Vin Diesel Biography

(Best Known for His Role of 'Dominic Toretto' in the 'Fast & Furious' Film Franchise)

Birthday: July 18, 1967 (Cancer)

Born In: Alameda County, California, United States

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. 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. Diesel is well-known for his action 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’.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Mark Sinclair

Age: 56 Years, 56 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Paloma Jimenez

father: Irving Vincent

mother: Delora

siblings: Paul Vincent, Samantha Vincent, Tim Vincent

children: Hania Riley

Born Country: United States

Quotes By Vin Diesel Actors

Height: 6'0" (183 cm), 6'0" Males

Personality: ISFJ

Notable Alumni: Hunter College

Ancestry: Irish American, British American, German American

U.S. State: California

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

More Facts

education: Hunter College

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    What are Vin Diesel's most popular movies?

    Some of Vin Diesel's most popular movies include "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, "xXx," "The Chronicles of Riddick," "Guardians of the Galaxy," and "Saving Private Ryan."
  • 2

    Is Vin Diesel a trained dancer?

    Yes, Vin Diesel is a trained dancer and has showcased his dance skills in various movies and videos.
  • 3

    Does Vin Diesel do his own stunts?

    Vin Diesel is known for doing many of his own stunts in action movies, showcasing his dedication to his roles and the authenticity of the action sequences.
  • 4

    What is Vin Diesel's ethnicity?

    Vin Diesel is of mixed heritage, with his background including Italian and African American roots.
  • 5

    Does Vin Diesel have any tattoos?

    Yes, Vin Diesel is known for his distinctive tattoo on his shoulder, which is often seen in his movie roles and public appearances.
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 appearance on the big screen came with a brief role in ‘Awakenings’ in 1990. His appearance was uncredited in the movie. But that did not deter him from his conviction to act.
In 1994, he directed, produced, acted and wrote the script for a short semi-autobiographical film titled ‘Multi-Facial’. The movie was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
He made his first feature-length film ‘Strays’ in 1997. It was an urban drama, which he directed, produced, wrote and acted in. It was selected for competition at the Sundance Festival, leading to an MTV deal to turn it into a series.
During the late 1990s, Diesel got the opportunity to work in Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan (1998)’ as Spielberg was impressed with his work in ‘Multi-Facial’. He also gave voice over for the animation film, ‘The Iron Giant (1999)’.
The beginning of the year 2000 proved to be quiet fruitful for Diesel as his movies ‘Boiler Room’, a crime drama film and ‘Pitch Black’, science fiction thriller in which he played the anti-hero, were released.
Now came the movies that established Diesel’s image as an action hero—‘The Fast and the Furious (2001)’ and ‘xXx (2002)’. These movies gained considerable success at the box office and made Diesel an action idol.
During the mid-2000s, Diesel continued to gain popularity and box office success with movies such as ‘The Pacifier (2005)’—a light hearted comedy and ‘Find Me Guilty (2006)’, in which he played the role of ‘Jack DiNorscio’
In 2006, he reprised his role of ‘Dominic Toretto’ for a cameo in ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’. He was offered roles in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ and ‘xXx: State of the Union’, which he turned down.
He intended to produce and star as ‘Agent 47’ in the film adaptation of the famous video game ‘Hitman’ in 2007 but ended up only as an executive producer on the film.
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Towards the end of ‘2000s, Diesel starred in the science fiction action thriller, ‘Babylon A.D. (2008)’ and returned back to ‘The Fast and the Furious’ series ‘Fast & Furious (2009)’.
Diesel again repeated his role as ‘Dominic Toretto’ in the fifth and sixth films from the series: ‘Fast Five (2011)’ and ‘Fast & Furious 6 (2013)’.
He also reprised his role as ‘Riddick’ in the third film of the ‘Riddick’ series ‘Riddick (2013)’. In the same year, Diesel, for his contribution in the film industry, received an honorary star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Major Works
There are many roles that Diesel is credited for but the most famous role of his life is ‘Dominic Toretto’ in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ series. Various movies from the franchise established him as an action hero.
Awards & Achievements
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

Diesel has a daughter, Hania Riley, and a son, Vincent, with his Mexican model girlfriend, Paloma Jimenez. In 2001, he was romantically linked to his co-star Michelle Rodriguez.

Facts About Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel is a huge fan of playing Dungeons & Dragons and has been known to host gaming sessions with his friends.
He is a talented breakdancer and used to perform in New York City clubs before his acting career took off.
Vin Diesel is multilingual and can speak Spanish, French, and Italian in addition to English.
Despite his tough-guy image on screen, he is a big softie when it comes to his pet turtle named "Madison."
Vin Diesel is a skilled video game player and has lent his voice to several popular video game characters, including the iconic Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Vin Diesel Movies

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy)

2. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

  (Drama, War)

3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure)

4. Fast Five (2011)

  (Crime, Thriller, Action)

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

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)

6. Pitch Black (2000)

  (Sci-Fi, Horror)

7. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)

  (Action, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Adventure)

8. Furious Seven (2015)

  (Action, Thriller, Crime)

9. The Fate of the Furious (2017)

  (Adventure, Crime, Thriller, Action)

10. Furious 6 (2013)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
2014 Best On-Screen Duo Furious 6 (2013)
2002 Best On-Screen Team The Fast and the Furious (2001)

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