Vin Diesel :
Vin Diesel, original name Mark Sinclair, (born July 18, 1967, Alameda county, California, U.S.), American actor and producer who was best known for his action films, most notably the Fast and Furious series.
Sinclair grew up in New York City with his mother, fraternal twin brother, and African American stepfather, Irving Vincent, a theatre manager who provided him with some of his first stage roles.
Early life :
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair Vincent in New York City, the son of Delora, a psychiatrist and astrologer. Diesel is biracial and has Italian and black ancestry. He has described himself as "definitely a person of color" and stated that he is "of ambiguous ethnicity - Italian and a lot of other stuff".
Diesel has never met his biological father, and was raised by his African-American stepfather, Irving, an acting instructor and theatre manager. He made his stage debut at age seven, when he appeared in the children's play Dinosaur Door, written by Barbara Garson. The play was produced at Theater for the New City in New York's Greenwich Village.
His involvement in the play came about when he, his brother and some friends had broken into Theater for the New City's space on Jane Street with the intent to vandalize it. They were confronted by the Theater's Artistic Director, Crystal Field, who instead of calling the police, handed them scripts and offered them parts in the upcoming show.
He remained involved with the theatre throughout adolescence, going on to attend the city's Hunter College, where his creative writing studies led him to begin screenwriting. Diesel became an active film-maker in the early 1990s, first earning notice for the short film Multi-Facial, which was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Festival.
In an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, he said that he changed his name to "Vin Diesel" while working as a bouncer at New York City nightclub the Tunnel, because in that business one's real name is not usually given out. The name "Vin" is simply a shortened version of "Vincent". He received the nickname "Diesel" from his friends who said he ran off diesel, referring to his non-stop energy.
He has a fraternal twin brother named Paul, a younger brother named Tim, and a sister named Samantha.
Personal life :
Original/Real Name: Mark Sinclair Vincent
Other/Nickname: Diesel, Bouncer, Dom
Occupation :Actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Age: 50 according to his birthdate July 18, 1967
Date of Birth: July 18, 1967
Hometown: Not Known
Caste: Not Known
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Debut: Awakenings in 1990
Mother’s Name: Delora Sherleen (Sinclair) Vincent (Astrologer and Psychiatrist)
Brother’s Name : Paul (Fraternal Twin Brother) (Film Editor) Tim Vincent (Younger Brother)
Sisters: Samantha Vincent (Younger Sister)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Diesel’s first appearance on the big screen came with a brief role in ‘Awakenings’ in 1990. His appearance was uncredited in the movie. But that did not deter him from his conviction to act.
In 1994, he directed, produced, acted and wrote the script for a short semi-autobiographical film titled ‘Multi-Facial’. The movie was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
He made his first feature-length film ‘Strays’ in 1997. It was an urban drama, which he directed, produced, wrote and acted in. It was selected for competition at the Sundance Festival, leading to an MTV deal to turn it into a series.During the mid-2000s, Diesel continued to gain popularity and box office success with movies such as ‘The Pacifier (2005)’—a light hearted comedy and ‘Find Me Guilty (2006)’, in which he played the role of ‘Jack DiNorscio’
In 2006, he reprised his role of ‘Dominic Toretto’ for a cameo in ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’. He was offered roles in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ and ‘xXx: State of the Union’, which he turned down.
He intended to produce and star as ‘Agent 47’ in the film adaptation of the famous video game ‘Hitman’ in 2007 but ended up only as an executive producer on the film.Towards the end of ‘2000s, Diesel starred in the science fiction action thriller, ‘Babylon A.D. (2008)’ and returned back to ‘The Fast and the Furious’ series ‘Fast & Furious (2009)’.
Diesel again repeated his role as ‘Dominic Toretto’ in the fifth and sixth films from the series: ‘Fast Five (2011)’ and ‘Fast & Furious 6 (2013)’.
He also reprised his role as ‘Riddick’ in the third film of the ‘Riddick’ series ‘Riddick (2013)’. In the same year, Diesel, for his contribution in the film industry, received an honorary star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Black Reel Awards-
Black Reel Outstanding Voice Performance
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
For playing "Baby Groot"
Black Reel Outstanding Voice Performance
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Black Reel Theatrical - Best Actor
The Fast and the Furious (2001)