HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Actor and filmmaker Vin Diesel received the 2,504th
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, two days before the premiere of his
latest movie, “Riddick.”
Michelle Rodriguez, who co-starred with Diesel in the “Fast & Furious”
film series, was among those joining Diesel at the ceremony in front of the
Hollywood Roosevelt hotel on Hollywood Boulevard.
“I never thought it would be here in public on a corner, but I guess in
some strange way, 30 years ago I made my living by dancing on corners like
this with crowds smaller than this,” Diesel said.
Born Mark Sinclair Vincent on July 18, 1967, in New York City, Diesel
made his stage debut when he was 7 years old in a production of the children’s
play “Dinosaur Door” at Theater for the New City in New York’s Greenwich
Diesel’s first film role was a brief uncredited appearance in the 1990
drama “Awakenings.” Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in the 1994
independent short “Multi-Facial,” which followed him on several auditions in
which he is told he is either “too black” or “too white.” Diesel’s mother
is white and his father is black.
The film was shown at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival, where it was seen
by director Steven Spielberg, which led him to create the role of Pvt. Adrian
Carparzo in “Saving Private Ryan” specifically for Diesel.
Diesel also wrote, produced, directed and starred in the full-length
drama “Strays,” which he described as a “multicultural `Saturday Night
Fever.” It was selected to compete at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
Diesel’s other film credits include “xXx”; the Disney comedy “The
Pacifier”; “Babylon A.D.”; the courtroom drama “Find Me Guilty”; “Boiler
Room”; “Knockaround Guy”; the action-thriller “A Man Apart”; and the
animated feature “The Iron Giant.”
“Riddick” will be released Sept. 6. The action-adventure film is part
of a series that began in 2000 with “Pitch Black” and continued in 2004 with
“The Chronicles of Riddick.”
Diesel’s upcoming films include an adaptation of the 1970s CBS crime
drama “Kojak” and the seventh installment of the “Fast & Furious” series.
Diesel is also the founder of the video game company Tigon Studios,
which created and produced 2004′s top-selling Xbox game, “The Chronicles of
Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay.”
Diesel’s stage name stems from his days as a bouncer at the New York
nightclub Tunnel — Vin is the shortened form of Vincent and friends nicknamed
him diesel, saying he ran off diesel fuel, referring to his non-stop energy.