FAST & FURIOUS 6
A native of New York City, VIN DIESEL (Dominic
Toretto/Produced by) has
become one of Hollywood's
most sought-after film stars.
In addition to his huge box-
office success, Diesel is a
prominent producer and
filmmaker. Most recently,
he headlined and produced
the upcoming third chapter
in The Chronicles of Riddick
franchise titled Riddick.
Diesel was most recently seen in Fast Five, the fifth
installment of the blockbuster The Fast and the Furious
series, as well as Fast & Furious. He wore multiple
hats on both projects as he reprised his role as Dominic
Toretto and produced the films, along with Neal H.
Moritz. He also wrote and directed the original short
film Los Bandoleros. The short, which was showcased
on the Fast & Furious DVD, tells the intriguing
backstory of the characters and events leading up to the
explosive oil-truck heist in the film.
Another endeavor in Diesel's entrepreneurial rise
was the creation of his successful video game company,
Tigon Studios, which created and produced 2004's top-
selling Xbox game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape
From Butcher Bay.
Diesel previously starred alongside Michelle Yeoh
in 20th Century Fox's Babylon A.D., for director Mathieu
Kassovitz. In this thriller, Diesel played a veteran-turned-
mercenary who takes the high-risk job of escorting a
woman from Russia to China. He is unaware that she
is carrying an organism that a cult wants to harvest to
produce a genetically modified messiah.
Diesel was also seen in the courtroom drama Find
Me Guilty, directed by renowned filmmaker Sidney
Lumet. Set in the '80s, the film documents the famous
three-year trial of 20 members of a mob family. Diesel
earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jackie
DiNorscio, the one mobster who chose to forgo his
rights to an attorney and defended himself. To play this
role, Diesel transformed himself into the 47-year-old
Italian mobster by putting on 20 pounds.
Diesel will play the title role in Hannibal the
Conqueror, which tells the story of the Carthaginian
general who rode an elephant across the Alps to attack
Rome in the third century B.C. In addition to this
film, Diesel's One Race Films will produce Hannibal
the Barbarian, a children's animated series based on
the stories of Hannibal, for the BET network. Diesel's
future projects also include Touchstone's Player's
Rule. The film, written by Ron Bass and Jen Smolka,
will be Diesel's first role as the lead in a romantic
comedy. Diesel will star in The Wheelman (MTV
Films/Paramount Pictures/One Race Films). Diesel's
Tigon Studios and Midway Games will collaborate
to release the film and video game simultaneously.
Diesel starred in his first comedy feature for Disney,
The Pacifier, opposite Faith Ford, Brad Garrett, Lauren
Graham and Brittany Snow. The 2005 film, directed
by Adam Shankman, followed an undercover agent
who, after failing to protect an important government
scientist, learns that the scientist's family is in danger.
In an effort to redeem himself, he agrees to take care of
the man's children -- only to discover that child care is
his toughest mission yet. The Pacifier was a huge box-
In the highly-anticipated science-fiction feature
The Chronicles of Riddick, Diesel reprised the title role
of Richard B. Riddick. Produced by One Race Films,
it was the follow-up to the cult favorite Pitch Black.
Diesel previously starred in the action-thriller A Man
Apart, which he also produced.
Topping Diesel's list of credits is his star turn in
2001's The Fast and the Furious, for which he won an
MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team, along with co-star Paul Walker, and was nominated for Best
Male Performance. He starred in the blockbuster xXx,
which he also executive produced. Diesel appeared
in Saving Private Ryan, for which he was nominated
for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the film's
ensemble cast. His other credits include roles in Boiler
Room and Knockaround Guys, and, he voiced the title
character in The Iron Giant, which won an Annie Award
for Best Animated Feature.
Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in the
independent short Multi-Facial, which explored the issue
of being multiracial in today's society. The film follows
Diesel, whose biological mother is Caucasian and biological
father is African-American, on several auditions in which
he is told he is either "too black" or "too white" for the
part. It was after seeing this short at the 1995 Cannes Film
Festival that director Steven Spielberg created the role of
Private Adrian Caparzo in Saving Private Ryan specifically
for Diesel. Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred
in the full-length feature Strays, which he described as a
"multicultural Saturday Night Fever." The drama was
selected to compete at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
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