Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor director, producer, voice over artist and screenwriter.
He is best known for his portrayals of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious film series and Richard B. Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick trilogy. He also was a producer on sequels in both franchises. He had an inclination towards acting from a very young age and remained involved with Theatre in New York City throughout his teenage. He took up a creative writing course at his college which gave him the inspiration to start writing screenplays. Diesel started off his entertainment career with his short semi-biographical film ‘Multi-Facial’, for which he did the direction, writing, acting and production – it was screened at the Cannes Festival. An overnight action-film sensation who intrigued audiences when he seemingly emerged from nowhere in the summer of 2001, Vin Diesel actually made his first mark on the movie business as a filmmaker.
His first two independent films screened at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals after which the hulking, clean-shaven actor had a breakthrough role as imposing antihero Riddick in the cult-favorite sci-fi film “Pitch Black” (2000). He was quickly snapped up by Hollywood and transformed into a movie star with high-octane hits “The Fast and the Furious” (2001) and “xXx” (2002). Diesel found further box-office success with the Disney comedy “The Pacifier” (2005) and went on to receive decent reviews for his dramatic performance in “Find Me Guilty” (2006), but audiences were generally reluctant to accept him in anything but sequels to his signature action films. The hype that surrounded the actor’s rush to stardom eventually gave way to a period of career stagnation, but he bounced back in a big way with his prominent return for the 2009 sequel “Fast & Furious” and its reliably popular later installments, including the super-sized “Fast & Furious 6.”