Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair or Mark Sinclair Vincent; July 18, 1967) is an American actor and filmmaker. He first became known for appearing in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998). He is best known for his portrayals of Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy (2001–2013) and Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious film series (2001–present), two franchises in which he also acted as producer.
Diesel starred in xXx (2002) and Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty (2006). His voice acting work includes The Iron Giant (1999), the video game spin-offs of The Chronicles of Riddick franchise, and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). As a filmmaker, he wrote, directed, produced, and star
Diesel was born in New York City along with his twin brother Paul. His mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair) Vincent, is an astrologer.Diesel has stated that he is "of ambiguous ethnicity".His mother's background includes English, German, and Scottish.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".Diesel has self-identified as "definitely a person of colour".He has stated that his parents' relationship would have been illegal in some parts of the United States due to anti-miscegenation laws.He was raised by his Caucasian mother and African-American stepfather, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager.
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.
Diesel's first film role was a brief uncredited appearance in the film 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 cast in Steven Spielberg's 1998 Oscar-winning film Saving Private Ryan on the poignancy of his performance in Multi-Facial. In 1999, he earned critical acclaim for his voice work as the title character in the animation film The Iron Giant.
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.He has a twin brother, Paul, a younger brother, Tim, and a sister, Samantha.Around 2001, he dated his Fast and the Furious co-star, Michelle Rodriguez.
Diesel's main car Dodge Charger Fast & Furious
Diesel and his girlfriend, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez, have two children: daughter Hania Riley (born 2008), and son Vincent (born 2010).Speaking to An tEolas, an Irish newspaper, Diesel stated he has been seen as a hard man, but is in touch with his soft side as a father.He claims to prefer 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, stating that "I'm not gonna put it out there on a magazine cover like some other actors" and that "I come from the Harrison Ford, Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino code of silence".
Fast Five cast with Natalie Morales for NBC's The Today Show.
Diesel has expressed his love for the Dominican Republic, and how he relates to its multicultural facets.He is acquainted with its former president, Leonel Fernandez, and appeared in one of Fernandez's earlier campaign ads. Los Bandoleros, a short film directed by Diesel, was filmed in the Dominican Republic.