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Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair Vincent; July 18, 1967) is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He became known in the early 2000s, appearing in several successful Hollywood films, including The Fast and the Furious and xXx. He founded the production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios and Racetrack Records. Vin Diesel was born in New York City, the son of Delora, a psychiatrist and astrologer. Diesel is biracial, and has Italian and black ancestry. He has described himself as "definitely a person of color" and stated that he is "of ambiguous ethnicity - Italian and a lot of other stuff". Diesel has never met his biological father, and was raised by his African-American stepfather, Irving, an acting instructor and theatre manager. He 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 Theater for the New City's space on Jane Street with the intent to vandalize it. They were confronted by the Theater's Artistic Director, Crystal Field, who instead of calling the police, handed them scripts and offered them parts in the upcoming show. He remained involved with the theatre throughout adolescence, going on to attend the city's Hunter College, where his creative writing studies led him to begin screenwriting. Diesel became an active film-maker in the early 1990s, first earning notice for the short film Multi-Facial, which was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Festival. Diesel has identified himself as a "multi-faceted" actor as a result of early difficulties finding roles due to his mixed heritage.

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Vin Diesel -- 1-Man Dance Party ... to Katy Perry Jam

Vin Diesel
1-Man Dance Party ... To Katy Perry Jam

Vin Diesel felt the urge to dance ... by  himself ... to a Katy Perry song ... and thankfully, he recorded the entire session on video to share with the world. Diesel took a break in the… READ MORE >

Vin Diesel -- Emotional Speech at Paul Walker Crash Site ... 'He's An Angel In Heaven'

Vin Diesel
Emotional Speech at Paul Walker Crash Site 'He's An Angel In Heaven'

Vin Diesel finally broke his silence on the death of his friend Paul Walker last night -- arriving at the crash site and thanking mourners for "showing that angel in heaven how much you appreciate… READ MORE >

- 138 days ago
Paul Walker -- Fans Kicked Out of Crash Site For Private Family Memorial

Paul Walker
Fans Kicked Out of Crash Site For Private Family Memorial

10:45 PM PT -- Vin Diesel just spoke to fans at the crash site. Right after the private memorial ended, fans were allowed back to the area ... and Walker's co-star and friend got on a patrol car… READ MORE >

- 138 days ago
Paul vs. Vin vs. Tyrese -- Who'd You Rather?

Paul vs. Vin vs. Tyrese
Who'd You Rather?

Paul Walker, 39, Vin Diesel, 45, and Tyrese Gibson, 34, looked too fierce at the "Fast & Furious 6" premiere recently.Question is ... READ MORE >

- 330 days ago
Vin Diesel -- The Jacked & the Furious

Vin Diesel
The JACKED & the Furious

Action star Vin Diesel showed off his guns ... by flashing his ridiculously buff body while on a magazine shoot with a leopard.With a leashed kitty at his side, the 45-year-old is definitely armed… READ MORE >

- 409 days ago
Paul Walker -- Hookin' Up with Vin Diesel for Video Game Fix

Paul Walker
Hookin' Up with Vin Diesel ... for Video Game Fix

Paul Walker fed his video game addiction with a pre-Christmas shopping spree that included a cameo from fellow 'Fast and Furious' dude, Vin Diesel.Our gaming world sources (yeah, we got 'em) tell… READ MORE >

- 858 days ago
'Chronicles of Riddick' -- New Movie BACK ON After Cash Starts Flowing

'Chronicles of Riddick'
New Movie BACK ON After Cash Starts Flowing

Vin Diesel's new "Chronicles of Riddick" movie is back from the dead ... TMZ has learned ... after the production company scrounged up enough cash to pay off some long overdue bills. We broke the… READ MORE >

- 875 days ago
'Chronicles of Riddick' Sequel Shut Down -- No Money, Mo' Problems

'Chronicles of Riddick'
New Movie Shut Down -- No Money, Mo' Problems

Vin Diesel's comeback as an ass-kicking ex-con from the future is on hold ... because production on the new "Chronicles of Riddick" movie has been shut down over some serious cash flow… READ MORE >

- 904 days ago
Vin Diesel -- Not Fast or Furious Behind the Wheel

Vin Diesel
I Only ACT Like I Can Drive

Vin Diesel is an incredible actor -- because he's been pretending to be an amazing driver in all those "Fast and the Furious" movies, but turns out parking spots can be a bit, uhh ...… READ MORE >

- 934 days ago
The Rock vs. Vin Diesel: Who'd You Rather?

The Rock vs. Vin Diesel
Who'd You Rather?

Bald musclemen Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 38,and Vin Diesel, 43, both star in "Fast Five."Question is ... READ MORE >

- 1086 days ago

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