5 Things You Don't Know About Vin Diesel
May 08, 2013
Here are five things you probably don't know about this Fast & Furious veteran, who just premiered the action film's sixth installment in London!
1. Born Mark Sinclair Vincent on July 18, 1967 -- he was raised along with his twin brother Paul by his astrologer/psychologist mother and adoptive father in an artist's housing development in New York's Greenwich Village.
2. While first pursuing acting he worked in telemarketing, a skill that later helped him raise nearly $50,000 to fund his first feature, Strays (1997).
3. Told Late Night host Conan O'Brien that he changed his name to Vin Diesel while working as a bouncer at the New York City nightclub Tunnel.
4. Was offered the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the 2003 action movie Daredevil that ended up going to Ben Affleck.
5. Is the cousin of rapper/producer Kwamé and appeared in some of his old music videos.