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Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Diesel in July 2013
BornMark Sinclair
July 18, 1967 (age 48)
Alameda County, California,United States
OccupationActor, producer, director, screenwriter
Years active1990–present
Net worthIncrease $100-145 million (2015)[1][2]
Partner(s)Paloma Jimenez
Mark Sinclair[3][4] (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayals of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious film series and Richard B. Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy. He also was a producer on sequels in both franchises.
Diesel has also starred in films such as xXx (2002) and Find Me Guilty (2006). His voice acting work includes The Iron Giant (1999), the video game spin-offs from The Chronicles of Riddick franchise, and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He wrote, directed, produced, and starred in a short film titled Multi-Facial and the feature-length drama film Strays. He is the founder of the production companies One Race FilmsRacetrack Records, and Tigon Studios.

Early life

Diesel was born in Alameda County, California,[3] along with his twin brother, Paul.[5][6] His mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair) Vincent, is an astrologer.[7][8] Diesel has stated that he is "of ambiguous ethnicity".[9] His mother's background includes English,German, and Scottish.[10] He has never met his biological father, and has stated that "all I know from my mother is that I have connections to many different cultures".[11] Diesel has self-identified as "definitely a person of colour",[12] and has stated that his parents' relationship would have been illegal in some parts of the United States due to anti-miscegenation laws.[13] He was raised in New York City by his Caucasian mother and African-American stepfather, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager.[6][12][14]
Diesel made his stage debut at age seven when he appeared in the children's play Dinosaur Door, written by Barbara Garson. The play was produced at Theater for the New Cityin New York's Greenwich Village. His involvement in the play came about when he, his brother, and some friends had broken into the Theater for the New City's space on Jane Street with the intent to vandalize it. They were confronted by the theater's artistic director, Crystal Field, who offered them roles in the upcoming show instead of calling the police.[15][16][17] Diesel remained involved with the theater throughout adolescence, going on to attend the city's Hunter College, where his creative writing studies led him to begin screenwriting. He has identified himself as a "multi-faceted" actor[18] as a result of early difficulties finding roles due to his mixed heritage.[18][19]



Diesel at a premiere for Fast & Furious in 2009
Diesel's first film role was a brief uncredited appearance in Awakenings (1990). He then wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short film Multi-Facial (1994), a short semi-autobiographical film which follows a struggling actor stuck in the audition process. The film was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Festival. He made his first feature-length film, Strays (1997), an urban drama in which he played a gang leader whose love for a woman inspires him to try to change his ways. Written, directed, and produced by Diesel, the film was selected for competition at the 1997 Sundance Festival, leading to an MTV deal to turn it into a series. He was then cast in Steven Spielberg's 1998 Oscar-winning film Saving Private Ryan on the poignancy of his performance in Multi-Facial. In 1999, he provided the voice of the title character in the animated film The Iron Giant.


Fast Five cast with Natalie Morales for NBC's Today.
Diesel had a major role in the drama thriller Boiler Room (2000) appearing alongside Giovanni Ribisiand Ben Affleck. He got his breakthrough leading role[citation needed] as the anti-hero Riddick in the science-fiction film Pitch Black later that year. Diesel attained action hero stardom with two box office hits: the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious (2001), and the action thriller xXx (2002). In 2004, Diesel reprised his role as Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick, which was a box office failure considering the large budget. He also voiced the character in two spin-off video games. In 2005, he played a lighthearted role in the comedy film The Pacifier, which became a box office success.[citation needed]
In 2006, he chose a dramatic role playing real-life mobster Jack DiNorscio in Find Me Guilty. Although he received critical acclaim for his performance, the film did poorly at the box office.[citation needed] Later that year, Diesel made a cameo appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, reprising his role from The Fast and the Furious.
In 2007, Diesel was set to produce and star as Agent 47 in the film adaptation of the video game Hitman, but eventually pulled back and served as executive producer on the film instead. In 2008, he starred in the science-fiction action thriller Babylon A.D.. Diesel returned to the The Fast and the Furious series, alongside all the actors from the original film, in Fast & Furious, which was released in April 2009.


Diesel reprised his role as Dominic Toretto in the fifth, sixth and seventh installments in The Fast and the Furious franchise, Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) andFurious 7 (2015). He reprised his role as Riddick in the third film of the Riddick series, simply titled Riddick (2013). In August 2013, Diesel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[20] He voiced Groot in the 2014 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy.[21] Diesel is the star of The Last Witch Hunter.[22] He is also set to appear in an updated version of Kojak.[22] In addition, Diesel is stated to return to the starring role in a third xXx movie;[22] as well as reprise his role as Dominic Toretto in Fast & Furious 8, which is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017;[23][24] and as the role of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017). Over the course of several years, Diesel has discussed playing two separate roles within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[25][26]

