Ving Rhames

Birthday:

05/12/1959

Place of birth:

New York City, New York, USA:

Biography:

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.


Film Credits

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2020)
as Charlie-27
Bastards (2017)
as Rod Hamilton
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
as Charlie-27
A Sunday Horse (2016)
as Mr. Valentine
Operator (2015)
as Caller
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
as Luther Stickell
In Security (2014)
as Officer Hall
A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014)
as Cecil
Jamesy Boy (2014)
as Conrad
Force of Execution (2013)
as Ice Man
Percentage (2013)
as Porter
Death Race: Inferno (2013)
as Weyland
Won't Back Down (2012)
as Principal Thompson
Soldiers of Fortune (2012)
as Grimaud
Piranha 3DD (2012)
as Deputy Fallon (uncredited)
7 Below (2012)
as Jack
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
as Luther Stickell
Zombie Apocalypse (2011)
as Henry
Julia X (2011)
as The Man
Pimp Bullies (2011)
as
The River Murders (2011)
as Captain Langley
Mafia (2011)
as Renzo Wes
The Wrath of Cain (2010)
as Cain
Death Race 2 (2010)
as Weyland
King of the Avenue (2010)
as Norman / De'Sha
Piranha 3D (2010)
as Deputy Fallon
Operation: Endgame (2010)
as Judgement
Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed (2010)
as
Master Harold... and the Boys (2010)
as Sam
Surrogates (2009)
as Prophet
The Bridge to Nowhere (2009)
as Drug Dealer
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (2009)
as Jibby Newsome
The Tournament (2009)
as Joshua Harlow
Echelon Conspiracy (2009)
as Agent Dave Grant
Evil Angel (2009)
as Carruthers
Art of Submission (2009)
as Gene
Give 'em Hell, Malone (2009)
as Boulder
Phantom Punch (2009)
as Sonny Liston
Saving God (2008)
as Pastor Armstrong Cane
A Broken Life (2008)
as The Vet
Day of the Dead (2008)
as Captain Rhodes
Animal 2 (2007)
as James 'Animal' Allen
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)
as Fred G. Duncan
Ascension Day (2007)
as
Idlewild (2006)
as Spats
Aquaman (2006)
as McCaffery
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
as Luther Stickell
Shooting Gallery (2005)
as Cue Ball Carl Bridgers
The Story Room: The Making of 'Lilo & Stitch' (2005)
as Himself
Back in the Day (2005)
as J-Bone
Animal (2005)
as Animal
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
as Kenneth
Beef (2003)
as Narrator
Sin (2003)
as Eddie Burns
Dark Blue (2002)
as Arthur Holland
Undisputed (2002)
as George 'Iceman' Chambers
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
as Cobra Bubbles (voice)
Little John (2002)
as John Morgan
RFK (2002)
as Judge Jones
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
as Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice)
Baby Boy (2001)
as Melvin 'Mel'
Holiday Heart (2000)
as Holiday Heart
American Tragedy (2000)
as Johnnie Cochran
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
as Luther Stickell
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
as Marcus
Entrapment (1999)
as Aaron Thibadeaux
Out of Sight (1998)
as Buddy Bragg
Body Count (1998)
as Pike
Don King: Only in America (1997)
as Don King
Con Air (1997)
as Nathan Jones
Rosewood (1997)
as Mann
Dangerous Ground (1997)
as Muki
Striptease (1996)
as Shad
Mission: Impossible (1996)
as Luther Stickell
Deadly Whispers (1995)
as Det. Jackson
Kiss of Death (1995)
as Omar
Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning (1995)
as Detective Artie Brown
Drop Squad (1994)
as Garvey
Pulp Fiction (1994)
as Marsellus Wallace
The Saint of Fort Washington (1993)
as Little Leroy
Dave (1993)
as Duane Stevenson
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
as Mr. Stereo
The People Under the Stairs (1991)
as Leroy
Homicide (1991)
as Robert Randolph
The Long Walk Home (1990)
as Herbert Cotter
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
as George
When You Remember Me (1990)
as
Rising Son (1990)
as Ed
Casualties of War (1989)
as Lt. Reilly
Patty Hearst (1988)
as Cinque
Native Son (1986)
as Jack
Go Tell It On The Mountain (1984)
as Young Gabriel
Con Man ()
as Peanut

Production Credits

Phantom Punch (2009)
Producer
Ascension Day (2007)
Producer
Back in the Day (2005)
Executive Producer
Animal (2005)
Executive Producer