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What Turns Vin Diesel Into a Big Softy? Take a Look…

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Vin Diesel is known for playing hulking tough guys on the big screen, but he showed a softer side on Monday while receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

That's because the 46-year-old "Fast & Furious 6" action hero star, who can be seen next in "Riddick," was flanked by his rarely seen family, including his model girlfriend Paloma Jimenez and their two children, daughter Hania Riley, 5, and son Vincent, 3.

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Diesel was a big mush as he proudly held Hania in his arms and they flashed a thumbs up to the crowd. Meanwhile, Vincent – who must make dad slightly envious with his great head of hair — flashed a megawatt grin to the crowd, which included Diesel's co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and Katee Sackhoff.

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It was an especially sweet moment considering how protective of his family Diesel is. The actor never even formally announced the birth of either child, reasoning to "Good Morning America," "I didn't want cameras around this event. I wanted this to be as natural as possible."

It seems the New York native is becoming a little more comfortable with showing off his beautiful family. During an appearance on "The Tonight Show" in May, he surprised the audience — and host Jay Leno — when he asked the crowd if they would like to meet his children, and brought out the two little cuties as well as Jimenez.

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Hania seems to have grown a little more comfortable with the attention. During that appearance, she climbed on her father's lap and adorably covered her face with her hands.

While Diesel delights on the big screen being such a baddie, it sure is nice seeing this sweeter side of him.

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