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Vin Diesel Biography

Birth Name:
Mark Sinclair Vincent
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • At age 7 was appearing in productions at Manhattan's Theatre for the New City
  • Came up with his stage name while working as a bouncer in NYC nightclubs
  • Chosen for a role in Saving Private Ryan (1998) by Steven Spielberg after he saw Diesel's short film Multi-Facial
  • Directed indie movie Strays, which competed at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997
  • Breakout role was 2001's The Fast and the Furious, for which he and costar Paul Walker received an MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
  • Declined to appear in the first sequel to The Fast and the Furious, but did reunite with the original cast in the fourth film, 2009's Fast & Furious
  • Named his daughter, Pauline, after his late Furious co-star, Paul Walker
  • Founded the One Race Global Film Foundation, a non-profit that provides education and training in entertainment-based industries for low-income students in the U
  • S
  • and abroad


  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated


  • Paul Vincent -- Brother
  • Hania Riley -- Daughter
  • Pauline -- Daughter
  • Delora Vincent -- Mother
  • Paloma Jimenez -- Significant Other
  • Vincent Sinclair -- Son
  • Irving Vincent -- Stepfather