Juliette L. Lewis is an American actress and singer. She gained fame for her role in Martin Scorseses 1991 remake of the thriller Cape Fear for which she was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. This followed with roles in Whats Eating Gilbert Grape, Natural Born Killers, Strange Days, The Evening Star, From Dusk till Dawn. Her work in television has resulted in two Emmy nominations, Lewis launched a career as a singer and musician, leading the American rock band and the Licks, until 2009 when she launched a solo career. Lewis was born in Los Angeles, California, to Geoffrey Lewis, an actor, and his wife, Glenis Batley. She has eight siblings – brothers Lightfield, Peter and Matthew, and sisters Brandy, Dierdre Lewis, Lewis appeared in The Wonder Years as Waynes girlfriend in Episodes 24,34 and 36. She played Audrey Griswold in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, over the next few years, she appeared in Woody Allens Husbands and Wives, Peter Medaks Romeo Is Bleeding, and opposite Brad Pitt in Kalifornia.
In 1993, she acted alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp in the drama film Whats Eating Gilbert Grape and she played Mallory Knox in Oliver Stones Natural Born Killers. She played a singer in the film Strange Days, doing her own singing on covers of two songs written by PJ Harvey. She received an Emmy nomination for her performance in Hysterical Blindness in 2003 and she appeared in the HIM music video for Buried Alive By Love in 2003. She appeared in the 2004 film Starsky & Hutch, playing the role of Kitty, Lewis appeared in Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto IV, providing the voice of Juliette, the host of fictional radio station Radio Broker. She appeared in a GAP commercial in which she was dancing with Daft Punk to the tune of the song Digital Love and she appeared in the Jan Kounen film Renegade with Vincent Cassel. In 2012 she starred in the short-lived series The Firm, on NBC as Tammy and she reprised her role as Audrey Griswold in 2012 in a series of Old Navy holiday commercials featuring the Griswold family.
In 2015, she had a role in the television series Wayward Pines. Lewis launched a career as a singer and musician, leading American rock band Juliette. Lewis features on the track Bad Brother by the band The Infidels, from The Crow, Salvation Soundtrack album, Lewis has appeared on three tracks by Electronic Music group The Prodigys 2004 CD Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. In 2006, Blender magazine included her in their hottest women of rock music list, in 2009, Lewis performed at the Przystanek Woodstock in Poland. In 2010, she played at the Rock for People festival in the Czech Republic, in December 2010, Lewis hosted the game television show Never Mind the Buzzcocks and repeated in January 2012
Benjamin Edward Meara Ben Stiller is an American actor and filmmaker. He is the son of comedians and actors Jerry Stiller. After beginning his career with a play, Stiller wrote several mockumentaries, and was offered his own show entitled The Ben Stiller Show. Having previously acted in television, he began acting in films, in addition, he has had multiple cameos in music videos, television shows, and films. Stiller is a member of a group of comedic actors colloquially known as the Frat Pack and his films have grossed more than $2.6 billion in Canada and the United States, with an average of $79 million per film. Throughout his career, he has received awards and honors, including an Emmy Award, multiple MTV Movie Awards. Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30,1965 in New York City and his father and actor Jerry Stiller, is from a Jewish family that emigrated from Poland and Galicia in Eastern Europe. His mother, actress/comedian Anne Meara, who was from an Irish Catholic background, while the family was never very religious, they celebrated both Hanukkah and Christmas, and Stiller had a Bar Mitzvah.
His parents frequently took him on the sets of their appearances and he considered his childhood unusual, stating In some ways, it was a show-business upbringing—a lot of traveling, a lot of late nights—not what youd call traditional. His elder sister, has appeared in many of his productions, including Reality Bites, DodgeBall, A True Underdog Story, Stiller displayed an early interest in filmmaking and made Super 8 movies with his sister and friends. At nine years old, he made his debut as a guest on his mothers short-lived television series. In the late 1970s, he performed with the New York City troupe NYCs First All Childrens Theater, playing roles, including the title role in Clever Jack. After being inspired by the television show Second City Television while in high school, during his high school years, he was the drummer of the punk band Capital Punishment, which released a studio album named Roadkill in 1982. Stiller attended The Cathedral School of St. John the Divine and he started performing on the cabaret circuit as opening act to the cabaret siren Jadin Wong.
