Some comedic actors go solely for the adult comedy market and while some succeed others (the name Adam Sandler jumps straight to mind) end up making dud comedy after dud comedy and soon create a well worn path to the podium at The Golden Razzies. Other comedic actors decide to make a career for themselves in the PG and G rated comedy area and seem to rest easy on their millions. Not many actors decide to try and work in both the adult and PG comedy fields, but one actor who has done that pretty successfully is Vince Vaughn, an actor who tirelessly works at his roles without ever garnishing the legend status that so many other comedic actors have reached.
Vincent ‘Vince’ Anthony Vaughn was born on 28th March, 1970 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, Vernon Lindsay Vaughn, worked as a toy salesman, while his mother, Shae Eileen DePalmo is a real estate agent and a very successful stock broker. His parents subsequently divorced in 1991.
Vaughn spent most of his early years growing up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois where while attending High School tried his hand at various sports including wrestling, football and baseball but discovered that he was ‘pretty average’ at all of them. Then when his family moved again and he started at Lake Forest High School he decided to give over to his love of his theater and became heavily involved in musical theater and made the conscious decision to one day become an actor.
Upon graduation from High School Vaughn was quickly cast in a Chevrolet television commercial and made the decision to move to Hollywood. Bu things didn’t start of quite the way he expected it would. After finding some work on a television show named ‘China Beach’ but then found himself really struggling to find any other work.
He overcame that though and soon was finding work on programs such as ’21 Jump Street’ and ‘Doogie Howser, MD’ before landing his first movie role in sports drama, ‘Rudy’ alongside Jon Favreau and the two became close friends. He was then cast in the lead role in the ill-fated television show ’77 Sunset Strip’ before then working with Favreau again on the cult classic ‘Swingers’.
His next tole certainly made him a household name when he was cast in Steven Spielberg’s epic ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’. He then acted in a string of other B-Grade films before playing the legendary Norman Bates in Gus Van Sant’s remake of ‘Psycho’. His career now made since then he has appeared in notable films including ‘The Cell’, ‘Zoolander’, ‘Old School’, ‘Starsky & Hutch’, ‘Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story’, ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’, ‘Mr. And Mrs. Smith’, ‘Wedding Crashers’, ‘Couples Retreat’, ‘The Dilemma’ and ‘The Watch’.
Vaughn has successfully cemented himself in the comedy genre where he is often type-cast as a lovable slob and his height is frequently used as a comedic tool in his films. He still frequently works with Jon Favreau and is regularly cast opposite Ben Stiller in films as well.
Outside of his acting career Vaughn is a massive sport fan and over the years has shown his passion for The Fighting Irish from Notre Dame, the Chicago Cubs, the White Sox and also the Chicago Blackhawks. He also manages boxer Yakubu Amidu and has shown an interest in politics by supporting Republican candidate Ron Paul in both the 2008 and 2012 election campaigns.
When it comes to his personal life Vaughn was known to be dating his ‘The Break-Up’ co-star Jennifer Aniston in 2005 and 2006, during which time he took legal action against several magazines that claimed he was unfaithful to her. In 2006 they did break-up and in 2009 it was announced that he was engaged to realtor Kyla Weber and the couple were married on the 2nd January, 2010. On the 18th December, 2010 they celebrated the birth of their first child, a daughter named Locklyn Kyla Vaughn.
Vaughn’s fans are in for an exciting 2013 as the comedy star is part of the all-star line-up of romantic comedy ‘A Case Of You’ and will also appear in ‘The Internship’ alongside Rose Byrne, John Goodman and Owen Wilson before also starring in ‘The Delivery Man’.