Vin Diesel


18 Jul 1967


Alameda County, California, USA


Mark Sinclair


Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artist's housing project in New York City's Greenwich Village. He never knew his biological father. His mother is white (with English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry), and his adoptive father is African-American; referring to his biological father's background, Diesel has said that he himself is "definitely a person of colour".

His first break in acting happened by chance, when at the age of seven he and his friends broke into a theatre to vandalize it. A woman stopped them and offered them each a script and $20, on the condition that they would attend everyday after school. From there, Vin's fledgling career progressed from the New York repertory company run by his father, to the Off-Off-Broadway circuit. At age seventeen and already sporting a well-honed physique, he became a bouncer at some of New York's hippest clubs to earn himself some extra cash. It was at this time that he changed his name to Vin Diesel.

Following high school, Vin enrolled as an English major at Hunter College, but dropped out after three years to go to Hollywood to further his acting career. Being an experienced theatre actor did not make any impression in Hollywood and after a year of struggling to make his mark, he returned to New York. His mother then gave him a book called "Feature Films at used Car Prices" by Rick Schmidt. The book showed him that he could take control of his career and make his own movies. He wrote a short film based on his own experiences as an actor, called Multi-Facial (1995), which was shot in less than three days at a cost of $3,000. Multi-Facial (1995) was eventually accepted for the 1995 Cannes Film Festival where it got a tumultuous reception.

Afterwards, Vin returned to Los Angeles and raised almost $50,000 through telemarketing to fund the making of his first feature, Strays (1997). Six months after shooting, the film was accepted for the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, and although it received a good reception, it did not sell as well as hoped. Yet again Vin returned disappointed to New York only to receive a dream phone call. Steven Spielberg was impressed by Multi-Facial (1995) and wanted to meet Vin, leading him to be cast in Saving Private Ryan (1998). Multi-Facial (1995) earned Vin more work, when the director of The Iron Giant (1999) saw it and decided to cast Vin in the title role. From there, Vin's career has steadily grown, with him securing his first lead role as Richard B. Riddick in the sci-fi film Pitch Black (2000). The role has earned him a legion of devoted fans and the public recognition he deserves.

Since then, he has headlined a series of blockbusters, often but not only centered on fast-driving motor vehicles: The Fast and the Furious (2001), xXx (2002), The Pacifier (2005), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), and Furious 7 (2015). He also voiced Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and starred in the lower-budgeted courtroom drama Find Me Guilty (2006), the latter directed by Sidney Lumet.

Actor ( 92 credits )

Fast & Furious 10 (2021) Dominic Toretto
Fast & Furious 9 (2019) Dominic Toretto
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Groot (voice)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Groot (voice)
Fast 8 (2017) Dominic Toretto
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) Xander Cage
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016) Shroom
It's Not You, It's Men (2016)  Himself (1 episode, 2016)
The Last Witch Hunter (2015) Kaulder
Furious 7 (2015) Dominic Toretto
Journey to Sundance (2014) Himself
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Groot (voice)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Sit Down with the Stars (2014)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Riddick (2013) Riddick
Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Dominic Toretto
Movie Guide (2013)  Dominic Toretto / ... (2 episodes, 2013)
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Weekend Ticket (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Ok! TV (2013)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Vivir de cine (2012)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Fast Five (2011) Dominic Toretto
The Jonathan Ross Show (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
NerdHQ (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Conan (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2013)
Janela Indiscreta (2010)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Legendários (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
The Talk (2010)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Fast & Furious (2009) Dominic Toretto
The 7PM Project (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Babylon A.D. (2008) Toorop
CQC - Custe o Que Custar (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Chelsea Lately (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) Dominic Toretto (uncredited)
Find Me Guilty (2006) Jackie DiNorscio
Close Up (2006)  Actor / ... (1 episode, 2013)
El hormiguero (2006)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2011)
Sexiest... (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
The Pacifier (2005) Shane Wolfe
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
The Contender (2005)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2005)
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) Riddick
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Omg! Insider (2004)  Himself (4 episodes, 2014)
Fashion News Live (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009-2010)
Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins (2004)  Himself (archive footage) (1 episode, 2005)
Domingo Espetacular (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
GameStar: Die Redaktion (2004)  Richard B. Riddick (1 episode, 2005)
A Man Apart (2003) Sean Vetter
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (3 episodes, 2009-2014)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Pânico na TV (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
xXx (2002) Xander Cage
Player$ (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Tinseltown TV (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
RI:SE (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Knockaround Guys (2001) Taylor Reese
The Fast and the Furious (2001) Dominic Toretto
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Rank (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The Movie Loft (2001)  Himself (2 episodes, 2009)
Pitch Black (2000) Richard B. Riddick
Boiler Room (2000) Chris Varick
106 & Park Top 10 Live (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Iron Giant (1999) The Iron Giant (voice)
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
TV total (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Private Caparzo
The Panel (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Strays (1997) Rick
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (3 episodes, 2000-2006)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Multi-Facial (1995) Mike
Extra (1994)  Himself (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (3 episodes, 2003-2006)
Quelli che... il calcio (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (4 episodes, 2003-2008)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (3 episodes, 1998-2013)
Making of... (1992) (1 episode, 2009)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Awakenings (1990) Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (4 episodes, 2003-2014)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Headline News (1982)  Pvt. Adrian Carpazzo / ... (uncredited) (1 episode, 20
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (7 episodes, 2009-2014)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2014)
Today (1952)  Himself - Guest (1 episode, 2013)
Furia (0) Riddick

Producer ( 19 credits )

Fast 8 (2017) producer
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) producer
The Last Witch Hunter (2015) producer
Furious 7 (2015) producer
Riddick (2013) producer
Fast & Furious 6 (2013) producer
A War Hero (2012) executive producer
Fast Five (2011) producer
The Ropes (2011) executive producer (unknown episodes)
Fast & Furious (2009) producer
Hitman (2007) executive producer
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) producer
A Man Apart (2003) producer
xXx (2002) executive producer
Strays (1997) executive producer / producer
Multi-Facial (1995) producer
Furia (0) executive producer
The Machine (0) producer
Merc City (0) executive producer

Writer ( 2 credits )

The Ropes (2011) (2 episodes, 2012)
Strays (1997) (written by)

Director ( 3 credits )

The Ropes (2011) (1 episode, 2012)
Strays (1997)
Multi-Facial (1995)

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