Stiller enrolled as a student at the University of California. After nine months, Stiller left school to move back to New York City and he made his way through acting classes and trying to find an agent. When he was approximately 15, Stiller obtained a part with one line on the television soap opera Guiding Light. He was cast in a role in the 1986 Broadway revival of John Guares The House of Blue Leaves, alongside John Mahoney, during its run, Stiller produced a satirical mockumentary whose principal was fellow actor Mahoney
The Frat Pack is a nickname given to a group of comedy actors who have appeared together in many of the highest-grossing comedy movies since the mid-1990s. The group is considered to include Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn. The term was used by USA Today in a June 2004 story and was picked up by other media outlets. By 2005, Entertainment Weekly had dropped the Slacker Pack term and followed suit and these members have been called the Apatow Chapter of the Frat Pack. The name is an allusion to the Rat Pack, combined with a reference to the groups popular fraternity-related film, Old School, Ben Stiller has decried the use of the term, saying, I think the whole thing about the Frat Pack group is completely fabricated anyway. Reilly, David Koechner, and Steve Carell were included in the Pack, the previous year, USA Today had listed him, along with Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Leslie Mann, among the Frat Packs Junior Varsity. While hosting Saturday Night Live in September 2005, Carell indirectly claimed membership by mentioning Stiller, Ferrell, Owen Wilson, and Black, in 2005, Details Magazine called Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, and Todd Phillips The Frat Packagers.
A year later, Paul Rudd was called a Frat Pack member by the New York Post, asked by an interviewer with The Advocate whether Knocked Up would usher him into the Frat Pack, Rudd said he was a pledge that hasnt been initiated yet into the brotherhood. Years later, in a 2011 interview, Rudd acknowledged his association with the group by saying, As far as the Frat Pack concept goes, I think the elder statesmen in it are really talented, and Im a fan of all of them. In a 2008 interview with Moviefones Unscripted, Jack Black jokingly initiated Robert Downey, Jr. into the Frat Pack, due to his role in Tropic Thunder with Black. The members of the Frat Pack have worked regularly with certain directors, wes Anderson is a college friend of the Wilsons and directed them in both Bottle Rocket and The Royal Tenenbaums. Todd Phillips directed Old School and Starsky & Hutch, Adam McKay directed Anchorman, The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights, The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Step Brothers, which included John C.
Judd Apatow is the writer/producer of several Frat Pack comedies, including Anchorman and he made his directorial debut with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, starring Steve Carell, and followed up with Knocked Up, starring Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd, with a cameo by Carell. Apatow was a co-creator of The Ben Stiller Show, wedding Crashers director David Dobkin worked again with Vince Vaughn for the Christmas comedy Fred Claus. The Farrelly Brothers have directed Frat Pack members Ben Stiller in Theres Something About Mary and The Heartbreak Kid, Jack Black in Shallow Hal and Owen Wilson in Hall Pass. After The 40-Year-Old Virgin, there has been a consensus for branding a Team Apatow or the Apatow Mafia, many fans consider them as integral members of the Frat Pack. All members of the Frat Pack have never appeared in a movie together, they have come closest in Anchorman, The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Also, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and David Koechner have all been cast members on Saturday Night Live, will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Jack Black have made guest appearances on The Office with Steve Carell
Har Mar Superstar
Sean Matthew Tillmann, better known by his stage names of Har Mar Superstar and Sean Na Na, is an American singer. Sean Tillmann is known in the United States independent music community as a singer-songwriter, Har Mar Superstar is a character who, although overweight, often performs his shows nearly nude, and appears obsessed with his own sexual prowess. His primary musical genres are contemporary R&B and pop music and he originally claimed to be Sean Tillmanns twin brother, Harold Martin Tillmann, from which he claimed his name originated. The name actually comes from a center in Roseville, Minnesota. Tillmann was born in Marshall, Minnesota, on February 6,1978, in 1987, his family moved to Owatonna, Minnesota. He graduated from the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley and his family is still based in Owatonna, where his mother and father work as educators. After playing in a number of bands throughout high school, Tillmann moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Over the span of years, they recorded two albums and an EP and regularly toured the country.
