Diesel in July 2013
Vin Diesel
Background information
Birthname Mark Sinclair
Born July 18, 1967 (1967-07-18) (age 53)
Birthplace Alameda County, California, United States
Cause of death
Alternate names
Occupation(s) Actor, producer, director, screenwriter
Years active 1990-present
Partner(s) Paloma Jimenez
Children Haria Sinclair
Vincent Sinclair
Pauline Sinclair

Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter.

Early life

Diesel was born in Alameda County, California,[1] along with his twin brother, Paul.[2][3] His mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair) Vincent, is an astrologer.[4][5] Diesel has stated that he is "of ambiguous ethnicity".[6] His mother's background includes English, German, and Scottish.[7] 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".[8] Diesel has self-identified as "definitely a person of colour",[9] and has stated that his parents' relationship would have been illegal in some parts of the United States due to anti-miscegenation laws.[10] He was raised in New York City by his Caucasian mother and African-American stepfather, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager.[3][9][11]

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 City in 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.[12][13][14] 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[15] as a result of early difficulties finding roles due to his mixed heritage.[15][16]




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.


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Diesel had a major role in the drama thriller Boiler Room (2000) appearing alongside Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck. He got his breakthrough leading roleScript error 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.Script error

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.Script error 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) and Furious 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.[17] He voiced Groot in the 2014 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Guardians of the Galaxy.[18] Diesel is the star of The Last Witch Hunter.[19] He is also set to appear in an updated version of Kojak.[19] In addition, Diesel is stated to return to the starring role in a third xXx movie;[19] as well as reprise his role as Dominic Toretto in Fast & Furious 8, which is scheduled to be released on April 14, 2017;[20][21] 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.[22][23]

Personal life

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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.[24] Around 2001, he dated his Fast and the Furious co-star, Michelle Rodriguez.[25]

Diesel and his girlfriend, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez, have three children: daughter Hania Riley[26] (born April 2008),[27] son Vincent Sinclair (born 2010),[28] and daughter Pauline, whose undated arrival he announced in March 2015.[29] She is named in honor of his friend and Fast & Furious franchise co-star, Paul Walker, who died in November 2013.[30] He also became godfather of Walker's daughter, Meadow Rain Walker. His daughter Hania has an orange belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo.[31]

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 Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino code of silence."[32] He has expressed his love for the Dominican Republic, and how he relates to its multicultural facets.[33] 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.[34]

Diesel has played Dungeons & Dragons for over 20 years,[35] 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.

Personal life



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Awakenings Orderly Uncredited
1994 Multi-Facial Mike Short film
Writer, director, producer
1997 Strays Rick Writer, director, producer
1998 Saving Private Ryan Private Adrian Caparzo
1999 Iron Giant, TheThe Iron Giant The Iron Giant Voice
2000 Boiler Room Chris Varick
Pitch Black Richard B. Riddick
2001 Fast and the Furious, TheThe Fast and the Furious Dominic Toretto
Knockaround Guys Taylor Reese
2002 xXx Xander Cage Executive producer
2003 Man Apart, AA Man Apart Sean Vetter Producer
2004 Chronicles of Riddick, TheThe Chronicles of Riddick Richard B. Riddick Producer
Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, TheThe Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Richard B. Riddick Voice
2005 Pacifier, TheThe Pacifier Lieutenant Shane Wolfe
2006 Find Me Guilty Jack DiNorscio
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, TheThe Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Dominic Toretto Uncredited
2008 Babylon A.D. Hugo Cornelius Toorop
2009 Los Bandoleros Dominic Toretto Short film
Writer, director, producer
Fast & Furious Producer
2011 Fast Five Producer
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Producer
Riddick: Blindsided Richard B. Riddick Short film
Riddick Richard B. Riddick Producer
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Voice
Life is a Dream Executive producer
2015 Furious 7 Dominic Toretto Producer
The Last Witch Hunter Kaulder Producer
2016 Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Shroom
2017 xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Xander Cage Producer
Fast 8 Dominic Toretto Producer
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot Voice

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, TheThe Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Richard B. Riddick Voice
2009 Wheelman Milo Burik Voice
Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, TheThe Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Richard B. Riddick Voice

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1997 Grand Jury Prize Best Dramatic Feature Strays Nominated
1999 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast
Shared with the rest of the cast
Saving Private Ryan Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Cast
Shared with the rest of the cast
Saving Private Ryan Won
2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actor Pitch Black Nominated
2002 MTV Movie Award Best Male Performance The Fast and the Furious Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team
Shared with Paul Walker
The Fast and the Furious Won
Black Reel Award Best Actor The Fast and the Furious Nominated
2003 MTV Movie Award Best Male Performance xXx Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Drama/Action Adventure xXx
A Man Apart
2004 Spike Video Game Award Best Performance by a Human Male The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay Won
2005 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Comedy The Pacifier Nominated
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Actor The Chronicles of Riddick Nominated
Video Software Dealers Association Award Male Star of the Year[36] The Chronicles of Riddick Won
2009 Spike Video Game Award Best Performance by a Human Male The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Male Performance Fast & Furious Nominated
2010 People's Choice Award Favorite Action Star Fast & Furious Nominated
2011 CinemaCon Award Action Star of the Year[37] Fast Five Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor Fast Five Nominated
2012 Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Fast Five Nominated
Black Reel Award Best Cast Ensemble
Shared with the rest of the cast
Fast Five Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Action Star Fast Five Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Chemistry
Shared with Paul Walker & Dwayne Johnson
Fast & Furious 6 Nominated
2014 People's Choice Award Favorite Action Movie Actor Fast & Furious 6 Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo
Shared with Paul Walker
Fast & Furious 6 Won
2015 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Cast Guardians of the Galaxy Pending
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Action Furious 7 Won
Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Chemistry
Shared with the rest of the cast
Furious 7 Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Furious 7 Pending
People's Choice Awards Favorite Action Movie Furious 7 Pending
People's Choice Awards Favorite Action Movie Actor Himself Pending


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