Vincent Anthony Vaughn was born on March 28, 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA and raised in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA. His parents were Vernon Vaughn, a salesman, and Sharon Vaughn, a real-estate agent and stockbroker. They later divorced in 1991. He also has two older sisters named Victoria Vaughn and Valeri Vaughn. Vince was interested in theater early on and grabbed a spot in a Chevy commercial. Figuring he was set, he packed his bags and headed for Hollywood only to become a struggling actor losing role after role. He managed to hit a few spots on television, but his real goal was to make it to the big screen. He made his first credited role in the film Rudy (1993) where he met his friend Jon Favreau, who was writing a script detailing his life as an out-of-work actor. Vince was written into Swingers (1996) by Jon to play the character of Trent. He signed on just as a favor to his buddy, not realizing it would be a career changing role. Though not a commercial success, it was a critical success in which Steven Spielberg saw him and cast him in the big budget sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). This role would give Vince the exposure he needed to become a movie star and, for the first time, choose the roles he wanted to take. A Cool, Dry Place (1998) put him as a loving father, Return to Paradise (1998) cast him as a man having to make a life or death decision to save a friend, and Clay Pigeons (1998) cast him as an interesting serial killer. He even was cast as Norman Bates for the shot-for-shot remake of Psycho (1998).
Attended Lake Forest High School, class of 1988.
Vince's dad, Vernon Vaughn, can be seen as the man sitting at the "$100 minimum bet table" in the movie Swingers (1996).
After Steven Spielberg saw him in Swingers (1996), he cast Vince for a role in The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
Because he did not have an exemplary grade in school, he became the president of his Senior Class at Lake Forest High School (1988) because he knew that if he were the president, he would speak at graduation. If he had to speak at graduation, then the school would have to let him graduate.
Vince Vaughn appeared with Joey Lauren Adams in Dwight Yoakam's music video for "These Arms".
Vaughn was banned from Wilmington, N.C. bars, ordered to undergo alcohol assessment, and fined $250 after an April brawl. [31 May 2001]
Is a Chicago Blackhawks fan.
Frequent co-star of Ben Stiller, appearing with him in three movies in 2004 alone.
Is of Lebanese, Italian, Irish, English and German ancestry.
Attended Lake Forest High School with Pulitzer-prize nominated author, Dave Eggers.
Once admitted to Premiere magazine that one of his favorite movies was Little Darlings (1980).
Lost a piece of his thumb in a car wreck
Is considered the leader of, what the media refers to as, "The Frat Pack," along with Will Ferrell, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Owen Wilson, and Luke Wilson. The "Frat Pack" name is a reference to the film, Old School (2003), featuring Vaughn, Ferrell and Luke Wilson, due to the wide number of films featuring the seven actors. Vaughn's "Frat Pack" films include, Wedding Crashers (2005), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Starsky & Hutch (2004) and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004).
Shares his birthday with Julia Stiles, Reba McEntire and Dianne Wiest
Has quit smoking.
Shares a birthday with Chris Barrie.
Loves to dance.
Before he became famous, he did an 'After School Special' on steroids with Peter Billingsley.
Does not like cell phones and does not own one. When he's working on a movie, he is given one and usually winds up losing it.