(The Iron Giant), a New York native, made his stage performing
debut at the age of seven and, from that point on, he continued
to work in New York theater. Diesel majored in English at Hunter
College and soon began writing screenplays. His first film, the
short "Multi-Facial" (which he wrote, starred in, directed
and produced), screened at Cannes in 1995; his first full-length
feature, "Strays" (which he starred in, directed and
produced), competed at Sundance in 1997 and led to a deal with
MTV to adapt it into a series. Upon viewing "Multi-Facial,"
Steven Spielberg created the role of Private Carpazo for Diesel
in his Oscar-winning "Saving Private Ryan." (Diesel,
along with his fellow "Ryan" actors, were nominated
for a SAG Award for Best Ensemble.)
The actor/filmmaker is currently developing "Doormen,"
an original screenplay based on his experiences as a bouncer in
New York City, which he plans to direct and star in (with Ted
Fields executive producing). He recently completed starring roles
in the science-fiction drama "Pitch Black" (directed
by David Twohy) and Ben Younger's "The Boiler Room,"
opposite Ben Affleck and Giovanni Ribisi.
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