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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 series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Pelicula Guardianes de la galaxia Vol. 3 2020-05-01
Known For
Poster of Piraña 3DD
Poster of Con Air (Convictos en el aire)
Poster of Mission: Impossible
Poster of Pulp Fiction
Pelicula Guardianes de la galaxia Vol. 3 Charlie-27 2020-05-01
Pelicula Misión: Imposible - Fallout Luther Stickell 2018-07-25
Pelicula Extorsión 2017-01-02
Pelicula Guardianes de la galaxia Vol. 2 Charlie-27 2017-04-28
Pelicula ¿Quién @#*%$ es papá? Rod Hamilton 2017-12-21
Pelicula Se armó el belén Thaddeus (voice) 2017-11-15
Pelicula A Sunday Horse Mr. Valentine 2016-02-15
Pelicula Operator Caller 2015-08-21
Pelicula Misión: Imposible - Nación secreta Luther Stickell 2015-07-23
Pelicula Jamesy Boy Conrad 2014-01-03
Pelicula Armed Response Officer Hall 2014-04-28
Pelicula Demasiado tarde para perdonar Cecil 2014-04-19
Pelicula La carrera de la muerte: Inferno Weyland 2013-01-04
Series Monday Mornings Dr. Jorge Villanueva 2013-02-04
Pelicula Ejecución extrema Ice Man 2013-12-31
Pelicula Percentage Porter 2013-04-24
Pelicula 7 Below Jack 2012-04-16
Pelicula Piraña 3DD Deputy Fallon (uncredited) 2012-05-11
Pelicula Soldados de Fortuna Grimaud 2012-06-07
Pelicula No nos moverán Principal Thompson 2012-09-28
Pelicula Pimp Bullies 2011-06-30
Pelicula Mafia Renzo Wes 2011-01-01
Pelicula Los asesinatos del río Captain Langley 2011-06-30
Pelicula Zombie Apocalypse Henry 2011-10-29
Pelicula Julia X The Man 2011-09-24
Pelicula Misión: Imposible - Protocolo Fantasma Luther Stickell 2011-12-07
Pelicula Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed 2010-07-12
Pelicula Master Harold... and the Boys Sam 2010-03-17
Pelicula Operación: Juego final Judgement 2010-07-20
Series Gravity Dogg McFee 2010-04-23
Pelicula Piraña 3D Deputy Fallon 2010-08-20
Pelicula The Wrath of Cain Cain 2010-11-16
Pelicula King of the Avenue Norman / De'Sha 2010-09-17
Pelicula La carrera de la muerte: el origen (Death Race 2) Weyland 2010-11-12
Pelicula Art of Submission Gene 2009-01-15
Pelicula El infierno de Malone Boulder 2009-01-01
Pelicula El gancho fantasma Sonny Liston 2009-01-01
Pelicula Evil Angel Carruthers 2009-02-05
Pelicula El gran torneo Joshua Harlow 2009-05-01
Pelicula Los sustitutos Prophet 2009-09-24
Pelicula The Bridge to Nowhere Drug Dealer 2009-08-17
Pelicula Quemando ruedas Jibby Newsome 2009-05-29
Pelicula La conspiración del poder Agent Dave Grant 2009-02-27
Pelicula A Broken Life The Vet 2008-09-23
Pelicula Day of the Dead Captain Rhodes 2008-04-08
Pelicula Saving God Pastor Armstrong Cane 2008-10-14
Pelicula Ascension Day 2007-02-02
Pelicula Os declaro marido y marido Fred G. Duncan 2007-07-12
Pelicula Animal 2 James 'Animal' Allen 2007-09-04
Pelicula Misión imposible 3 Luther Stickell 2006-05-03
Pelicula Aquaman McCaffery 2006-07-24
Series Aquaman McCaffery 2006-07-24
Pelicula Ritmo salvaje Spats 2006-08-25
Series American Gangster 2006-11-28
Pelicula Animal Animal 2005-05-01
Series Kojak 2005-03-25
Pelicula The Story Room: The Making of 'Lilo & Stitch' Himself 2005-08-22
