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Vince Vaughn
Vaughn in 2015
Vincent Anthony Vaughn

(1970-03-28) March 28, 1970 (age 53)
EducationLake Forest High School
  • Actor
  • writer
  • producer
Years active1988–present
Kyla Weber
(m. 2010)

Vincent Anthony Vaughn[1] (born March 28, 1970)[2] is an American actor. He began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers. Vaughn further appeared in Rudy (1993), At Risk (1994), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Psycho (1998), South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000), and Domestic Disturbance (2001). He starred as Frank Semyon in the second season of the HBO anthology crime drama television series True Detective (2015).

Vaughn's leading roles in comedy films include Old School (2003), Dodgeball (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Break-Up (2006), Fred Claus (2007), Four Christmases (2008), and Couples Retreat (2009). During the 2010s Vaughn starred in The Dilemma (2011), The Watch (2012), The Internship (2013), Delivery Man (2013), and Unfinished Business (2015). Vaughn has had dramatic roles in Into the Wild (2007), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017), and Dragged Across Concrete (2018).

Early life

Vaughn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota,[1] to a wealthy family.[3] His mother, Sharon Eileen (née DePalmo; born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada),[4] 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.[5] As a child, he was raised both Protestant and Catholic by his Catholic mother and Protestant father.[6][7] He has Italian, Irish, English, Lebanese and German ancestry.[8]

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.[9] 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".[10]


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 Notre Dame football tailback Jamie O'Hara, where he also struck up a friendship with Jon Favreau, who was also a first-time actor. 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.[11] 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. It was produced by Wild West Picture Show Productions, his production company.[12][13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

In 2018, Vaughn co-starred alongside Mel Gibson in Dragged Across Concrete, his second collaboration with S. Craig Zahler, whom he previously worked with the year before on Brawl in Cell Block 99. In 2020, he starred with Kathryn Newton in the well-reviewed horror-comedy film Freaky, in which they play a serial killer and a teenage girl, respectively, who switch bodies.

On January 20, 2022, it was announced that Vaughn will produce a sequel to the 1983 film A Christmas Story entitled A Christmas Story Christmas with Peter Billingsley (who will reprise his role as Ralphie) through his production company Wild West Picture Show Productions for Warner Bros. Pictures and HBO Max.[16]

In March 2022, Vaughn, along with Greg Olsen and Ryan Kalil, launched a podcast network and production company named Audiorama.[17] The first podcast available from the network, called Youth, Inc., focuses on youth sports.[18]

Personal life

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.[19] In late 2006, Vaughn filed a lawsuit against three tabloid magazines accusing them of falsely claiming that he had been unfaithful to Aniston.[20] They broke up in November 2006.[19]

In March 2009, it was reported that Vaughn was engaged to Canadian realtor Kyla Weber.[21] They married on January 2, 2010,[22] in the historic Armour House at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. The couple have two children, a daughter born in 2010 and a son born in 2013.[23][24]

Vaughn describes himself as a libertarian.[25] He supported Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in both the 2008 and 2012 elections,[26] and Rand Paul in the 2016 election.[27] In June 2015, Vaughn expressed his opposition to gun control.[28]

In 2016, Vaughn began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the Gracie Academy in Torrance, California[29] and received his blue belt in February 2018.[30]

