Summary: Vin Diesel, whose real name is Mark Sinclair Vincent, is a popular American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his roles in the Fast and Furious franchise and has also appeared in other successful movies like Saving Private Ryan, Guardians of the Galaxy, and xXx.
1. Childhood and family
Vin Diesel was born on July 18, 1967, in Alameda County, California. His mother, Delora Sherleen Vincent, is an astrologer, and his father, Irving H. Vincent, was an acting instructor and theater manager. Diesel has a fraternal twin brother named Paul, who works as a film editor. When he was seven years old, his parents got divorced, and he and his brother were raised by their mother in New York City.
Diesel has always been very private about his personal life. In 2008, he revealed that he has three children with his long-time girlfriend, Paloma Jimenez, a Mexican model. Their first child, Hania Riley, was born in 2008, and they also have a son named Vincent Sinclair and a daughter named Pauline, named after Diesel’s friend and co-star Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013.
In 2015, Diesel made headlines when he announced that he had named his daughter after his late friend Paul Walker. He said in an interview, “He was in the room [when she was born]. There’s no other person that I was thinking about as I was cutting this umbilical cord. I just … knew he was there.”
2. Career beginnings
After studying theater at Hunter College in New York, Diesel began his career as a writer, director, and actor in low-budget films. His work caught the attention of director Steven Spielberg, who cast him in a small role in the 1998 war drama Saving Private Ryan. This was Diesel’s breakthrough role and led to other opportunities for him.
He gained recognition as an actor for his roles in the films Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. Diesel also created and produced a number of successful web series, including The Ropes and The Wheelman. In 2001, he starred in the first movie of the Fast and Furious franchise as Dominic Toretto, a role that would make him a household name.
Diesel has also done voice-over work for animation movies like The Iron Giant and Guardians of the Galaxy, where he played the character Groot.
3. Fast and Furious franchise
Diesel’s portrayal of Dominic Toretto in the Fast and Furious franchise has been his most iconic role to date. He first played the character in the original The Fast and the Furious movie in 2001 and has since appeared in seven other movies in the franchise.
Fast and Furious movies are known for their high-octane action, fast cars, and diverse cast. Diesel has been instrumental in making the franchise a huge success and has also served as a producer on some of the movies.
The franchise has grossed over $5 billion globally, and the ninth installment, F9, is set to release in June 2021.
4. Other notable films
Aside from the Fast and Furious franchise, Diesel has appeared in several other successful films in different genres. In 2005, he starred in the science-fiction thriller The Chronicles of Riddick, which he also produced and wrote the screenplay for.
He starred in the action film xXx in 2002 and reprised his role as the extreme sports athlete-turned-spy Xander Cage in the sequel xXx: Return of Xander Cage in 2017. Diesel also appeared in the romantic comedy film The Pacifier in 2005.
His most recent films include Bloodshot, a science-fiction action film released in 2020, and the ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, F9, which is set to release in June 2021.
5. Philanthropy and activism
Diesel is known for his charitable work and activism. He launched the OneRace movement on social media following the death of George Floyd in 2020. The movement aims to promote racial equality and unity among people of all races.
In 2009, Diesel founded the organization Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW), which provides relief efforts and aid to communities affected by natural disasters. ROWW has responded to many disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in 2017.
Additionally, Diesel has been an advocate for environmental conservation and is involved in several initiatives that aim to reduce carbon emissions and promote sustainability.
Vin Diesel is a versatile actor, producer, and director who has left a lasting mark on Hollywood. He rose to fame with his role in the Fast and Furious franchise, but he has also appeared in other successful films and web series. His dedication to charitable causes and activism makes him a respected figure both on and off-screen. With F9 set to release in 2021, fans eagerly await Diesel’s return as Dominic Toretto and what he has in store for his future projects.