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Ving Rhames

Irving Rameses "Ving" Rhames (born May 12, 1959) is an American actor best known for his work in Bringing Out the Dead, Pulp Fiction, Baby Boy, Don King: Only in America, and the Mission: Impossible film series. Rhames was born in New York City, New York, he entered New York's School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. After high school, he studied drama at SUNY Purchase where he met fellow actor Stanley Tucci, who gave him his nickname "Ving". He later transferred to Juilliard, where he began his career in New York theater. Rhames first appeared on Broadway in the play The Winter Boys in 1984. Ving continued his rise to fame through his work in soap operas. He found work as a supporting actor, and came to the attention of the general public by playing the role of Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994). Rhames was also getting public exposure on television as Peter Benton's brother-in-law on the medical drama ER, a recurring role he filled for 3 seasons. Not long after, Rhames was cast with Tom Cruise as the ace computer hacker Luther Stickell in Brian De Palma's Mission: Impossible (1996). With solid performances in two of these highly popular productions, his face was now known to moviegoers; the work offers began rolling in more frequently and he can been seen in several popular films such as Con Air and Dawn of the Dead. Rhames won a Golden Globe in 1998 for best actor in a TV miniseries for his performance in HBO's Don King: Only in America. At the ceremony Rhames gave his award to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon (who is White), saying "I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I'd like to give this to you." Lemmon was clearly touched by the gesture as was the celebrity audience who gave Lemmon a standing ovation. Lemmon, who tried unsuccessfully to give the award back to Rhames said it was "one of the sweetest moments I've ever known in my life." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced later that they would have a duplicate award prepared for Rhames.

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May 12, 1959 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Untitled NBA Project
Latest Project:
Movie Les Gardiens de la Galaxie Vol. 2 2017-04-19
Known For
Poster of Clones
Poster of The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Poster of Final Fantasy: Les créatures de l'esprit
Poster of Out of Sight
Movie Football Wives Frank Wallingford 2018
Movie Untitled NBA Project Don D'Alessario 2018
Movie Les Gardiens de la Galaxie Vol. 2 Charlie-27 2017-04-19
Movie Extortion 2017-01-02
Movie Les obstacles de la vie Mr. Valentine 2016-02-15
Movie Operator Caller 2015-08-21
Movie Mission : Impossible - Rogue Nation Luther Stickell 2015-07-23
Movie Jamesy Boy Conrad 2014-01-03
Movie Force of Execution Ice Man 2014-03-13
Movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short Cecil 2014-04-19
Movie La fin du voyage Cecil 2014-04-19
Movie In Security Officer Hall 2014-04-28
Movie Course à la mort 3 : Inferno Weyland 2013-01-04
Movie Death Race: Inferno Weyland 2013-01-20
Movie Force of Execution Ice Man 2013-12-31
Movie Percentage Porter 2013-04-24
Series Monday Mornings Dr. Jorge Villanueva 2013-02-04
Movie Piranha 3DD Deputy Fallon (uncredited) 2012-05-11
Movie 7 Below Jack 2012-04-16
Movie Won't Back Down Principal Thompson 2012-09-28
Movie Learning to fly Principal Thompson 2012-09-28
Movie Soldiers of Fortune Grimaud 2012-06-07
Movie Mafia Renzo Wes 2011-01-01
Movie Pimp Bullies 2011-06-30
Movie Mission - Impossible - Protocole Fantôme Luther Stickell 2011-12-07
Movie Julia X The Man 2011-09-24
Movie 2012 : Zombie Apocalypse Henry 2011-10-29
Movie The River Murders Captain Langley 2011-06-30
Series Gravity 2010-04-23
Movie Master Harold... and the Boys Sam 2010-03-17
Movie Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed 2010-07-12
Movie Piranha 3D Deputy Fallon 2010-08-20
Movie Course à la mort 2 Weyland 2010-11-12
Movie The Wrath of Cain Cain 2010-11-16
Movie Operation : Endgame Judgement 2010-07-20
Movie King of the Avenue Norman / De'Sha 2010-09-17
Movie Piranha 3D Deputy Fallon 2010-08-20
Movie Phantom Punch Sonny Liston 2009-01-01
Movie Fais-leur vivre l'enfer, Malone ! Boulder 2009-01-01
Movie Ultimate Fight Gene 2009-01-15
Movie The Bridge to Nowhere Drug Dealer 2009-08-17
Movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Jibby Newsome 2009-08-14
Movie Clones Prophet 2009-09-24
Movie The Tournament : Le Tournoi de la Mort Joshua Harlow 2009-05-01
Movie Conspiracy Agent Dave Grant 2009-02-27
Movie Evil Angel Carruthers 2009-02-05
Movie A Broken Life The Vet 2008-09-23
Movie Le Jour des morts Captain Rhodes 2008-04-08
Movie God Blast Pastor Armstrong Cane 2008-10-14
Movie Ascension Day 2007-02-02
Movie Animal Animal 2007-09-05
Movie Quand Chuck rencontre Larry Fred G. Duncan 2007-07-12
Movie Animal 2 James 'Animal' Allen 2007-09-04
Movie Mission: Impossible III Luther Stickell 2006-05-05
Movie Mission : Impossible 3 Luther Stickell 2006-05-03
Movie Idlewild gangsters club Spats 2006-08-25
Series American Gangster 2006-11-28
Series Aquaman McCaffery 2006-07-24
Movie Aquaman McCaffery 2006-07-24
Series Kojak Lieutenant Theo Kojak 2005-03-25
Movie Animal Animal 2005-05-01
Movie Shooting Gallery Cue Ball Carl Bridgers 2005-12-26
Movie Back in the Day J-Bone 2005-05-24
Series Kojak 2005-03-25
Movie Dawn of the Dead Kenneth 2004-03-19
Movie L'Armée des morts Kenneth 2004-03-19
Movie Beef Narrator 2003-08-03
Series Lilo & Stitch: la série Unknown 2003-09-20
Movie Péché Immortel Eddie Burns 2003-01-01
Series Icons Unknown 2002-05-01
Movie Sins of the Father Garrick Jones 2002-01-06
Movie L'enfant du passé John Morgan 2002-05-05
Movie RFK Judge Jones 2002-01-01
Movie Dark Blue Arthur Holland 2002-12-14
Movie RFK Judge Jones 2002-08-25
Movie Un seul deviendra invincible George 'Iceman' Chambers 2002-08-23
Movie Lilo & Stitch Cobra Bubbles 2002-06-21
Movie Undisputed George 'Iceman' Chambers 2002-08-23
Movie Lilo & Stitch Cobra Bubbles (voice) 2002-06-21
Series Jimmy Neutron, un garçon génial Unknown 2002-07-20
Movie Baby Boy Melvin 'Mel' 2001-06-27
Series The Proud Family Unknown 2001-09-15
Series UC: Undercover Unknown 2001-09-30
Movie Final Fantasy: Les créatures de l'esprit Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice) 2001-07-02
Movie Baby Boy Melvin 'Mel' 2001-06-27
Movie Mission : Impossible 2 Luther Stickell 2000-05-24
Movie Mission: Impossible II Luther Stickell 2000-05-24
Series Washington Police Unknown 2000-10-07
Movie American Tragedy Johnnie Cochran 2000-11-12
Movie American Tragedy Johnnie Cochran 2000-11-12
Movie Holiday Heart Holiday Heart 2000-12-10
Movie Bringing Out the Dead Marcus 1999-10-22
Movie À Tombeau ouvert Marcus 1999-10-22
Movie Haute voltige Aaron Thibadeaux 1999-04-29
Movie Body Count Pike 1998-04-28
Movie Out of Sight Buddy Bragg 1998-06-26
Movie Hors d'atteinte Buddy Bragg 1998-06-26
Movie Inside 'Out of Sight' Himself 1998-07-21
Movie Dangerous Ground Muki 1997-02-12
Movie Rosewood Mann 1997-02-21
Movie Les Ailes de l'enfer Nathan Jones 1997-06-01
Movie Don King: Only in America Don King 1997-11-15
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Movie Con Air Diamond Dog 1997-06-06
Movie Mission : Impossible Luther Stickell 1996-05-21
Movie Striptease Shad 1996-06-28
Movie Striptease Shad 1996-06-28
Movie Deadly Whispers Det. Jackson 1995-05-10
Movie Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning Detective Artie Brown 1995-03-19
Movie Kiss of Death Omar 1995-04-21
Movie Pulp Fiction Marsellus Wallace 1994-10-08
Series Urgences Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie Drop Squad Garvey 1994-10-28
Movie Dave Duane Stevenson 1993-05-07
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Movie Le Saint de Manhattan Little Leroy 1993-11-03
Movie The Saint of Fort Washington Little Leroy 1993-11-17
Movie Dave, Président d'un jour Duane Stevenson 1993-05-07
Movie Homicide Robert Randolph 1991-05-28
Movie Le sous-sol de la peur Leroy 1991-11-01
Movie The People Under the Stairs Leroy 1991-11-01
Movie Rising Son Ed 1990-07-23
Movie L'Échelle de Jacob George 1990-11-02
Movie Jacob's Ladder George 1990-11-02
Movie La Liberté Au Bout Du Chemin Herbert Cotter 1990-12-21
Movie Outrages Lt. Reilly 1989-08-18
Movie Patty Hearst Cinque 1988-09-23
Movie Patty Hearst Cinque 1988-09-23
Series L'enfer du Devoir Unknown 1987-09-24
Movie Native Son Jack 1986-12-24
Series Crime Story Unknown 1986-09-18
Series Spenser: For Hire Unknown 1985-09-20
Series The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
Series Deux Flics à Miami Unknown 1984-09-16
Movie Go Tell It On The Mountain Young Gabriel 1984-01-01
Series Another World 1964-05-04