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Known Credits: 103

Birthday: 1959-05-12

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

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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.

2015 Mission: Impossible 5 as Luther Stickell
2014 In Security
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short as Cecil
2014 Jamesy Boy as Conrad
2013 Force of Execution as Ice Man
2013 Percentage as Porter
2013 Monday Mornings - (10 episodes) as Dr. Jorge Villanueva
2012 Death Race: Inferno as Weyland
2012 Won't Back Down as Principal Thompson
2012 Soldiers of Fortune as Grimaud
2012 Piranha 3DD as Deputy Fallon
2012 7 Below as Jack
2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol as Luther Stickell
2011 Zombie Apocalypse as Henry
2011 Julia X as The Man
2011 The River Murders as Captain Langley
2011 Pimp Bullies
2011 Mafia as Renzo Wes
2010 Death Race 2 as Weyland
2010 King of the Avenue as Norman / De'Sha
2010 Piranha 3D as Deputy Fallon
2010 Operation: Endgame as Judgement
2010 Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed
2010 Gravity - (10 episodes)
2010 Master Harold... and the Boys as Sam
2009 Surrogates as Prophet
2009 The Bridge to Nowhere as Drug Dealer
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard as Jibby Newsome
2009 The Tournament as Joshua Harlow
2009 Echelon Conspiracy as Agent Dave Grant
2009 Evil Angel as Carruthers
2009 Art of Submission as Gene
2009 Give 'em Hell, Malone as Boulder
2009 Phantom Punch as Sonny Liston
2008 A Broken Life as The Vet
2008 Day of the Dead as Captain Rhodes
2007 Animal 2 as James 'Animal' Allen
2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry as Fred G. Duncan
2006 American Gangster - (27 episodes)
2006 Idlewild as Spats
2006 Aquaman as McCaffery
2006 Mission: Impossible III as Luther Stickell
2005 Shooting Gallery as Cue Ball Carl Bridgers
2005 Back in the Day as J-Bone
2005 Animal as Animal
2005 Kojak - (10 episodes)
2004 The Tony Danza Show - (1 episode)
2004 Dawn of the Dead as Kenneth
2004 On Air with Ryan Seacrest - (1 episode)
2003 Lilo & Stitch: The Series - (1 episode)
2003 Beef as Narrator
2003 Sin as Eddie Burns
2002 Dark Blue as Arthur Holland
2002 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius - (1 episode)
2002 Lilo & Stitch as Cobra Bubbles (voice)
2002 Undisputed as George 'Iceman' Chambers
2002 Little John as John Morgan
2002 Icons - (1 episode)
2002 RFK as Judge Jones
2001 UC: Undercover - (3 episodes)
2001 The Proud Family - (1 episode)
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within as Sgt. Ryan Whitaker
2001 Baby Boy as Melvin 'Mel'
2000 Holiday Heart as Holiday Heart
2000 American Tragedy as Johnnie Cochran
2000 The District - (5 episodes)
2000 Mission: Impossible II as Luther Stickell
1999 Bringing Out the Dead as Marcus
1999 Entrapment as Aaron Thibadeaux
1998 Out of Sight as Buddy Bragg
1998 Body Count as Pike
1997 Don King: Only in America as Don King
1997 The Wonderful World of Disney - (1 episode)
1997 The View - (1 episode)
1997 Con Air as Nathan Jones
1997 Rosewood as Mann
1997 Dangerous Ground as Muki
1996 Striptease as Shad
1996 Mission: Impossible as Luther Stickell
1995 Kiss of Death as Omar
1995 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning as Detective Artie Brown
1994 Drop Squad as Garvey
1994 Pulp Fiction as Marsellus Wallace
1994 ER - (10 episodes)
1993 The Saint of Fort Washington as Little Leroy
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien - (2 episodes)
1993 Dave as Duane Stevenson
1991 The People Under the Stairs as Leroy
1990 Jacob's Ladder as George
1990 The Long Walk Home as Herbert Cotter
1989 Casualties of War as Lt. Reilly
1988 Patty Hearst as Cinque
1987 Tour of Duty - (1 episode)
1986 Crime Story - (1 episode)
1985 Spenser: For Hire - (1 episode)
1985 The Equalizer - (1 episode)
1984 Miami Vice - (1 episode)
1984 Go Tell It On The Mountain as Young Gabriel
1964 Another World - (1,668 episodes)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame - (1 episode)
1900 Zombie Apocalypse - (0 episodes)
1900 Mercy Reef - (1 episode)
2005 Back in the Day … Executive Producer
2005 Animal … Executive Producer