Vin Diesel gets Hollywood star, reveals 3 facts (Video)
Vin Diesel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Aug. 26, and the actor gave a revealing speech during his star ceremony.
The 46-year-old actor will next appear in "Riddick," the third film in the sci-fi series and the follow-up film to the 2004 movie "The Chronicles of Riddick." The movie is set to hit theaters on Sept. 6.
Diesel's "Fast and Furious" co-stars Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez appeared at the ceremony and Rodriguez gave a speech. The actress called Diesel "one of my best friends -- if not THE best friend" and said, "Diesel genuinely loves what he does for a living and that's a rare thing in this business."
Diesel talked to OTRC.com correspondent Jacob Burch after the ceremony and said, "This star, more than anything, has to represent for people all over the world that dreams can come true."
Check out three facts Diesel revealed during his star speech below.
1. His step-father, Irving H. Vincent, was an acting instructor and stage manager who used to drag Diesel and his twin brother to the AMAS Repertory Theater on Saturday mornings.
"I remember when I was 8 years old, I had already been acting for a year and my father was taking it a little bit more serious than I was," Diesel explained. "On Saturday mornings, he would wake us up at 8 o'clock to go up to 86th Street to do the Charleston at a place called the AMAS Repertory. And we didn't want to go. We wanted to keep our Saturdays for ourselves, but my father would wake us up and force my twin brother and I to get on the train and go up to a place called the AMAS Repertory."
2. When he was younger, he used to make money in New York City by breakdancing.
"For seven years after that, I had been struggling, trying to make a name in off, off, off-Broadway plays and I was so frustrated with the lack of ability to perform and to be artistic, that right before 'Flashdance' came out, I became a break dancer," Diesel said. "I would make money by taking the hat off my head and stretching my arm and walking around a crowd and saying, essentially, 'Did I perform well enough for you to give me a dollar?'"
3. His grandmother convinced his mother not to have an abortion when she was pregnant with Diesel and his twin brother.
"There's so many stories that go back to my grandmother, Carmen, who talked my mother out of having an abortion," Diesel told the crowd. "Thank you Grandma Carmen! I wish you could see this right now, Grandma Carmen. It was a good decision. It was a good decision."
The actor then talked about the 1967 Supreme Court case Loving vs. Virginia, which invalidated laws that prohibited interracial marriage. The Supreme Court ruled on the case in June 1967 and Diesel was born on July 18 that same year.
Reporting by Jacob Burch, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).