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Who is Vincent Vaughn?

by Ratan Srivastava
Vincent Vaughn

Vincent Vaughn is an actor and filmmaker from the United States. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, doing modest roles on television until breaking out with the 1996 comedy-drama picture Swingers. In the 1990s, he acted in a variety of films, including Rudy (1993), The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Return to Paradise (1998), and the remake of psychological thriller Psycho (1998).

He predominantly starred in comedies in the 2000s, including Old School (2003), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Break-Up (2006), Fred Claus (2007), and Four Christmases (2008), aside from his sombre roles in The Cell (2000) and Domestic Disturbance (2001).

In the 2010s, he resumed his humorous performances with The Dilemma (2011), The Watch (2012), and The Internship (2013). (2013). In 2015, he starred alongside Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Rachel McAdams in the second season of the HBO anthology crime drama television series True Detective as Frank Semyon, and ever since then, he had also played the lead in dramatic roles such as Hacksaw Ridge, Brawl in Cell Block 99, and Dragged Across Concrete.

Vaughn went to Hollywood after being featured in a Chevrolet television ad in 1988. In 1990, he participated in three CBS Schoolbreak Specials and the 1989 season of the television series China Beach. His first movie part was in Rudy, in which he played Notre Dame football tailback Jamie O’Hara, and where he met Jon Favreau, who was also a first-time actor.

He was cast inside the main role in a potential revival of 77 Sunset Strip for the fledgling WB Television Network two years later, but the project was shelved following early testing. Vaughn’s breakthrough came with his part in Jon Favreau’s Swingers in 1996. Swingers was a popular indie movie that was released in July 1996. Vernon, Vince’s father, made a cameo appearance in this movie.

Following that, Vaughn was cast within hit The Lost World: Jurassic Park by director Steven Spielberg, which brought him further fame. In 1998, he co-starred with Anne Heche in the highly acclaimed drama Return to Paradise, and he co-starred with Janeane Garofalo and Joaquin Phoenix in Clay Pigeons. In 2000, he acted alongside Jennifer Lopez in The Cell, and in 2001, he appeared in Made, another Favreau production.

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