When Calvin Krime disbanded in 1998, Tillmann explored his softer pop side in Sean Na Na, while the music was pretty and upbeat. Tellingly, Sean Na Na performances often ended with dead-on renditions of popular R&B artist R. Kellys When a Womans Fed Up. Reflecting on what led to the creation of the Har Mar Superstar character, Tillmann said, I kinda always thought that, I just had to figure out how to make beats and write songs in that style. In 2000, Tillmann enlisted the help of several Saint Paul musician friends, Tillmann was touring all over the United States as Har Mar Superstar. Initially, he appeared onstage in a robe and was accompanied solely by pre-recorded beats emanating from his MiniDisc player. By the time the album, The Handler, was released in 2004, Har Mar Superstar regularly toured with a drummer. Shows have ranged from club dates to festival engagements, in addition to his own headlining tours, Har Mar has opened for Ben Lee, The Strokes, Tenacious D and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
In 2007, Har Mar Superstar supported the Red Hot Chili Peppers on their tour of Australia, fabrizio Moretti and Tony Bevilacqua have served as Har Mars rhythm section, playing drums and bass guitar respectively. Har Mar supported Sia Furler on her 2008 tour with Denver Dalley on bass, other bassists have included Jenni Tarma, Jeff Quinn, and John Fields, while Bert Thomas, Jeff Brown and Michael Bland have manned the drum stool. As well as being a solo artist, Har Mar Superstar is a songwriter and he has written songs for artists including The Cheetah Girls, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Osbourne, and Ben Adams
Owen Cunningham Wilson is an American actor and screenwriter. His older brother Andrew and younger brother Luke are actors and he starred with Ben Stiller in numerous films, and is known for his roles in Frat Pack comedies. Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas to photographer Laura Wilson and Robert Andrew Wilson and his parents, originally from Massachusetts, are of Irish descent. Wilson attended New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Texas at Austin, Wilson landed a role in The Cable Guy, directed by Ben Stiller, an early admirer of Bottle Rocket. Wilson starred in the 2000 comedy action film Shanghai Noon, with Jackie Chan, the film grossed nearly US$100 million worldwide. His fame continued to rise after starring alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell in the 2001 film Zoolander, gene Hackman reportedly took notice of Wilsons performance in Shanghai Noon and recommended the actor to co-star in the 2001 action film Behind Enemy Lines. Also in 2001, Wilson and Anderson collaborated on their film, The Royal Tenenbaums.
The film earned the team an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Wilson returned to the genre in 2002 with the action comedy I Spy. This big-screen remake of the series did not perform well at the box office. He made a appearance in the Girl Skateboards video Yeah Right. He reunited with Jackie Chan to make Shanghai Knights, due to his busy schedule as an actor and an ongoing sinus condition, Wilson was unavailable to collaborate on the script for Wes Andersons fourth feature film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The 2004 film was ultimately co-written by filmmaker Noah Baumbach, Wilson did star in the film as Bill Murrays would-be son, Ned Plimpton, a role written specifically for Wilson. In 2004, he and his brother, Luke played the Wright brothers in the 2004 film Around the World in 80 Days, Wilson partnered with Vince Vaughn in the 2005 comedy film Wedding Crashers, which grossed over US$200M in the U. S. alone. Also in 2005, Owen collaborated with his brothers by appearing in The Wendell Baker Story, written by brother Luke, directed by Luke and brother Andrew.
In the 2006 Disney/Pixar film Cars, Wilson voiced Lightning McQueen, starred in You, Me and Dupree with Kate Hudson, Wilson next starred in the Judd Apatow comedy, Drillbit Taylor, released in March 2008. He appeared in an adaptation of John Grogans best-selling memoir, Marley & Me. He starred in The Darjeeling Limited with Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman and he provided the voice for the Whackbat Coach Skip in Wes Andersons Fantastic Mr. Fox
Christopher Shannon Chris Penn was an American film and television actor. Penn was found dead in his condominium on January 24,2006, an autopsy revealed the primary cause for his death was nonspecific cardiomyopathy. Penn was born in Los Angeles, the youngest of three born to Leo Penn, an actor and director, and Eileen Ryan, an actress. His paternal grandparents were Jewish emigrants from Lithuania and Russia, and his mother was a Roman Catholic of Italian, according to Penns mother, Leo Penn may have had distant Sephardic ancestry, as the familys surname was originally Piñón. His brothers are actor Sean Penn and musician Michael Penn, Penn started acting at the age of 12 at the Loft Studio and made his film debut in 1979’s Charlie and the Talking Buzzard, starring Christopher Hanks. In 1983, he was featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s youth drama Rumble Fish and appeared in the high school football drama All the Right Moves as the best friend of Tom Cruises character. Penn, who had a belt in karate, appeared in the 1989 motion picture Best of the Best as Travis Brickley.
