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A smooth-skulled former bouncer with a formidable silhouette, Vin Diesel was born Mark Sinclair Vincent in New York City on July 18, 1967. He initially launched his career as a filmmaker, debuting his short "Multi-Facial" at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and his first full-length feature, Strays, at Sundance in 1997.

But it was his acting, via his portrayal of a rough-voiced rifleman in Saving Private Ryan (1998), that launched him into the realm of stardom. Since then, Diesel cemented his reputation as a seasoned action hero, perfecting his on-screen persona in films such as Pitch Black (2000), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), The Fast and the Furious (2001) and XXX (2002).

Much like muscled action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, however, Diesel has also tried his hand at slapstick humor, playing a Navy SEAL turned baby sitter in the family-friendly Disney comedy The Pacifier (2005).

Vin Diesel in Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

2016 R

After surviving a widely publicized firefight in Iraq, Pvt. Billy Lynn and his Bravo Company comrades are brought to the United States for a publicity tour. But as they receive a hero's welcome, they face the dispiriting prospect of returning to war.

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