5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Blackzilla, Big Shane, Shane D., Big Diesel Shane, Big Diesel, Mike Osuhor, Shane Hudson
213 lb (97 kg; 15.2 st)
Jane Maddok (m. 1984–2005), Jessica Dee (m. ?–2012)
Flex Deon Blake, Flash Brown, Darren James
Diesel was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Boston, Massachusetts at the age 10. Diesel went on to graduate from high school in Boston in 1981 and joined the Navy for three years, serving with PATRON (Patrol Squadron) FOUR SEVEN (VP-47) of NAS Moffett Field in Mountain View, CA as a Petty Officer Third Class Aviation Store Keeper (AK3) until his honorable discharge.
After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Diesel moved from California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1984, at age 21 in pursuit of a career in Culinary art, in 1986, Diesel started working at Geno's Steaks.
In February 1992, at age 28, he began posing solo for several magazines. He had an opportunity to do porn at this time, but he refrained because his parents "were still alive, and it didn't seem right", according to him. He later moved to New York City in 1998, working at Katz's Delicatessen.
In April 2002, he moved to Los Angeles, California to begin his main venture into pornography at the age of 38. Diesel says he was fortunate to start porn at age 38 because porn at a young age "can really screw you up". He kept his middle name Shane and he picked the name Diesel after a porn worker told him that he resembles, in many physical aspects, Vin Diesel.
Diesel signed an exclusive performing contract with Digital Sin in 2007 and he eventually became known for his role as Blackzilla in several series produced by Hush Hush Entertainment.
In January 2008, looking to pursue a career in commercial photography, he quit his job as a pornography actor. Diesel later moved back to New York City in April 2008, so he could become a commercial photography .
In April 2008, Diesel began photographing concerts at Madison Square Garden for Rolling Stone magazine. Diesel has since photographed the 2008 Democratic National Convention, 2012 Democratic National Convention, 2016 Republican National Convention, Inauguration of Donald Trump and multiple other political events. Some of Diesel's photographs have appeared in Time magazine and People magazine.
Diesel and Ashlynn Brooke were jointly interviewed by AskMen in 2008 on how to audition for porn.
Diesel was first married to his high school girlfriend Jane Maddok in 1984 and had a child together in 1985, before divorcing in 2005, as Shane caught Maddok cheating on him with their neighbor. Shane later married Czech pornstar Jana Romančáková, alias Jessica Dee, who died on June 29, 2012 in a car crash in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Diesel politically identifies as Libertarian
Despite the racial themes in his works, Diesel maintains that he dates "all types of women" in his personal life. He says he judges "by charm, personality, and of course sexuality". The racial themes, he says, are simply the result of consumer demand; it is what people want to see.
In 2014, Diesel revealed having a 29-year-old son who did not discover that his father did porn until he was 24. This son asked Diesel "to hook him up" with some of the girls in porn, but Diesel refuses to have his son exposed to "the kind of knuckleheads I deal with". Diesel has been living in Portland, ME since 2016. Diesel lost his virginity at age 18 to a 30-year-old woman and has said he has always favored older women.