The film starred James Earl Jones, Sally Kirkland, Eric Roberts, Phillip Rhee, Penn reprised his role in 1993s Best of the Best 2. Two of his memorable performances were in Reservoir Dogs as Nice Guy Eddie. In 1996 he won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Venice Film Festival for The Funeral, in 1990, Chris was cast in a season one episode of The Young Riders. He appeared as a villain and was killed by Josh Brolins character William Hickok, in Robert Altmans 1993 ensemble film Short Cuts, Penn played a troubled swimming pool cleaner who is disturbed by his wifes profession to which Penns character is sometimes obliged to listen. He appeared as a guy in a criminal conspiracy in Murder by Numbers. Penn appears in Jay-Zs Can I Get A.1998 music video as a bartender who mixes drinks and dances. In 2001, Penn was meant to appear in American Pie 2 as Steve Stiflers father, they appeared on the deleted scene reel from the movies DVD. Penn went on to co-star opposite Peter Berg as the brothers of Corky in Corky Romano.
In 2003, he appeared on the Will & Grace episode, Fanilow, as Barry Manilows tour director, Penn was featured in an episode of the television crime drama Law & Order, Criminal Intent during the 2004–2005 season. He was featured on the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto, Penn played himself on a 2005 episode of the HBO series Entourage. He appeared in The Darwin Awards, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival one day after his death, Penn was found dead in his Santa Monica condominium on January 24,2006, aged 40
John William Will Ferrell is an American actor, comedian and writer. The two founded the comedy website Funny or Die in 2007, Other films roles include Elf, Old School, Blades of Glory, and the animated films Megamind and The Lego Movie. He received an Emmy Award nomination for his work on Saturday Night Live and he was named the best comedian of 2015 in the British GQ Men of the Year awards. Ferrell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 26,2015. Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay, a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College and his parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and moved to California in 1964. Ferrells ancestry includes English and Irish and he has a younger brother named Patrick. When he was eight years old, his parents divorced, Ferrell said of the divorce, I was the type of kid who would say, look at the bright side. The divorce was amicable and both parents were committed to their children, the biggest problem was his fathers line of work.
As a person in business, his paychecks were never steady. Growing up in this environment made Ferrell not want to go into show business, will first attended school at Turtle Rock Elementary and attended Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, both in Irvine. He attended University High School in Irvine, and was a kicker for the varsity football team. He was on the team and captain of the basketball team. Ferrell called third grade a pivotal year and he realized he could make his classmates laugh if he pretended to smash his head against the wall, or if he tripped and fell on purpose, and said it was a great way to make friends. He said the dullness of Irvine contributed to the growth of his humor, Growing up in suburbia, in safe, master-planned Irvine and my main form of entertainment was cracking my friends up and exploring new ways of being funny. I didnt have to have the survival mode instinct like other comics, for me, I grew up in Mayberry, and the humor broke the boredom. And there was a lot to make fun of, in his senior year of high school, Ferrell and a friend would perform comedy skits over the schools intercom system, with cooperation from the principal, the two had to write their own material.
Ferrell performed comedic skits in the talent shows. He won the Best Personality superlative voted by his classmates and he enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he studied Sports Broadcasting and joined the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
Terry Alan Crews is an American actor and former American football player. He currently appears as NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as an actor, Crews has played Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet. He has been the host of the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He has appeared in a number of films, including White Chicks, Crews was born in Flint, the son of Patricia and Terry Crews Sr. He grew up in a strict Christian household, where he was raised mainly by his mother, as a defensive end for the WMU Broncos, Crews earned All-Conference honors and won the 1988 Mid-American Conference Championship. Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft and his career included stints with the Rams, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles. After retiring from the NFL in 1997, Crews moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and he had held a long-standing ambition to work in the film industry, but up until had no plans to pursue acting, simply wanting to be involved in some way.
