Vinnie Jones – From football hard man to Hollywood actor

first_imgWTF Vinnie Jones – From football hard man to Hollywood actor Goal 02:12 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Vinnie Jones Wimbledon Uriah Rennie Getty Images WTF Wimbledon AFC Wimbledon He was part of Wimbledon’s FA Cup-winning ‘Crazy Gang’ in the 1980s, but he is now a regular ‘hard man’ in Hollywood action movies As their playing careers wind down, most footballers tend to look at ways in which they can remain in the game.Avenues such as coaching, management and punditry are well-worn paths trodden by ex-footballers, but some individuals take the road less travelled.One such example of that is Vinnie Jones, who delved head-first into the world of acting and entertainment even before he had hung up his boots. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Now well established in Hollywood circles, Goal brings you all you need to know about Jones’ football and acting careers.Vinnie Jones’ football careerLong before he became a regular on the crime-comedy film circuit, Jones enjoyed an eventful career as a professional footballer that lasted 15 years.A physically imposing midfielder, Jones cultivated a reputation as a tough-tackling ‘hard man’ and frequently found himself on the wrong side of the referee, getting sent off a total of 12 times.What clubs did Vinnie Jones play for?Born in Watford, Jones began his career at non-league club Wealdstone before joining First Division outfit Wimbledon in 1986. He spent three seasons at Wimbledon, helping the club to FA Cup success over Liverpool in 1988.While at Wimbledon, Jone was considered part of the ‘Crazy Gang’, which included the likes of Dennis Wise, John Fashanu and Lawrie Sanchez.Vinnie Jones WimbledonIn 1989, he joined Leeds United and played a part as the club won the Second Division. However, he did not last long at Elland Road and reunited with former Wimbledon boss Dave Bassett at Sheffield United in 1990. Year (s) Club 1984-1986 Wealdstone 1986-1989 Wimbledon 1989-1990 Leeds United 1990-1991 Sheffield United 1991-1992 Chelsea 1992-1998 Wimbledon 1998-1999 Queens Park Rangers Jones joined Chelsea in 1991, but left shortly after the beginning of the inaugural Premier League season in 1992-93 in order to return to Wimbledon, who were managed by Joe Kinnear.Having failed to settle at Sheffield United, Leeds or Chelsea, Jones settled well at his former club and stayed there for a total of six seasons before departing for Queens Park Rangers in 1998.International career Year (s) Team Caps Goals 1994-1997 Wales 9 0 Despite being born in England, Jones represented Wales at international level thanks to his familial links to the country.He made his debut for the Dragons in December 1994 against Bulgaria at the age of 29 and played a total of nine times, with his last cap coming in March 1997 against Belgium.Jones was made captain of the team in 1996 ahead of the 1998 World Cup qualifiers. “We had a democratic vote and the players chose Vinnie,” then-Wales manager Bobby Gould is quoted by the Independent as saying. “They knew who they wanted to lead them.”Vinnie Jones moviesVinnie Jones Stone Cold Steve AustinAs his playing career came to a conclusion, Jones took the wholly unusual step into the world of acting, where he embraced used his ‘hard man’ persona to land roles.It turned out to be a successful move for the former Wimbledon man, who has been involved in a number of successful films, working with action superstars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, as well as sharing cast listings with Academy Award-winning actors Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken.What movies has Vinnie Jones been in?Jones’ acting debut came in 1998 – while he was still a footballer – in the Guy Ritchie crime-comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, for which he received the Empire Award for Best Newcomer. He subsequently appeared in Ritchie’s 2000 follow-up film Snatch and, in the same year he featured in Gone in 60 Seconds, alongside Nicholas Cage and Angelina Jolie.The following year, Jones worked with Gone in 60 Seconds director Dominic Cena again, in the crime thriller Swordfish and also starred in the lead role in Mean Machine.Due to his imposing stature and rugged appearance, Jones has predominantly been cast in roles of villainous tough-guys or criminals, but he has also voiced characters in animated films such as Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and Madagascar 3.As well as action movies, he has also featured in comedies, such as EuroTrip, She’s the Man and You May Not Kiss the Bride.You can see Jones’ filmography below. Year Movie Role 1998 Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Big Chris 2000 Snatch Bullet-Tooth Tony 2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Sphinx 2001 Swordfish Marco 2001 Mean Machine Danny Meehan 2002 Night at the Golden Eagle Rodan 2004 The Big Bounce Lou Harris 2004 EuroTrip Mad Maynard 2004 Blast Michael Kittredge 2004 Survive Style 5+ Killer 2005 Slipstream Winston Briggs 2005 Submerged Henry 2005 Mysterious Island Bob 2005 Hollywood Flies Sean 2006 Johnny Was Johnny Doyle 2006 She’s the Man Coach Dinklage 2006 Played Detective Brice 2006 The Other Half Trainer 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Juggernaut 2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Rommel 2007 Strength and Honour Smasher O’Driscoll 2007 The Riddle Mike Sullivan 2007 The Condemned Ewan McStarley 2007 7-10 Split Roddy Nightengale 2007 Tooth and Nail Mongrel 2008 Loaded Mr Black 2008 Hell Ride Billy Wings 2008 The Midnight Meat Train Mahogany 2009 The Bleeding Cain 2009 Assault of Darkness Mr Hunter 2009 Year One Sargon 2010 Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball McTeague 2010 Locked Down Anton Vargas 2010 Age of the Dragons Stubbs 2010 The Heavy Dunn 2011 Kill the Irishman Keith Ritson 2011 Blood Out Zed 2011 You May Not Kiss the Bride Brick 2011 The Liquidator Killer 2011 Cross Gunnar 2011 Not Another Not Another Movie Nancy Longbottom 2012 Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Freddie the Dog 2012 Fire with Fire Boyd 2012 Hijacked Joe Ballard 2012 Freelancers Sully 2012 Magic Boys Jack Varga 2013 Escape Plan Drake 2013 The 34th Battalion Lieutenant Colonel 2013 Company of Heroes Brett Willoughby 2013 Fractured Quincy 2013 Ambushed Vincent Camastra 2013 Armed Response Tillinghast 2013 Blood of Redemption Campbell 2014 A Certain Justice Bennett 2014 Redirected Golden Pole 2014 Reaper Rob 2014 Way of the Wicked John Elliott 2014 Gutshot Straight Carl 2014 The Calculator Yust Van Borg 2014 Puncture Wounds Bennett 2015 Bite Big John 2015 Rivers 9 Ray Kaplan 2015 Absolution The Boss 2015 Gridlock Ryker 2015 The Enforcer Renner 2016 The Magnificent Seven Uncredited 2016 Kill Kane Ray Brookes 2016 The Midnight Man Pearl 2016 Decommissioned Michael Price 2017 Cross Wars Gunnar 2017 Madness in the Method Vinnie Vinnie Jones on TVVinnie Jones BAFTASAs he was beginning to establish himself as an actor, Jones became a regular face on television, notably appearing in a series of advertisements for the alcoholic drinks company Bacardi as well as taking part in a variety of shows.As far back as 1992, Jones showcased his ability to present in the football video Soccer’s Hard Men, but it ultimately landed him in trouble with the Football Association, who fined him and threatened him with a six-month ban for ‘bringing the game into disrepute’.Since moving into the entertainment business, he has presented other shows, notably Vinnie Jones’ Toughest Cops and Police Interceptors. He has taken part in reality TV shows himself and in 2010 was a part of Channel 4’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ programme, in which he finished third.Despite being typecast as a hard-man, Jones has taken on a variety of roles and recently starred in the musical comedy TV show Galavant.last_img read more