Born: 28 March 1970
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Best known as: The star of The Wedding Crashers
Vince Vaughn played the smooth-talking best friend, Trent, in the low-budget and critically-acclaimed 1996 comedy Swingers. He was then picked by Steven Spielberg to star in Jurassic Park: The Lost World (1997, co-starring Jeff Goldblum and Julianne Moore), paving the way for a career as a laid-back leading man. After The Lost World he starred in a series of forgettable features, including high-profile box office flops such as Gus Van Sant's 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and the horror-thriller The Cell (2000, starring Jennifer Lopez). He hit his stride with a string of comedies, playing various combinations of scruffy underdogs, sidekicks, and semi-sincere ladies' men in films like Old School (2003, with Will Ferrell), Starsky & Hutch (with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (again with Stiller), and Be Cool (2005, with John Travolta). He played a sly womanizer in Wedding Crashers (2005, with Wilson and Isla Fisher) and then starred with Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy The Break-Up (2006). The latter film put his face in the tabloids as he and Aniston began dating during filming, not long after her separation from actor Brad Pitt (who had in turn begun a relationship with Angelina Jolie).
Extra credit: Vaughn is 6'5" tall... Vaughn was arrested in 2001 and charged with misdemeanor assault after a bar fight in North Carolina, during which his fellow actor Steve Buscemi was stabbed by a local. Charges against Vaughn were later dropped.
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