Vin Diesel was first seen in the 1990 drama film ‘Awakenings’ where he made an uncredited appearance as an orderly. He made his official big-screen debut in the 1997 drama film ‘Strays.’ The film was both written and directed by Diesel. The following year, he starred as ‘Private Adrian Caparzo’ in the American epic war film ‘Saving Private Ryan’ directed by Steven Spielberg. The film opened to wide critical acclaim and was a phenomenal box office success, grossing over $482.3 million against a budget of $70 million. In 2000, he was seen playing the role of ‘Richard B. Riddick’ in the science fiction action horror film ‘Pitch Black.’ The film opened to mixed reviews and was a moderate success at the box office.
Diesel got his breakthrough role as ‘Dominic Toretto’ in the 2001 action film ‘The Fast and the Furious,’ directed by Rob Cohen. The film opened to mostly positive reviews and was a major box office hit. The following year, he starred as ‘Xander Cage’ in the American action film ‘XXX.’ Despite receiving a lukewarm response from critics, the film made big numbers at the box office and grossed over $277.4 million on a budget of $88.3 million. The year 2004 saw the release of the science fiction action film ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ where Diesel reprised his role as Richard B. Riddick. The film was panned by critics and proved a box office failure. However, it is considered to be the highest-grossing film of the ‘Riddick franchise.’ He next appeared in ‘The Pacifier’ (2005), ‘Find Me Guilty’ (2006), and ‘Babylon A.D.’ (2008).
In 2009, he returned to play ‘Dominic Toretto’ in ‘Fast & Furious,’ the sequel to the 2001 film ‘The Fast and the Furious.’ Even though the film saw negative reviews upon release, it was a massive box office success and went on to become the 17th highest-grossing film of 2009. He next appeared in ‘Fast Five’ (2011) and ‘Fast & Furious 6’ (2013) which were also massive box office hits. In 2013, he reappeared as ‘Richard B. Riddick.’ in ‘Riddick,’ the third installment of the ‘Riddick franchise.’ The film opened to mixed reception and was a commercial success. The following year, he voiced the character ‘Groot’ in the superhero film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ directed by James Gunn. The film received wide critical acclaim and was a massive financial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of 2014.
He next acted in ‘Furious 7’ (2015), ‘Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk’ (2016), ‘The Fate of the Furious’ (2017), ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ (2017), ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018), ‘Avengers: Endgame’ (2019), and ‘Bloodshot’ (2020). He was last seen in the 2021 American action film ‘F9’ directed by Justin Lin. It was the ninth main installment and the tenth full-length film in the ‘Fast & Furious' franchise. The film received mixed reviews upon release and was a massive box office success. Diesel is all set to appear in the upcoming superhero film ‘Thor: Love and Thunder.’ He will also be seen in the upcoming epic science fiction film ‘Avatar 2’ directed by James Cameron.