Vinnie Jones

Vinnie Jones

Jones at Comic-Con promoting The Midnight Meat Train, 26 July 2007
Born Vincent Peter Jones
(1965-01-05) 5 January 1965
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actor, former professional footballer
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Spouse(s) Tanya Terry (m. 1994)
Children 1
Parent(s) Peter Jones
Glenda Harris
Association football career
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1977 Bedmond
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1986 Wealdstone 26 (1)
1986 IFK Holmsund 22 (1)
1986–1989 Wimbledon 77 (9)
1989–1990 Leeds United 46 (5)
1990–1991 Sheffield United 35 (2)
1991–1992 Chelsea 42 (4)
1992–1998 Wimbledon 177 (14)
1998–1999 Queens Park Rangers 9 (1)
Total 386 (37)
National team
1994–1997 Wales 9 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

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, Sheffield United and Chelsea.

Born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, Jones represented and captained the Welsh national football team, having qualified via a Welsh grandparent. As a member of the "Crazy Gang", he 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 played for Chelsea, Leeds United, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers. Jones was a defensive midfielder who was especially noted for his very aggressive style of play, earning him a "hard man" image on the field.

Since his retirement from football, he has capitalised on his tough man image and is now known as an actor for his fiery demeanour and physical presence, often being typecast into roles as violent criminals and thugs. Jones appeared in Celebrity Big Brother 2010, where he finished in third place behind Dane Bowers and Alex Reid.

Early life

Jones was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, to Peter (a gamekeeper) and Glenda (née Harris) Jones. He attended Dollis Junior School in Mill Hill, north London. After leaving school and rising to fame, Jones would regularly visit the school due to his close relationship with the now deceased Headteacher Sir Derek Heasman (who received an OBE for services to education). His family relocated to Hertfordshire where he then later attended Chancellor's School in nearby Brookmans Park.

Club career

Jones' career in football began in 1984, when he was 19 years old, at Alliance Premier League side Wealdstone. He combined football with working as a hod carrier on building sites.[1] He played one season with Swedish club IFK Holmsund in 1986, helping to lead the team to a Division 3 victory.[2][3]

In 1986, he moved to full-time professional status with Wimbledon, who paid Wealdstone £10,000 for him. He scored on only his second appearance for Wimbledon on 29 November 1986, in a 1–0 win over Manchester United in the First Division. He was transferred to Leeds United in 1989. He was promoted to the old Division One from the Second Division. After helping them win promotion to the top-flight as champions of the Second Division, he proved he could thrive, and under the stewardship of Howard Wilkinson and the captaincy of Gordon Strachan, received only three yellow cards during the entire season.[4]

Jones left Leeds United early in the 1990–91 season after losing his first-team place to youngsters David Batty and Gary Speed, as well as new signing Gary McAllister. He returned to Leeds for Lucas Radebe's testimonial in 2006. His former Wimbledon manager Dave Bassett signed him for Sheffield United on his exit from Elland Road, before selling him to Chelsea a year later. After just one year at Stamford Bridge, he was back with Wimbledon in the 1992-93 season, when the FA Premier League had just been formed. He helped Wimbledon equal their best ever league finish in 1993-94, when they finished sixth in the Premier League. Three seasons later, he contributed to another strong season for the club, who reached the semi-finals of both cups and finished eighth in the league. That season he scored the winning goal as Wimbledon won 1-0 against Arsenal at Highbury.[5]

His second exit from Wimbledon came when he became player/coach of QPR in early 1998, scoring on his debut against Huddersfield Town.[6]

In December 1994, Jones was named in the Wales squad qualifying via his Ruthin-born maternal grandfather.[7] He made his debut under Mike Smith for Wales on 14 December 1994, three weeks before his 30th birthday, in a 3–0 home defeat to Bulgaria in the Euro 96 qualifiers. The last of his nine caps came on 29 March 1997 in a 2–1 defeat to Belgium in a World Cup qualifier, also at Cardiff Arms Park.[8]

Jones's international call-up was however greeted with consternation and even ridiculed by Jimmy Greaves, who said, "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!".[9]

Playing events

Jones was known for his "hard man" image.[10] He was sent off 12 times in his career, as well as holding the record for the quickest ever booking in a football match, being booked after just three seconds for a foul on the opposition player Dane Whitehouse in a F.A. Cup tie between Chelsea and Sheffield United in 1992.[11] In his autobiography, he recalls: "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!"

