His birth name is Mark Sinclair Vincent. He changed it for Vin Diesel when he was 17. (Photo: Archive)
He was raise in New York City. (Photo: Archive)
He has a twin brother named Paul (right). He is a movie editor. (Photo: Archive)
He has never met his biological father. Diesel was raise by his Caucasian mother and African-America stepfather. (Photo: Archive)
He began working as a bouncer at a nightclub in New York called the Tunnel. (Photo: Archive)
When first pursuing acting he worked in telemarketing. (Photo: Archive)
Diesel’s first film role was a brief uncredited appearance in the film Awakenings, in 1990. (Photo: Archive)
He was the voice of the main character in the animated movie The Iron Giant. (Photo: Release)
He got his breakthrough role as the anti-hero Riddick in the sci-fi movie Pitch Black, in 2000. (Photo: Release)
Diesel became an action hero star with the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious (2001), and the action thriller xXx (2002). (Photo: Release)
He dated co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who he met on the set of The Fast and the Furious. (Photo: Archive)
In 2005, he played a lighthearted role in the comedy film The Pacifier, which became a box office success. (Photo: Release)
Vin Diesel was offered the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the 2003 action movie Daredevil, that ended up going to Ben Affleck. (Photo: Release)
Diesel has three children, Hania Riley, Vincent, and Pauline, with his girlfriend, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez. (Photo: Archive)
He named his youngest daughter after his late best friend and Fast and Furious co-star, Paul Walker, who died in November 2013 in a car accident. (Photo: Archive)
In August 2013, Diesel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo: Archive)
He is the second actor with the highest number of Facebook fans, 98,755,609 to be exact. (Photo: Archive)
He voiced Groot in the 2014 and 2017 Marvel Universe film, Guardians of the Galaxy. (Photo: Release)
Vin Diesel’s net worth in $100 million. (Photo: Archive)
Vin Diesel, a.k.a. Dominic Toretto, is best known for his role in the blockbuster franchise Fast and the Furious. But the muscular actor has been part of much more than just the car racing saga. From sci-fi anti-heroes to babysitters, Vin Diesel has done it all.
Actor, producer, director, and screenwriter, Vin Diesel has been in the movie business for over 20 years. And while he has reached international stardom with his career, his life is pretty hidden from the public eye.
Celebrating Vin Diesel’s 50 birthday, here are 19 awesome facts you didn’t know about him!