At the mention of the name Vin Diesel, the Fast and Furious film series comes to mind. From 2001’s The Fast and the Furious and all through the other instalments to 2017’s The Fate of the Furious, Vin and his guys have literally stolen the heart of many with their remarkable, dangerous and exciting actions.
Beyond Fast and Furious, Vin is admired for his many roles in the movie industry which has earned him numerous nominations for prestigious accolades. He has won multiple awards ranging from the People’s Choice Awards to the MTV Movie Award, the Teen Choice Award, Online Film Critics Society Award and the CinemaCon Award.
The man isn’t only an actor; he is equally a screenwriter, director and producer.
Vin’s Early Life and Family Background
Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair alongside his twin brother, Paul, on July 18, 1967, in Alameda County, California. Vin has never met or known his biological father. He was raised by his mom in New York, alongside his stepfather, African-American Irving H. Vincent who is an acting instructor and theatre manager.
Diesel at the age of 7 made his debut stage appearance in children’s play “Dinosaur Door”. The play was produced in New York’s Greenwich Village at Theater for the New City. Diesel continued making theatre appearances all through his adolescent years. He then attended New York’s Hunter College where he honed his creative writing skills to become a screenwriter.
Movie Career Breakthrough, Earnings
He made his debut movie appearance in “Awakenings” (1990). Next was a short film “Multi-Facial” (1994) which he wrote, directed and produced. He starred in “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), an Oscar-winning movie by Steven Spielberg. In the 1999 animated film, “The Iron Giant”, Diesel provided the voice for the titular character.
After landing a major role in drama thriller, “Boiler Room” (2000), Diesel’s breakthrough leading role came in the science-fiction film “Pitch Black” (2000). He went on to establish himself as an action hero in the street racing action film “Fast And Furious” (2001) and action thriller “xXx” (2002). Diesel has since appeared in every sequel of both movies which have all been box office hits. He has also reprised his Riddick role in the sequels of “Pitch Black”.
Vin Diesel makes his movies via his three production companies; One Race Films, Racetrack Records, and Tigon Studios.
Since making his debut, he has been a regular on Forbes Celebrity 100 lists which reveals the highest earning celebrities of the year. In 2015, he earned $47 million which placed him 3rd on the list of the world’s highest-paid actors. In 2016, his earnings dipped a bit to $35 million. As of May 2017, his net worth is estimated at $160 million.
Vin Diesel’s Family and Twin Brother
Vin and his twin brother were raised by astrologist mother, Delora Sherleen Sinclair and stepfather, Irving H. Vincent but never met their biological father.
Although he has been pretty much very private about his personal life, it wasn’t long before the media snooped out the fact that he has a twin brother named Paul Vincent. Despite being unidentical, the striking similarity did not miss the attention of fans – they exude the same charming features.
Also, fans are hoping that Vin and his brother will act a movie together but that may never happen since Paul, like his celebrity twin brother, cherishes his private life. He loves being away from the spotlight.
Kids, Wife or Girlfriend, Is Vin Diesel Gay?
To the best of our knowledge, the man is straight. Vin dated Fast and Furious co-star Michelle Rodriguez; however, he formed a long relationship with his current partner, Paloma Jimenez – a Mexican model.
Diesel and Jimenez have three children: a daughter Hania Riley, a son Vincent Sinclair and another daughter Pauline. She was named in honour of Vin’s friend and Fast & Furious franchise co-star, Paul Walker, who died in November 2013.
His Height and Weight
At 182cm, Vin’s height is definitely more than average. He has a fuller body build acquired by rigorous routine exercises which focus mostly on his shoulders chest, back and biceps. Vin is also dedicated to relaxation exercises. He weighs a solid 102 kilograms (225 pounds).