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Also Known As: Vincent Vaughn, Vincent Anthony Vaughn Died:
Born: March 28, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer

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nfortunately, the actor's script-picking instincts took another downward turn for his next film, the lackluster thriller "Domestic Disturbance" (2001) in which he played the secretly villainous stepfather to John Travolta's biological son. The film had few admirers, but amid a muddled script, Vaughn turned in a winningly sleazy performance, prompting critic Roger Ebert to note that the actor "plays a creep better than just about anybody else." Some residents of the North Carolina town where the film was shot were inclined to think that Vaughn was an off-screen creep as well, following his assault arrest for a bar fight involving a local resident. Co-star Steve Buscemi reportedly tried to make peace between the parties and ended up with stab wounds and a head full of stitches.Finally, it appeared that Vaughn was beginning to focus on his underutilized comedic and improvisational skills, perhaps as a result of his memorable role in "Made." His performance in a short film aired during the 2003 MTV Movie Awards as Hollywood "ass wrangler" Frank Fanning ¿ in which he tutored Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz on the proper ways to best display their posteriors on camera ¿ was a comedic gold mine....

nfortunately, the actor's script-picking instincts took another downward turn for his next film, the lackluster thriller "Domestic Disturbance" (2001) in which he played the secretly villainous stepfather to John Travolta's biological son. The film had few admirers, but amid a muddled script, Vaughn turned in a winningly sleazy performance, prompting critic Roger Ebert to note that the actor "plays a creep better than just about anybody else." Some residents of the North Carolina town where the film was shot were inclined to think that Vaughn was an off-screen creep as well, following his assault arrest for a bar fight involving a local resident. Co-star Steve Buscemi reportedly tried to make peace between the parties and ended up with stab wounds and a head full of stitches.

Finally, it appeared that Vaughn was beginning to focus on his underutilized comedic and improvisational skills, perhaps as a result of his memorable role in "Made." His performance in a short film aired during the 2003 MTV Movie Awards as Hollywood "ass wrangler" Frank Fanning ¿ in which he tutored Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu and Cameron Diaz on the proper ways to best display their posteriors on camera ¿ was a comedic gold mine. Vaughn likewise surprised audiences with his deft turn guest-hosting "The Late Show" (CBS, 1993- ) in 2003 when David Letterman fell ill with shingles. And the actor's career was about to graduate to the next level with the broad comedy "Old School" (2003), where he played one of a trio of disillusioned middle age men who retreat from their boring lives to start a frat house. Following his comedic role as crime kingpin Reese Feldman in the 1970s cop parody "Starsky & Hutch" (2004) with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, Vaughn became an official member of Hollywood's "Frat Pack." The actor had at long last found a suitable match for his fast-talking, improv-style delivery, and it stood out alongside the era's blockbuster comedy stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, among others.

In 2004, the newest Frat Packer took the lead in "Dodgeball" (2004), as the charismatic owner of the Average Joe gym who pits a team of misfits against Stiller's brutal pros in a high-tech match. He followed up with a pivotal role as Will Ferrell's competition in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" (2004). Then Vaughn turned in one of his most hilarious turns, playing the craven hip-hop talking, pimp-dressing music manager Raji in "Be Cool" (2005), the entertaining sequel to "Get Shorty" in which he improvised much of his non-stop barrage of urban-speak.

After a small, highly amusing role in the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie spy-themed action blockbuster "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (2005), in which he played Pitt's mama's boy partner, Vaughn teamed with Owen Wilson for his biggest hit yet. In the runaway blockbuster "Wedding Crashers" (2005), Vaughn and Wilson co-starred as a pair of lovable cads who pick up lonely, vulnerable women by invading strangers' weddings, only to find themselves entangled with a pair of sisters in a family that threatens to be their undoing. In the fall of 2005, Vaughn revisited his high school variety show roots with the launch of "Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show," a tour featuring improv, sketch comedy, and stand-up from comics Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst and Sebastian Maniscalco. The tour, which also featured performances from Vaughn himself, was followed by a camera crew and slated to be released as a documentary in early 2008.

