Vin Diesel Trivia
Birth name: Mark Vincent
Date of birth: 18 July 1967
Place of birth: New York, NY, USA
Height: 6′ 1½” (1.87 m)
- He worked as a bouncer in New York at the famous nightclubs Tunnel (which has since closed) and Mars.
- Has a fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent, who is a film editor.
- Has an Italian Mastiff named “Roman”.
- Has a younger sister, Samantha and a younger brother in addition to his fraternal twin, Paul.
- Ranked #46 in Premiere’s 2003 annual Power 100 List. Had ranked #95 in 2002.
- He’s 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.
- Was offered the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in Daredevil (2003) that eventually went to Ben Affleck.
- He is bi-racial, half black, half white, being half African-American and half Italian American
- Producing partner with George Zakk. Their company is called One Race Productions.
- Wrote an original screenplay titled “Doormen” (based on his experiences as a bouncer) as a follow-up to Strays (1997), his directorial debut. However, his acting career exploded and his plans to direct the film have fallen by the wayside.
- During his teens, he performed breakdancing in an instructional video on the subject.
- Credits the book “Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices” by Rick Schmidt as the one resource above all upon which he built his career. This book, according to Diesel, gave him the tools, knowledge, and most importantly, the inspiration to develop his short film Multi-Facial (1994) , which he wrote, produced, directed and starred in.
- He was cast opposite Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games (2000), but left the production shortly after filming began over concerns with the quality of Ehren Kruger’s screenplay and creative differences with director John Frankenheimer.
- Revolution Studios wanted him for the title role in Hellboy (2004), but director Guillermo del Toro thought that Ron Perlman was the perfect choice for the role, and wouldn’t direct the movie if he wasn’t cast.
- Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2003 and 2004 Razzie Award nominating ballots. He was listed as a suggestion for the Worst Actor category on the 2003 ballot for his performances in the films Knockaround Guys (2001) and xXx (2002). And was listed as a suggestion again on the nominating ballot in the Worst Actor category the next year for his role in A Man Apart (2003). He did not receive either nomination. The following year though, he finally received his first Razzie nomination for Worst Actor in the film The Chronicles of Riddick (2004). However he didn’t “win”.
- Is the cousin of rapper/producer Kwame “The Boy Genius”. Kwame says if you watch his old videos, you’ll see Vin in a few of them.
- Once worked as a telemarketer, selling light bulbs.
- In addition to being considered for the role of Hellboy in 2004, he was also considered for the part of Abe Sapien.
- Credits the book “Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices” by Rick Schmidt as the one resource above all upon which he built his career. This book, according to Diesel, gave him the tools, knowledge, and most importantly, the inspiration to develop his short film Multi-Facial (1994), which he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in.