Diesel, Vin 1967–

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DIESEL, Vin 1967


Original name, Mark Vincent; born July 18, 1967, in New York, NY; son of Delora (an astrologer and psychiatrist) and stepson of Irving (a theatre manager and acting instructor); twin brother of Paul Vincent (a film editor). Education: Studied acting at the Theater for the New City, New York City; studied English at Hunter College for three years.

Addresses: Office c/o One Race Productions, 2029 Century Park East, #1060, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Agent Endeavor, 9701 Wilshire Blvd., 10th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager The Firm, 9465 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist PMK/HBH, 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; PMK/HBH, 650 Fifth Ave., 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10019.

Career: Actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. One Race Productions, founder; appeared in print ad for Timex, 19992000; previously worked as a bouncer at clubs in New York City and as a telemarketer.

Awards, Honors: Grand Jury Prize Award nomination, dramatic, Sundance Film Festival, 1997, for Strays; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast, 1999, for Saving Private Ryan; MTV Movie Award (with Paul Walker), best onscreen team, and MTV Movie Award nomination, best male performance, 2002, for The Fast and the Furious; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite actorhorror (Internet only), 2001, for Pitch Black; MTV Movie Award nomination, best male performance, 2003, for XXX.


Film Appearances:

Mike, MultiFacial (short film), 1994.

Rick, Strays, 1997.

Private Caparzo, Saving Private Ryan, DreamWorks, 1998.

Himself, Into the Breach: "Saving Private Ryan, " 1998.

Voice of title role, The Iron Giant (animated), Warner Bros., 1999.

Richard B. Riddick, Pitch Black, USA Films, 1999.

Chris Varick, Boiler Room, New Line Cinema, 1999.

Dominic Toretto, The Fast and the Furious, MCA/Universal, 2001.

Taylor Reese, Knockaround Guys, New Line Cinema, 2001.

Xander Cage, XXX (also known as Triple X ), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2002.

Sean Vetter, A Man Apart, New Line Cinema, 2003.

Himself, XXX: A Filmmakers Diary, Columbia, 2003.

Film Work:

Producer and director, MultiFacial (short film), 1994.

Director, producer, and executive producer, Strays, 1997.

Director, Short Diversity 5, Warner Home Video, 2000.

Executive producer, XXX (also known as Triple X ), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2002.

Executive producer, A Man Apart, New Line Cinema, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself and host, The Making of "The Iron Giant, " The WB, 1999.

Himself, 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

Riddick, Into Pitch Black, SciFi Channel, 2000.

Himself, Young Hollywood Awards, 2001.

Presenter, World Stunt Awards, ABC, 2001.

The Fast and the Furious Movie Special, Black Entertainment Television, 2001.

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards, VH1, 2002.

Presenter, 2002 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 2002.

Presenter, The 3rd Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards, USA Network, 2003.

The 34th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, The Panel, Ten Network, 2000.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001, 2002.

Himself, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2001, 2002.

Himself, RI:SE, 2002.

Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2003.

Also appeared as himself, Cribs, MTV; himself, The Roseanne Show; himself, The Martin Short Show; himself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien; himself, Movie House.



MultiFacial (short film), 1994.

Strays, 1997.



Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 29, Gale Group, 2001.


Entertainment Weekly, August 2, 2002, p. 24.

Hollywood Reporter, June 22, 1998, p. 8; March 24, 1999, p.4.

Interview, February, 1999, p. 40.

Newsweek, July 9, 2001, p. 57.

People Weekly, August 19, 2002, p. 87.

Time, August 5, 2002, p. 61.

Variety, October 21, 2002, p. 88.