Personal life

Diesel's main car Dodge Charger from Fast & Furious
Diesel is noted for his recognizably deep voice; he has said that his voice broke at around age 15, giving him a mature sounding voice on the telephone.[27] Around 2001, he dated his Fast and the Furious co-star, Michelle Rodriguez.[28]
Diesel and his girlfriend, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez, have three children: daughter Hania Riley[29] (born April 2008),[30] son Vincent Sinclair (born 2010),[31] and daughter Pauline, whose undated arrival he announced in March 2015.[32] She is named in honor of his friend and Fast & Furious franchise co-star, Paul Walker, who died in November 2013.[33] He also became godfather of Walker's daughter, Meadow Rain Walker. His daughter Hania has an orange belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo.[34]
Diesel said in 2006 that he prefers to maintain his privacy regarding his personal life, stating: "I'm not gonna put it out there on a magazine cover like some other actors ... I come from the Harrison FordMarlon BrandoRobert De NiroAl Pacino code of silence."[35] He has expressed his love for the Dominican Republic, and how he relates to its multicultural facets.[36] He is acquainted with its former president,Leonel Fernández, and appeared in one of Fernández's earlier campaign ads. Los Bandoleros, a short film directed by Diesel, was filmed in the Dominican Republic.[37]
Diesel has played Dungeons & Dragons for over 20 years,[38] and wrote the foreword for the commemorative book 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons. In the 30th anniversary issue of Dragon magazine, it was revealed that Diesel had a fake tattoo of his character's name, Melkor, on his stomach while filming xXx.



1994Multi-FacialMikeShort film
Writer, director, producer
1997StraysRickWriter, director, producer
1998Saving Private RyanPrivate Adrian Caparzo
1999The Iron GiantThe Iron GiantVoice
2000Boiler RoomChris Varick
2000Pitch BlackRichard B. Riddick
2001The Fast and the FuriousDominic Toretto
2001Knockaround GuysTaylor Reese
2002xXxXander CageExecutive producer
2003A Man ApartSean VetterProducer
2004The Chronicles of RiddickRichard B. RiddickProducer
2004The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark FuryRichard B. RiddickVoice
2005The PacifierLieutenant Shane Wolfe
2006Find Me GuiltyJack DiNorscio
2006The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftDominic TorettoUncredited
2008Babylon A.D.Hugo Cornelius Toorop
2009Los BandolerosDominic TorettoShort film
Writer, director, producer
2009Fast & FuriousDominic TorettoProducer
2011Fast FiveDominic TorettoProducer
2013Fast & Furious 6Dominic TorettoProducer
2013Riddick: BlindsidedRichard B. RiddickShort film
2013RiddickRichard B. RiddickProducer
2014Guardians of the GalaxyGrootVoice
2014Life is a DreamExecutive producer
2015Furious 7Dominic TorettoProducer
2015The Last Witch HunterKaulderProducer
2016Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkShroom

Video games

2004The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher BayRichard B. RiddickVoice
2009WheelmanMilo BurikVoice
2009The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark AthenaRichard B. RiddickVoice

Awards and nominations

1997Grand Jury PrizeBest Dramatic FeatureStraysNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Cast
Shared with the rest of the cast
Saving Private RyanNominated
1999Online Film Critics Society AwardBest Cast 
Shared with the rest of the cast
Saving Private RyanWon
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardFavorite ActorPitch BlackNominated
2002MTV Movie AwardBest Male PerformanceThe Fast and the FuriousNominated
2002MTV Movie AwardBest On-Screen Team 
Shared with Paul Walker
The Fast and the FuriousWon
2002Black Reel AwardBest ActorThe Fast and the FuriousNominated
2003MTV Movie AwardBest Male PerformancexXxNominated
2003Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actor: Drama/Action AdventurexXx
A Man Apart
2004Spike Video Game AwardBest Performance by a Human MaleThe Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher BayWon
2005Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actor: ComedyThe PacifierNominated
2005Golden Raspberry AwardWorst ActorThe Chronicles of RiddickNominated
2005Video Software Dealers Association AwardMale Star of the Year[39]The Chronicles of RiddickWon
2009Spike Video Game AwardBest Performance by a Human MaleThe Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark AthenaNominated
2009MTV Movie AwardBest Male PerformanceFast & FuriousNominated
2010People's Choice AwardFavorite Action StarFast & FuriousNominated
2011CinemaCon AwardAction Star of the Year[40]Fast FiveWon
2011Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie ActorFast FiveNominated
2012Image AwardOutstanding Actor in a Motion PictureFast FiveNominated
2012Black Reel AwardBest Cast Ensemble 
Shared with the rest of the cast
Fast FiveNominated
2012People's Choice AwardFavorite Action StarFast FiveNominated
2013Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie: Chemistry
Shared with Paul Walker & Dwayne Johnson
Fast & Furious 6Nominated
2014People's Choice AwardFavorite Action Movie ActorFast & Furious 6Nominated
2014MTV Movie AwardBest On-Screen Duo
Shared with Paul Walker
Fast & Furious 6Won
2015Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest CastGuardians of the GalaxyPending
2015Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actor: ActionFurious 7Won
2015Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie: Chemistry 
Shared with the rest of the cast
Furious 7Nominated
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite MovieFurious 7Pending
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite Action MovieFurious 7Pending
2016People's Choice AwardsFavorite Action Movie ActorHimselfPending