Vin Diesel is celebrating a birthday milestone today. The Fast and the Furious star turns 50 years old.
Diesel, whose real name is Mark Sinclair, was born on July 18, 1967 in Alameda County, California.
He was raised in New York City, with his twin brother Paul, where he caught the acting bug, beginning in theater, where he appeared in the children’s play Dinosaur Door at the age of seven. He attended Hunter College, studying creative writing.
Diesel’s film debut was a brief role in the 1990 drama Awakenings. He has made appearances and starred in movies including Strays, Saving Private Ryan and Pitch Black (and its sequels), xXx, The Pacifier and The Last Witch Hunter. He has also done voice acting, as the title character The Iron Giant and Groot/Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 & 2.
His big break and most notable role came in 2001, starring in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, playing Dominic “Dom” Toretto. He reprised the role in installments four through eight of the franchise, Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Furious 7 (2015) and The Fate of the Furious (2017).
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Happy Birthday Vin Diesel!