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Ving Rhames

Actor | * 05/12/1959 (59) | New York City, New York, USA
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Irving Rameses Rhames (born May 12, 1959) is an American stage and screen actor. He is best known for his starring role as Luther Stickell in the Mission: Impossible film series. He also appeared in Jacob's Ladder (1990), Striptease (1996), Pulp Fiction (1994), Don King: Only in America (1997), Rosewood (1997), Con Air (1997), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Day of the Dead (2008), Piranha 3D<..."> ()
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Irving Rameses "Ving" Rhames 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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Action | Thriller

Known for these Movies & Shows

Mission: Impossible II

PG-13

2000 | 3.0/5 | 2h 3min
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Pulp Fiction

R

1994 | 4.2/5 | 2h 34min
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Bringing Out the Dead

R

1999 | 3.3/5 | 2h 1min
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Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

PG-13

2015 | 3.6/5 | 2h 11min
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Movies with Ving Rhames as Actor(96)

as Peanut2018 Con Man
as Luther Stickell2018 Mission: Impossible - Fallout
as Rod Hamilton2017 Father Figures
as Thaddeus (voice)2017 The Star
as Mr. Valentine2016 A Sunday Horse
as Luther Stickell2015 Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
as Caller2015 Operator
as Conrad2014 Jamesy Boy
as Officer Hall2014 In Security
as Ice Man2013 Force of Execution
as Weyland2013 Death Race: Inferno
as Porter2013 Percentage
as Grimaud2012 Soldiers of Fortune
as Deputy Fallon (uncredited)2012 Piranha 3DD
as Principal Thompson2012 Won't Back Down
as Jack2012 7 Below
as Miguel2011 Pimp Bullies
as The Man2011 Julia X
as Captain Langley2011 The River Murders
as Henry2011 Zombie Apocalypse
as Luther Stickell (uncredited)2011 Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
as Renzo Wes2011 Mafia
as Cain2010 The Wrath of Cain
as Norman / De'Sha2010 King of the Avenue
as Judgement2010 Operation: Endgame
as Deputy Fallon2010 Piranha 3D
as Weyland2010 Death Race 2
as Carruthers2009 Evil Angel
as Agent Dave Grant2009 Echelon Conspiracy
as Prophet2009 Surrogates
as Joshua Harlow2009 The Tournament
as Sonny Liston2009 Phantom Punch
as Gene2009 Art of Submission
as Boulder2009 Give 'em Hell, Malone
as Jibby Newsome2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
as Drug Dealer2009 The Bridge to Nowhere
as Pastor Armstrong Cane2008 Saving God
as The Vet2008 A Broken Life
as Captain Rhodes2008 Day of the Dead
as James 'Animal' Allen2007 Animal 2
as Fred G. Duncan2007 I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
as Luther Stickell2006 Mission: Impossible III
as McCaffery2006 Aquaman
as Spats2006 Idlewild
as J-Bone2005 Back in the Day
as Animal2005 Animal
as Cue Ball Carl Bridgers2005 Shooting Gallery
as Kenneth2004 Dawn of the Dead
as Eddie Burns2003 Sin
as Narrator2003 Beef
as Arthur Holland2002 Dark Blue
as John Morgan2002 Little John
as Cobra Bubbles (voice)2002 Lilo & Stitch
as Judge Jones2002 RFK
as George 'Iceman' Chambers2002 Undisputed
as Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice)2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
as Melvin 'Mel'2001 Baby Boy
as Johnnie Cochran2000 American Tragedy
as Luther Stickell2000 Mission: Impossible II
as Holiday Heart2000 Holiday Heart
as Aaron Thibadeaux1999 Entrapment
as Marcus1999 Bringing Out the Dead
as Pike1998 Body Count
as Buddy Bragg1998 Out of Sight
as Nathan Jones1997 Con Air
as Muki1997 Dangerous Ground
as Mann1997 Rosewood
as Luther Stickell1996 Mission: Impossible
as Shad1996 Striptease
as Det. Jackson1995 Deadly Whispers
as Detective Artie Brown1995 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning
as Omar1995 Kiss of Death
as Garvey1994 Drop Squad
as Marsellus Wallace1994 Pulp Fiction
as Duane Stevenson1993 Dave
as Little Leroy1993 The Saint of Fort Washington
as Ivan1993 Bound by Honor
as Mr. Stereo1992 Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
as Robert Randolph1991 Homicide
as George1990 Jacob's Ladder
as Herbert Cotter1990 The Long Walk Home
as Ed1990 Rising Son
as Lt. Reilly1989 Casualties of War
as Cinque1988 Patty Hearst
as Jack1986 Native Son
as Young Gabriel1984 Go Tell It On The Mountain

TV Shows/Series with Ving Rhames as Actor(21)

Movies with Ving Rhames as Crew(4)

Production/Producer2009 Phantom Punch
Production/Producer2007 Ascension Day
Production/Executive Producer2005 Back in the Day
Production/Executive Producer2005 Animal

Additional Information

Full Name: Irving Rhames
Born: 05/12/1959 in New York City (current age: 59)
Zodiac sign: Taurus (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Educated at: Juilliard School, State University of New York at Purchase
Other names for Ving Rhames (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"빙 레임스"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1200, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/13/2019