In 1999 Vin was nominated for a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for the film Saving Private Ryan.
Did you know Diesel is an avid gamer! He enjoys everything from the latest Xbox games to Dungeons & Dragons.
Vin is related to rapper/producer Kwame "The Boy Genius". Kwame has said if you watch my old videos, you'll see Vin in a few of them.
In 2002 Vin Diesel rejected the opportunity to reprise his role in The Fast and the Furious sequel, he was convinced the xXx sequel would be much more successful.
In 2003, Vin Diesel was being sued by Michael Kerner (a scriptwriter), he stated Vin's dog bit him while visiting Diesel at his home to discuss a project they were working on together.
Vin attended Hunter College, New York, He majored in English but he dropped out after a year.
Vin has no tattoos. All the tattoos he had in xXx were fake.
During the filming of xXx, Vin's stunt double Harry O'Conner died while filming the parasailing scene
Vin tried out for the part of a tranvestite in "Flawless" but was rejected for being to masculine!
It is reported that Nicole Kidman and Vin Diesel dated in early 2005, both have stongly denied this rumor.
There was also talk about the possibilty of them working together on the musical "Guys and Dolls".
Lists his hobbies as Yoga, Snow boarding, Playstation, Dungeons and Dragons, Comic books/Heavy Metal Magazines, Classic Movies, Italian cooking.
His past jobs include a bouncer and a telemarketer, he sold light bulbs!
In his younger years Vin and some friends were caught attempting to vandalize a local theater. Instead of calling the police, the owner made them do some acting workshops.
Has an Italian Mastiff named "Roman".
Vin is an admitted fan of Dungeons and Dragons and according to an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brian (1993), he played for 24 years.
Vin was raised by his astrologer/psychologist mother and adoptive father in an artist's housing project in New York's Greenwich Village, never knowing his biological father.
During his teens, Vin performed breakdancing in an instructional video on the subject.
He was offered the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Daredevil (2003) that eventually went to Ben Affleck.
Ranked #46 in Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #95 in 2002
Other than revealing that Vincent is his real last name, Vin won't talk about much of the rest of his early life
His real name is Mark Vincent (Vin is from his last name and diesel is what they use to call him when he was a bouncer)
Vin Diesel lives in Hollywood Hills with his puppy.
He has a twin brother who is a film editor and has blonde hair and blue eyes.
His heritage is African American, Italian, Asian, German, Latino and Irish.
The movie "Pacifier" made a gross income of $58,380,181 after 13 days
The Chronicles of Riddick made a total $57,761,012 after 70 days.
Vin Diesel: What are you talking about? Are you sure you know what you're talking about? I don't hate anybody.
Vin Diesel: I shaved my head about 15 years ago and the first time i shaved it, I started running my hand through my hair and it was very therapeutic.
Vin: I am definitely a person of color. - regarding his mysterious ethnicity
Vin Diesel: I live my life a quarter mile at a time. For those ten seconds or least I'm free nothing else matters.
Vin Diesel: There are a lot of films that explore sci-fi. What attracted me to the script is the fact that this film stands on its own. The characters and their relationships are interesting by themselves, without the creature element. In many ways it's a modern day 'Lord of the Flies'.
(Cronciles of Riddick)
Vin Diesel: The honest reason was my niece and nephew weren't allowed to see Uncle Vin movies and they're my biggest fans. I guess I got a little sick of, 'No, you can't come to this one, no, you can't come to that one, but I saw the poster, Uncle Vin'...'No, your father won't let you see this one' and so I decided to make a Disney movie. It was an opportunity to do a picture for the kids.
Vin Diesel: I had spent my life studying these guys, looking up to them, watching their work. Now I was able to have my work watched over by the same guy who was watching them? So that was an easy choice.
Vin Diesel: I had never played a real-life character. All the characters that I'd played before were fictitious. So I'd spent all this time creating the affectations and amassing all of the attributes and characteristics and mannerisms and then Jackie came to the set the first day of filming. I kicked everyone else out of my trailer and we started to talk. He told me, in his own words, just for him and I, what the whole story was about for him and what that trial meant to him. After that meeting, all of the work that had gone into building the mannerisms and attributes seemed secondary. The most important element was to understand and believe in his cause.
Vin Diesel: You can't say anything - you'll ruin me. If Hollywood finds out I'm planning a trilogy, I'll be buried.
Vin Diesel: Usually, you want to go all the way when the subject matter or topic speaks to you so much that you have these scenes playing out in your head all the time. That's usually a pretty good indication that you need to find a way to make it.
Vin Diesel: All movie magic. Two hours of makeup every morning. (in reference to his tattoos for xXx)
Vin Diesel: Then I went to Europe and returned to the preparation of the Hannibal character. So I went hiking up into the Alps. I was deeply engaged in weapons training and riding elephants.
Vin Diesel: A transvestite spends her entire life trying to look as feminine as possible and i have clearly spent mine celebrating my masculinity.