In 2006, Vaughn took on his first producing project, while also starring in the revenge comedy "The Break-up" (2006), co-starring Jennifer Aniston as a divorcing couple struggling to continue to cohabitate. Critics generally skewered the movie, calling it a watered-down take on "The War of the Roses," but it was huge at the box office, thanks in part to rumors of a budding relationship between the two stars. It was during the film's Chicago filming during the summer of 2005, that Aniston was being invaded daily by the paparazzi, in light of her recent split with Brad Pitt and his obvious hook-up with his "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" co-star, Angelina Jolie. In effect, the heartbroken Aniston needed a kind of attention only Vaughn was able to provide and he quickly became quite enamored with and protective of his fragile co-star. Eventually they came clean about their romance, which lasted 18 months. It was also the first time Vaughn's romantic exploits had been followed nightly by the intrusive press, so an adjustment he was forced to deal with to be with the high profile Aniston. Following their own real-life breakup in 2006, with rumors circulating that Aniston may have turned down Vaughn's marriage proposal, the new bachelor reportedly left the spotlight of Hollywood and bought a home in Chicago. Three years later, the longtime ladies' man settled down by marrying real estate agent Kyla Weber on Dec. 2, 2009.

In 2007, Vaughn appeared in two notably different films, the gripping adaptation of Jon Krakauer's "Into the Wild" and the wacky holiday offering "Fred Claus." In the former, Vaughn had a small role as a South Dakota farmer who befriends a drifter after picking him up on the highway. In the latter, he played the troublesome younger brother of Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti), roped into making toys to pay off a bail bond. But regardless of whether his films hit or missed, a limitless supply of goodwill from fans seemed to follow him from project to project, thanks to his razor-sharp wit and fast-talking persona. Still, Vaughn hit a rough patch with the ill-received romantic comedy "Four Christmases" (2008), co-starring Reese Witherspoon, and the equally maligned "Couples Retreat" (2009), which he also wrote. With "The Dilemma" (2011) ¿ a comedy in which he played a bachelor who discovers the wife of his best friend is cheating on him ¿ it appeared that Vaughn¿s slide into comedic doldrums would continue unabated. The movie was again panned by critics and suffered at the box office.

Though still regularly employed, Vaughn did further his career downturn, with the sci-fi comedy "The Watch" (2012), also featuring Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill, taking a serious trouncing both critically and commercially. In 2013, the Google-endorsed comedy "The Internship" reunited Vaughn with "Wedding Crashers" co-star Wilson, but its muted reception wasn't the rebound that the actor needed. His next outing, "Delivery Man," about a very prolific sperm donor, also failed to draw a big audience, but things began to look up for Vaughn with his appearance as Wesley Mantooth in the highly anticipated sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." In September 2014, it was announced that Vaughn would star with Colin Farrell in the highly anticipated second season of "True Detective" (HBO 2014- ).

actor credit for making unexpected choices in an effort to discover his niche. His turn as the foster brother on the wrong side of the law in "South of Heaven, West of Hell" (2000) ¿ singer Dwight Yoakam's directorial debut ¿ was hardly memorable. But Vaughn gave a fine turn in the low-budget indie "The Prime Gig" (2000), essaying a slick telemarketer who has the misfortune of working for the wrong businesses. His loose, sexy charm dovetailed with the script and allowed the actor to offer one of his better performances. Similarly, his long-awaited re-teaming with Favreau in the gangster-themed "Made" (2001), proved to be inspired. The two old friends brilliantly riffed with one another and veered hilariously from the page in the largely improvised film. Vaughn's unwavering characterization of Ricky as a dense but captivating man-child who follows all the wrong instincts proved to be the centerpiece of the film, both when bouncing off the rightfully restrained Favreau or squaring off against veteran scene-stealers like Peter Falk. Fans were ecstatic that at least Favreau could bring back the Vaughn of old.

