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Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames

Birthday: 1959-05-12 | Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

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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Known For

Mission: Impossible - Fallout
Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Mission: Impossible - Fallout   2018

Rating: 8

genres: 
Adventure  /  Action  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Tom Cruise  /  Henry Cavill  /  Ving Rhames
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2   2017

Rating: 7.7

genres: 
Adventure  /  Action  /  Comedy
Stars: 
Chris Pratt  /  Zoe Saldana  /  Dave Bautista
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation   2015

Rating: 7.4

genres: 
Adventure  /  Action  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Tom Cruise  /  Jeremy Renner  /  Simon Pegg
Death Race: Inferno
Death Race: Inferno

Death Race: Inferno   2013

Rating: 5.5

genres: 
Action  /  Thriller  /  Science Fiction
Stars: 
Luke Goss  /  Ving Rhames  /  Danny Trejo
Piranha 3DD
Piranha 3DD

Piranha 3DD   2012

Rating: 3.7

genres: 
Horror  /  Comedy  /  Thriller
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol   2011

Rating: 7.4

genres: 
Adventure  /  Action  /  Thriller
Stars: 
Tom Cruise  /  Jeremy Renner  /  Simon Pegg

Acting

2018
Mission: Impossible - Fallout

as    Luther Stickell

2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

as    Charlie-27

2015
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

as    Luther Stickell

2013
Death Race: Inferno

as    Weyland

2012
Piranha 3DD

as    Deputy Fallon (uncredited)

2011
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

as    Luther Stickell

2010
Piranha 3D

as    Deputy Fallon

2010
Death Race 2

as    Weyland

2007
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

as    Fred G. Duncan

2006
Mission: Impossible III

as    Luther Stickell

2004
Dawn of the Dead

as    Kenneth

2002
Lilo & Stitch

as    Cobra Bubbles (voice)

2002
Undisputed

as    George 'Iceman' Chambers

2001
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

as    Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice)

2000
Mission: Impossible II

as    Luther Stickell

1999
Entrapment

as    Aaron Thibadeaux

1997
Con Air

as    Nathan Jones

1996
Mission: Impossible

as    Luther Stickell

1994
Pulp Fiction

as    Marsellus Wallace

1990
Jacob's Ladder

as    George

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