Vinnie Jonesas Gunter Gustafsen
Vinnie Jones's career began as a professional soccer player with some of the U.K.'s most prominent teams, including Wimbledon, Leeds, Chelsea, Sheffield, QPR; and, eventually, captain of the Welsh team. He became iconic across the U.K. and Europe, not only for his skills in soccer but also as a performer of the pitch.
Jones's film career began in 1998 when he was approached by, then up-and-coming, director Guy Ritchie for role in his cockney caper movie, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Jones accepted the challenge and from this point, the former footballer had a new calling: movie star. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels skyrocketed to the top in Europe and the USA, and Jones's new career ascended in the same direction. He went on to star in the hit films Snatch, Gone in Sixty Seconds and Swordfish.
Jones has appeared in more than 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 was seen 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 McKellen, Halle Berry and Patrick Stewart. Prior to that, he played the scowling soccer coach in DreamWorks' She's the Man. Additional film credits include The Midnight Meat Train and the Quentin Tarantino-produced feature film Hellride. Jones revisited his comedic side in Year One, where he starred alongside Jack Black for Sony Pictures and Judd Apatow; and can be seen in Mikael Håfström's thriller, Escape Plan, opposite Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Amy Ryan, Jim Caviezel and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Jones's television credits include CBS's Elementary and an episode of Psych for USA. He starred in ABC's half-hour, musical comedy, Galavant, created by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Guilt Trip, Tangled, Last Vegas) and recurred on Arrow for The CW.
In September of 2013, Jones starred in his own documentary series for National Geographic Channel called Vinnie Jones: Russia's Toughest.