Having made his first Hollywood splash playing a cocky retro-hipster in the indie film-turned-cult classic “Swingers” (1996), actor Vince Vaughn subsequently stumbled through a number of bland dramas and several puzzling misses before cashing in on his early promise in a number of mainstream comedies. After “Swingers,” Vaughn appeared in “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” (1997) before starring in Gus Van Sant’s widely panned shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1998). After flailing some more with “Return to Paradise” (1998), “The Cell” (2000) and “Domestic Disturbance” (2001), Vaughn again hit his stride as a man trying to recapture his frat house glory in “Old School” (2003). After starring in the surprise hit “Dodgeball” (2004), he had one of his biggest box office successes with “Wedding Crashers” (2005). Often referred to as a member of the so-called “Frat Pack” – which also included Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Luke and Owen Wilson – Vaughn enjoyed being a part of the top-grossing comedies of the decade. After another hit opposite off-screen girlfriend Jennifer Aniston in the mean-spirited romantic comedy, “The Break-Up” (2006), he had an unexpected turn in Sean Penn’s “Into the Wild” (2007), suggesting that Vaughn was still capable of turning in a quality dramatic turn. Vaughn maintained his comedy bona fides in “Fred Claus” (2007), but stumbled with “Four Christmases” (2008) and “The Dilemma” (2011). Still, Vaughn remained one of the more prolific and endearing performers working in the business.
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