A native of New York City, VIN DIESEL
(Riddick/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
starred in and produced the
box-office smash hit Fast &
Furious 6, which has grossed
more than $670 million worldwide.
In 2011, Diesel was seen in Fast Five, the fifth
installment of the blockbuster The Fast and the Furious
series, as well as Fast & Furious, in 2009. 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.
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
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 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, which is in development by MTV
Films, Paramount Pictures and 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 the action-thriller A Man Apart, which he also
produced; and the voice of the title character in The
Iron Giant, which won an Annie Award for Best
Upcoming projects for Diesel include producing
and starring in Universal Pictures' upcoming seventh
installment of the Fast & Furious series, as well
as Kojak. He will re-team with Shankman on The
Machine and star in and produce World's Most Wanted
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.
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.
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