1. Vincent Anthony “Vince” Vaughn is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, and activist.
2. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers.
3. He has appeared in a number of films in the 1990s, including the sports film Rudy .
4. In the 2000s, he became known for his roles in comedies, including Old School .
5. He continued his comedic roles in the 2010s with The Dilemma .
6. In 2015, he starred as Frank Semyon in the second season of the HBO anthology crime drama television series True Detective alongside Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams.
7. His father, Vernon Lindsay Vaughn, worked as a salesman for a toy company. His parents divorced in 1991.
8. His paternal grandmother was of Lebanese descent, and his maternal grandfather was of Italian ancestry; his other roots are Canadian, Dutch, English, German, Irish, Scottish, and Swiss.
9. Vaughn grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, where he played football and baseball and wrestled, although he has called himself “unathletic” and “very average” at high school sports. He then moved to Lake Forest, where he graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1988.
10. He was introduced to musical theater at a young age and decided to become an actor in 1987.
11. In 1988, Vaughn was cast in a Chevrolet television commercial and subsequently moved to Hollywood.
12. He appeared in the 1989 season of the television series China Beach and in three CBS Schoolbreak Specials in 1990.
13. Two years later, he was cast in a lead role in a proposed revival of 77 Sunset Strip that was to air on the fledgling WB Television Network, but the project ceased development after initial testing.
14. Swingers was released in July 1996 and became a successful independent film.
15. Afterwards, director Steven Spielberg cast Vaughn in the blockbuster The Lost World: Jurassic Park which gave him increased exposure.