A year earlier he had co-written and co-produced the independent feature film Young Boys Incorporated, filmed in Detroit, a self-funded production with an anti drug message, which drew on his own observations as well as those of his friends and family. Despite describing it as a film, he credits the experience with getting him interested in the industry. In 1999, Crews auditioned for a role as an athlete in the syndicated game show Battle Dome. He played T–Money for two seasons until its cancellation in 2001, the audition process and the opportunity to perform in front of an audience made him realize that he wanted to pursue acting as a career. However he failed to land another acting job for the two years. Appearances in commercials and music soon followed. His break out role came in Friday After Next starring Ice Cube, having never taken acting classes, he instead simply asked himself what the audience wanted, and believes this ultimately brought him success. He now believes acting is what he was born to do and would not wish to have any other career, despite the physically demanding nature of the work.
Based on his performance in White Chicks, in 2004 Adam Sandler changed a role in The Longest Yard to give it to Crews, who had auditioned for another part in the film. His role as Julius, the father on the UPN/CW sitcom on Everybody Hates Chris brought Crews wider public recognition, since Everybody Hates Chris, Crews has had main roles as the husband/father Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet. This contrast has led to sustained work as part of various noted humorous Old Spice TV commercials, Crews cites the many similarities between acting and professional football, including the structure and expectations, as helping his transition between the two careers
Paul Michael Glaser
Paul Michael Glaser is an American actor and director perhaps best known for his role as Detective David Starsky on the 1970s television series, Starsky & Hutch. Glaser appeared as Captain Jack Steeper on the NBC series Third Watch from 2004 to 2005, raised in a moderate Jewish family, is the youngest of three children. He was born Paul Manfred Glaser in Cambridge, the son of Dorothy and Samuel Glaser, Glaser attended the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and he earned a second masters degree from Boston University in acting and directing in 1967. After appearing in several Broadway productions, Glaser appeared in his first feature film in 1971, after having appeared as an extra on NBCs The Doctors, he was cast in the contract role of Dr. It ran for four seasons on ABC, after the series, Glaser continued to act on television and in films, and directed the 1987 movie The Running Man starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as well as the 1992 movie The Cutting Edge.
He directed episodes of several well-known TV series, including Miami Vice, Robbery Homicide Division and he directed the childrens film Kazaam starring Shaquille ONeal. On November 30,2007, Glaser starred as Captain Hook in a version of Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldnt Grow Up at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, Kent. He took the role in the 2008 pantomime season at Sunderlands Empire Theatre. He guest starred in an episode of CBSs The Mentalist on October 1,2009 titled The Scarlet Letter, in 2013, Glaser revisited Fiddler on the Roof in a UK stage production on national tour, this time playing the lead character Tevye. In addition to television and theater, Glaser is an avid photographer and he married his first wife, Elizabeth Meyer, in 1980. In August 1981, Meyer contracted HIV through a blood transfusion while giving birth to the couples first child, Meyer did not find out about the virus until four years later, at which time both Ariel and son Jake were found to be HIV positive. Ariel Glaser died in August 1988, Elizabeth Meyer died in 1994, after co-founding the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with friends Susan DeLaurentis, Glaser married producer Tracy Barone in 1996, the couple had a daughter, Zoe, on 7 October 1997.
Glaser filed for divorce in June 2007, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for ending his 10-year marriage and he was seeking joint legal and physical custody of their daughter
Tara Leigh Patrick, better known by her stage name Carmen Electra, is an American glamour model, television personality and dancer. She hosted MTV Spring Break for some time, Carmen Electra was born Tara Leigh Patrick in Sharonville, Ohio to Harry Patrick, a guitarist and entertainer, and his wife Patricia, a singer. There, she was a classmate of Nick Lachey, with whom she appeared in a production of Peter Pan. Electra, who told People Magazine in 1997 that shed wanted to dance on Broadway, graduated from Princeton High School in Sharonville in 1990, Electra attended and graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Cincinnati. Electra has English, Irish and Dutch ancestry and she said of her mother, My mom was my rock, and described her older sister Debbie as being like a second mother to me. After Debbie moved to Illinois, Electra said her life revolved around my mom and she was my best friend, in my life 24/7 whether I wanted her there or not. Electra started her career in 1990 as a dancer at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, in the show Its Magic.
