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Before They Were Famous: Vince Vaughn in 'Rudy'

Vince Vaughn in Rudy
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"The Dilemma" pairs comedic talents Vince Vaughn and Kevin James side-by-side as bromancers, but while "Paul Blart" did surprisingly well at the box office in 2009, James is still a blockbuster baby-weight compared to Vaughn.

The Illinois native has appeared over 30 films and his name alone will draw comedy fans to movie theaters.

But while Vaughn's rapid-fire delivery and jerkish charm have made him a must-have in comedies, his film career began in the college football drama and fan fave "Rudy."

Just 22 at the time, the young actor already had an impressive list of small TV credits: "Doogie Howser, M.D.", "21 Jump Street" and multiple after-school specials for ABC and CBS. His good looks and cocky swagger made him perfect to play Jamie O'Hara, Notre Dame's third-string quarterback and Rudy's biggest bully threat.

After landing his first TV commercial, Vaughn had moved to Hollywood to break into the industry. Coincidentally, his big break brought him back to the Midwest. His small part didn't catapult him into the fast track. However, he did meet future "Swingers" collaborator, John Favreau, on the project.

Favreau plays Rudy's socially-awkward friend in the film and still lived in Chicago at the time. The film's success inspired him to move to Los Angeles. His initial failure there inspired him to pen "Swingers" and he wrote the most-memorable character, Trent, especially for Vaughn to play. The rest is, as they say, history.

An obsessed Vince Vaughn fan took the time to edit together all of his scenes from "Rudy" (and we applaud them for that). All together it runs a generous four-and-a-half minutes. And even in that short time, you can see Vaughn's budding brash wit.

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