As he explained to , "I must have been in more than 500 fights.
I fought every night, and I bounced for nine or 10 years.
Not one to reveal details about his personal background, Diesel has been candid about developing a passion for performing early on.
His stepfather was a drama teacher and Diesel himself started acting at the age of 7 at the Theater for the New City.
"I've always been certain that I was going to be a movie star," he told .
"Even as a kid I knew it."Diesel continued to act in theatrical productions throughout his adolescence.
Walker died in a single-vehicle collision on November 30, 2013, alongside friend Roger Rodas.
Besides acting, Walker was the face of The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men, and starred in the National Geographic Channel series, Expedition Great White.
He also founded the charity "Reach Out Worldwide" (ROWW), an organization providing relief efforts for areas affected by natural disasters.
Diesel then paid tribute to Paul Walker - who starred in every other Fast and Furious film, minus Tokyo Drift - saying there would be no franchise “if it wasn’t for the decades of love my brother Pablo put in.” He continued: "There wasn't a second we made this movie, not a minute - you can ask Gary (Gray, director) - not a day that went by that we weren't thinking about our brother Pablo, how to bring him into the movie, how to represent him, and how to make something that he would be proud of.
Pablo, I hope you are proud tonight.” What made the tribute all the more touching was Walker's mother Cheryl and daughter Meadow also being in the screening, something Diesel told the audience.
Three films that he was involved in at the time were released posthumously: Hours (2013), Brick Mansions (2014), and Furious 7 (2015, which he had not completed filming).