Vincent Peter "Vinnie" Jones(born 5 January 1965) is a British actor and former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1984 to 1999 notably for Wimbledon , Leeds United and Chelsea .Born in Watford , Hertfordshire , Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team , having qualified via a Welsh grandparent. As a member of the " Crazy Gang ", Jones won the 1988 FA Cup Final with Wimbledon , a club for which he played well over 200 games during two spells between 1986 and 1998. He also previously played for Chelsea and Leeds United . Jones appeared inCelebrity Big Brother 2010, where he finished in third place behind Dane Bowers and Alex Reid .He has capitalised on his tough man image as a footballer and is known as an actor for his aggressive style and intimidating demeanour, often being typecast into roles as coaches, hooligans and violent criminals.
Jones was born in Watford , Hertfordshire, to Peter (a gamekeeper ) and Glenda (née Harris) Jones, and attended Chancellor's School in Brookmans Park , Hertfordshire.
In the autumn of 1986, Jones moved to Wimbledon for £ 10,000. He was part of the ' Crazy Gang ' team that won the 1988 FA Cup Final against Liverpool , the dominant English side of that era.
He was transferred to Leeds United in the summer of 1989, where he was part of a young side under the management of Howard Wilkinson . During his time there, he won promotion to the old Division One from the Second Division. After helping them win promotion to the top-flight as champions of the Second Division, Jones proved that he could thrive without the illegal side of his game, and under the stewardship of Wilkinson, he received only three yellow cards in the whole season.
Jones also showed his passion for the club when he returned to Leeds for Lucas Radebe 's testimonial in 2006.
Jones was once rumoured to take the vacant managers post at QPR but that failed.
In his autobiography, he recalls fondly: "I must have been too high, too wild, too strong or too early, because, after three seconds, I could hardly have been too bloody late!".
He also was the presenter of the infamousSoccer's Hard Menvideo released in 1992, which featured archived footage of himself and many other "hard men" of the game, and included advice for budding "hard men". After the release of the video, Jones was fined £20,000 and given a six-month ban (suspended for three years) for "bringing the game into disrepute". Wimbledon chairman Sam Hammam branded Jones a "mosquito brain".
Jones commented later: "The FA have given me a pat on the back. I've taken violence off the terracing and onto the pitch."
Many of Jones's fellow professionals were quick to condemn both the video and Jones himself. One of his most vocal critics was David Ginola , who said, "Jones does not deserve to be considered a footballer. Getting kicked is part of the job in France as well as England, but the real scandal is that someone like Jones gets to be a star, to make videos and become an example for kids."
Jones made an appearance in Ireland for Carlisle United , coming on as a second-half substitute in 2001 against Shelbourne , teaming up with friend Roddy Collins who was manager at the time.
Jones made his 1998 feature film debut in Guy Ritchie 'sLock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He later starred in Guy Ritchie's next blockbusterSnatchas Bullet-Tooth Tony.
He became known to American audiences in the 2000 film remake ofGone in 60 Seconds, where he played "the Sphinx." Although Jones had a major role as well as significant on-screen time, he only had one line in the entire film, as his character was portrayed as a silent tough brawler.
Jones went back to his football days to play Danny Meehan inMean Machine, a 2001 British take on the Burt Reynolds ' filmThe Longest Yard(a.k.a. Mean Machine for its UK release). He plays a former captain of the English National Football Team , who is sent to prison and subsequently takes control of a team of inmates who play the guards.
He played another football role as Mad Maynard the leader of a Manchester United football hooligan firm, with scenes in a fictional London pub (theFeisty Goat), Paris and Rome in the 2004 film EuroTrip .
His next big piece was in the 2006 film,X-Men: The Last Stand, as the mutant, Juggernaut . Jones said that he would like to play Juggernaut in a spin-off. His line in the film, "I'm the Juggernaut, Bitch!", was based on a pre-existing Internet parody.
In 2007 he played the part of McStarley in "The Condemned", a depraved former British SAS commando who was purchased along with 9 other killers awaiting the death penalty to fight for their lives on an island.
Jones played a role of a professional killer in a Kazakhstani film calledЛиквидатор("Eliminator"), 2011. Jones's character is an elite assassin invited from abroad in order to eliminate the main character. Producers of the film have dealt with the language barrier rather interestingly – Jones's character is mute and does not say a single word throughout the film.
. The film was released in autumn 2012. The film's producer, Gabor Koltai , was arrested on major tax fraud charges in December 2010 and was remanded to the Budapest prison. He was released in April 2011 and is currently awaiting trial. The film co starred Michael Madsen and was directed by his father Robert Koltai .
He played a major role in the 2004 Japanese filmSurvive Style 5+, where he plays a thuggish hit-man from Britain who kills several people and, with the help of his translator, tries to discover what everyone's function in life is.
Jones also played a part in the filmKill the Irishman, where he played the character Keith Ritson, an ex- Hells Angels who works as an enforcer. He also played Mahogany inMidnight Meat Train.
