Vin Diesel biography Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Affairs

Also Known As Mark Sinclair(Vin Diese)

Famous As: Actor, Filmmaker

Nationality: American

Birthday: July 18, 1967

Age: 50 Years

Sun Sign: Cancer

Height: 1.82 M

Born In: New York City

Father: Irving Vincent

Mother: Delora

Siblings: Paul Vincent, Samantha Vincent, Tim Vincent

Spouse/Ex-Spouse: Paloma Jimenez

Children: Hania Riley

Personality: ESFJ

City, States, Provinces & Districts: California

Founder/Co-Founder: One Race Films, Tigon Studios, Racetrack Records

Net Worth: $260 Million As Of April 2018

Vin Diesel biography

Mark Vincent, popularly known as Vin Diesel in Hollywood, is an American actor, director, producer, voice-over artist, and screenwriter. He had an inclination towards acting from a very young age and remained involved with Theatre in New York City throughout his teenage. He took up a creative writing course at his college which gave him the inspiration to start writing screenplays.

Vin Diesel started off his entertainment career with his short semi-biographical film ‘Multi-Facial’, for which he did the direction, writing, acting, and production - it was screened at the Cannes Festival. But it was not until Steven Spielberg signed him in his multi starrer movie, ‘Saving Private Ryan’ that he received the attention that he deserved.

Vin Diesel is well-known for his active role in ‘The Fast and Furious’ series, for which he has reprised the role of ‘Dominic Toretto’ time and again. Various movies from the franchise established him as an action hero in the industry. Other movies by Diesel are, ‘The Pacifier’, ‘xXx’, ‘Riddick’, etc. This deep-voiced actor manages production companies named ‘One Race Productions’, ‘Racetrack Records’, and ‘Tigon Studios’ alongside acting and has produced movies like ‘Hitman’.

Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair Vincent) is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. While he prefers to identify himself as a "multi-faceted" actor he has played a number of similar roles, as a result of early difficulties finding roles due to his very mixed heritage. He founded the production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios, and Racetrack Records.

Vin Diesel, original name Mark Sinclair, (born July 18, 1967, Alameda County, California, U.S.), American actor and producer who was best known for his action films, most notably The Fast and Furious series.

Sinclair grew up in New York City with his mother, fraternal twin brother, and African American stepfather, Irving Vincent, a theatre manager who provided him with some of his first stage roles. While still in his teens, he worked as a club bouncer and took the name, Vin Diesel. He attended Hunter College but dropped out to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.

After finding little success in Hollywood—his only notable work was an uncredited role in Awakenings(1990)—Diesel returned to New York in 1995. His mother gave him a copy of Rick Schmidt’s book Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices (1988), which inspired him to make a semiautobiographical short, Multi-Facial (1995), about a biracial actor struggling to get roles. He worked as a telemarketer to raise the money for his first feature film, Strays (1997).

Vin Diesel got his big break when director Steven Spielberg, who had seen Multi-Facial, cast him in the award-winning Saving Private Ryan (1998). With his appealing screen presence—shaved head, muscular physique, raspy voice, and rough-hewn charm—Vin Diesel was soon working regularly. He played escaped criminal Richard Riddick in the science-fiction film Pitch Black (2000) and reprised the character in two more films, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and Riddick (2013).

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The Fast and the Furious (2001) established Diesel in his most famous role, as the charismatic street racer–thief Dominic Toretto. The over-the-top action film cost $38 million to make but was an unexpected hit, grossing nearly $145 million in the United States. Diesel followed with another action movie, xXx (2002), playing extreme athlete turned secret agent Alexander Cage, and the crime drama A Man Apart (2003). He turned to more humorous fare with The Pacifier (2005) and Sidney Lumet’s mob comedy Find Me Guilty (2006).

Diesel skipped appearing in 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and had only a cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). However, he returned to the franchise, both a star and a producer, for Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), and Furious 7 (2015). The latter was especially successful, earning more than $1.5 billion to become among the highest-grossing films of all time. The franchise continued to do well with The Fate of the Furious (2017). Diesel also tried his hand at other genres, such as the fantasy thriller The Last Witch Hunter (2015). He then rejoined the xXx series in xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017) after passing on the 2005 sequel.

Behind the cameras, Diesel used his distinctive voice as the title character in the animated The Iron Giant (1999). Later he provided the voice for the tree-like superhero Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy(2014), its sequel (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018).

