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Ving Rhames

1959-05-12 New York City, New York, USA

Image of Ving Rhames


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.


Mission: Impossible 8 Luther Stickell 2023-07-05
Mission: Impossible 7 Luther Stickell 2022-09-01
Behind the Fallout Himself 2018-12-04
Mission: Impossible - Fallout Luther Stickell 2018-07-13
Con Man Peanut 2018-01-30
Father Figures Rod Hamilton 2017-12-21
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Charlie-27 2017-04-19
The Star Thaddeus (voice) 2017-11-15
A Sunday Horse Mr. Valentine 2016-02-15
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Luther Stickell 2015-07-23
Operator Richard 2015-08-21
A Day Late and a Dollar Short Cecil 2014-04-19
Jamesy Boy Conrad 2014-01-03
In Security Officer Hall 2014-04-28
Force of Execution Ice Man 2013-12-31
Percentage Porter 2013-04-24
Death Race: Inferno Weyland 2013-01-04
Soldiers of Fortune Grimaud 2012-06-07
7 Below Jack 2012-04-16
Piranha 3DD Deputy Fallon 2012-05-11
Art of Submission Gene 2012-09-21
Won't Back Down Principal Thompson 2012-09-28
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Luther Stickell (uncredited) 2011-12-07
Julia X The Man 2011-09-24
The River Murders Captain Langley 2011-06-30
Mafia Renzo Wes 2011-01-01
Pimp Bullies Miguel 2011-06-30
Zombie Apocalypse Henry 2011-10-29
The Wrath of Cain Cain 2010-11-16
Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed Mike 2010-07-12
Death Race 2 Weyland 2010-11-12
Master Harold... and the Boys Sam 2010-03-17
King of the Avenue Norman / De'Sha 2010-09-17
Piranha 3D Deputy Fallon 2010-08-20
Operation: Endgame Judgement 2010-07-20
Surrogates Prophet 2009-09-24
Echelon Conspiracy Agent Dave Grant 2009-02-27
Give 'em Hell, Malone Boulder 2009-01-01
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Jibby Newsome 2009-05-29
Evil Angel Carruthers 2009-02-05
The Bridge to Nowhere Drug Dealer 2009-08-17
The Tournament Joshua Harlow 2009-05-01
Saving God Armstrong Cane 2008-10-14
Phantom Punch Sonny Liston 2008-09-01
Day of the Dead Captain Rhodes 2008-04-08
Ascension Day 2007-02-02
A Broken Life The Vet 2007-09-23
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Fred G. Duncan 2007-07-12
Animal 2 James 'Animal' Allen 2007-09-04
Idlewild Spats 2006-08-25
Aquaman McCaffery 2006-07-24
Leroy & Stitch Cobra Bubbles (voice) 2006-06-23
Mission: Impossible III Luther Stickell 2006-05-03
The Story Room: The Making of 'Lilo & Stitch' Himself 2005-08-22
Animal Animal 2005-05-01
Shooting Gallery Cue Ball Carl Bridgers 2005-12-26
Back in the Day J-Bone 2005-05-24
Dawn of the Dead Kenneth 2004-03-19
Sin Eddie Burns 2003-01-01
Stitch! The Movie Cobra Bubbles (voice) 2003-08-26
Beef Narrator 2003-08-03
Undisputed George 'Iceman' Chambers 2002-07-17
Lilo & Stitch Cobra Bubbles (voice) 2002-06-21
Dark Blue Arthur Holland 2002-12-14
Little John John Morgan 2002-05-05
RFK Judge Jones 2002-01-01
Pulp Fiction: The Facts Self (archive footage) 2002-08-20
Baby Boy Melvin 'Mel' 2001-06-27
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice) 2001-07-02
Holiday Heart Holiday Heart 2000-12-10
American Tragedy Johnnie Cochran 2000-11-12
Mission: Impossible II Luther Stickell 2000-05-24
Entrapment Aaron Thibadeaux 1999-04-29
Bringing Out the Dead Marcus 1999-10-22
Body Count Pike 1998-04-28
Out of Sight Buddy Bragg 1998-06-26
Dangerous Ground Muki 1997-02-12
Rosewood Mann 1997-02-21
Con Air "Diamond Dog" 1997-06-05
Don King: Only in America Don King 1997-11-15
Mission: Impossible Luther Stickell 1996-05-22
Striptease Shad 1996-06-28
Deadly Whispers Det. Jackson 1995-05-10
Kiss of Death Omar 1995-04-21
Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning Detective Artie Brown 1995-03-19
Pulp Fiction Marsellus Wallace 1994-09-10
Drop Squad Garvey 1994-10-28
The Saint of Fort Washington Little Leroy 1993-11-03
Bound by Honor Ivan 1993-02-05
Dave Duane Stevenson 1993-05-07
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Mr. Stereo 1992-02-21
Terror on Track 9 Jellyroll 1992-09-20
Flight of the Intruder McRae 1991-01-18
Homicide Robert Randolph 1991-05-28
The People Under the Stairs Leroy 1991-11-01
Jacob's Ladder George 1990-11-02
When You Remember Me 1990-10-07
Rising Son Ed 1990-07-23
The Long Walk Home Herbert Cotter 1990-12-21
Casualties of War Lt. Reilly 1989-08-18
Patty Hearst Cinque 1988-09-23
Native Son Jack 1986-12-24
Go Tell It on the Mountain Young Gabriel 1984-01-01