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A MAN APART

In the Summer of 2002, VIN DIESEL starred as secret agent Xander Cage (and served as the executive producer) in the hit action film XXX, directed by Rob Cohen. Diesel portrayed a notorious underground thrill seeker who is forced to cooperate with the government to avoid prison.

Last Fall, Diesel co-starred in the New Line Cinema ensemble drama, Knockaround Guys, which also featured John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper, Barry Pepper and Seth Green.

Diesel is currently in pre-production on Universal's The Chronicles of Riddick, which is based on his character from Pitch Black. Diesel's One Race Productions will also produce. Additionally, Diesel will star as the third century B.C. Carthaginian general Hannibal for Revolution Studios. The film is based on the Ross Leckie novel of the same name and is currently in development.

Prior to Pitch Black, Diesel gave a standout performance in Boiler Room, and was the voice of the title character in the Warner Brothers animated feature The Iron Giant, which won an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

Steven Spielberg noticed Diesel's early work and created the role of Private Carpazo for him in Saving Private Ryan, opposite Tom Hanks. Diesel was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the film's ensemble cast.

In the early 1990s, Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in his first film, a short, Multifacial, which was screened at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival. He then wrote his first full-length feature, Strays, in which he also was the star, director and producer. This raw urban drama was selected to be in competition at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

A native to New York City, Diesel gave his first stage performance at the age of seven at the Theatre for the New City in Greenwich Village and continued to work in theatre throughout his childhood.

Diesel majored in English at Hunter College with a concentration on creative writing and soon thereafter began writing screenplays.

He was the recipient of the Nova Award at the 2001 Diversity Awards by the Multicultural Motion Picture Association.

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