Vince Vaughn: Snapshot

Vince Vaughn
Date of Birth
March 28, 1970
Birth Place
Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Every time a twentysomething man yells, "Vegas, baby!" there is one man to thank: Vince Vaughn, the rambunctious sidekick prone to spouting quotable one-liners in Swingers. A year after the film's release, he was starring in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park sequel before returning to the comedic style that made him a box-office success.

Vaughn's fast-talking, giddy, manic energy made hits out of Dodgeball, Old School and The Wedding Crashers. It even turned the Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy The Break-Up into a commercial hit, eventually spawning a well-publicized off-screen romance as well.

With the Aniston-Vaughn pairing behind him, the actor eventually made a home with wife Kyla Weber, their daughter Locklyn and son Vernon.

Vince Vaughn: Five Fun Facts

  1. Vince Vaughn was a little dismayed when his action figure from 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park didn't resemble him, claiming to Entertainment Weekly that its lederhosen-like attire and short, husky features "look like my figure should come with a yodeling mechanism."
  2. While filming The Break-Up, Vince Vaughn quit smoking and packed on 25 pounds. But he picked up the habit again and quickly lost the extra weight.
  3. Perhaps honing the smooth-talking skills that would characterize so many of his movie characters, Vince Vaughn's first job was as a telemarketer.
  4. In 2000, Vince Vaughn played a wannabe Hollywood player whose real job ended up being a house sitter for actress Carrie Fisher in an L.A.-based episode of Sex and the City. On the set, the two guest stars "were hysterical," writer and consulting producer Jenny Bicks told PEOPLE. "At one point Carrie Fisher was spotted wearing a pair of women's panties on her head."
  5. Vernon and Sharon Vaughn gave their kids – Victoria, Valerie and Vince – double V names. The trend also extended to their family pets. "We'd end up with dogs named Vanidus or Vero or Vladimir," Vince Vaughn told Oprah in 2006.

Vince Vaughn: Biography


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Not Much of a Player

Outside of Chicago, Vince Vaughn plays football and wrestles in high school. "I didn't like it when they started yelling at you and started taking it real serious," he tells ESPN. "They were like, 'If you want it bad enough, run around the block,' and I realized that I didn't want it bad enough to run around the block." He turns to acting, lands a Chevrolet commercial, and moves to Hollywood in 1988.


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October 13

You're Money, Baby

While filming his first speaking role in the football flick Rudy, Vaughn meets costar Jon Favreau. They become quick pals. When Favreau writes Swingers, about a group of struggling actor pals, he uses Vaughn's real-life vernacular ("money," "honeys" and "babies") in his script. In 1996, Swingers becomes a low-budget, indie comedy with Vaughn starring as Trent Walker, a fast-talking, funny ladies' man.


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In Spielberg's Lost World

After seeing Vaughn in an early screening of Swingers, Steven Spielberg casts the unknown in his Jurassic Park sequel, The Lost World. "It's so strange to think, 'Okay, I'm going to work with Steven Spielberg and Julianne Moore,'" Vaughn tells Entertainment Weekly. The blockbuster grosses nearly $93 million its opening weekend

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Vera Anderson/WireImage

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): SPLASH NEWS; Miramax/Photofest; Everett

Edited by Julia Wang

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