In an incident in October 1987, Jones was photographed grabbing Paul Gascoigne by his testicles during a league game for Wimbledon against Newcastle United.[12][13]


He also was the presenter of the infamous Soccer's Hard Men video released in 1992, which featured archived footage of him 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". After this incident, Jones failed to stay out of trouble. After exceeding 40 disciplinary points that season, he was once again summoned to Lancaster Gate, the headquarters of The Football Association, but failed to appear. The FA banned Jones indefinitely. Jones explained that he had "mixed up" the date of the hearing, for which he received a four-match ban and was told by Football Association officials to "grow up".[14] Jones commented later: "The FA have given me a pat on the back. I've taken violence off the terracing and onto the pitch."[15]

Other football activities

Jones has stated that he would eventually like to return to football, possibly to Leeds. Jones told Yorkshire Radio "I will come back without a doubt, Leeds fans gave me so much and it's a club very close to my heart."[16]

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. In June 2010, Jones released a press statement stating that he was donating his 1988 FA Cup winners medal to the fans of A.F.C. Wimbledon, wishing their fans the best for the future. The medal will be displayed in the club's Kingsmeadow Stadium.[17]

Vinnie Jones is also currently Club President of non-league Soham Town Rangers.

Film career

In 1998 Vinnie Jones made his film debut in Guy Ritchie's crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, in which he played a mob enforcer.[18] Jones was typecast in similar roles as criminals or villains, including the dapper gun-for-hire "Bullet-Tooth Tony" in Ritchie's 2000 follow up Snatch. Jones became known to American audiences in the 2000 film remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, in which he played "The Sphinx". Although this was a major role with significant screen time, he only had one line of dialog because his character was a silent, tough brawler. He teamed up with director Skip Woods again the following year for the thriller Swordfish, where Jones played one of John Travolta's most ruthless henchmen.

Jones played Danny Meehan in Mean Machine, a 2001 British remake of the Burt Reynolds film The Longest Yard (retitled Mean Machine for its UK release). He played 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, in the 2004 film EuroTrip. His next role was in the 2006 film, X-Men: The Last Stand, as the X-Men villain Cain Marko/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. The same year, he was featured in another football film, She's the Man as the coach of the Illyria team. In 2007 he played the part of McStarley in The Condemned, about death row inmates forced to fight to the death on a remote island.

Jones played a professional killer in the Kazakhstani film, Ликвидатор ("Liquidator"), in 2011. Jones' character is an elite assassin invited to eliminate the main character. Producers of the film dealt with the Kazakh/English language barrier by writing Jones' character as a mute who does not speak throughout the film. In the same year he played in the movie "Blood out" as Zed. He played a role in the Hungarian film The Magic Boys in late 2012. In the 2004 Japanese film Survive Style 5+, he played a hit-man from Britain. In 2012, Jones voiced "Freddie the Dog" in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. He co-starred alongside Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action/thriller Escape Plan, released in 2013.


Jones appeared in the US series Chuck in second episode of the third series as a villainous arms dealer. In 2010 he was added to the cast of the NBC superhero/crime drama series The Cape. He hosted the TV series Vinnie 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.

Jones was the first guest host for The Friday Night Project when it first aired on Channel 4 in February 2005. He also appeared in an episode of Extras playing an exaggerated version of himself. Jones appeared on the first episode of the second season of Top Gear in their "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment. Jones's laptime around the track was 1 minute 53 seconds. On 6 December 1998, he 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. 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 of The Condemned.

