Vin Diesel

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

18th July, 1967







Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair Vincent; 18.07.1967) is an American actor.

Net Worth: Vin Diesel's net worth was estimated at $72 Million in 2014 (Cnetworth)

Childhood: Vin Diesel as born in New York City. His mother is Delora, an astrologer; he has never met his biological father and was raised by his stepfather Irving, an acting coach. He started acting on stage when he was seven and appeared in the play Dinosaur Door. He landed the part after he and his friends broke into the theatre to vandalise it and was offered a part by the director instead of being reprimanded. He attended Hunter College and began screenwriting. He changed his name to Vin Diesel when he was a bouncer at a club. Vin is short for Vincent and Diesel is a nickname referring to his endless energy.

Career: Vin Diesel made his film debut in 'Awakenings' in 1990 with an uncredited role. He then made a semi-biographical short film called 'Multi-Facial' in 1994 in which he also starred. The first feature film he made was called 'Strays' in 1997 and it was selected to compete at the Sundance Festival. In 1998, he landed a role in Stephen Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan' which also starred Tom Hanks. The following year, he played the voice of the title character in the animation 'The Iron Giant'. In 2000, he appeared in 'Boiler Room' with Ben Affleck and 'Pitch Black' alongside Radha Mitchell and Cole Hauser. In 2001, he was in 'The Fast and the Furious' and appeared in four of the sequels alongside Dwayne Johnson and Paul Walker. 2002 saw him in the action thriller 'xXx' opposite Asia Argento and Marton Csokas. In 2004, he had the lead role in 'The Chronicles of Riddick' with Thandie Newton and Judi Dench which did poorly at the box office. The following year he had a more humorous role in the comedy 'The Pacifier' with Brittany Snow and Max Thieriot. In 2006, he played real-life gangster Jack DiNorscio in 'Find Me Guilty' alongside Alex Rocco and Peter Dinklage . In 2008, he was in the sci-fi flick 'Babylon A.D.' which also starred Gerard Depardieu and Mark Strong. In 2013, he was back as Riddick in the sequel of the same name and that same year landed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2014, he plays the half-tree Groot in comedy Marvel movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy' alongside Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista and Bradley Cooper.

Personal Life: Vin Diesel dated Michelle Rodriguez in 2001. In 2008, he welcomed his daughter Hania Riley into the world with his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez. He is fond of the Dominican Republic and knows President Leonel Fernandez personally. He enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons and wrote the foreword for the book '30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons'.

Jamie Oliver And 8 Other Celebrities Who Risked Their Lives In The Name Of Heroism

By Holly Mosley in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 10 September 2018

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These screen heroes became real life heroes when they put their lives on the line.

It's impressive enough when ordinary civilians put themselves on the front line in a dangerous situation to rescue their friends, familiy and even people they don't know. But when celebrities do it, it completely changes the way people view them. And heroism among the elite is not as uncommon as you might think.

Jamie Oliver outside the BBC Radio 2 studios

1. Jamie Oliver - Last week, the celebrity chef pursued a man on foot after he attempted to break into both his London home and a neighbour's, and ended up pinning him to the ground and holding him there until the police arrived on scene. The would-be burglar was described as 'aggressive', but Jamie wasn't about to give in when he had a wife and five children to defend.

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Vin Diesel on the red carpet at the 45th annual Chaplin Award Gala held at Alice Tully Hall in New York. This year, Dame Helen Mirren was honored with the prize - New York, New York, United States - Monday 30th April 2018

Vin Diesel at the Los Angeles premiere for 'Avengers: Infinity War'. Following 2015's 'Avengers: Age of Ultron', 'Infinity War' is the third film in the series and the nineteenth film in the Marvel film franchise altogether - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd April 2018

The Avengers Must Unite For Their Biggest Battle Yet In 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe prepares to come to a climax as ‘The Avengers’ unite with ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ to stop the evil Thanos. Directed by The Russo Brothers, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ hits cinemas this spring.

After the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Infinity War’ sees The Avengers left broken and divided. Some of them even look different, with Captain America (Chris Evans) sporting a beard and the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) with newly blonde hair.

The Avengers face their biggest threat year in ‘Infinity War’

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Michelle Rodriguez Insists Vin Diesel Is Not To Blame For 'Fast And Furious' Complaint

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 03 July 2017

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The actress may have beef with the franchise, but not her co-star.

Michelle Rodriguez opened up recently about the sexism of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise, but she has now clarified that her comments were not in reference to her co-star Vin Diesel's input in the film series and insists that he is a 'supporter' of strong female roles.

Image caption Michelle Rodriguez at 'The Fate of the Furious' premiere

The 38-year-old actress wants everybody to know that she was not talking about Vin Diesel when she said recently that she may leave the 'Fast and Furious' series for good if the next movie does not explore equal opportunities for female stars. In fact, Vin is totally on her side.

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Vin Diesel Talks About Groot The Gentle Giant

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 29 April 2017

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Ahead of the release of 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2', Vin Diesel opens up about his character.

By far the most loved character in the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' franchise is Groot, voiced by the indomitable Vin Diesel. There's an innocence to this character that strikes a chord will all who engage in the movies, and there's almost nothing about him that Vin doesn't adore.

