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Vin Diesel

Actor

Born: 18 July 1967
Birthplace: New York, New York
Best known as:

Star of the hot-rod thriller The Fast and the Furious

Name at birth: Mark Vincent

Vin Diesel is the muscular action star who co-starred with the late Paul Walker in the long-running The Fast and the Furious film series.  Vin Diesel didn't start as an action hero: he wrote, directed and starred in the short film Multi-Facial (1995) and the indie feature Strays (1997), which was shown at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. Steven Spielberg took notice and cast him as a WWII dogface in Saving Private Ryan (1998, with Tom Hanks), and the following year Diesel was the voice of The Iron Giant. He also appeared in the sci-fi thriller Pitch Black (2000) and in The Boiler Room (2000, with Ben Affleck). But Vin Diesel really made his name co-starring with Paul Walker in the car-chase summer flick The Fast and the Furious in 2001, with Diesel as the charismatic leader of a gang of car thieves. Diesel skipped the sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) but then returned for the sequels The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011, with Dwayne Johnson) and Fast and Furious 6 (2013). Diesel moved into action-hero territory with XXX, a 2002 secret-agent flick that co-starred Samuel L. Jackson. Vin Diesel's other films include A Man Apart (2003), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), The Pacifier (2005), Find Me Guilty (2006) and Riddick (2013).

Extra credit:

Diesel did not appear in the first two sequels to The Fast and the Furious: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). Walker appeared in the 2003 film, but not in Tokyo Drift.

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