Mark Sinclair, known professionally as Vin Diesel, is an American actor and filmmaker. One of the world’s highest-grossing actors, he is best known for playing Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Vin Diesel is one of the lead actors in the most anticipated movie in 2021, Fast and Furious 9. The much awaited series is set to be released on 25th June 2021, this is contrary to the expectations of many people who had seen the initial release date of 1st April 2021.

Vin Diesel. Fast and Furious 9 lead actor.

Early life and Age

Diesel was born Mark Sinclair on July 18, 1967, in Alameda county, California, with his fraternal twin brother, Paul. His mother, Delora Sherleen Vincent , is an astrologer. Diesel has stated that he is “of ambiguous ethnicity”. His mother has English, German, and Scottish roots. He has never met his biological father, and has stated that “all I know from my mother is that I have connections to many different cultures”. Diesel has self-identified as “definitely a person of colour”, and has stated that his parents’ relationship would have been illegal in parts of the United States due to anti-miscegenation laws. He was raised in New York City, by his white American mother and African-American stepfather, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theatre manager.


Diesel made his stage debut at age seven when he appeared in the children’s play Dinosaur Door. The play was produced at Theatre 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 the Theatre for the New City space on Jane Street with the intent to vandalize it. They were confronted by the theatre’s artistic director, Crystal Field, who offered them roles in the upcoming show instead of calling the police. Diesel remained involved with the theatre throughout adolescence, going on to attend NYC’s Hunter College, where studies in creative writing led him to begin screenwriting. He has identified himself as a “multi-faceted” actor.

A younger version of Vin Diesel.

Acting career

Diesel’s first film role was a brief uncredited appearance in the drama film Awakenings (1990). In 1994, he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the short drama film Multi-Facial, a semi-autobiographical film which follows a struggling multiracial actor stuck in the audition process.

In 1997, Diesel made his first feature-length film, Strays, an urban drama in which he played a gang leader whose love for a woman inspires him to try to change his ways. Written, directed, and produced by Diesel, the film was selected for competition at the 1997 Sundance Festival, leading to an MTV deal to turn it into a series. Director Steven Speilberg took notice of Diesel after seeing him in Multi-Facial and cast him in a small role as a soldier in his 1998 Oscar-winning war film Saving Private Ryan. In 1999, he provided the voice of the Tittle Character, in the animated film The Iron Giant.

In 2000, Diesel had a supporting role in the drama thriller Boiler Room. He got his breakthrough leading role as the anti-hero Riddick, in the science-fiction film Pitch Black later that year. Diesel attained action hero stardom with two box office hits: the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious (2001), and the action thrillerXXX (2002). He turned down the chance to reprise his roles in the sequels 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and XXX state of the union (2005). He instead chose to reprise his role as Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick, which was a box office failure considering the large budget.  In a change from his previous action hero roles, in 2005, he played a light-hearted role in the comedy film The Pacifier, which was a box office success.

n 2006, he chose a dramatic role playing real-life mobster in Find Me Guilty. Although he received critical acclaim for his performance, the film did poorly at the box office grossing only $2 million against a budget of $13 million. Later that year, Diesel made a cameo appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, reprising his role from The Fast and the Furious.


In 2007, Diesel was set to produce and star as Agent 47 in the film adaptation of the video game Hitman, but eventually pulled back and served as executive producer on the film instead. In 2008, he starred in the science-fiction action thriller Babylon A.D. which was a critical and box office failure. Diesel returned to The Fast and Furious series, alongside most of the principal cast from the original 2001 film, released in April 2009.

Diesel reprised his role as Dominic Toretto in instalments five through eight of the Fast & Furious franchise, Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015), and The Fate of the Furious(2017). He reprised his role as Riddick in the third film of The Chronicles Of Riddick series, simply titled Riddick (2013).

Vin Diesel in the Chronicles of Riddick movie series

In 2017, Diesel also reprised his roles as Xander Cage in XXX: Return of the Xander Cage, and Groot in  Guardians of the Galaxy vol2 Over the course of several years, Diesel has discussed playing two separate roles within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In November 2016 director of Guardians of the Galaxy, confirmed that Diesel had been in talks to play Black Bolt. for the planned Inhumans film, but it was turned into a television series instead, without Diesel involved.

Diesel reprised his role of Groot once again in the crossover films Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: End Game (2019) which combined the superhero teams of Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers. He has said, “[I] think there’s gonna be a moment that we’re all waiting for, and whether you know it or not, you are waiting to see [Groot] and [the Hulk] get down.”

Diesel portrayed Viliant Comics character Bloodshot, in the film which released in March 2020. He is also joining the cast of James Cameron’s Avatar 2.

Vin Diesel’s new song with Kygo.

In September 2020, Diesel announced his venture into music, with the release of the song “Feel Like I Do”, produced by Kygo. He debuted the song on The Kelly Clarkson Show on September 24, stating: “I am blessed that on a year that I would normally be on a movie set — and as you know, that’s not possible — I’ve had another creative outlet. Another way to show you, or share with you, my heart.”

Personal Life


Diesel has says he prefers to maintain his privacy regarding his personal life, stating: “I’m not gonna put it out there on a magazine cover like some other actors. I come from the code of silence.”

Sometime around 2001, Diesel dated his Fast & Furious co-star Michelle Rodriguez. Since 2007, he has been in a relationship with Mexican model Paloma Jimenez; the couple have three children: daughter Hania Riley (born April 2008), son Vincent Sinclair (born 2010), and daughter Pauline (born March 2015). The last is named in honour of his co-star and friend Paul Walker, who died in November 2013. He is also the godfather of Walker’s daughter, Meadow.

Vin Diesel with his cute family.

Diesel is noted for his distinctive deep voice; he said his voice broke around age 15, giving him a mature-sounding voice on the telephone.

  Vin Diesel Net worth

As of 2021, Vin Diesel’s net worth is estimated to be $225 million. Most of his money has come from his long and illustrious acting career.

Vin Diesel with some of his favourite properties.

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