Image caption Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper lend their voices to 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

For those who don't know, Groot is essentially a friendly, anthropomorphic, monosyllabic tree, who communicates using only three words: 'I', 'Am' and 'Groot' (exclusively in that order). In the first movie it seemed that Rocket was the only one who really understood him, but by 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' it seems all his new friends have connected with his unique personality.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Review


It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, which jolted the Marvel franchise to life with its fresh comedy and freewheeling adventure. This sequel is still a lot of fun, but it's also far more controlled, a conventional, plot-based step of the Marvel universe. And all of the characters are angry about everything and everyone. Thankfully, there's also an emotionality that sneaks into the final act.

Now working as a team, the bickering Guardians just manage to complete their latest mission when Rocket (Bradley Cooper) makes an enemy of a tenacious high priestess (Elizabeth Debicki). Her fleet chases them into an encounter with Ego (Kurt Russell), a god-like being who claims to be the father of Guardian leader Peter (Chris Pratt). So Peter takes Gamora and Drax (Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista) to check out Ego's planet, while Rocket and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) fend off both the priestess and Peter's old mentor Yondu (Michael Rooker), who arrives with a large posse. And then there's Gamora's perpetually furious sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), who's on the rampage, determined to get revenge against everyone who has slighted her.

There's an underlying rage that drives everyone's actions, and the constant screaming matches become exhausting as the film progresses. The worst offender is Rocket, who expresses his perpetual aggravation in a stream of tetchy tirades. Thankfully, the dialogue is sharply written, with wicked insults to keep the audience smirking along. And there's also a nice sense that all of this fury is masking a deeper affection these misfits have for each other, which boils over in some remarkably strong dramatic scenes. Pratt and Russell are both terrific, seizing every chance to play with the comedic and dramatic notes. There are nice moments for Rooker, Saldana and Gillan, plus some witty cameos. And while Baby Groot is almost painfully adorable, it's Bautista's hilariously open-hearted Drax who steals the show.

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Vin Diesel And Dwayne Johnson Fought Over The Spotlight On 'The Fate Of The Furious'

By Holly Williams in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 19 April 2017

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'Fast and Furious' co-stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson are friends again after on-set conflict.

All sorts of stories have been circling regarding the tense relationship between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson on the set of 'The Fate of the Furious', and now it seems the cause of that co-called feud has finally been revealed. It was all a battle of masculinity.

Image caption Vin Diesel at 'The Fate of the Furious' premiere

Following Dwayne's indirect accusation of Vin Diesel being a 'candy ass' last year, it seems everything is okay between the two men now. In fact, it seems their fall-out was little more than a battle of egos according to a new report.

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The 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Characters Ranked

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 15 April 2017

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Can you guess who our favourite 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' character is?

With 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' well on the way, we order the Guardians of the original movie from best to nearly best before their newest members join the ranks. Of course, Groot has been replaced by Baby Groot, and Yondu Udonta and Nebula are apparently about to join this force for good - though they haven't given us much reason to like them yet. Also, Mantis is another forthcoming addition, who we expect will steal our hearts very soon.

Image caption 'Guardians of the Galaxy' has some of Marvel's best characters

1. Groot - He's a tree of little words, but he also sacrificed himself to save his friends, most of which he had only known a short time. Also, he becomes Baby Groot after that sacrifice - and he is the character that we're all excited to meet in the forthcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'. Voiced by Vin Diesel, he is the most innocent and the most loving of all the Guardians.

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Vin Diesel Says Brotherhood Is The Key To Fast & Furious

By Rich Cline in Movies / TV / Theatre on 14 April 2017

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All the Fast and Furious cast are incredibly close

The tight Fast & Furious family showed a crack in the run up to the eighth film in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, when Dwayne Johnson made a disparaging remark about some of his unnamed costars. "Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don't," he wrote. "The ones that don't are too chickens ... candy asses."

Image caption Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voice Rocket and Groot in 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'

Taking place two to three months after the events of the first film, the Guardians this time travel through the cosmos whilst struggling to keep their group together. As Peter Quill aka Star-Lord does his best to find out more about his heritage, a dangerous entity emerges and threatens to undo all of the good the Guardians have sewn before them.

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The Fate Of The Furious - Trailer and Featurette

Dominic Toretto has gone rogue. It seemed like the game was finally up with Brian and Mia retiring from their fast and furious lifestyles, and Dom and Letty swapping that life for marriage, but as it turns out things are not that simple. Dom has apparently sold out his family and friends to embark on another dangerous adventure. He seems to have been lured into action again by a very beautiful but extremely dangerous individual named Cipher. She has some seriously advanced technology at her disposal that she wants to use to execute her plan to take control of every motor vehicle in the city and cause some serious mass destruction. But Letty refuses to lose faith in him because she's sure there must be something more going on, though she doesn't know what yet. She re-teams with Tej Parker and Hobbs and this time they got a tank. Unfortunately for Hobbs, the only way they can take on Dom and his new girlfriend is by enlisting the help of his criminal nemesis Deckard Shaw.

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Paloma Jimenez seen alone and with Vin Diesel on the Red Carpet for the 2017 Breakthrough Prize awards held at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, San Francisco, California, United States - Sunday 4th December 2016

Vin Diesel stops for photos on the red carpet at the 54th New York Film Festival premiere of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' held at AMC Lincoln Square Theater, New York, United States - Friday 14th October 2016

Vin Diesel - People's Choice Awards 2016 - Press Room held at the Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live at Microsoft Theatre L.A. Live, People's Choice Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 7th January 2016