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Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an
He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Vernon
Lindsay Vaughn (a Protestant salesman of Scottish, Irish and German descent) and
Sharon Eileen DePalmo (a Canadian-born Catholic real-estate agent of Italian and
Lebanese descent). He grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois and then Lake Forest,
Illinois, where he graduated from Lake Forest High School and was interested in
theatre at a young age. He is frequently cast into roles as a light-hearted,
confident, and over-talkative risk taker.
He obtained a role in a Chevrolet television
commercial early in his acting career and felt that he was set. After moving to
Hollywood, he became a struggling actor facing rejection after rejection. He
appeared in a few spots on television but finally got a speaking role in the
movie Rudy in 1993.
It was while filming Rudy that he met Jon Favreau,
who was working on the original draft for his movie Swingers. He wrote Vaughn
into the film and he signed on as a favour to Favreau, only for it to become
Vaughn's breakthrough role. Steven Spielberg saw him in Swingers, and cast him
in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, which gave him an amount of exposure. From
there, Vaughn went on to make A Cool, Dry Place and played Norman Bates in the
1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. In 2000 he starred in The Cell with
Jennifer Lopez and Made in 2001 (another Favreau film). Since 2003, Vince
Vaughn's movie career has skyrocketed and he is now considered a very bankable
star. That year he had a major role in the hit movie Old School and in 2004 he
was seen alongside Ben Stiller in the hits Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball. He
also starred in the Get Shorty sequel Be Cool and in Doug Liman's Mr. & Mrs.
Smith, starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. In the movie "Be Cool," Vince
spoke African American Vernacular English, an American dialect that originated
in the Southern States, because he played a character called Raji, a white
American who thinks he's black.
He starred alongside fellow Frat Pack friend Owen
Wilson, in the 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers, his latest film which has grossed a
little over $200 million dollars at the box office. He has a staring role in The
Break Up (2006) with his current girlfriend, Jennifer Aniston. [Added by PSP: In
December 2006, the couple announced they have split.]
The Break Up (2006)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Be Cool (2005)
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Old School (2003)
Zoolander (2001) (uncredited)
The Cell (2000)
Return to Paradise (1998)
A Cool, Dry Place (1998)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Lost a piece of his thumb in a car wreck.
He doesn't like cell phones and doesn't own one.
When given one while working on a movie, he usually ends up losing it.
He is a Chicago Blackhawks fan.
He has quit smoking. Was banned from Wilmington,
N.C. bars, and told to undergo an alcohol assessment. Later he was fined $250
for an April brawl (2001).
Considered as the leader of Frat Pack, along with
Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and Ben Stiller.
currently dating Jennifer Aniston
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