5 Things You Didn’t Know About Vin Diesel

Before he was Fast and Furious, Vin Diesel began making a name for himself as Pvt. Caparzo in the Oscar-winning World War II drama Saving Private Ryan (1998), an appropriate film to re-watch this Memorial Day weekend. Here are five more facts.

1. Born Mark Sinclair, he changed his name while working as a bouncer—Vin for his adoptive father, Diesel because he was always “fueled up.”

2. As a teen, he was a breakdancer in an instructional video.

3. He and girlfriend Paloma Jiménez named their new daughter Pauline after the late Paul Walker, his Fast and Furious co-star.

4. He loves playing Dungeons & Dragons and taught Dame Judi Dench the game on the set of The Chronicles of Riddick.

5. He has a fraternal twin, Paul, a film editor.

Author: Dhruv Patel

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