Pelicula Cuentas pendientes J-Bone 2005-05-24
Pelicula El arte de la venganza Cue Ball Carl Bridgers 2005-12-26
Series On Air with Ryan Seacrest Unknown 2004-01-01
Pelicula Amanecer de los muertos Kenneth 2004-03-19
Series The Tony Danza Show Unknown 2004-09-13
Pelicula Beef Narrator 2003-08-03
Pelicula El color de la venganza Eddie Burns 2003-01-01
Series Lilo y Stitch Unknown 2003-09-20
Series Icons Unknown 2002-05-01
Pelicula RFK Judge Jones 2002-01-01
Pelicula Little John John Morgan 2002-05-05
Pelicula Invicto George 'Iceman' Chambers 2002-08-23
Pelicula Dark Blue Arthur Holland 2002-12-14
Series Las aventuras de Jimmy Neutrón: El Niño Genio Unknown 2002-07-20
Pelicula Lilo y Stitch Cobra Bubbles (voice) 2002-06-21
Pelicula Final fantasy: La fuerza interior Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice) 2001-07-02
Pelicula Baby Boy Melvin 'Mel' 2001-06-27
Series The Proud Family Unknown 2001-09-15
Series UC: Undercover Unknown 2001-09-30
Pelicula Misión: Imposible 2 Luther Stickell 2000-05-24
Series The District Unknown 2000-10-07
Pelicula Holiday Heart Holiday Heart 2000-12-10
Pelicula American Tragedy Johnnie Cochran 2000-11-12
Pelicula La trampa Aaron Thibadeaux 1999-04-29
Pelicula Al límite Marcus 1999-10-22
Pelicula Body Count Pike 1998-04-28
Pelicula Un romance muy peligroso Buddy Bragg 1998-06-26
Pelicula Rosewood Mann 1997-02-21
Pelicula Tierra de odios Muki 1997-02-12
Pelicula Don King: Only in America Don King 1997-11-15
Pelicula Con Air (Convictos en el aire) Nathan Jones 1997-06-01
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series The Wonderful World of Disney Unknown 1997-09-28
Pelicula Mission: Impossible Luther Stickell 1996-05-22
Pelicula Striptease Shad 1996-06-28
Pelicula Deadly Whispers Det. Jackson 1995-05-10
Pelicula Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning Detective Artie Brown 1995-03-19
Pelicula El sabor de la muerte Omar 1995-04-21
Pelicula Pulp Fiction Marsellus Wallace 1994-09-10
Pelicula Drop Squad Garvey 1994-10-28
Series Urgencias Walter Robbins 1994-09-19
Pelicula Sangre por sangre Ivan 1993-02-05
Pelicula Dave, presidente por un día Duane Stevenson 1993-05-07
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Pelicula The Saint of Fort Washington Little Leroy 1993-11-03
Pelicula ¡Alto! o mi madre dispara Mr. Stereo 1992-02-21
Pelicula El vuelo del Intruder McRae 1991-01-18
Pelicula Homicidio Robert Randolph 1991-05-28
Pelicula El sótano del miedo Leroy 1991-11-01
Pelicula Rising Son Ed 1990-07-23
Pelicula When You Remember Me 1990-10-07
Pelicula El largo camino a casa Herbert Cotter 1990-12-21
Pelicula La escalera de Jacob George 1990-11-02
Pelicula Corazones de hierro Lt. Reilly 1989-08-18
Pelicula Patty Hearst Cinque 1988-09-23
Series Tour of Duty Unknown 1987-09-24
Series Crime Story Unknown 1986-09-19
Pelicula Native Son Jack 1986-12-24
Series The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
Series Spenser: For Hire Unknown 1985-09-20
Pelicula Go Tell It On The Mountain Young Gabriel 1984-01-01
Series Corrupción en Miami Unknown 1984-09-16
Series Another World 1964-05-04
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24