On June 10, 2018, Vaughn was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and resisting arrest in Manhattan Beach, California after failing a sobriety test at a police checkpoint.[31] In May 2019, Vaughn was convicted of a reduced charge of reckless driving after he entered into a no contest plea and sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to undergo a three-month alcohol abuse program.[32]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 For the Boys Cheering Soldier in Crowd Uncredited cameo
1993 Rudy Jamie O'Hara Credited as Vincent Vaughn
1994 At Risk Max Nolan
1996 Just Your Luck Barry Direct-to-video
Swingers Trent Walker
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Nick Van Owen
The Locusts Clay Hewitt
1998 A 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
The Cell FBI Agent Peter Novak
The Prime Gig Pendelton "Penny" Wise
2001 Made Ricky Slade Also producer
Zoolander Luke Zoolander Uncredited cameo
Domestic Disturbance Rick Barnes / Jack Parnell
2003 Old School Bernard "Beanie" Campbell
I Love Your Work Stiev
Blackball Rick Schwartz
2004 Starsky & Hutch Reese Feldman
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story Peter La Fleur
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 Eddie
Wedding Crashers Jeremy Grey
2006 The Break-Up Gary Grobowski Also writer and producer
2007 Into the Wild Wayne Westerberg
Fred Claus Frederick "Fred" Claus Also producer
2008 Wild West Comedy Show Himself
Four Christmases Brad / Orlando McVie
2009 Couples Retreat Dave Also writer and producer
2011 The Dilemma Ronny Valentine Also producer
2012 Art of Conflict: The Murals of Northern Ireland Narrator Documentary; also producer
The Watch Bob McAllister
Lay the Favorite Rosie
2013 The Internship Billy McMahon Also writer and 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 Also producer
Hacksaw Ridge Sgt. Howell
2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99 Bradley Thomas
2018 Dragged Across Concrete Anthony Lurasetti
2019 Fighting with My Family Hutch Morgan
Seberg Carl Kowalski
2020 Arkansas Frog
The Binge Principal Carleson
Freaky Blissfield Butcher / Millie Kessler[33]
2021 North Hollywood Oliver
Queenpins Simon Kilmurray
2024 IF (voice) Post-production
TBA Nonnas Joe Scaravella Filming; also executive producer


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 (host) Episode: "The Interview"
Saturday Night Live 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 (host) 10 episodes; Also producer
Saturday Night Live Episode: "Vince Vaughn/Miguel"
2015 True Detective Frank Semyon Main role, 8 episodes
2018 F is for Family Chet Stevenson (voice) 8 episodes; Also executive producer
2020–present Curb Your Enthusiasm Freddy Funkhouser 8 episodes
TBA Bad Monkey Andrew Yancy Main role, upcoming series; also executive producer


Year Title Role Notes
2022 A Christmas Story Christmas Producer [34]

Music videos

Year Title Artist(s)
1998 "These Arms" Dwight Yoakam
2010 "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" Artists for Haiti
2016 "Don't Wanna Know" Maroon 5

Video games

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

Awards and nominations

Year Title Association Category Results
2001 The Cell Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actor – Science Fiction Nominated
2003 Old School MTV Movie + TV Award Best On-Screen Team (shared with Will Ferrell & Luke Wilson) Nominated
2005 Golden Schmoes Award Favorite Celebrity of the Year Nominated
DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story MTV Movie + TV Award Best On-Screen Team (shared with Christine Taylor, Justin Long, Alan Tudyk, Stephen Root, Joel David Moore & Chris Williams) Nominated
Be Cool Teen Choice Award Choice Movie – Sleazbag Nominated
2006 Wedding Crashers MTV Movie + TV Award Best Comedic Performance Nominated
Best On-Screen Team (shared with Owen Wilson) Won
People's Choice Award Favorite On-Screen Match-Up (shared with Owen Wilson) Won
ShoWest Convention Award Comedy Star of the Year Won
The Break-Up Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor – Comedy Nominated
Choice Movie – Chemistry (shared with Jennifer Aniston) Won
2007 People's Choice Award Favorite Leading Man Won
Favorite On-Screen Match-Up (shared with Jennifer Aniston) Nominated
2008 Into the Wild Gold Derby Award Ensemble Cast Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2010 Couples Retreat People's Choice Award Favorite Comedy Star Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie – Hissy Fit Nominated
Choice Activist Won
2013 The Internship CinemaCon Award Comedy Duo of the Year (shared with Owen Wilson) Won
2017 Hacksaw Ridge Australian Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2018 Brawl in Cell Block 99 Saturn Award Best Actor Nominated
2021 Freaky Critics' Choice Super Award Best Actor in a Horror Movie Won
MTV Movie & TV Award Most Frightened Performance Nominated


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