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Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair in Alameda County, California, along with his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent. He was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair), and adoptive father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager, in an artist's housing project in New York City's Greenwich Village. He never knew his biological father. His mother is white (with English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry), and his adoptive father is African-American; referring to his biological father's background, Diesel has said that he himself is "definitely a person of colour".His first break in acting happened by chance, when at the age of seven he and his friends broke into a theatre to vandalize it. A woman stopped them and offered them each a script and $20, on the condition that they would attend everyday after school. From there, Vin's fledgling career progressed from the New York repertory company run by his father, to the Off-Off-Broadway circuit. At age seventeen and already sporting a well-honed physique, he became a bouncer at some of New York's hippest clubs to earn himself some extra cash. It was at this time that he changed his name to Vin Diesel.Following high school, Vin enrolled as an English major at Hunter College, but dropped out after three years to go to Hollywood to further his acting career. Being an experienced theatre actor did not make any impression in Hollywood and after a year of struggling to make his mark, he returned to New York. His mother then gave him a book called "Feature Films at used Car Prices" by Rick Schmidt. The book showed him that he could take control of his career and make his own movies. He wrote a short film based on his own experiences as an actor, called Multi-Facial, which was shot in less than three days at a cost of $3,000. Multi-Facial was eventually accepted for the 1995 Cannes Film Festival where it got a tumultuous reception.Afterwards, Vin returned to Los Angeles and raised almost $50,000 through telemarketing to fund the making of his first feature, Strays. Six months after shooting, the film was accepted for the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, and although it received a good reception, it did not sell as well as hoped. Yet again Vin returned disappointed to New York only to receive a dream phone call. Steven Spielberg was impressed by Multi-Facial and wanted to meet Vin, leading him to be cast in Saving Private Ryan. Multi-Facial earned Vin more work, when the director of The Iron Giant saw it and decided to cast Vin in the title role. From there, Vin's career has steadily grown, with him securing his first lead role as Richard B. Riddick in the sci-fi film Pitch Black. The role has earned him a legion of devoted fans and the public recognition he deserves.Since then, he has headlined a series of blockbusters, often but not only centered on fast-driving motor vehicles: The Fast and the Furious, xXx, The Pacifier, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, and Furious 7. He also voiced Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and starred in the lower-budgeted courtroom drama Find Me Guilty, the latter directed by Sidney Lumet.  See full bio on IMDb »

'Furious 7' Stars Pull Huge Hollywood Heist ... Stealing the Spotlight (TMZ TV)

'Furious 7' Stars
Pull Huge Hollywood Heist ... Stealing Spotlight[TMZ TV]

Everything in Hollywood stopped for the "Furious 7" premiere ... and it was sheer insanity! Vin Diesel and The Rock were throwing up high-fives -- Ludacris was dancing around,  and fans… READ MORE >

Vin Diesel Breaks Down Honoring Paul Walker at 'Furious 7' Screening (VIDEO)

Vin Diesel
Breaks Down Honoring Paul Walker At 'Furious 7' Screening

Vin Diesel got so choked up talking about his friend and co-star Paul Walker, he couldn't talk. Vin was at an L.A. screening of "Furious 7" when he talked about his "best friend."  He was… READ MORE >

- 436 days ago
Vin Diesel -- Covers 'Stay With Me' ... And It's Strangely Enchanting

Vin Diesel
Covers 'Stay W/ Me' And It's Strangely Enchanting

Vin Diesel is not exactly known for being a singer ... but the guy just covered Sam Smith's hit "Stay with Me" ... and it's absolutely captivating. The action star was doing an interview for… READ MORE >

- 670 days ago
'Fast & Furious 7' Race Scene Cut -- We Can't Tolerate Another Death

'Fast & Furious 7'
Racing Scene SCRAPPED We Can't Tolerate Another Death

A critical scene for the upcoming "Fast & Furious 7" came to a screeching halt Thursday ... after studio suits pulled the plug because it was just too dangerous ... too risky.Sources connected… READ MORE >

- 690 days ago
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 >

- 854 days ago
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 >

- 910 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 >

- 911 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 >

- 1102 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 >

- 1181 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 >

- 1630 days ago

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