Mark Sinclair Vincent, a City University of New York (CUNY) alumnus, began screenwriting after studying creative writing at the school, CNN reports. After he graduated, the writer changed his name to Vin Diesel and launched a successful acting career.
The action movie star became a filmmaker after he earned a bachelor's degree at Hunter College - CUNY. He gained notoriety after producing, starring in and directing the short film Multi-Facial, which was screened at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
In 1997, Diesel made his first feature-length film, called Strays, which was picked up by MTV for a series. FilmReference.com reports that, during the 1990s, Diesel was cast in the Oscar-winning film Saving Private Ryan and the animated movie Iron Giant. He followed those films with his greatest commercial successes, The Fast and the Furious in 2001, and xXx in 2002.
Following the release of those movies, Diesel starred in The Chronicles of Riddick and The Pacifier, which were also successful at the box office. He has since starred in several installments of The Fast and the Furious series, as well as producing several films.
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