Vince Anthony Vaughn came into the world on March 28, 1970 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the youngest of three children, and the only boy in the family. His mother Sharon was a successful money manager and his father a successful salesperson.
Vaughn’s family moved to Lake Forest, Illinois where Vaughn attended school. Vince had trouble both reading and paying attention. The school insisted that he be given on medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but Vince’s father refused to even consider it as an option. Not only was Vince suffering from ADHD, but he also had dyslexia and found it difficult to keep up. He was put into special classes for kids with learning disabilities. This upset Vince, and he often felt embarrassed when his name was called to leave mainstream class in order to attend the other.
Vince began to think that fitting in was more important than succeeding in school. He joined the wrestling team, played baseball and football and did everything he could to erase the truth of his disability in the eyes of his peers.
In 1987, a year before he graduated from Lake Forest High School, Vince made the decision to become an actor. His love of musical theater began at an early age, and Vince is adamant that watching his mother overcome challenges in her own career allowed him to take the first step toward achieving his dream.
Vince also credits his father’s refusal to put him on medication to his success. He believes that by being forced to deal with his dyslexia and ADHD, he had to work harder than his peers both in school and in social settings. This resulted in his having a stronger work ethic than his peers, and it continues to allow him to work harder, longer and with more determination than most people.
Today, Vaughn has achieved a level of accomplishment that so many strive for and fail to obtain. He has won an MTV Movie Award, the People’s Choice Award and the Teen Choice Award. Now Vince is one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood and inspires people around the world to reach for their dreams. Vince encourages others with disabilities to work harder. He believes that it doesn’t matter what you are diagnosed with, but what you are willing to work to achieve. He continues to prove the simplicity and beauty of that statement with every new piece of work he does.
Vince Vaughn believes that he has not succeeded despite his disabilities, but that he has succeeded because of them. He is often quoted as saying that he would not be where he is today if he didn’t have dyslexia and ADHD. His positive attitude, strong work ethic and belief that anything is obtainable if you want it bad enough. Vince remains an inspiration to those around him.