Vincent Anthony “Vince” Vaughn (born March 28, 1970) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and activist.
Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers. He has appeared in a number of films in the 1990s, including the sports film Rudy (1993), the sci-fi adventure dinosaur film The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and the drama-thriller Return to Paradise (1998).
In the 2000s, he became known for his roles in comedies, including Old School (2003), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Break-Up (2006), and Fred Claus (2007). He continued his comedic roles in the 2010s with The Dilemma (2011), The Watch (2012), and The Internship (2013). In 2015, he starred as Frank Semyon in the second season of the HBO anthology crime drama television series True Detective alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams.
Vaughn was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother, Sharon Eileen (née DePalmo; born in Brantford, Ontario, Canada) 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. His parents divorced in 1991. He has two older sisters, Victoria and Valerie. His paternal grandmother was of Lebanese descent, and his maternal grandfather was of Italian ancestry; his other roots are Canadian, Dutch, English, German, Irish, Scottish, and SwisSwiss. child, he was raised “both Protestant and Catholic” by his Catholic mother and Protestant father.
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. 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”.
In 2005, Vaughn began dating Jennifer Aniston, his co-star in The Break-Up. In the fall of 2006, Vaughn filed a lawsuit against three tabloid magazines accusing them of falsely claiming that he had been unfaithful to Aniston. They broke up in November 2006.
In March 2009, it was reported that Vaughn was engaged to Canadian realtor Kyla Weber. They married on January 2, 2010, in the historic Armour House at Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. The couple have two children: daughter Locklyn Kyla Vaughn (born 2010) and son Vernon Lindsay Vaughn (born 2013).
Vaughn supported Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in both the 2008 and 2012 elections. He has also appeared at a number of Libertarian inaugurations.
Vaughn is a fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He can often be seen on the sidelines for their games and one of his first movie roles was as Jamie O’Hara in Rudy. He is also a fan of the Ohio State Buckeye He is a supporter of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He has been spotted at many local games, and has sung “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning several times. He has occasionally appeared at New York Yankees games. He is also a supporter of the Chicago Blackhawks, holding a season ticket and attending home games at the United Center.