Vinnie Jones

5 January 1965

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.

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 Vinnie Jones's Early life

Jones was born in Watford , Hertfordshire, to Peter (a gamekeeper ) and Glenda (née Harris) Jones, and attended Chancellor's School in Brookmans Park , Hertfordshire.[citation needed]

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 Vinnie Jones's Club career

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.

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 Vinnie Jones's International career

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 Vinnie Jones's Playing events

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."[citation needed]

Other football activitiesedit

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.

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 Vinnie Jones's Film career

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.

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 Vinnie Jones's Music

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".

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 Vinnie Jones's Television

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.

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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 ."

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 Vinnie Jones's Books

,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 .

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 Vinnie Jones's Personal life

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.

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 Vinnie Jones's Career statistics


  • FA Cup : 1988
Leeds United
  • Football League Second Division : 1989–90

International matchesedit

DateLocationHost teamScoreAway teamCompetitionGoals scored
14-12-1994 Cardiff  Wales 0–3  Bulgaria Qualifiers EURO 1996 0
29-03-1995 Sofia  Bulgaria 3–1  Wales Qualifiers EURO 1996 0
26-04-1995 Düsseldorf  Germany 1–1  Wales Qualifiers EURO 1996 0
07-06-1995 Cardiff  Wales 0–1  Georgia Qualifiers EURO 1996 0
24-04-1996 Lugano   Switzerland 1–0  Wales Friendly 0
09-11-1996 Eindhoven  Netherlands 7–1  Wales Qualifiers FIFA 1998 0
14-12-1996 Cardiff  Wales 0–0  Turkey Qualifiers FIFA 1998 0
11-02-1997 Cardiff  Wales 0–0  Ireland Friendly 0
29-03-1997 Cardiff  Wales 1–2  Belgium Qualifiers FIFA 1998 0
Total Appearances 9 Goals 0


Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
EnglandLeagueFA CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
1986–87WimbledonFirst Division 22 4
1987–88 24 2
1988–89 31 3
1989–90Leeds UnitedSecond Division 45 5
1990–91 First Division 1 0
1990–91Sheffield UnitedFirst Division 31 2
1991–92 4 0
1991–92Chelsea First Division 35 3
1992–93 Premier League 7 1
1992–93WimbledonPremier League 27 1
1993–94 33 2
1994–95 33 3
1995–96 31 3
1996–97 29 3
1997–98 24 0
1997–98Queens Park RangersFirst Division 7 1
1998–99 2 0
Career total38633

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 Vinnie Jones's Filmography

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Big Chris
2000 Snatch Bullet Tooth Tony
Gone in 60 Seconds Sphinx
2001 Swordfish Marco
Mean Machine Danny Meehan
2002 Night at the Golden Eagle Rodan
2004 The Big Bounce Lou Harris
Tooth The Extractor
EuroTrip Mad Maynard
Blast Michael Kittredge
Survive Style 5+ Killer
2005 Number One Girl Dragos Molnar
Hollywood Flies Sean TV film
Slipstream Winston Briggs
Submerged Henry
Mysterious Island Bob TV film
2006 Johnny Was Johnny Doyle
She's the Man Coach Dinklage
Played Detective Brice
The Other Half Trainer
X-Men: The Last Stand Cain Marko/Juggernaut
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Rommel voice
2007 7–10 Split Roddy
Strength and Honour Smasher O'Driscoll
The Riddle Mike Sullivan
The Condemned Ewan McStarley
Tooth & Nail Mongrel
2008 Loaded Mr. Black
Hell Ride Billy Wings
The Midnight Meat Train Mahogany
2009 The Heavy Dunn
The Bleeding Cain
The Ballad of G.I. Joe Destro Video short
Piers Morgan's Life Stories Himself TV interview show
Assault of Darkness Mr. Hunter
Year One Sargon
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
Blood Out Zed
Liquidator Killer Kazakhfilm
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Freddie The Dog Voice role
Fire with Fire Boyd
Hijacked Joe Ballard
2013 Elementary Sebastian Moran Television series
Escape Plan Drake
The 34th Battalion Lieutenant Colonel
Company of Heroes Brent Willoughby
2014 Psych Ronnie Ives Television series
Extraction Ivan Rudovsky
Redirected Golden Pole

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 Vinnie Jones's Discography


  • 2002:"Respect"


  • "Wooly Bully" (1993)

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 Vinnie Jones's References

  1. Borras, Kevin; Slater, Matt (17 October 1996). "All for one!". Match of the Day magazine (10) (BBC). pp. 10–13 
  2. Han komsom en pojke – lämnade IFK som en man (Swedish) IFK Holmsund, 5 March 2003
  4. Vinnie Jones' Tattoos Vanishing Tattoo
  5. Brown, Geoff (28 March 1998). "QPR's hard men have the first laugh". The Independent (London). Retrieved 18 February 2010. 
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  7. Viner, Brian (12 December 2011). "Vinnie Jones: The caring side of bullet-tooth Tony". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  8. "Vinnie Jones: Hard man with soft centre". BBC News (British Broadcasting Corporation). 16 June 2000. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  9. Knowledge Unlimited The Guardian, 20 December 2000
  10. The infamous Vinnie Jones incident The Weird Picture Archive
  11. Thug Life – Vinnie Jones – South DaCola. (11 December 2008). Retrieved on 25 December 2010.
  12. Retrieved on 25 December 2010.
  13. The Sunday Times Illustrated History Of Football Reed International Books Limited 1996, p327, ISBN 1-85613-341-9
  14. Peter Ball and Paul Shaw The Umbro Book Of Football Quotations, Ebury Press 1996, p103, ISBN 0-09-180887-1
  15. "Jones backs Wise revolution" Sky Sports, 26 October 2006
  16. Vinnie's cup medal comes back to Wimbledon AFC Wimbledon, 1 June 2010
  17. Nadler, John (15 December 2010). "Authorities probe film fraud allegations". Variety. 
  19. "Celebrity Big Brother: profile of all 2010 contestants". Daily Telegraph (London). 4 January 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  20. Charles, Chris (10 February 2010). "Quotes of the week". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  21. Jones, Vinnie (1999). Vinnie:The Autobiography. Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0-7472-5914-3. 
  22. EXCLUSIVE: Vinnie Jones And Howard Chaykin's NOBLE
  23. Vinnie Jones watches son's passing out parade Telegraph, 14 August 2008
  24. Vinnie Jones Bio
  25. Vinnie Jones' political aspirations Contact Music, 12 September 2006
  26. Vinnie Jones guilty of assault BBC News, 2 June 1998
  27. Alleyne, Richard (13 December 2003). "Pilot anger at Vinnie Jones air rage verdict". Telegraph. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  28. "Police seize Vinnie's guns". Evening standard. 19 December 2003. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  29. "Vinnie Jones reveals cancer treatment". BBC News. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  30. "Wales – International Results 1990–1999 – Details". 
  31. Vinnie Jones at

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