Jones played the serial murderer "M" (later revealed to be Sebastian Moran) in an episode of Elementary originally broadcast 10 January 2013. VinJo played an English gangster in Psych's Season 8 premiere. Jones guest starred in The Musketeers on BBC One on 16 March 2014 as "Lebarge".[19]

In 2015 Jones played the DC Comics villain Danny Brickwell/Brick in a multi-episode arc of the third season of CW's Arrow.

From 2015 to 2016 he starred in the ABC Musical Comedy Extravaganza Galavant as Gareth, the right-hand man of King Richard.

Celebrity Big Brother

Jones was a housemate on the reality television show Celebrity Big Brother 7,[20] and celebrated his 45th birthday while he participated. He 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 like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in there – and I was Jack Nicholson."[21]


In 1998, Jones penned an autobiography, Vinnie: The Autobiography,[22] which was later revised and reprinted a year later to include information on his first film appearance in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

Personal life

During his football career Jones resided in Dronfield, near Sheffield. Jones married Tanya Terry (born 1966) in 1994 in Watford. She has a daughter by her first husband, footballer Steve Terry. Jones's son joined the British Army, completing his training in August 2008, and serves in the Life Guards.[23] Jones is an outspoken supporter of the Conservative Party, stating “I am very proud of being British, very pro the monarchy and very Conservative.”[24]

Criminal charges

Jones was convicted in June 1998 of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage against a neighbour in November 1997.[25]

Jones was convicted in December 2003 of assault and threatening behaviour on an aircraft for an air rage incident, during which he slapped a passenger in the face and threatened to murder the cabin crew while drunk on an aircraft. He was fined £1100 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service.[26] As a result of the conviction Hertfordshire police revoked Jones' firearms licence and seized the weapons listed on the licence.[27]


In November 2013, it was revealed that both Jones and his wife were being treated for skin cancer; his wife had suffered for several years, whereas Jones only discovered that he had cancer after a malignant melanoma below his eye was found.[28] Between 2014 and 2015, both Jones and his wife beat their illnesses together.[29][30]

Career statistics


Leeds United

International matches

Vinnie Jones' matches on Wales national team[31]
Date Location Host team Score Away team Competition Goals 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 check League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1986–87WimbledonFirst Division224
1989–90Leeds UnitedSecond Division455
1990–91First Division10
1990–91Sheffield UnitedFirst Division312
1991–92ChelseaFirst Division353
1992–93Premier League71
1992–93WimbledonPremier League271
1997–98Queens Park RangersFirst Division71
Total England 38633
Career total 38633


Selected 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
EuroTrip Mad Maynard
Blast Michael Kittredge
Survive Style 5+ Killer
2005 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 role
2007 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
2010 Chuck Versus the Three Words Karl Stromberg Television Series
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball McTeague
Age of the Dragons Stubbs
2011 The Cape Scales Television series
Kill the Irishman Keith Ritson
Blood Out Zed
2012 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Freddie The Dog Voice role
Fire with Fire Boyd
2013 Elementary Sebastian Moran Television series
Escape Plan Drake
The 34th Battalion Lieutenant Colonel
Company of Heroes Brent Willoughby
Fractured Quincy
Ambushed Vincent Camastra
Blood of Redemption Campbell
2014 A Certain Justice Bennett
Psych Ronnie Ives Television series
Redirected Golden Pole
The Musketeers Martin Labarge Episode: "The Challenge"
Reaper Rob
Way of the Wicked John Eliott
Gutshot Straight Carl
Titanium Yust Van Borg
2015 Bite Big John
Rivers 9 Ray Kaplan
Absolution The Boss
Arrow Danny "Brick" Brickwell Television series
Galavant Gareth Television series
Gridlocked Post-production
2016 The Magnificent Seven
MacGyver John Kendrick Television series
2017 Life Outside Robson Pre-production
Kingsman: The Golden Circle Filming





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