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'.
Vin Diesel - Universal Studios Hollywood's 'Road to Fast' campaign continues this week with a first look poster of Furious 7 star Vin Diesel (Dominic "Dom" Toretto) from our upcoming June 25th thrill ride 'Fast & Furious - Supercharged.' This is the third of six images to be released. - United States - Friday 8th May 2015
The 'Dukes of Hazzard' legend was previously linked with the tragic Paul Walker on a separate project years ago, and revealed that he would be interested in playing a part in the popular franchise.
John Schneider, the former star of TV’s ‘Dukes of Hazzard’, has expressed a desire to be a part of the Fast & Furious franchise. Having previously been linked with a car racing film project with the late actor Paul Walker, he has said he would be “very interested” in joining the Furious cast.
The franchise’s ever-present star Vin Diesel confirmed the existence of plans for an eighth movie last week, with a release pencilled in for April 2017. Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the popular TV series, admitted a role for him “would make sense because ‘Dukes…’ really paved the way for films like Fast & Furious. I'd be very interested in joining the cast.”
John Schneider of 'Dukes of Hazzard'
Continue reading: 'Dukes Of Hazzard' Star John Schneider For 'Furious 8' Role?
If you thought the Fast & Furious franchise was on its way out, you clearly are not familiar with the dynamics of Hollywood franchises. As the F&F, Spider-Man, Star Wars and numerous other series have proved, you don't just enjoy success, you ride its coattails until they're so warn and ragged that the money stream starts to thin out.
Another round with Vin & co.? Don't mind if we do.
Yes, there will be a Fast & Furious 8 (or some variation upon that name). Vin Diesel announced on Thursday that there will be an eight installment of the muscle car franchise released on April 14, 2017.
‘See You Again’ is taken from the soundtrack to ‘Furious 7’.
Rapper Wiz Khalifa is on top of the UK charts this weekend with the emotional ‘See You Again’, which pays tribute to the late Furious 7 actor Paul Walker. The track, which features Charlie Puth on vocals, has also become the fastest selling single of the year so far, overtaking Ellie Goulding’s ‘Love Me Like You Do’.
Khalifa's ‘See You Again’ pays tribute to the late Paul Walker.
‘See You Again’ climbed 21 places to top the chart this week, bringing its combined sales total up to 193,000 copies. The single is taken from the soundtrack to the seventh instalment of the Fast and Furious series, which has just surpassed the $1billion mark at the worldwide box office.
Having become a tremendous smash-hit, the 'Fast & Furious' franchise has no plans of stopping. But where will it go without Paul Walker?
As the seventh 'Fast & Furious' movie continues to dominate the global box office, rumours are swirling about where the franchise will go from here. Originally conceived as the first in a trilogy, 'Furious 7' was rewritten as a send-off for the late actor Paul Walker and ends on a definitive final note. So where to from here?
"We think there's at least three more," says Donna Langley, head of the film's studio, Universal. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters."
Continue reading: 'Furious 7' Sparks The Rumour Mill
‘The Longest Ride’ provide no match for the seventh ‘Fast and the Furious’ instalment.
Furious 7 is still sitting on top of the US box office, after taking $60.6 million in its second weekend. The action packed sequel opened last weekend to a record-breaking $147.2 million and has fallen just 59% in week two.
Furious 7 looks set to become the biggest of the Fast and the Furious series
The film is now well on the road to become the highest-grossing film in the history of the Fast and Furious franchise. The seventh instalment stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and also deals with the death of star Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident in 2013 before the film was completed.
Vin Diesel has poured his love for Paul Walker into Furious 7
Vin Diesel wants you to know that he hasn’t stopped missing co-star and friend Paul Walker. This time, the Furious 7 actor talked to the Italian news outlet Fanpage. The conversation was pretty light, with Vin joking about his limited singing ability, but things got a little emotional when he sang See You Again from the Furious 7 soundtrack.
At the end of the franchise, Diesel struggled to pull through.
So naturally, after that, the conversation turned to the topic of filming after Walker’s death in November of 2013.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Sings, Talks Overcoming Grief in New Interview
Despite being the seventh addition in the franchise, 'Furious 7' opened to the highest box-office for the first week in the franchise.
In less than a week, the seventh film in the 'Fast & Furious' franchise has passed $500 million at the global box office, and doesn't look likely to slow down until the end of the month, when 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' arrives. 'Furious 7' is poised to not only maintain its dominance on box office charts, but the movie is certain to become 2015's biggest hit next weekend when it passes the global total earned by 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ($566 million). And it hasn't opened yet in major markets like China, Russia or Japan.
