Born in Watford, England on January 5, 1965, Vincent Peter “Vinnie” Jones is a film actor and former football player, ex-captain of the Wales national football team. He began his football career in 1984 at Alliance Premier League side Wealdstone. He has played for Wimbledon, Leeds United, Sheffield United, Chelsea, and Queens Park Rangers.
In 1998, Vinnie Jones made his feature film debut playing Big Chris in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He received numerous awards for his performance, including a Best Actor in the Odeon Audience Awards. This was followed by a role in Gone in Sixty Seconds and Snatch in 2000. He was then given the role of Marco in the 2001 action thriller Swordfish. He also starred in the drama Night at the Golden Eagle as well as in the soccer-themed comedy Mean Machine. In 2004, he was given the role of Mad Maynard in EuroTrip. Vinnie Jones has had minor roles in a number of films, like in 2005’s Slipstream. On television, he has appeared in the movie Mysterious Island. He was also cast as a soccer coach alongside Amanda Bynes in the romantic comedy She’s the Man in 2006. That year, he also starred as Cain Marko, better known as the Juggernaut, in the box office hit X-Men: The Last Stand.
Vinnie Jones also lent his voice to the character Rommel in the comedy Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. In 2006, he was cast as Johnny Doyle in the action thriller Johnny Was. He starred in several films in 2007 as well. Jones was in The Condemned, with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. He was cast alongside Vanessa Redgrave and Derek Jacobi in the independent film The Riddle. His next project became the Mark Mahon-directed Strength and Honour, where he was cast as Smasher O’Driscoll. He was also in Tooth & Nail, as well as 2008’s Hell Ride and Loaded.