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1988:
Appeared in TV commercial for Chevrolet's "Heartbeat of America" campaign
1989:
Made TV acting debut on third-season premiere of "China Beach" (ABC)
1990:
Acted in three "CBS Schoolbreak Specials" playing high school students
1992:
Appeared as a patient on ABC comedy "Doogie Howser, M.D."
1993:
Film debut, "Rudy"; marked first collaboration with Jon Favreau
1996:
Starred in the unsold UPN pilot for remake of "77 Sunset Strip"
1997:
Appeared opposite Kate Capshaw as a drifter who falls into romance with a widow in "The Locusts"
1998:
Starred opposite Anne Heche and Joaquin Phoenix in the drama "Return to Paradise"
1998:
Reteamed with Phoenix in "Clay Pigeons"; played a seductive serial killer/con artist
1998:
Portrayed Norman Bates in Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot remake of "Psycho"; re-teamed with Anne Heche
2000:
Made guest appearance on an L.A.-set episode of HBO's comedy series "Sex and the City"
2001:
Reteamed with Favreau to play a pair of low-level mobsters in "Made"; written and directed by Favreau
2001:
Played a mysterious stepfather who may or may not be involved in a murder in "Domestic Disturbance"
2004:
Played a shady villain in the big screen adaption of the 1970s cop series "Starsky & Hutch"
2004:
Starred opposite Ben Stiller in the comedy "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"
2005:
Cast opposite Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
2005:
Traveled across the country performing his "Wild West Comedy Show"; show was subject of documentary "Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights ¿ Hollywood to the Heartland"
2007:
Appeared with Emile Hirsch in Sean Penn's adaptation of non-fiction book "Into the Wild"
2007:
Played the sarcastic, wild-at-heart younger brother of Santa Claus (Paul Giamatti) in the comedy "Fred Claus"
2008:
Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the holiday comedy "Four Christmases"
2009:
Produced and co-starred with Jon Favreau in ensemble comedy film "Couples Retreat"
2011:
Co-starred with Kevin James in "The Dilemma," about a man who discovers his best friend's wife is having an affair
2012:
Re-teamed with Ben Stiller in "The Watch"
2012:
Cast opposite Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in comedy feature "Lay the Favorite"; film based on memoir by Beth Raymer
2013:
Co-starred with Owen Wilson in "The Internship," which he co-wrote and produced
2013:
Appeared in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"
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Education

Lake Forest High School: Lake Forest , Illinois - 1988

Notes

Vaughn was arrested in mid-April 2001 in Wilmington, North Carolina after being involved in a bar fight.

On fame: "I'm just a kid who wanted to be part of the game and make movies. I was out here in Los Angeles seven years and you forget the time you struggled and when people said 'no' and you couldn't get an agent. I hadn't worked for a year-and-a-half [before being cast in 'Swingers']---Vaughn in New York Post, October 14, 1996.

"I do think that 'Swingers' is a love story. I don't think there's a sexual relationship between Trent and Mike, maybe there are undertones that they're not aware of, but undoubtedly it's a love story about them. Mike is a very genuine guy, and I think Trent feels that he's lost that in himself, and he doesn't want to lose it in his life. I always like the kind of character who's rough around the edges. It's human nature, like everyone likes Han Solo more than they like Luke Skywalker. And with 'Swingers', it being a guy's movie, that's kind of the charm. These guys aren't completely together."---Vaughn to Mim Udovitch in Details, January 1997.

"Vince has a wonderfully innocent, childlike quality, at the same time that he has this smoldering darkness and mystery going on. They kind of bob up and down in his personality."---"Clay Pigeons" director David Dobkin quoted in Us, November 1998.

"For me, you just sort of pick material in your life, and as it ends, you kind of learn a lot about yourself. And although it's not specifically what the character goes through, it brings up stuff in your own personal life. It relates to me in one way or another, and I've investigated myself."---Vaughn quoted in Empire, March 1999.

"Vince is so likable, so sympathetic, there's a vulnerability to him. As a fan of Vince's, I'm always attracted to roles where he appears to be the kind of guy that maybe wouldn't have that vulnerability and turns out to have it."---David Dobkin, who directed Mr. Vaughn in "Clay Pigeons" and "The Wedding Crashers." quoted to The New York Times, May 1, 2005.

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companion:
Joey Lauren Adams. Actor. Became involved during filming of "A Cool, Dry Place" (1999); no longer together.

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father:
Vernon Vaughn. Salesman. Divorced from Vaughn's mother in 1991.
mother:
Sharon Vaughn. Real estate agent, stockbroker. Divorced from Vaughn's father in 1991.
sister:
Victoria Vaughn. Older.
sister:
Valerie Vaughn. Older.
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