Capital: € 150 million
Age: 52
Born: 07/18/1967
Country of origin: United States of America
Source of wealth: actor
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

He is known for fast cars, weapons and muscles: Vin Diesel. But the actor has more to offer than just fiery action and looks back on an interesting career.

Early life

Vin Diesel, whose real name is Mark Sinclair Vincent, was born in Alameda County in the summer of 1967. He has African-American and Italian roots, the mother worked as a psychologist and astrologer. He never got to know his biological father, instead his stepfather, an acting teacher, took over this task.

Vin Diesel grew up in New York City with his twin brother Paul, who is also now active in the film industry. When he was seven, he broke into a theater with friends to riot there. They were caught, but instead of being punished, they were given the task of playing theater every day after school.

Subsequently, Vin Diesel found fun in acting and got several roles in New York theaters, which, however, did not attract much attention. He also worked as a bouncer in clubs and studied English for three years. However, Diesel dropped out of this course of study to go to Hollywood.


After the lack of success in the theater, Vin Diesel made his first short film called “Multi Facial”, in which he himself took on the script, direction and leading role. In 1997 he presented his first feature film with “Strays – Lebe dein Leben”. Finally Steven Spielberg noticed him and helped Diesel with a role in “The Soldier James Ryan” to make a breakthrough.

In 2000 Vin Diesel played in “Pitch Black”. This film received two sequels in 2004 and 2013 that focus on its character. A year later, the first part of “The Fast and the Furious” followed, his most famous film series to date. He was the main actor and producer in this franchise. In 2002 he played in the agent thriller “Triple X”.

In 2005, Vin Diesel released his first comedy, the Disney film “The Babynator”. The following year he tried again in new roles with the drama “Find Me Guilty”. However, as his follow-up films showed, action suits him best: since 2014 he has dubbed Groot in several Marvel films, in 2015 he played in “The Last Witch Hunter” and the “Fast and Furious” films never end.

Career highlights

Vin Diesel became famous through the series “The Fast and the Furious”. The role of Dominic Toretto is probably his most famous and the franchise has been extremely successful. The “Fast and Furious” films were nominated for several awards, Vin Diesel received an MTV Award for it.

He had similar success in 2000 with “Pitch Black” and with its successors over the years. There are also several PC games for the “Pitch Black” films, in which the prehistory can be re-enacted from the point of view of Diesel’s character Riddick.

Other films with Vin Diesel’s participation, such as “The Soldier James Ryan”, also received good reviews. His debut work “Multi Facial” was even shown at the Cannes Film Festival. In the late 2010s, Diesel dubbed Groot’s iconic character in several Marvel films. In 2013 he also received a star on the Walk of Fame.

Famous quotes

– Love motivates me in everything I do.
– It is insecurity that always haunts you and blocks the path to your dreams.
– People who defend your name while you are away are the most loyal friends you can get.
– Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.

Amazing facts

– Even in real life, Vin Diesel was friends with co-star Paul Walker – because of his fatal accident, he refuses to drive too fast.
– Diesel likes to play the pen & paper role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons.
– The actor has already founded several companies, including a record label and a video game production company.
– At the beginning of his career he had problems with racial clichés – he was either “too black” or “too white” for many roles.


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