KEY POINTS

  • Vin Diesel reportedly pocketed $20 million upfront for "F9"
  • The action star got his big break in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan"
  • Diesel also starred in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," voicing the lovable tree alien Groot

Vin Diesel is one of the highest-paid actors in the world and is most famous for his role as Dominic Toretto in the action franchise “Fast and Furious.” How much did the action star make from his signature character?

Diesel was already making millions when he starred in the first “Fast and Furious” movie, which was released back in 2001 and wound up kickstarting one of the biggest franchises of all time. The actor pocketed a cool $2 million, according to Men's Health.

But Diesel's pay increased alongside the growth of the franchise, jumping to a staggering $20 million upfront for the latest installment, “F9,” Forbes reported. The actor will also get a hefty cut of the profits from the movie, which hit theaters this month, according to the outlet.

Before starring in the “Fast and Furious” movies, Diesel, whose real name is Mark Sinclair, dropped out of college in the ‘90s to write, produce, direct and star in his first short film, “Multi-Facial,” which premiered in the Cannes Film Festival. He went on to direct, write and star in his first feature, “Strays,” which was featured in Sundance.

Despite his first two films not giving Diesel any profit, they did have an impact on his career. Director Steven Spielberg saw the actor’s feature film and created a role just for him in his World War II epic “Saving Private Ryan,” which earned Diesel his first $100,000, according to Biography.

In 2001, Diesel got the role of Toretto in the first “Fast and Furious” movie, which launched him to stardom. He later played Xander Cage in the 2002 movie “XXX” while reprising his role in subsequent “Fast and Furious” movies through the years.

Thanks to the popularity of the franchise, Diesel’s net worth is currently estimated to be around $225 million, as per Celebrity Net Worth.

He is also well-loved for his role as Groot in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. Despite having only one line, Diesel is said to have earned over $50 million for voicing the friendly tree alien, Republic World reported, though this has not been confirmed. 

Between June 2019 and June 2020, the action star earned roughly $55 million from various projects and sources, Forbes said. Diesel is estimated to have an annual salary of $50 million per year depending on his movie deals, which make up the majority of his earnings.

The action star has continued to expand his career beyond the “Fast and Furious” franchise. He reportedly has a starring role in director James Cameron’s sequel to “Avatar” lined up, according to Forbes.

Vin Diesel Vin Diesel receives birthday messages from his “Fast and Furious” family. Pictured: Actor speaks onstage at the NALIP Latino Media Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on June 24, 2017. Photo: Getty Images/Phillip Faraone