Ving Rhames

12 May 1959

Actor, Producer

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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Filmography (78 titles)

Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Luther Stickell)
(movie, 2017)
···Father Figures
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Rod Hamilton)
(movie, 2017)
···The Star
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Animation
Role: Actor (as Thaddeus (voice))
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Charlie-27)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Luther Stickell)
(movie, 2014)
···In Security
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor
Role: Actor (as Cecil)
(movie, 2014)
···Jamesy Boy
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Family
Role: Actor (as Conrad)
(movie, 2013)
···Force of Execution
Genre: Action, Crime
Role: Actor (as Ice Man)
(movie, 2013)
···Percentage
Genre: Crime
Role: Actor (as Porter)
(movie, 2013)
6.5Death Race: Inferno
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Weyland)
(movie, 2012)
···Won't Back Down
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Principal Thompson)
(movie, 2012)
···Soldiers of Fortune
Genre: Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Grimaud)
(movie, 2012)
···Piranha 3DD
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Deputy Fallon)
(movie, 2012)
···7 Below
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Jack)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Luther Stickell)
(movie, 2011)
4.5Zombie Apocalypse
Genre: Action, Horror, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Henry)
(movie, 2011)
···Julia X
Genre: Horror
Role: Actor (as The Man)
(movie, 2011)
···The River Murders
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Captain Langley)
(movie, 2010)
···Death Race 2
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Weyland)
(movie, 2010)
···Piranha 3D
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Deputy Fallon)
(movie, 2010)
···Operation: Endgame
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Judgement)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sam)
(movie, 2010)
···Piranha
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Deputy Fallon)
(movie, 2010)
···The Wrath of Cain
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Cain)
(movie, 2009)
6.8Surrogates
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Prophet)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Jibby Newsome)
(movie, 2009)
···The Tournament
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Joshua Harlow)
(movie, 2009)
···Echelon Conspiracy
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Agent Dave Grant)
(movie, 2009)
6.3Evil Angel
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Carruthers)
(movie, 2009)
···Money Fight
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Gene)
(movie, 2009)
···Give 'em Hell Malone
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Boulder)
(movie, 2009)
···Give 'em Hell, Malone
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Boulder)
(movie, 2009)
···Phantom Punch
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sonny Liston)
(movie, 2009)
···The Bridge to Nowhere
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor
(movie, 2008)
···Saving God
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as PASTOR ARMSTRONG CANE)
(movie, 2008)
···Day of the Dead
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Captain Rhodes)
(movie, 2007)
···Animal 2
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as James 'Animal' Allen)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Fred G. Duncan)
(movie, 2007)
···A Broken Life
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Vet)
(movie, 2006)
···Idlewild
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Music, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Spats)
(movie, 2006)
···Aquaman
Genre: Action, Adventure, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as McCaffery)
(movie, 2006)
···Mission: Impossible III
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Luther Stickell)
(movie, 2005)
···Animal
Genre: Action, Drama
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 2005)
···Back in the Day
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as J-Bone)
(movie, 2005)
···Shooting Gallery
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Cue Ball Carl Bridgers)
(movie, 2004)
···Dawn of the Dead
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Action, Drama
Role: Actor (as Kenneth)
(movie, 2003)
···Sin
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Romance, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Eddie Burns)
(movie, 2002)
···Dark Blue
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Arthur Holland)
(movie, 2002)
···Undisputed
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as George 'Iceman' Chambers)
(movie, 2002)
···Lilo & Stitch
Genre: Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Cobra Bubbles (voice))
(movie, 2002)
···Little John
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as John Morgan)
Genre: Adventure, Action, Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice))
(movie, 2001)
···Baby Boy
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Melvin 'Mel')
(movie, 2000)
···Holiday Heart
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Holiday Heart)
(movie, 2000)
···Mission: Impossible II
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Luther Stickell)
(movie, 2000)
···American Tragedy
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Johnnie Cochran)
(movie, 1999)
···Bringing Out the Dead
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Marcus)
(movie, 1999)
···Entrapment
Genre: Romance, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Aaron Thibadeaux)
(movie, 1998)
···Out of Sight
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Romance
Role: Actor (as Buddy Bragg)
(movie, 1998)
···Body Count
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Crime
Role: Actor (as Pike)
(movie, 1997)
···Con Air
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Nathan Jones)
(movie, 1997)
···Rosewood
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Mann)
(movie, 1997)
···Don King: Only in America
Genre: Drama, Sport, Biography
Role: Actor (as Don King)
(movie, 1996)
···Striptease
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Shad)
(movie, 1996)
···Mission: Impossible
Genre: Adventure, Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Luther Stickell)
(movie, 1995)
···Kiss of Death
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Omar)
(movie, 1995)
···Deadly Whispers
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Det. Jackson)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Detective Artie Brown)
(movie, 1994)
9.1Pulp Fiction
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Role: Actor (as Marsellus Wallace)
(movie, 1993)
···The Saint of Fort Washington
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Little Leroy)
(movie, 1993)
···Dave
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Duane Stevenson)
(movie, 1991)
···The People Under the Stairs
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Leroy)
(movie, 1991)
···Homicide
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Robert Randolph)
(movie, 1990)
···The Long Walk Home
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Herbert Cotter)
(movie, 1990)
···Jacob's Ladder
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Role: Actor (as George)
(movie, 1989)
···Casualties of War
Genre: Drama, History, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. Reilly)
(movie, 1988)
···Patty Hearst
Genre: Drama, Biography
Role: Actor (as Cinque)