vince displayed an early interest in acting. When he was eight, he appeared as Daddy Warbucks in a theatre production. He then attended Lake Forest High School and after graduating in 1988, headed to Los Angeles to become a successful actor.

Return to Paradise


Starting out in a children's theater when he was just a little boy, Vince Vaughn decided to pursue acting at age 17 after a car accident ruined any hopes of an athletic career. After a television commercial gig for Chevrolet's "Heartbeat of America," Vaughn headed to Hollywood.

Vaughn began his professional acting career in 1989 when he played guest spots in China Beach (played Motor Pool Driver) and 21 Jump Street (as Bill Peterson). Facing difficulty in finding more roles, he played a role in the made-for-TV movie Lies of the Heart (1991) and had an unaccredited part as a cheering soldier in Crowd in For the Boys (1991). In 1993, the struggling actor eventually landed a wide screen role when he teamed up with Jon Favreau in the football movie Rudy (1993). When the film was released in theaters, however, a large amount of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor. Vaughn next appeared in At Risk (1994) before taking a break for a couple of years following the disappointment of his career.

Returning to the scene in 1996, Vaughn's breakout role arrived when he was cast as hip, chic and ultra-suave Trent Walker in Swingers (1996). The story is about a group of friends doing a tour of the L.A. club scene. The film received rave reviews and Vaughn gained notice from a wide Hollywood audience.

Vaughn's impressive performance in Swingers captured the attention of director Steven Spielberg who cast Vaughn as Nick Van Owen in the sequel to the monstrous hit The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997, starring Julianne Moore and Jeff Goldblum). As soon as the film became a hit, Vaughn gained even more attention.

Following his success, Vaughn received more prominent roles such as playing drifter Clay Hewitt, who falls in love with a widow, in director John Patrick Kelly's The Locust (1997, also starring Ashley Judd and Kate Capshaw), the starring role of Russell Durrell, opposite Joey Lauren Adams and Monica Potter, in A Cool, Dry Place (1998), portrayed limo driver John 'Sheriff' Volgecherev in the acclaimed Return to Paradise (1998, along side Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix), seductive serial killer Lester Long in David Dobkin's Clay Pigeons (1998, opposite Janeane Garofalo, Joaquin Phoenix and Georgina Cates) and Norman Bates in the controversial remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1998, costarring Anne Heche). After receiving mixed reviews in almost all of the films, Vaughn decided to take another break from the public eye.

Vaughn made his return in the new millennium with the television film Sex and the Matrix (2000) before playing Taylor Henry in the big screen movie South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000). He also landed a starring role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the thriller The Cell (2000).

The same year, he was cast as California's best telemarketer Pendelton Wise, opposite Ed Harris and Julia Ormond, in The Prime Gig (2000, helmed by Gregory Mosher).

In 2001, Vaughn rejoined Favreau to portray a pair of low-level gangsters in Made (2001) before making a cameo in Zoolander (2001).

Another big role arrived when he played Rick Barnes, opposite John Travolta, in the thriller Domestic Disturbance (2001). Upset that the film did not do well at the box office, Vaughn only appeared in Dust: An Extraordinary Correspondence, in 2002.

In 2003, Vaughn joined Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell for director Todd Phillips' 2003 comedy Old School (2003). He then played roles in Blackball (2003) and I Love Your Work (2003).

The following year saw Vaughn in three more movies. He starred as villain Reese Feldman, along side Ben Stiller, in the 2004 Starsky & Hutch (2004), delivered a fine performance as a good-guy in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004, rejoined Ben Stiller) and played a small, but impressive role in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004).

Vaughn recently was seen in Thumbsucker (2005), Be Cool (2005) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005, staring Brat Pitt and Angelina Jolie). He will also play roles in the upcoming Wedding Crashers (2005) and The Break Up (2006).


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