Vin Diesel rose from humble beginnings to become a Hollywood household name through his iconic action blockbusters. He is widely regarded as one of the industry's most successful actors.
Actor Vin Diesel, who was a former club bouncer, gained prominence for his macho guy character Dominic Toretto in the iconic "Fast and Furious" franchise and Riddick in "The Chronicles of Riddick" flicks.
Many people wonder if Vin has siblings because he is rarely seen in public with them. He has a twin brother, although few people are aware of this. Learn more about Vin's twin brother, Paul.
Vin Diesel attends the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards held at the Bank United Center, University of Miami in Miami, Florida on April 25, 2013. | Source: Getty Images
VIN DIESEL'S TWIN BROTHER PAUL LOOKS NOTHING LIKE HIS FAMOUS BROTHER: ALL WE KNOW ABOUT HIM
Born on July 18, 1967, Vin Diesel and his fraternal twin brother, Paul Vincent, were born in Alameda County, California. They grew up in an artist's housing complex in New York City's Greenwich Village.
They were brought up by their mother, Delora Sherleen, an astrologer and psychologist, and their father, Irving H. Vincent, an acting instructor and theater manager.
The twins' adoptive father is African-American, while their mother is Caucasian with English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Vin said he is "certainly a person of color," referring to his biological father's origins.
Besides recognizing Irving's race, the "Fast Five" actor also used his step-father's last name as his on-screen name. "Vin" is a shortened version of Irving's family name.
Meanwhile, Vin's second nickname, Diesel, was a word play for diesel fuel. When he was a teen, his friends gave him the moniker because of his energetic personality.
"Pablo and my mother would have deep conversations... she claimed that it was no accident that this on-screen duo has come to define brotherhood in Our millennium."
In another photo, Paul has hair, a beard, and a slim physique, all of which his twin brother lacks. Vin is well-known for his bald head and athletic body.
Vin has two other siblings besides Paul: sister Samantha and brother Tim.
While they have quite a few similarities, Vin and Paul have led very different lives. While Vin is used to living and working in the spotlight, his non-famous twin brother chooses to live a private life.
APART FROM PAUL, VIN DIESEL ALSO HAS ANOTHER BROTHER AND SISTER
Vin has two other siblings besides Paul: sister Samantha and brother Tim. Tim has since maintained a secluded life, while Samantha works as a producer.