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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 movie Native Son 1986-12-24
Latest Project:
Movie Mission: Impossible - Fallout 2018-07-13
Known For
Movie Mission: Impossible - Fallout Luther Stickell 2018-07-13
Movie Father Figures Rod Hamilton 2017-12-22
Movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Charlie-27 2017-05-05
Movie Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation Luther Stickell 2015-07-31
Movie Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Luther Stickell 2011-12-07
Movie Piranha 3D Deputy Fallon 2010-08-20
Movie Surrogates Prophet 2009-09-25
Movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Jibby Newsome 2009-05-29
Movie The Tournament Joshua Harlow 2009-05-01
Movie Give 'em Hell, Malone Boulder 2009-01-01
Movie Day of the Dead Captain Rhodes 2008-04-08
Movie I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Fred G. Duncan 2007-07-19
Movie Mission: Impossible III Luther Stickell 2006-05-04
Movie Dawn of the Dead Kenneth 2004-03-19
Movie Undisputed George 'Iceman' Chambers 2002-08-23
Movie Lilo & Stitch Cobra Bubbles (voice) 2002-06-21
Movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice) 2001-07-02
Movie Mission: Impossible II Luther Stickell 2000-05-24
Movie Bringing Out the Dead Marcus 1999-10-22
Movie Entrapment Aaron Thibadeaux 1999-04-30
Movie Con Air Nathan Jones 1997-06-01
Movie Striptease Shad 1996-06-28
Movie Mission: Impossible Luther Stickell 1996-05-22
Movie Kiss of Death Omar 1995-04-21
Movie Pulp Fiction Marsellus Wallace 1994-09-10
Movie Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Mr. Stereo 1992-02-21
Movie Homicide Robert Randolph 1991-05-28
Movie When You Remember Me 1990-10-07
Movie Native Son Jack 1986-12-24