VINNIE JONES (Mahogany) started his career as a professional soccer player playing for some of the UK’s most prominent teams including, Wimbledon, Leeds, Chelsea, Sheffield, QPR and eventually was the Captain of the Welsh team. He became iconic across the UK and Europe, not only from his exquisite skills in Soccer, but also as a performer on the pitch; he always had the crowd on their feet supporting him the whole way through his games, as he reacted very well with the audience, and this made the games highly exciting for the spectator both at the venue, but also on TV.
It was in 1998 that Vinnie was approached by up and coming director, Guy Ritchie to be a part in his movie, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS to which Vinnie accepted the challenge. From this point onward, the former soccer player now realized that he had a new calling, and that was of a movie star; the film skyrocketed to the top of the movies in Europe and the USA, forcing Vinnie’s new career upward. He then went on to star in hits such as SNATCH, GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS and SWORDFISH.
From this point onwards, Vinnie started to gain recognition from the industry, earning a barrage of accolades and awards, with Hollywood realizing it had true talent on its hands. To this date Vinnie has appeared in over 40 movies, working with some of the film industry’s top producers and directors including, Mathew Vaughan, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brett Ratner, and Gary Lucchesi. He recently starred in the massive summer blockbuster, “X-Men 3: The Last Stand” as Cain Marko, better known as the Juggernaut, forever placing him in an iconic league of actors alongside Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. Prior to that, he played the scowling soccer coach illustrating both his likeability and comedic side in DreamWorks’ “She’s The Man.” Vinnie will be seen next starring in Lakeshore Entertainment’s (Million Dollar Baby), THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, and then in the Quentin Tarantino produced feature film HELLRIDE. Vinnie most recently completed filming on the feature film YEAR ONE, where he will be starring alongside Jack Black for Sony Pictures and Judd Apatow.
Vinnie still plays soccer heading up a team called Hollywood All-Stars based in Los Angeles where he and his family now live. This team boasts an all star team comprised of athletes, movie stars and other celebrities; it is a force to be reckoned with and has a huge following. Their contribution to charity is huge and this goes hand in hand with Vinnie’s personality as a devoted, hard working, multi talented and caring man.