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Early life

Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair Vincent 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 film Multi-Facial, which was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Festival.

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 New York City nightclub the 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.
Childhood & Early Life

  • Diesel was born on July 18, 1967, in New York City to Delora Sherleen Vincent, who is an astrologer. He has never met his biological father, although he has an African-American stepfather, Irving H. Vincent, who is an acting instructor and theatre manager.

  • He was always interested in acting and made his stage debut at the age of 7 in the children’s play called ‘Dinosaur Door’. It was showcased at ‘Theater for the New City’ in New York’s Greenwich Village.

  • He attended Hunter College and remained involved with theatre throughout his teenage. He studied creative writing at his college, which inspired him to write screenplays. He initially worked as a bouncer at the club called Tunnel.

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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 then 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 then attained action hero superstardom with the box office hits The Fast and the Furious (2001) and xXx (2002).

In 2004, he reprised his role as Pitch Black's Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick which did only moderately well at the box office. In 2005 he played a lighthearted role in the comedy film The Pacifier which was a surprise box office success. In 2006 he attempted a dramatic role when he played real-life mobster Jack DiNorscio in Find Me Guilty. Although he was critically acclaimed for his performance, the film bombed 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. Vin 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 also turned it down. In March 2006, Diesel stated that he was working on a sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick which as of 2008 is still in pre-production stages.

In 2007, he was set to produce and star as Agent 47 in the film adaptation of the video game Hitman, but eventually pulled out from the role and served as executive producer on the film instead. In 2008 he stars in the science-fiction action thriller Babylon A.D.

After seven years, he is reprising his role as Dominic Toretto in the fourth film of The Fast and The Furious series, titled Fast and Furious which will be released in June 2009.

Awards & Achievements

Vin Diesel has won awards and accolades for his acting skills, like MTV Movie Award for ‘The Fast and the Furious’, Spike Video Game Award, Video Software Dealers Association Award and CinemaCon Award.

Personal Life & Legacy

Vin Diesel has a daughter, Hania Riley, and a son, Vincent, with his Mexican model girlfriend, Paloma Jimenez.


  • He briefly dated his ‘Fast and the Furious’ co-star Michelle Rodriguez in 2001.

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

  • He is very protective and secretive about his private life.

  • He loves the multicultural facets of the Dominican Republic and is acquainted with its president, Leonel Fernandez.

  • He is a fan of the video game ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ and has played that game for over 20 years. He wrote the foreword for the memorial book ‘30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons’.

  • He was offered the role of ‘Matt Murdock’ in ‘Daredevil’ (2003) that eventually went to Ben Affleck.

  • Vin Diesel’s mother has English, German and Scottish ancestry.

  • He is a producing partner with George Zakk. Their company is called One Race Productions.

  • He is the cousin of rapper/producer Kwame ‘The Boy Genius’. Kwame says if you watch his old videos, you will see Diesel in a few of them.

  • Vin Diesel once worked as a telemarketer, selling light bulbs.

  • He once wrote a three-page letter to director Steven Spielberg expressing his admiration for his work, particularly ‘Schindler's List’.

  • The name ‘Vin’ is a shortened version of his real name ‘Vincent’. He received the nickname ‘Diesel’ from his friends, who said he ran off diesel fuel, referring to his non-stop energy.

Vin Diesel

Personal life

Around 2001, Diesel dated his The Fast and the Furious co-star, Michelle Rodriguez.

While Vin Diesel was visiting the Dominican Republic in October 2005, 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.

Vin Diesel reportedly claimed 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, Al Pacino code of silence.     ”

Vin 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.

According to an interview with Curt Schilling, Vin Diesel has a huge interest in World of Warcraft, as evidenced by the installation of a computer game system on one of his cars.

Vin Diesel has a daughter, Hania Riley, born April 2, 2008, 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.

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Vin Diesel Movies

1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

(Drama, War)

2. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

(Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure)

3. Furious 6 (2013)

(Thriller, Crime, Action)

4. Furious Seven (2015)

(Action, Thriller, Crime)

5. Fast Five (2011)

(Crime, Thriller, Action)

6. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

(Thriller, Crime, Action)

7. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

(Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)

8. Fast & Furious (2009)

(Thriller, Action, Crime)

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