20 Celebrities Reveal How They Got Famous

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Vin Diesel

Celebrity Big Breaks


Vin Diesel was a nightclub bouncer before his celebrity big break, but he would never have made it in Hollywood if he hadn’t stirred up a little trouble in his youth. When Vin, then known as Mark Vincent, was only seven years old, he broke into Manhattan’s Theater for the New City to wreak havoc with his friends. Instead of calling the authorities, artistic director Crystal Field leveled with the youths and asked Vin to come train at the theatre. Vin told CNN he began as a stage actor juggling Off-Broadway roles before becoming the action hero we know and love, but he’s never forgotten his roots.

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