In 2012, Jones voiced "Freddie The Dog" inMadagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. He co-starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action/thrillerEscape Plan, released in 2013.
In November 2002, Jones released an album of blues and soul songs on Telstar calledRespectin the UK, as his musical debut under the tuition of Phil Edwards.
Vinnie performed a cover version of the song " Bad, Bad Leroy Brown " on the popular British television show,TOTP2in December 2002.
The opening track of Joss Stone 2007 albumIntroducing Joss Stonefeatures a short speech by Jones.
In May 2002, Jones played a character in the music video for Westlife 's single "Bop Bop Baby".
Jones also appeared in the US seriesChuck– in episode 2 of the third series he plays an arms dealer (the main villain). In 2010 he was added to the cast of the NBC superhero/crime drama seriesThe Cape.
Jones narrated the TV seriesVinnie Jones' Toughest Cops. The series commenced airing in 2008 on ITV4 in the UK. Each episode to date has examined the work of a police force in a different country in the world, concentrating on dangerous aspects of the work. The first show concerned police in Colombia .
Jones was the first ever guest host forThe Friday Night Projectwhen it first aired on Channel 4 in February 2005. In the same year he also had a minor role in the filmShe's the Manas coach Dinklage. He also appeared in an episode ofExtrasplaying an exaggerated version of himself.
Jones appeared on the first episode of the second season ofTop Gearin theirStar in a Reasonably Priced Carsegment. He managed to make it around the track in 1 minute 53 seconds.
On 6 December 1998, Jones appeared at the World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view Capital Carnage , where he played up his 'hard man' image, acting as a special guest enforcer for the main event. Before the match he had a (staged) fight with fellow enforcer the Big Bossman and was " red carded " and kicked out. He came back at the end of the show to drink beer with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and referee Earl Hebner . Jones returned to the promotion, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment, on 18 February 2007 at No Way Out , where he claimed he had "kicked Stone Cold's arse" on the set ofThe Condemned.
Brian Michael Bendis announced via Twitter on 28 July 2011 that Vinnie will be playing Johnny Royale inPowers.
Jones is also joined Eric Wynalda and Coby Jones as studio analyst forFox Soccer Sundaybroadcast of the Premier League .
Jones played the serial murderer M, later revealed to be Sebastian Moran , in the American TV Crime DramaElementary, a modern update of the Sherlock Holmes stories, broadcast on January 10, 2013.
and celebrated his 45th birthday while he participated. Jones received loud cheers as he entered the house and was the favourite to win going into the house, but he did not maintain popularity with the public, the crowd chanted 'Get Vinnie Out' on the final night and booed him as he left the house after he finished in third place. Speaking of his experience on the show, he said: "It was likeOne Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nestin there – and I was Jack Nicholson ."
,which was later revised and reprinted a year later to include information on his first film appearance inLock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
to be the star of a new comic book,Noble, written and drawn by Howard Chaykin .
Jones, his wife, and her daughter live in Los Angeles .
As a result of the convection Hertfordshire police revoked Jones' firearms license and seized the weapons listed on the license.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1989–90||Leeds United||Second Division||45||5|
|1990–91||Sheffield United||First Division||31||2|
|1997–98||Queens Park Rangers||First Division||7||1|
|1998||Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels||Big Chris|
|2000||Snatch||Bullet Tooth Tony|
|Gone in 60 Seconds||Sphinx|
|Mean Machine||Danny Meehan|
|2002||Night at the Golden Eagle||Rodan|
|2004||The Big Bounce||Lou Harris|
|Survive Style 5+||Killer|
|2005||Number One Girl||Dragos Molnar|
|Hollywood Flies||Sean||TV film|
|Mysterious Island||Bob||TV film|
|2006||Johnny Was||Johnny Doyle|
|She's the Man||Coach Dinklage|
|The Other Half||Trainer|
|X-Men: The Last Stand||Cain Marko/Juggernaut|
|Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties||Rommel||voice|
|Strength and Honour||Smasher O'Driscoll|
|The Riddle||Mike Sullivan|
|The Condemned||Ewan McStarley|
|Tooth & Nail||Mongrel|
|Hell Ride||Billy Wings|
|The Midnight Meat Train||Mahogany|
|The Ballad of G.I. Joe||Destro||Video short|
|Piers Morgan's Life Stories||Himself||TV interview show|
|Assault of Darkness||Mr. Hunter|
|Not Another Not Another Movie||Nancy|
|2010||You May Not Kiss the Bride||Brick|
|Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball||McTeague|
|Age of the Dragons||Stubbs|
|Locked Down||Anton Vargas|
|Magic Boys||Jack Varga|
|Kill the Irishman||Keith Ritson|
|2011||The Cape||Scales||Television series|
|2012||Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted||Freddie The Dog||Voice role|
|Fire with Fire||Boyd|
|2013||Elementary||Sebastian Moran||Television series|
|The 34th Battalion||Lieutenant Colonel|
|Company of Heroes||Brent Willoughby|
|2014||Psych||Ronnie Ives||Television series|
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