This iconic American actor needs no introduction, because no matter what part of the world you’re from, surely you heard of Vin Diesel, the guy who kicks everyone’s butt in his action movies.
Even if you are familiar with his movies, the chances of you knowing that Vin Diesel is not his real name are small. He was born Mark Sinclair, on June 18, 1967, in Alameda County, California, USA.
He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Delora Sherleen (Sinclair) Vincent and Irving H. Vincent. He has never met his biological father, nor does he know anything about the man. He has a twin brother named Paul.
At the age of 7, he was a part of a children’s play named Dinosaur Door, which was produced at Theatre for the New City, Greenwich Village, NY. His appearance on the play came to an end when he and his brother, alongside a few rebellious friends, attempted to vandalize the theatre’s space on Jane Street.
He spent his teenage years acting in other theatre plays. During that time, he was also a club bouncer. He recalls that he had been in around 500 fights; that’s probably where he learned his tough-guy ways we see in his movies today. He attended Hunter College in NYC, where he began to work on his writing skills, which would later come in handy with writing scripts.
His first appearance was in 1990 when he had landed a short and uncredited role in the Awakenings.
Four years later, he wrote, directed, produced and starred in Multi- Facial. His portrayal of the character caught attention of Steven Spielberg, a famous director. Spielberg cast Diesel in his drama Saving Private Ryan, which won the Oscar in 1998. That was when Vin Diesel got more chances that would rocket him to the stars.
The 21st century came with Diesel slaying the game in Boiler Room (2000), the science-fiction film Pitch Black (2000) and two hits, The Fast and The Furious (2001) and xXx (2002).
After The Fast and Furious, Diesel came to be a busy guy- he starred in the sequel The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Agent 47 (2007), Babylon A.D. (2008) and returned to the role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and The Furious (2009). You can’t forget the 2005 film The Pacifier, where he plays a Navy officer on a dangerous mission: babysitting.
Everyone’s favorite, Dominic Toretto returned for Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Furious 7 (2015). He came back to play in Riddick (2013). That same year, he got a star on the Walk of Fame. He was the voice of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
Vin Diesel Net Worth 2020
He did start out small but built his way to the top. Vin Diesel now has $145 million of estimated net worth in 2020.