Birth Name: Mark Sinclair
Place of Birth: Alameda, California, United States
Date of Birth: July 18, 1967
*Scottish, English, German, Irish (mother)
*African-American, and possibly other (biological father)
Vin Diesel is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is the star of The Fast and the Furious series and xXx, among other roles. He has played characters of various ethnic backgrounds.
Vin was born in Alameda, County, California (as was his mother), and was raised in New York City, New York. Vin’s mother, Delora Shirlene (Sinclair), is caucasian, and has Scottish, English, German, and Irish ancestry. The identity of Vin’s biological father is not publicly known. Vin has described himself as “definitely a person of colour”. In a speech in 2013, Vin stated that his biological parents’ relationship (an interracial relationship) was illegal in much of the United States while his mother was pregnant with Vin (c. 1967); in the speech, he appeared to verify that his biological father was of African-American heritage.
Vin’s stepfather from a young age, Irving H. Vincent, is African-American, and Vin frequently refers to him as his father. Irving is an acting instructor and theater manager.
Vin has three children with his partner, Mexican model Paloma Jimenez.
A picture of Vin’s mother, stepfather, and partner Paloma (from left to right), can be seen here.
Vin’s maternal grandfather’s surname was “Sinclair”. Vin has at least some Scottish ancestry through that line.
Vin’s maternal grandmother was Carmen Lucile/Lucille Wells (the daughter of Tobin “Tobie” Borden Wells and Hazel “Nana” Dolly Hewitt). Carmen was born in Oklahoma, and had English, German, and Irish ancestry. Tobin was from Farmerville, Union Parish, Louisiana, and was the son of Thomas Frederick Wells and Nancy Jane Hodges. Hazel was from Fort Cobb, Caddo County, Oklahoma, and was the daughter of Thomas R. Hewitt and Margaret “Maggie” Haffey.
Sources: Vin’s 2013 speech about his parents, while accepting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – http://www.youtube.com
Vin mentions his mother’s Scottish ancestry – http://entertainment.stv.tv
Genealogy of Vin’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com
Genealogy of Vin’s maternal grandmother, Carmen Lucile/Lucille (Wells) Gay, with pictures of many of Vin’s ancestors – http://www.findagrave.com
Vin’s maternal great-grandmother, Hazel Dolly Hewitt, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
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