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5 Things You Don't Know About Vin Diesel

He just announced to the world the new release date for Fast & Furious 7 in the wake of the passing of his close friend and co-star, Paul Walker.

Here are five things you may not know about Vin Diesel.

1. Born Mark Sinclair Vincent on July 18, 1967 -- he was raised along with his twin brother Paul by his astrologer/psychologist mother and adoptive father in an artist's housing development in New York's Greenwich Village.

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2. While first pursuing acting he worked in telemarketing, a skill that later helped him raise nearly $50,000 to fund his first feature, Strays (1997).

3. Told Late Night host Conan O'Brien that he changed his name to Vin Diesel while working as a bouncer at the New York City nightclub Tunnel.

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4. Was offered the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the 2003 action movie Daredevil that ended up going to Ben Affleck. 

5. Is a longtime player of the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons and wrote the foreword for the commemorative book 30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons.

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