Vin Diesel

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Mark Vincent (born July 18, 1967 in New York City), better known by his stage name of Vin Diesel, is an American actor. Diesel is multi-racial, a fact upon which he based his well-received 1994 short film Multi-Facial, about a struggling actor who is rejected for part after part because he doesn't look "black/white/Jewish" enough. He attended Hunter College in New York City. He's quoted as saying his mother is descended from the Sinclairs of Scotland. Also, he has a dog, a mastiff by the name of Roman.
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Vin Diesel in Pitch Black

Diesel, who was cast in 1998's Saving Private Ryan on the strength of Multi-Facial, broke through to mainstream audiences with the 2001 film The Fast and the Furious and the 2002 film xXx. In 2004 he reprised his role as Pitch Black's Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick, and will thereafter take on the titular role in Hannibal, as the Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps by elephant to attack Rome.

Diesel has his own film production company, One Race Productions, with long time producing partner George Zakk. In 2002, he founded Tigon Studios, a video game production company; it is named after the tigon, the hybrid offspring of a male tiger and a female lion.

Diesel is also a long time fan and player of Dungeons & Dragons and other role playing games, a fact that he proudly states in various interviews. He occasionally places references to D&D in his films, such as in XXX where one of the tattoos on Xander Cage (Diesel's character) read "Melkor," the name of one of Diesel's old player characters. (Melkor is also the original name of the Satan-like character in The Silmarillion and other Tolkien stories.) He has also written the foreword to the commemorative book 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of D&D, which chronicles the history of D&D through various stories and essays written by various authors and developers.

Internet Meme

Recently, Diesel has become central to an Internet phenomenon, starting on the Something Awful discussion forms. A thread titled "Facts About Vin Diesel" was started by forum goon ScootsMagoo, where other goons could contribute various absurd "facts" on Diesel, such as "Vin Diesel owns a chain of fast food restaurants throughout the southwest. They serve nothing but pork rinds and Hot Pockets. A giant plastic Vin Diesel head spins around on a pole outside the franchises, shooting fireballs at passersby." or "Vin Diesel once had a bolt-throwing contest against Zeus. It ended in a tie." or "Vin Diesel can divide by zero." or the classic "Vin Diesel may or may not be a freight train." After over 700 such "facts" were posted in the thread, a webpage was created that would randomly display one of the many "facts" collected from the thread and was also set up to allow readers to submit their own. It continues to thrive on 4chan. Diesel's personal opinion on it is unknown.

Filmography

Year Movie Role Other notes
2006 Rockfish voiceover Announced; animated
2006 Hannibal Hannibal Barca Announced
2005 Find Me Guilty Jack DiNorscio Post-Production
2005 The Pacifier Shane Wolfe
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury Richard B. Riddick
2004 The Chronicles of Riddick Richard B. Riddick
2003 A Man Apart Sean Vetter
2002 XXX Xander Cage
2001 Knockaround Guys Taylor Reese
2001 The Fast and the Furious Dominic Toretto
2000 Pitch Black Richard B. Riddick
2000 Boiler Room Chris Varick
1999 The Iron Giant The Iron Giant Voice
1998 Saving Private Ryan Private Caparzo
1997 Strays Rick
1994 Multi-Facial Mike
1990 Awakenings Hospital Orderly

External links

fr:Vin Diesel ja:ヴィン・ディーゼル

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