Vince Vaughn

Vince Vaughn is a Cubs fan, but is first and foremost a Chicago fan; he roots for the White Sox except during the Crosstown Classic.

Growing up in the suburb of Lake Forest he is the youngest child of Vernon and Sharon Vaughn, with two sisters (Valeri and Victoria), and three dogs: Vero, Viking, Vladimir. Yeah, I thought that was a lot of V’s too, and it’s a subject Vaughn jokes about often. In 1988 he graduated from Lake Forest High School, and landed a role in a Chevrolet commercial.

However, this did not bring instant fame for Vaughn, nor did a small part in the film Rudy. His breakout role came with Swingers in 1996, a film, ironically, about out of work actors. From there, Vaughn went on to star in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Old School, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Wedding Crashers, just to name a few titles.

Even after becoming a household name, Vaughn’s love for his hometown never faltered. As producer, he insisted that his romantic comedy The Break-Up be filmed in Chicago. The 2006 flick, co-starring Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, is just one of many successes in the 6’5” actor’s resume, and a nod to the city he loves.

In 2002 he stood in as principal for a day at Curie High School (near the Archer Ave. and Pulaski Rd. intersection). In January 2010 Vaughn married Kyla Weber in the Great Hall at Lake Forest Academy with 65 guests present. Vaughn has said he prefers the Midwest and considers himself a “regular guy” who enjoys playing video games and poker.

In that spirit, he often appears in hit comedies with the other “regular guys” of the “Frat Pack”—Jack Black, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and Luke and Owen Wilson. In a Forbes article, Vaughn was said to bring in $14.73 in revenue for every $1 he was paid in the films The Break-Up, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, and Wedding Crashers. While he’s valuable for movie studios, he’s priceless as a representative of Chicago in Hollywood.

Jamie Hansen

About Jamie Hansen

I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain. And I still love reading newspapers. After growing up in the suburbs I took a four-year Chicago hiatus to the University of Iowa where I majored in journalism and English. Now I’m back and ready to help you make the most of the Windy City. As Kanye says, I’m a Chicagoan until Chicago ends… but I wouldn’t mind a vacation home in Florida.

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