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Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair Vincent; July 18, 1967) 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.

Vin Diesel was born in New York City, the son of Delora, a psychiatrist and astrologer. Diesel is biracial, and has Italian (his mother has sicilian origin) 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 film Multi-Facial, which was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Festival. Diesel has identified himself as a "multi-faceted" actor as a result of early difficulties finding roles due to his mixed heritage.

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

Diesel's first film role was an uncredited appearance in the 1990 film Awakenings. He then produced, directed, and starred in the 1994 short film Multi-Facial, a short semi-autobiographical film 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 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. He earned critical acclaim for voice work as the title character in the animation film The Iron Giant (1999). He followed it up with a major role in Boiler Room (2000) and then got his breakthrough role as the anti-hero Riddick in Pitch Black (2000). He attained action hero super stardom with the box office hits The Fast and the Furious (2001) starring opposite Paul Walker, and xXx (2002).

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In 2004, he reprised his role as Pitch Black's Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick which did moderately well at the box office. In 2005 he played a lighthearted role in the comedy film The Pacifier, a surprise box office success. 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. Later that year he made a cameo appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, 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 March 2006, Diesel stated that he was working on a sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick.

In 2007, he 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..

He again played Dominic Toretto in the fourth film of The Fast and The Furious series, titled Fast & Furious and released in April, 2009.

 

Filmografy

Year

Title

Role

1990

Awakenings

Orderly

1995

Multi-Facial

Mike

1997

Strays

Rick

1998

Saving Private Ryan

Private Adrian Caparzo

1999

The Iron Giant

The Iron Giant

2000

Boiler Room

Chris Varick

Pitch Black

Richard B. Riddick

2001

The Fast and the Furious

Dominic Toretto

Knockaround Guys

Taylor Reese

2002

XXX

Xander Cage

2003

A Man Apart

Sean Vetter

2004

The Chronicles of Riddick

Richard B. Riddick

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury

2005

The Pacifier

Lieutenant Shane Wolfe

2006

Find Me Guilty

Jackie DiNorscio

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Dominic Toretto

2008

Babylon A.D.

Hugo Cornelius Toorop

2009

Fast & Furious

Dominic Toretto

Los Bandoleros

2011

Fast Five

2013

Fast & Furious 6

Riddick: Blindsided

Richard B. Riddick

Riddick

2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

Groot

2015

Furious 7

Dominic Toretto

The Last Witch Hunter

Kaulder

2016

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Shroom

2017

XXX: Return of Xander Cage

Xander Cage

The Fate of the Furious

Dominic Toretto

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Groot

2018

Avengers: Infinity War

Ralph Breaks the Internet

2019

Avengers: Endgame

 

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