Vince Vaughn is a film actor, screenwriter, producer, comedian and activist. He began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 movie Swingers. He has since appeared in a number of films, including The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Return to Paradise, Old School, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Wedding Crashers, The Break Up, Fred Claus, Couples Retreat and The Watch. He is one of the tallest leading men in Hollywood at 6 ft 5 in.
In 1988, Vince Vaughn was cast in a Chevrolet television commercial and subsequently moved to Hollywood. Although he appeared in the 1989 season of the television series, China Beach and in three CBS Schoolbreak Specials (in 1990), he was a struggling actor and faced many rejections.
His first film role was 1993’s Rudy playing Jamie O’Hare, where Vince Vaughn 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 Vince 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. 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.
Vince Vaughn’s role in the successful 2003 comedy Old School skyrocketed his popularity. In 2004, he appeared alongside Ben Stiller in the hit films Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball. He then had roles in 2005’s Be Cool, Thumbsucker and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
Also in 2005, Vince Vaughn starred alongside Owen Wilson in the comedy Wedding Crashers, which grossed over $200 million at the United States box office. 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. In 2006, Vaughn starred with Jennifer Aniston in the comedy-drama The Break-Up (also with Favreau and his father).
In 2007, Vince Vaughn also starred in a comedy called Fred Claus, in which he played the sarcastic, wild-at-heart older brother of Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti). Fred Claus 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. He played the role of Wayne Westerberg opposite Emile Hirsch as McCandless.
In 2009, Vince 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. Vince’s father Vernon portrayed his father in this film.
In February 2010, Vince Vaughn was among the nearly 80 musicians and actors to sing on the charity-single remake of We Are the World.
Vince Vaughn starred in Ron Howard’s comedy, The Dilemma, released in January 2011. Vaughn is set to produce and star in a movie based on Ridley Pearson’s thriller novel The Risk Agent.
On July 31, 2012, it was announced that Vince Vaughn would be developing a reboot produced by CBS to the sitcom The Brady Bunch, which was taken off the air in 1974.
On December 5, 2012, it was announced that Vince Vaughn is working on a project with Peter Billingsley and Glenn Beck called Pursuit of the Truth for TheBlaze TV.
How Vince Vaughn Made His Money – Acting
Estimated Net Worth: $38 Million
Birthday: March 28, 1970