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'.
Biography by Contactmusic.com