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Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames

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    • May 12th, 1959
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

Acting (91 Credits)

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2023Mission: Impossible 8 as Luther Stickell
2022Mission: Impossible 7 as Luther Stickell
2018Mission: Impossible - Fallout as Luther Stickell
2018Con Man as Peanut
2017Father Figures as Rod Hamilton
2017The Star as Thaddeus (voice)
2017Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Charlie-27
2016A Sunday Horse as Mr. Valentine
2015Operator as Richard
2015Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation as Luther Stickell
2014A Day Late and a Dollar Short as Cecil
2014Jamesy Boy as Conrad
2014Percentage as Porter
2013Death Race: Inferno as Weyland
2013Force of Execution as Ice Man
2013Armed Response as Officer Hall
2013Monday Mornings as Dr. Jorge Villanueva
2012Mafia as Renzo Wes
2012Soldiers of Fortune as Grimaud
2012Money Fight as Gene
20127 Below as Jack
2012Won't Back Down as Principal Thompson
2012Piranha 3DD as Deputy Fallon
2011Zombie Apocalypse as HenryWatch Free
2011The River Murders as Captain LangleyWatch Free
2011Julia X as The Man
2011Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol as Luther Stickell (uncredited)
2010Caged Animal as Cain
2010Death Race 2 as Weyland
2010Piranha 3D as Deputy Fallon
2010Operation: Endgame as Judgement
2010Gravity as Dogg McFee
2009The Bridge to Nowhere as Drug Dealer
2009The Tournament as Joshua Harlow
2009Evil Angel as Carruthers
2009The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard as Jibby NewsomeWatch Free
2009Malone as Boulder
2009Echelon Conspiracy as Agent Dave Grant
2009Surrogates as Prophet
2008Animal 2 as James 'Animal' Allen
2008Saving God as Armstrong Cane
2008Phantom Punch as Sonny Liston
2008Day of the Dead as Captain RhodesWatch Free
2007A Broken Life as The VetWatch Free
2007I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry as Fred G. Duncan
2006Mission: Impossible III as Luther Stickell
2006Aquaman as McCaffery
2006Leroy & Stitch as Cobra Bubbles
2006Idlewild as Spats
2006Aquaman as McCaffery
2005Animal as Animal
2005Shooting Gallery as Cue Ball Carl Bridgers
2005Back in the Day as J-Bone
2004Dawn of the Dead as Kenneth
2003Beef as Narrator
2003Sin as Eddie Burns
2003Stitch! The Movie as Cobra Bubbles (voice)
2002Undisputed as George 'Iceman' Chambers
2002Dark Blue as Arthur Holland
2002Lilo & Stitch as Cobra Bubbles (voice)
2001Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within as Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice)
2001Baby Boy as Melvin 'Mel'
2000Holiday Heart as Holiday Heart
2000Mission: Impossible II as Luther Stickell
1999Bringing Out the Dead as Marcus
1999Entrapment as Aaron Thibadeaux
1998Out of Sight as Buddy Bragg
1998Body Count as Pike
1997Rosewood as Mann
1997Don King: Only in America as Don King
1997Dangerous Ground as Muki
1997Con Air as "Diamond Dog"
1996Striptease as Shad
1996Mission: Impossible as Luther Stickell
1995Deadly Whispers as Det. JacksonWatch Free
1995Kiss of Death as Omar
1994Drop Squad as Garvey
1994Pulp Fiction as Marsellus Wallace
1993Dave as Duane Stevenson
1993The Saint of Fort Washington as Little Leroy
1993Blood In, Blood Out as Ivan
1992Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot as Mr. Stereo
1991The People Under the Stairs as Leroy
1991Homicide as Robert RandolphWatch Free
1991Flight of the Intruder as McRae
1990The Long Walk Home as Herbert CotterWatch Free
1990Jacob's Ladder as George
1989Casualties of War as Lt. Reilly
1988Patty Hearst as Cinque
1986Native Son as Jack
1964Another World

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