Dwayne Johnson in 'Furious 7'
In North America, 'Furious 7' had the fourth best opening of all time, after two 'Harry Potter films' and 'The Avengers'. In the UK, 'Furious 7' opened bigger than any 2014 release, and has already outgrossed the lifetime UK totals of all previous films in the franchise.
Continue reading: 'Furious 7' Vrooms Into Cinemas
Projections had forecast that 'Furious 7' would enjoy a nine-figure opening weekend in America, but its success across the globe has been astonishing.
As widely predicted, Furious 7 romped to victory at American box offices this weekend, but what wasn’t expected was the scale of its success internationally. Incredibly, the film has debuted at number one in every single territory in which it’s been released thus far.
The Universal flick, starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and the late Paul Walker, has taken a staggering $240.4 million from international box offices. Added to the receipts from the American domestic audience, that makes a total of $384 million in ticket sales since the release date of April 3rd, CNN Money reports.
The 'Furious 7' gang, including the late Paul Walker (2nd R)
Continue reading: 'Furious 7' Breaks American And International Box Offices
The movie could be headed for a $150+ million weekend.
The Fast & Furious franchise is going out with a bang. Or, if we’re talking sounds, it’s probably more of a ka-ching. Since its release on Thursday, Furious 7 has already recorded the highest opening of 2015. On Friday, the flick made a spectacular $67.3 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
Furious 7 gave Paul Walker a final tribute.
The numbers put it on track to close the weekend past the $150 million mark. Of course, we won’t know until Monday morning. According to BOM’s stats, this puts the flick in tenth place for all-time biggest opening, on par with The Hunger Games and The Dark Knight. It's up 74 percent on Fast & Furious 6, which was the previous best debut in the 14-year-old franchise. In a single day, Furious 7 has already earned more than the third instalment in the franchise (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift) grossed during its entire run.
Continue reading: Furious 7 Set to Top All Predecessors
For their seventh adventure, the Fast & Furious cast and crew continue to outdo themselves with mind-boggling stunt driving and outrageous action mayhem, this time infusing everything with emotion as a way of honouring late actor Paul Walker. The rip-roaring pace and more internalised drama combine effectively to create a riotous thrill ride that might actually bring a lump to the throat. Even if it's all utterly preposterous, it's solidly entertaining.
Things pick up right where Part 6 left off, with former black-ops killer Deckerd Shaw (Jason Statham, who else?) determined to avenge his fallen brother. As he tracks them down, Dominic and Brian (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker) have reassembled their team (Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges) to take a job with shady government agent Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell). Their target is the even shadier villain Jakanda (Djimon Hounsou), who has kidnapped a genius hacker (Nathalie Emmanuel) to get his hands on her all-seeing gadget. But Shaw is on their trail as they track Jakanda to the mountains of Azerbaijan, and he interrupts their mission there as well as in the deserts of Abu Dhabi and the streets of downtown Los Angeles.
The double-edged premise offers all kinds of opportunity for plot twists, but of course the main point of these movies is to create increasingly insane set-pieces. This time, the film opens with Brian explaining to his young son that cars can't fly, after which director James Wan proves otherwise, flinging our heroes' hot rods into the sky from airplanes, tower blocks and cliff tops. Amazingly, they seem able to steer even in mid-air! But never mind, it looks so painfully cool that there's little do do but sit back and enjoy the chaos, knowing that even though a flashy vehicle is destroyed every minute, there's a newer, more awesome car coming in the next scene.
Continue reading: Furious 7 Review
Vin Diesel - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the world premiere of "Furious 7" which was at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 1st April 2015
Under the stewardship of James Wan, 'Furious 7' flies.
We were really hoping Furious 7 wasn't going to be terrible. Like, really terrible. The global franchise was always in good hands with James Wan at the helm and the casting was pretty good - so any possibility of doing the late Paul Walker a disservice was actually pretty slim.
Paul Walker [center, right] died in November 2013
The action star was killed in a high speed car crash on November 13, with filming only half completed. It led to delays on the movie for script re-writes and his brothers Caleb and Cody were used as stand-ins to complete the remainder of his scenes.
Continue reading: 'Furious 7' Is A Fitting Goodbye to Paul Walker
Vin Diesel - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the world premiere of "Furious 7" which was at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015