In 1991, she moved to California and met Prince, soon after, Electra signed a recording contract with Princes Paisley Park Records and began a short-lived singing career. During her time at Paisley Park Records, she became known as Carmen Electra. In 1995, Electra started appearing in television shows, in May 1996, she was featured in a nude pictorial in Playboy magazine, the first of several. This exposure led to higher profile television appearances, including Baywatch and she returned to Baywatch for the 2003 reunion movie, Hawaiian Wedding. Electra was featured in Playboy four more times, June 1997, December 2000, April 2003, and she was on the cover of the last three of these issues. In 1997, Electra appeared in the films American Vampire and Good Burger, in 1997, Electra modeled for the covers of the comic books Razor and the Ladies of London Night by London Night Studios. Electra appeared in commercials for Maxim Mens Hair Color products, in 2006, Electra signed on as the spokesmodel for Ritz Camera Centers, appearing in their television and print ads with CEO David Ritz.
She is featured in some video spoofs of lonelygirl15 that advertised Epic Movie and that same year she appeared as the face and spokesperson for Max Factor cosmetics in their television and print ads. In 2007, Electra became an author with the release of her book. She is the oldest cover girl in the history of FHM Magazine. In 1999, she appeared in the Bloodhound Gangs music video of The Inevitable Return of the Great White Dope and that same year she appeared in the film The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human
Vincent Anthony Vince Vaughn is an American actor, screenwriter and comedian. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers. He has appeared in a number of films in the 1990s, including the sports film Rudy, the sci-fi adventure dinosaur film The Lost World, Jurassic Park, and the drama-thriller Return to Paradise. In the 2000s, he acted in comedies, including Old School, Dodgeball, A True Underdog Story, Wedding Crashers, The Break-Up. He continued his comedic roles in the 2010s with The Dilemma, The Watch, in 2015, he starred as Frank Semyon in the second season of the HBO anthology crime drama television series True Detective alongside Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams. Vaughn was born in Minneapolis and his mother, Sharon Eileen, is a real estate agent and stockbroker who was once ranked as one of the United States top money managers by Bloomberg Wealth Manager magazine. His father, Vernon Lindsay Vaughn, worked as a salesman for a toy company and he has two older sisters and Valerie.
His surname comes from Ulster-Scots immigrants who first settled in Kentucky and his paternal grandmother was of Syrian Lebanese descent, and his maternal grandfather was of Italian descent, his other roots are Canadian, English, Irish and Swiss. As a child, he was raised both Protestant and Catholic by his Catholic mother and Protestant father, Vaughn grew up in Buffalo Grove, where he played football and baseball and wrestled, although he has called himself unathletic and very average at high school sports. He moved to Lake Forest, where he graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1988 and he was introduced to musical theater at a young age and decided to become an actor in 1987. He has credited his mother as the inspiration behind his career, saying that I saw her overcome stuff, in 1988, Vaughn was cast in a Chevrolet television commercial and subsequently moved to Hollywood. He appeared in the 1989 season of the television series China Beach and his first film role was 1993s Rudy playing Jamie OHare, where he struck up a friendship with featured Jon Favreau.
Two years later, he was cast in a role in a proposed revival of 77 Sunset Strip that was to air on the fledgling WB Television Network. Vaughn did not receive wider success until his role in 1996s Swingers with Jon Favreau, Swingers was released in July 1996 and became a successful independent film. Vinces father Vernon did a cameo in this film, director Steven Spielberg cast Vaughn in the blockbuster The Lost World, Jurassic Park which gave him increased exposure. In 1998, he starred in the acclaimed drama Return to Paradise with Anne Heche. In 2000, he starred in The Cell with Jennifer Lopez and in 2001, appeared in Made, Vaughn appeared in Dwight Yoakams directorial debut movie South of Heaven, West of Hell. Vaughns role in the successful 2003 comedy Old School skyrocketed his popularity, in 2004, Vaughn appeared alongside Ben Stiller in the hit films Starsky & Hutch and Dodgeball