Mark Sinclair (born July 18, 1967), better known by his stage name Vin Diesel, is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. After featuring in the epic war film Saving Private Ryan (1998), he rose to international fame with his role as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious franchise.
Diesel began his career in 1990, but initially struggled to gain roles until he wrote and produced the short film Multi-Facial (1995), which attracted the attention of director Steven Spielberg, who was developing Saving Private Ryan. Spielberg re-wrote elements of the film to allow Diesel to feature, which helped kickstart his career. He subsequently voiced the title character in The Iron Giant (1999), and gained a reputation as an action star after starring in The Fast and the Furious, The Chronicles of Riddick, and in the XXX series.
Later in his career, Diesel also gained notoriety for lending his voice to the character of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and for the animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018). He also founded the production company One Race Films, which has produced a number of his star vehicles. Away from action films, Diesel has enjoyed commercial success in a number of other genres, such as in the comedy film The Pacifier (2005), while his performance in Find Me Guilty (2006) was praised.
He is attached to portray the comic book character Bloodshot in its film adaptation, and is slated to appear in the Avatar sequels.