Vin Diesel Biography, Life, Interesting Facts
Childhood and Early Life
American actor, screenwriter, and director Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair on the 18 July 1967. He has a twin brother Paul. The twins' mother Delora Sherleen Vincent was a single mother and Sinclair has had no contact with his biological father. He was brought by his mother and her African-American husband partner, Irving H Vincent who was involved in the acting business as a theatre manager and acting tutor.
He was a student at Hunter College in New York City.
Rise to Stardom
Vin Diesel's first stage appearance was as a child in Dinosaur Door produced at Theater for the New City in Greenwich Village, NY. His interest in acting continued throughout his youth.
In 1990 Vin Diesel starred in Awakenings (1990). He then wrote and starred in Multi-Facial (1994) about the problems a multi-racial actor may encounter auditioning. His second film Strays (1997) was about a gang leader. Steven Spielberg was impressed with his work and arranged for him to appear in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
After this Vin Diesel had started gaining recognition and he appeared in Boiler Room (2000), Pitch Black (2000), The Fast and The Furious (2001) and xXx (2002). He was in the hit The Pacifier in 2005. Find Me Guilty (2006) was not a financial success but Diesel received good reviews for his interpretation of the character mobster Jack DiNorscio. He continued acting in The Fast and The Furious series as well a reprising his role as Riddick.
The Fast and The Furious
Since The Fast and The Furious in 2001, Vin Diesel has portrayed the character of Dominic Toretto a street car racer and ex-convict in The Fast and The Furious series. Audiences love the anti-hero who has appeared in: The Fast and The Furious (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Furious 7 (2015) and The Fate of the Furious (2017).
The series has spawned video games, short films, music soundtracks and other products in the franchise.
The Chronicles of Riddick
This is a science fiction action media franchise. So far there have been three films including a DVD animated film, video games, and a mobile game. These include Pitch Black: Slam City (2000), The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004) and Riddick: Blindsided (2013).
Vin Diesel is a Roman Catholic.
In the early 2000s, Vin Diesel dated actress Michelle Rodriguez. Later on, he met Paloma Jimenez, and the couple has two daughters Hania (b.2008) and Pauline (b.2015) and a son Vincent (b.2010). Pauline is named after her father’s co-star in the Fast & Furious series, Paul Walker (b.1973-d.2013).
Video games are one of his passions, and one of his favourite games is Dungeons & Dragons.
Philanthropic Works/ Humanitarian Works
Vin Diesel is known as a generous donor to various charities including the Paul Walker Foundation and the Steve Aoki Charitable Fund.