How Vince Vaughn Amassed His $70 Million Fortune

Known as one of the leading members of the Frat Pack, a group of comedians who have regularly appeared together in some of the highest-grossing films of the 1990s. consisting of Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, and Jack Black. Besides obtaining recognition for his quick-witted responses and razor-sharp tongue in comedy, he also stands out for one particular quality – his imposing height. Vaughn stands at a towering height measuring 6′ 5″ and is listed as one of the tallest actors in Hollywood; only a few inches shorter than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who stands at 6′ 8″.


Born to a wealthy family in Minnesota, but grew up in Illinois and graduated from Lake Forest high school in 1988. The same year, he landed a Chevrolet commercial, and soon after he moved to Hollywood. Regarding his mother, Sharon Eileen, as the inspiration behind his career, he decided to take acting in 1987 and since then has starred in movies alongside celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Heather Graham, Jonah Hill, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie. Here is how his acting career secured him a net worth of $50 million.

Becoming A Hollywood Giant

Movie fanatics around the world would have to agree that Wedding Crashers is one of the most successful romantic comedies of the 21st century. And a large portion of its value is owed to Vaughn’s animated and sarcastic acting. However, like every other actor who started as a ‘Nobody’, and his career began years ago in 1989 when he guest-starred in the drama series, China Beach, with Dana Delaney and Michael Boatman. He also appeared in the police procedural series, 21 Jump Street, in which he shared the screen with future Hollywood A-lister, Johnny Depp. The Old School actor then appeared three times in the anthology television series, CBS Schoolbreak Specials, which has featured other celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Malinda Williams, Martin Sheen, and Josh Hamilton to name a few. Vaughn’s childhood love for theater and acting was finally being manifested, and his dreams of becoming a professional actor were coming true.


After a bit of amateur experience, he landed a role in his first movie in the 1993 football biographical drama, Rudy, based on the life of Daniel ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, who played football at the University of Notre Dame. He appeared beside Sean Astin, Charles S. Dutton, and Jon Favreau, grossing $22 million at the box office. He would team up with Jon Favreau again in 1996 for the comedy-drama, Swingers, which grossed $4.6 million against a $200,000 budget, which is a small but remarkable turnover for an independent film. His role in the movie essentially made him the next big thing in Hollywood, and the next movie he was cast in was Steven Spielberg’s multi-million dollar movie franchise, The Lost World: Jurassic Parkwhich ended up grossing $618.6 million at the box office.


Onward into the 1990s, Vaughn would go on to star in movies such as Locusts (1997), alongside Kate Capshaw and Ashley Judd, A Cool Dry Place (1998) starring Monica Potter and Joey Lauren Adams, Return to Paradise (1998) which grossed $8.3 million, featuring Joaquin Phoenix and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Psycho (1998) starring Anne Heche, Julianne Moore, and William H. Macy. Although quite a few of his movies at this time were box office bombs, Vince was off to a great start in his acting career, and his potential was actualized by the caliber of actors with whom he co-starred.

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2000s And Beyond

If the ’90s were a test run, the 2000s were Vaughn’s time to own the road! He started the decade with a box office banger in The Cell, starring Jennifer Lopez and grossing $104 million on a $33 million budget. By 2001, he again partnered with Jon Favreau in Made, Also featuring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Peter Falk, and Famke Janssen, breaking even at $5.5 million at the box office. Later that year, he made a cameo with members of the Frat Pack in the quirky spy comedy, Zoolander, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, as well as Owen Wilson, Jon Voight, Will Ferrell, and Christine Taylor. On a $28 million budget, the film grossed $60.8 million and spawned a sequel in 2016 which Vaugn was not a part of. Also in 2001, he was featured in the psychological thriller, Domestic Disturbanceopposite John Travolta, Teri Polo, and Steve Buscemi.


In 2003, Vaughn was back at it with members of the Frat Pack in the comedy, old school, grossing $87 million, alongside Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell, Jeremy Piven, and Juliette Lewis. Then in 2004, he starred in the sports comedy, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, alongside Ben Stiller, which grossed $168.4 million; the film adaptations of the television series, Starsky and Hutchstarring Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, Snoop Dogg, Jason Bateman, and Amy Smart, which earned $170 million, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy, grossing $90 million globally. At this point, Vaughn was entering the height of his career.

The following year, he joined a cast of A-list characters in the crime comedy, be cool, starring John Travolta, Cedric The Entertainer, Dwayne Johnson, Uma Thurman, Christina Milian, and Danny DeVito. Later that year, he played the role of Brad Pitt’s best friend in the romantic action film, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which grossed a whopping $487 million, making it one of the highest-grossing movies of his career. Also, in the same year, he co-starred with Owen Wilson in the addictively hilarious romantic sex comedy, Wedding Crashers, which did $288 million at the box office. The film hosted a stellar cast of actors, such as Christopher Walken, Rachel Adams, Isla Fisher, Bradley Cooper, and Will Ferrell, and also won Wilson and Vaughn an MTV Movie + TV Award as well a People’s Choice Award, according to Celebrity Net Worth.


Then, in 2006, he produced and starred in the romantic comedy, The Break-Upopposite Jennifer Aniston, which received earnings of $288.5 million, along with the Christmas comedy Fred Claus (2007). To culminate the decade, in 2009 he played the lead actor, co-writer, and co-producer in Couples Retreat, alongside Jon Favreau, Faizon Love, Tasha Smith, and Amy Hill, grossing $171 million.

Recent Films And Real Estate

By the end of 2010, Vince Vaugh was recognized worldwide for his milestone achievements in film. He went on to appear in various other films, such as The Dilemma (2011) directed by Ron Howard; The Delivery Man (2013), which grossed $51.3 million and featured Chris Pratt; The Internship (2013) again with Owen Wilson, featuring Rose Byrne, and grossing $93.5 million, and the biographical war film, Hacksaw Ridge (2016), directed by Mel Gibson and grossing $180 million. He also played the role of Frank Semyon in the HBO mini-series, True Detective. Other of his most recent films include Anchorman 2 (2013), Term Life (2016), Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017), and a slasher comedy starring Kathryn Newton, entitled Freaky (2020)m which grossed $16.2 million.


Though it’s nothing compared to Jack Nicholson’s ensemble, Vaughn’s real estate portfolio is also quite impressive. He a 5,536 square foot home in 2013 in California purchased for $3.925 million and sold it in the same year to Dream Works Studios CEO, Micahel Wright, for $4.8 million the same year. The following year he invested in a 7,300 square foot property in Manhattan Beach, California for $6.5 million from Kate Bosworth, according to Variety.com. In 2006, he also bought a 3-story Chicago penthouse from Playboy Hugh Hefner, which he sold in 2015 for a total of $12.6 million.

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Sources: Variety, Celebrity Net Worth, The Guardian

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