Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known as Vin Diesel, is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He rose to international fame with his role as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious franchise.
Diesel began his career in 1990, but initially struggled to gain roles until he created and starred in the short film Multi-Facial (1995), which attracted the attention of director Steven Spielberg, who was developing his film Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg re-wrote elements of the film to allow Diesel to appear in it, which helped kickstart his career. He subsequently voiced the title character in The Iron Giant (1999) and gained a reputation as an action star after starring in The Fast and the Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick, and the XXX series.
Later in his career, Diesel also became known for lending his voice to the character of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and voicing a character in Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). He also founded the production company One Race Films. Away from action films, Diesel has enjoyed commercial success in a number of other genres, such as in the comedy film The Pacifier (2005), while his performance in Find Me Guilty (2006) was praised.
Diesel is attached to portray the comic book character Bloodshot in its 2020 film adaptation, and is slated to appear in the Avatar sequels.
Diesel was born Mark Sinclair on July 18, 1967, in Alameda County, California, with his fraternal twin brother, Paul. His mother, Delora Sherleen Vincent (née Sinclair), is an astrologer. Diesel has stated that he is “of ambiguous ethnicity”. His mother has English, German, and Scottish roots. 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 color”, and has stated that his parents’ relationship would have been illegal in parts of the United States due to anti-miscegenation laws. He was raised in New York City 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 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 remained involved with the theater throughout adolescence, going on to attend NYC’s Hunter College, where studies in creative writing led him to begin screenwriting. He has identified himself as a “multi-faceted” actor.
Diesel is noted for his recognizably deep voice; he has said that his voice broke around age 15, giving him a mature-sounding voice on the telephone.
Around 2001, he dated his Fast and the Furious co-star, Michelle Rodriguez.
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Diesel and his current partner, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez, have three children: daughter Hania Riley (born April 2008), son Vincent Sinclair (born 2010), and daughter Pauline (born March 2015). Pauline is named in honor of his friend and Fast & Furious franchise co-star, Paul Walker, who died in November 2013. He is also the godfather of Walker’s daughter, Meadow Rain Walker. His daughter Hania studies Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo.
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.” He has expressed his love for the Dominican Republic and how he relates to its multicultural facets. 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.
Diesel has played Dungeons & Dragons for over 20 years, 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. Canadian video game designer and developer Merritt k created the 2015 game (ASMR) Vin Diesel DMing a Game of D&D Just For You based on his D&D fandom.
Vin Diesel Biceps Size Height Weight Body Measurements
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Private Adrian Caparzo|
|1999||The Iron Giant||The Iron Giant|
|2000||Boiler Room||Chris Varick|
|Pitch Black||Richard B. Riddick|
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Dominic Toretto|
|Knockaround Guys||Taylor Reese|
|2003||A Man Apart||Sean Vetter|
|2004||The Chronicles of Riddick||Richard B. Riddick|
|The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury||Voice|
|2005||The Pacifier||Lieutenant Shane Wolfe|
|2006||Find Me Guilty||Jackie DiNorscio|
|The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift||Dominic Toretto||Uncredited cameo|
|2008||Babylon A.D.||Hugo Cornelius Toorop|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Dominic Toretto|
|Los Bandoleros||Short film|
Writer, director, producer
|2013||Fast & Furious 6|
|Riddick: Blindsided||Richard B. Riddick||Short film|
|2014||Guardians of the Galaxy||Groot|
|2015||Furious 7||Dominic Toretto|
|The Last Witch Hunter||Kaulder|
|2016||Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk||Shroom|
|2017||XXX: Return of Xander Cage||Xander Cage|
|The Fate of the Furious||Dominic Toretto|
|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Groot||Voice|
|2018||Avengers: Infinity War|
|Ralph Breaks the Internet|
|2020||Bloodshot||Ray Garrison / Bloodshot|
|Fast & Furious 9||Dominic Toretto||Post-production|