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Vin Diesel

Facts about Vin Diesel

Date of Birth:18 July 1967
Birthplace:New York City, New York
First Name:Vin
Last Name:Diesel
Height:6' (183 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Bald
Star Sign:Cancer
Claim to Fame:Riddick from Pitch Black
Occupation:Actor, producer, director
Religion:Roman Catholic
Occupation Category:Actor
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Biography for Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair Vincent; Jul. 18, 1967 (53 years ago)) is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He became known in the early 2000s, appearing in several successful Hollywood films, including The Fast and the Furious and xXx. He founded the production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios and Racetrack Records.

Early life

Vin Diesel was born in New York City, the son of Delora, a psychiatrist and astrologer. Diesel is biracial and has Italian and black ancestry. He has described himself as "definitely a person of color" and stated that he is "of ambiguous ethnicity - Italian and a lot of other stuff". Diesel has never met his biological father, and was raised by his African-American stepfather, Irving, an acting instructor and theatre manager. He 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 City in New York's Greenwich Village. His involvement in the play came about when he, his brother and some friends had broken into 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 instead of calling the police, handed them scripts and offered them parts in the upcoming show. He remained involved with the theatre throughout adolescence, going on to attend the city's Hunter College, where his creative writing studies led him to begin screenwriting. Diesel became an active film-maker in the early 1990s, first earning notice for the short movie Multi-Facial, which was selected for screening at the 1995 (25 years ago) Cannes Festival. Diesel has identified himself as a "multi-faceted" actor as a result of early difficulties finding roles due to his mixed heritage.

In an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, he said that he changed his name to "Vin Diesel" while working as a bouncer at the New York City nightclub Tunnel, because in that business one's real name is not usually given out. The name "Vin" is simply a shortened version of "Vincent". He received the nickname "Diesel" from his friends who said he ran off diesel, referring to his non-stop energy.

He has a fraternal twin brother named Paul, a younger brother named Tim, and a sister named Samantha.

Personal life

Diesel is noted for his recognizable deep voice, he has said that his voice broke naturally at around age 15, giving him a mature sounding voice on the telephone.

Around 2001 (19 years ago), Diesel dated his The Fast and the Furious co-star, Michelle Rodriguez.

While Diesel was visiting the Dominican Republic in Oct. 2005 (15 years ago), a 23-year-old architecture student accused Diesel of trying to have her kicked out of the bar for refusing to go back to his hotel room. Diesel denied the allegations, citing the club's history of problems unrelated to him.

Diesel claims that he prefers dating in Europe, where he is less likely to be recognized and where celebrities are not romantically linked to each other. He prefers to maintain his privacy regarding his personal life:

“ I'm not gonna put it out there on a magazine cover like some other actors. I come from the Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro (6 walls), Al Pacino (6 walls) code of silence. ”

Diesel has played Dungeons & Dragons for over twenty years and wrote the foreword for the commemorative book 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons. In the 30th Anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons issue of Dragon Magazine, they examine the fact that Diesel played Dungeons & Dragons, and reveal that he had a fake tattoo of his character's name, "Melkor," on his stomach while filming xXx.

Diesel has an interest in the online MMORPG World of Warcraft (20 walls) as seen in interviews with Jonathan Ross and Curt Schilling, and also as evidenced by the installation of a computer game system on one of his cars.

Diesel has a daughter, Hania Riley, born Apr. 2, 2008 (12 years ago), with his girlfriend, model Paloma Jimenez. Speaking to An tEolas, an Irish newspaper, Diesel spoke of how he has been seen as a hard man, but is in touch with his soft side as a proud father.


Diesel's first movie role was an uncredited appearance in the 1990 (30 years ago) movie Awakenings. He then produced, directed, and starred in the 1994 (26 years ago) short movie Multi-Facial, a short semi-autobiographical movie which follows a struggling actor stuck in the audition process, because he is regarded as either "too black" or "too white", or not black or white enough. He made his first feature-length film, 1997's Strays, an urban drama in which he was self-cast as a gang boss whose love for a woman inspires him to try to change his ways. Written, directed and produced by Diesel, the movie was selected for competition at the 1997 (23 years ago) Sundance Festival, leading to an MTV deal to turn it into a series.

He was then cast in Steven Spielberg's 1998 (22 years ago) Oscar-winning movie Saving Private Ryan on the poignancy of his performance in Multi-Facial. He earned critical acclaim for voice work as the title character in the animation movie The Iron Giant (1999, 21 years ago). He followed it up with a major role in Boiler Room (2000, 20 years ago) and then got his breakthrough role as the anti-hero Riddick in Pitch Black (2000, 20 years ago). He attained action hero super stardom with the box office hits The Fast and the Furious (2001, 19 years ago) and xXx (2002, 18 years ago).

In 2004 (16 years ago), he reprised his role as Pitch Black's Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick which did moderately well at the box office. In 2005 (15 years ago) he played a lighthearted role in the comedy movie The Pacifier, a surprise box office success. In 2006 (14 years ago) he chose a dramatic role playing real-life mobster Jack DiNorscio in Find Me Guilty. Although he received critical acclaim for his performance, the movie did poorly at the box office. Later that year he made a cameo appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (6 walls), reprising his role from The Fast and The Furious. Diesel was originally offered the lead in 2 Fast 2 Furious but turned it down. He was also offered the chance to reprise his role from xXx in xXx: State of the Union but turned it down as well. In Mar. 2006 (14 years ago), Diesel stated that he was working on a sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick.

In 2007 (13 years ago), he was set to produce and star as Agent 47 in the movie adaptation of the video game Hitman, but eventually pulled back and served as executive producer on the movie instead. In 2008 (12 years ago) he starred in the science-fiction action thriller Babylon A.D..

He again played Dominic Toretto in the fourth movie of The Fast and The Furious series, titled Fast & Furious and released in April, 2009 (11 years ago).


  • Movie
  • Awakenings
  • Multi-Facial
  • Strays
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Iron Giant
  • Boiler Room
  • Pitch Black
  • The Fast and the Furious
  • Knockaround Guys
  • xXx
  • A Man Apart
  • The Chronicles of Riddick
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury
  • The Pacifier
  • Find Me Guilty
  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (6 walls)
  • Babylon A.D.
  • Fast & Furious
  • 2010
  • Hannibal the Conqueror


  • Multi-Facial
  • Strays
  • xXx
  • A Man Apart
  • Chronicles of Riddick
  • Life is a Dream
  • Find Me Guilty
  • Hitman
  • Hannibal the Conqueror
  • Fast & Furious

Video Games

  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004, 16 years ago)
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena (2009, 11 years ago)
  • The Wheelman (2009, 11 years ago)

Bibliography (Books)

  • Multi-Facial (1994, 26 years ago)
  • Strays (1997, 23 years ago)


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