Vin Diesel

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

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 –

Vin mentions his mother’s Scottish ancestry –

Genealogy of Vin’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Genealogy of Vin’s maternal grandmother, Carmen Lucile/Lucille (Wells) Gay, with pictures of many of Vin’s ancestors –

Vin’s maternal grandmother, Carmen Lucile/Lucille Wells, on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Carmen Lucile/Lucille Wells on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Vin’s maternal great-grandmother, Hazel Dolly Hewitt, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Vin Diesel ethnicity ancestry photo by kathclick/

Photo by PR Photos

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

follers April 17, 2017 at 6:22 pm

Can anyone find anything more on Diesel’s maternal grandfather?

xoxo October 21, 2015 at 3:14 am

He looks Hispanic.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 6:54 am

Could easily pass as Persian.

M July 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Self hating nigga, smh. He tried to pass himself as Italian!

cwm85 August 1, 2015 at 4:13 pm

Wow M… he is hardly that slur you called him… moderators really need to crackdown on language on this site..

neiltennant August 3, 2015 at 2:12 pm


you are very aggressive and offensive

everytime i see mixed african americans she criticized them and claims that they hide their ethnicity

cwm85 August 3, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Right, very racist woman… She even says N word… The mods really need to fliter this site or ban some people…

cwm85 July 17, 2015 at 10:01 am

Until reading last night name I thought he was Italian or someone of Spanish heritage.

TheLord May 3, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Looks sort of Middle Eastern

midori29 April 30, 2015 at 5:51 am
midori29 April 6, 2015 at 5:21 am
jaimarai April 15, 2015 at 6:14 pm

I think he looks good in this pic. I can definitely see his blackness now.

theropod March 31, 2015 at 11:39 pm

If I were to see him in the streets, I would think that he is North African, like Egyptian or Moroccan. They tend to have that ‘look’ – Light/olive skin with “sub-saharan” features.

ses101 June 12, 2016 at 5:33 am

Yeah, he defintely looks North African like you say. A lot of people in that area of the world are effectively “mixed race”, part causcasian part sub-saharan African.

Hill June 29, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Definitely not. The nose isn’t big.

free2bme March 21, 2015 at 7:25 pm

To the people that want to find fault with Vin’s desire to just be himself instead of accepting or donning a racial label, do you know nothing about the history of the world? Do you really believe anyone on Earth fits neatly into the American made standards of race? How long has America been around? Are you not aware that people have migrated from one area of the world to another? If anyone of you were to get a report on your DNA you most likely would be shocked to see that you have more in common with Vin than you know. Asians migrated over 10,000 years ago from Asia across Siberia and the Bering Strait into North America and what is now the United States. Over 80 percent of Native peoples in North America and South America are descendents of the family of one child whose remains were found in a cave in Nevada. Now, it these folks WALKED this far and had this much of an impact on the face of the peoples of the Americas, where else did they impact along the way? The blackest of blacks from Alabama with one Native ancestor could be related to this long ago deceased child and all the Siberians, Germans, French, etc. that were meant and where comfort was found along the way. Stop being ignorant and accepting labels that bear no resemblance to the truth of the history of man just because you are afraid that someone will accuse you of being ashamed. Ashamed of what? PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE, PEOPLE!!!! Just be you and be unique as Vin has realized the freedom to be.

Nino February 17, 2015 at 10:06 am

Why would anyone of african DNA be ashamed of that? He appears to be considered mixed with african dna..I have relatives who favor him and are lighter 5 Han him and say they black. .even when whites say are you latin. .and my relatives will say no ..they are black, amwrica is so pluck with the fixation of race and skin complexion. .go to France and look at the blacks mixed and french, they are shades and hair texture, some have blood red kinky hair, and white complexion as they can be and will tell you they are part black and french and prove of it..america is so backwards when it comes to race, I’d you’re dark you can’t have more European bloodline than african bloodline..really? West african are dark with bone straight hair and light color eyes and no they are mixed with those from India or europeans, ..they are pure blood africans..with narrow noses, thin lips..straight hair and light colored eyes and dark skinned,.some of y’all need to pick up a book sometimes..

Nino February 17, 2015 at 10:08 am

Correction: west africans aren’t mixed is what I should have said.

black_bahian February 5, 2015 at 10:39 am

He looks like Shane diesel porn actor lol

midori29 December 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

Thats what happens when you try to run from your roots they catch up with you. His daughter cannot hide it . I wonder how he feels about that. If he raises her I wonder how confused she will be.

longhaired thick lightskinned gyal December 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm

lol he’s probably secretly pissed about it but in public he has to act like everything’s fine. but you’re right, that’s what he gets for being a selfhating mixed man. that black blood always gonna come back and bite you in the ass. his kids are cute tho

noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm
noneofyourbusiness December 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

I think his wife is Mexican, so I’m not sure why they still look black.

nina January 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm

They don’t look black they look a nice mixed colour

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 6:56 am

They look like black is in them, which is what people are trying to say. You can tell Africa is there. of course we know they are mixed , the mom is Mexican, duh

Sully January 16, 2015 at 5:51 pm

His daughter is beautiful, why would he be ashamed (like some other posters mentioned). She looks like she could be Polynesian.

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 6:57 am

Vin Diesel himself is ashamed of his African admixture. I do not see polynesian in the daughter. But then most polynesians I see look african/asian mixes anyhow. and they are because negritos inhabited Polynesia

free2bme March 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm

Do you know the man personally? How can you claim to know that he is ashamed of a blessed thing? Why hang your own ideas and philosophies of who you think you are or should be on him? African admixture–bull. He is American–purely American and man enough to just be himself.

midori29 March 23, 2015 at 9:17 pm

@free2beme, check the pictures of him when he was younger, he purposely made himself look whiter then he does not disclose his ethnicity. You do not have to know someone to know that they are ashamed of their race. He is not disclosing his race, if he were proud he would say. many non-black people like him but most blacks do not.

ShawntheGod July 27, 2014 at 4:44 am

he looked like a typical mixed nigga back in the day, he made himself look more ‘whiter’

WTF April 17, 2014 at 11:10 am

If you look at pictures of him when he was younger, he looks more mulatto. Still, he doesn’t look fully white. I guess he could pass for a Puerto Rican or some other type of Latino.

Check7t March 29, 2014 at 9:59 pm

Didn’t he say he was “Italian” back in the day to pass for white?

Lol, his lying ass.

DAngelo November 7, 2014 at 5:35 am

yes, this motherfucker said he was “Italian and some other stuff” or something like that back in the day, lying piece of shit

he look extremely mixed when he was younger, he can pass for an Arab, at best…

indo March 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm

He may have some type of Indian in him.

ihatemostpeople June 4, 2014 at 10:04 am

What type of Indian? Asian India or Native American Indian? He looks like he could be part N.A.

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:16 am

Vinny is self-hating.

WTF June 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

yes that’s correct. he’s one of those tragic mulattoes that want to be white so bad. smh self-hate is a bitch and it eventually catches up to you

ShawntheGod September 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

yes that’s why we never acknowledged his African-American ancestry

Check7t February 23, 2014 at 1:08 am

This fool lied about his heritage.

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