From the mid-90s to the 2000s and perhaps, the early 2010s, Vince Vaughn rose to fame, establishing himself as one of the most successful comedic actors in Hollywood. Comedies like Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up, and the sports film, Rudy, are some of the many highlights of his three-decades-long career.
Like other comedic actors of his generation, his star power has waned, and his films no longer command the box office returns they used to. But with a significant net worth and enduring marriage, Vince certainly cannot complain too much.
Vince Vaughn Began His Career with a Television Commercial
Barely eighteen years after he was born on March 28, 1970, Vince Vaughn appeared in his first onscreen project – a TV commercial for Chevrolet. It started a wild ride and a complete turn from life as a high school athlete. After securing the commercial, he moved to Los Angeles and subsequently became a professional actor.
His early roles were on TV, with guest appearances in shows like China Beach, Nasty Boys, 21 Jump Street, and ABC Afterschool Specials. Vince’s first significant role came in 1990, in a recurring role in CBS’ Schoolbreak Special. He played three characters across three episodes of the comedy-drama.
Three years after, in 1993, he got cast as Jamie O’Hare in the cult classic sports film, Rudy. It was his first film role and the start of a few partnerships with film director, Jon Favreau. While Rudy did bring him some needed exposure to the cinema-going audience, he did not get his breakthrough until later in the year.
Swingers Started the Glory Years of His Career
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He played the role of Trent Walker in the comedy-drama, Swingers. The independently produced film was a critical and commercial success, pulling $4.6 million at the box office against a $200,000 budget. It earned Vince his first taste of stardom and sparked a wave of appearances in romantic comedies throughout his career.
The success of Swingers led to an appearance in the 1998 Steven Spielberg action blockbuster, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He had a supporting role as Nick Van Owen in the second film of the Jurassic Park series. Like most of the entries in the series, it was a commercial success, making over $618.6 million at the box office. It got Vince further exposure and attached his identity to financially successful projects.
The result of this was a string of leading appearances in multiple comedies in the 2000s. Along with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, they became the decade’s comedy stars. Hit films like Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball, both released in 2004, were notable commercial successes. The former grossed $170 million on a $60 million budget and the later, $168.4 million against a $20 million budget.
Before them, he appeared alongside Will Ferrell and Luke Wilson in the ensemble comedy, Old School. The film about men in their 30s who started a fraternity to relieve their college years was another blockbuster success. Amidst these buddy-comedies were also appearances in rom-coms like The Break-Up and Wedding Crashers.
In the latter, which grossed over $280 million at the box office, he starred alongside Owen Wilson, as two divorce mediators who crash weddings to meet and have sex with women. The success of the comedy helped sparked a revival of R-rated comedies. He starred alongside Jennifer Aniston in The Break-Up where he plays a man-child whose unwillingness to grow up, ends his relationship. The 2006 film was another successful outing for the actor, grossing over $205.7 million at the box office.
Before the decade ended, he appeared in other modest and widely successful films like Couples Retreat, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fred Claus, and others.
Transitioning to Film and TV Production Has Helped the Actor Retain His Relevance in Recent Years
Throughout the 2000s, Vince Vaughn appeared in different capacities in a total of 28 works, most of which were in films. He mostly played leading or supporting roles, primarily in comedies or romantic comedies. He also appeared in drama films, notably starring as Wayne Westerberg in the Sean Penn-directed film, Into the Wild.
However, the consistency and success that defined his career reduced at the turn of the decade. His first project, as Ronny Valentine in the dark comedy, The Dilemma, received poor critical reviews and failed at the box office. The film was one of the first projects under his production company, Wild West Picture Show Productions. Before that, he had produced other projects like The Break-up and Couples Retreat.
Vince starred alongside Owen Wilson again in The Internship, it revolved around two fish-out-of-water middle-aged men that interned at Google. Sadly, the two were unable to capture the magic of their previous collaborations, and the film received mixed reviews with modest success at the box office.
This was also the case with comedy films like Delivery Man and Unfinished Business. The story was no different for his dramatic projects. His starring roles in the crime thriller, Term Life, the anthology drama series, True Detective, and the action thriller, Dragged Across Concrete, received mixed to poor reviews. The latter was a significant failure at the box office, grossing $660,132 on a $15 million budget.
However, while his starring roles lost their shine, he found increasing success as a producer. Over the decade, he produced shows like Pursuit of the Truth, Sullivan & Son, and the animation series, F is for Family. Others include documentaries like Give Us This Day, Prescription Thugs, Art of Conflict, and GameChangers: Dreams of BlizzCon.
Vince Vaughn Has Been Married to a Canadian Realtor Since January 2010
A couple of years after ending his relationship with Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn began dating Kyla Weber. She is a Canadian realtor based in Calgary. She reportedly worked for Coco Homes – Cimarron Living before she met the comedy actor.
Known for keeping his relationships quiet, Vince and Kyla enjoyed a blissful dating period that led to an engagement in March 2009, secured with a $125,000 ring. Less than a year after, they got married at the Armour House at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois; this was on the 2nd of January 2010.
Within the first year of their marriage, they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Locklyn Kyla Vaughn. Their second child is a son named Vernon Lindsay Vaughn, he was born in 2013.
Since they got married, Vince has maintained his principle of privacy. There has been no publicized drama about the couple, and their media presence is mostly limited to appearances on the red carpet.
Before meeting his wife, he dated a few women other than Jennifer Aniston. His first known relationship was with American actress Joey Lauren Adams and it lasted from 1997 to 1998. After the relationship ended, he started dating Anne Heche but it would last for less than a year. His relationship with Jennifer spanned from 2005 to 2006.
The Actor Got Arrested for Drunk Driving in 2018
Vince Vaughn’s marriage to Kyle Weber might not be full of drama, but his life has found itself in one, specifically in 2018. On June 10, the police arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving in Manhattan Beach, California. They also charged him with resisting arrest.
Almost a year after the incident, in May 2019, a Los Angeles court convicted him of reckless driving and sentenced him to three years of probation. Vince took a no-contest plea and was ordered to undergo three months of alcohol abuse program.