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'.
The Guardians of the Galaxy have returned for another interplanetary adventure, having decided to stick together after forming an unbreakable bond on their last journey. Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, Gamora and Groot (well... Baby Groot) are back but this time they are not alone. They are joined by Gamora's cynical and formerly evil sister Nebula, initially as a prisoner but then as a fully-fledged member of the team. Ravagers leader Yondu Udonta also join them, though not without trying to kill them first, and a new face in the form of Mantis is also among the new arrivals. Mantis happens to be the adoptive daughter of Ego - a mysterious being who Peter meets on his latest quest, and discovers that he is in fact his father. The team come against plenty of adversaries on their new adventures, but nothing compares to this confusing and unexpected meeting.
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It's been two months since the Guardians of the Galaxy defeated the evil Ronan, and their prize is freedom and a clean criminal record. Finally. These guys are truly inseparable now; Baby Groot's (Vin Diesel) rebirth has meant that he has a lot of growing up to do and is relying on Rocket (Bradley Cooper) to keep him on the straight and narrow (not that he's great with kids or anything), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) hasn't changed a bit and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who is still using the name Star Lord, has started to develop seriously cuddly feelings towards the feisty Gamora (Zoe Saldana). Their latest mission is to track down Quill's alien father, but they are not alone. Joining them on their new galactic journey is Gamora's changeable sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), Quill's (kind of) adoptive father Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) and antennaed newcomer Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
Just what does Dominic Toretto think he's doing? It seems the original team has disbanded, with Brian and Mia having retired from the fast life (literally) and the world of crime, and it seemed like Dom and Letty had a normal life ahead of them following their marriage. But that's just not the way life goes for Dom, whose love of danger seems to far outweigh his love for his friends and family. Just when you thought that their lives couldn't get anymore complicated, a mysterious woman walks in and threatens to dismantle everything, encouraging Dom to betray those he holds dear for one more adventure. Hobbs, meanwhile, isn't about to let Dom get away with it this time, and he and his team cross terrains of every kind from Cuba to the Arctic in a bid to take him down once and for all.
At the peak of his career, Vin Diesel has revived three muscle-bound franchises that he had walked away from at one time: Riddick, Fast & Furious and now xXx with Return of Xander Cage.
So how does he maintain the physical demands of these beefy roles at age 49? "I work out less and enjoy it more these days," he says. "It's a time in my week where I don't have to juggle things. I can just exercise and be present. When I play Dominic in Fast, I want to look strong but authentic, not buff. But to play Xander in xXx, I work with MMA fighters. And I did a lot of yoga when I played Riddick. There aren't a ton of constants, maybe just cardio work and a lot of core."
Vin Diesel leads the cast in XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage
It's been 15 years since he last played Xander, and Diesel feels that the time is right for his return. "I think there's a need to revisit this hero archetype," he says. "He is in some ways the reluctant hero, in some ways the antihero, but his individuality shines."
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It's been 15 years since Vin Diesel walked away from his XXX role, killing off the character before the 2005 sequel. Both films were pretty terrible, mindless action connected by the thinnest imaginable plots. And this franchise relaunch is just as random, with a nonsensical thriller storyline that exists merely to string together a sequence of explosive stunt trickery. Thankfully, this time the cast and crew make it clear that they know how preposterous this is.
No, Xander (Diesel) isn't dead. He's whizzing around the jungles of the Dominican Republic, wooing sweaty, scantily clad babes and keeping the locals cheering at his exploits. Then CIA black ops director Marke (Toni Collette) appears to draft him back into the XXX programme, because she needs to recapture a gadget terrorists are using to drop satellites from orbit onto carefully chosen targets. OK, sure. X assembles a team of his old pals (actually newcomers, played by Kris Wu, Ruby Rose and Rory McCann), plus a hot computer geek (Nina Dobrev), and chases down the team of equally extreme baddies (Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Tony Jaa and Michael Bisping). And as they head to London, the Philippines and Detroit, everyone realises that there's something else going on here.
There probably isn't a law of physics that isn't broken in this movie. These characters fly, are shot, fall from great heights and are blown to smithereens, but emerge unscathed, apart from their excessive tattoos (Xander has somehow redesigned his logo neck art for the reboot). Refreshingly, everyone keeps their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks, winking at the camera at each ridiculous moment. Such as the chase in which motorcycles magically transform into water-bikes. Or when Xander does a spot of Alpine skiing through a rainforest. Or the frankly jaw-dropping weightless fight scene in a power-diving airplane.
Continue reading: XXx: Return Of Xander Cage Review
Vin Diesel loves to bring the ''Oh s**t'' factor to his films, and has described himself as a ''perfectionist''.
Vin Diesel loves to bring the '''Oh s**t''' factor to his films.
The 49-year-old actor - who is set to reprise his role as the secret agent Xander Cage, also known as xXx, in the action film - has admitted he is a ''perfectionist'' and will go to extreme lengths to ensure the movies he stars in pack a punch.
Speaking to the Metro newspaper about his role in the follow up to the 2002 film, which is titled 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage', he said: ''You know I'm a perfectionist. I have to make it incredible.
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The actor had an important goal after Paul Walker's death.
Between the original 'xXx' in 2002 and the upcoming 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage', Vin Diesel has appeared in four 'Fast and Furious' films and while they were no doubt extremely fun to shoot, the latest installment 'Furious 7' left a tragic mark on all the cast.
Vin Diesel had a very specific role in mind after 'Furious 7'
2015's 'Furious 7' was the final movie that Paul Walker appeared in after his death in 2013. Given that the movie was only half completed at the time, it was an emotional continuation with Paul's brothers Cody and Caleb being drawn in to stand in as his character Brian O'Conner. It's with this in mind that you can understand how best pal Vin Diesel needed a change of scenery.
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The film is the third instalment in the action-packed ‘xXx’ franchise.
Vin Diesel is back as Xander Cage, in the first xXx movie in 12 years, XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
But joining Diesel this time around are a multicultural cast of actors, carefully chosen from all around the world, to give the film a truly international feel.
Vin Diesel assembled a multicultural cast for XXX: Return of Xander Cage
The star reveals how different she was to her female friends.
Ruby Rose is well-known as a gender-fluid icon, even admitting to wanting to be a boy when she was younger. But what you may not know is that, more specifically, she wanted to be Vin Diesel after watching him in 2002 film 'xXx'. Now she's got the next best thing.
Ruby Rose idolised Vin Diesel when she was younger
The 'Orange Is The New Black' star confessed who she idolised to be as she promoted her latest film 'XXX: Return of Xander Cage' - the third film in the series in which she plays the lead character's close friend Adele Wolff.
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Rich Cline talks us through some of the most anticipated movies for release in 2017.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but hopefully they'll be better than 2016's lacklustre batch. (Release dates are subject to change.)
Star Wars: Episode Viii - Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill continue the saga (Dec). More sci-fi sequels worth waiting for: the gang reteams for more space antics in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (May), Michael Fassbender returns for Alien: Covenant (May), and Harrison Ford is back for Blade Runner 2049 (Oct).
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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
Date of birth
18th July, 1967
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