Ving Rhames

Actor
While actor Ving Rhames won a Golden Globe Award for his starring role as the infamous boxing promoter in "Don King: Only in America" (HBO, 1997), he was generally known as a supporting player on the big screen. Rhames' ... Read more »
Born: 05/11/1959 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (103)

Mission: Impossible 5 2015 (Movie)

Luther Stickell (Actor)

A Broken Life 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Day Late and a Dollar Short 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Armed Response 2014 (Movie)

Officer Hall (Actor)

Barry Minkow 2014 (Movie)

Peanut (Actor)

Cotton 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Death Race 2 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Evil Angel 2014 (Movie)

Carruthers (Actor)

Force of Execution 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Give 'Em Hell, Malone 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jamesy Boy 2014 (Movie)

Conrad (Actor)

King of the Avenue 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Percentage 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saving God 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bridge to Nowhere 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The River Murders 2014 (Movie)

Captain Langley (Actor)

The Sunday Horse 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Valentine (Actor)

Unshakeable 2014 (Movie)

Metzger (Actor)

Vengeance 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Monday Mornings 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Below 2012 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Soldiers of Fortune 2012 (Movie)

Grimaud (Actor)

Won't Back Down 2012 (Movie)

Principal Thompson (Actor)

Zombie Apocalypse 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Master Harold...and the Boys 2011 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Gravity 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Operation: Endgame 2010 (Movie)

Judgement (Actor)

Piranha 3-D 2010 (Movie)

Deputy Fallon (Actor)

The Perfect Game 2010 (Movie)

Satchel Page (Actor)

2009 BET Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

American Gangster 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Echelon Conspiracy 2009 (Movie)

Agent Dave Grant (Actor)

Surrogates 2009 (Movie)

The Prophet (Actor)

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard 2009 (Movie)

Jibby Newsome (Actor)

The Tournament 2009 (Movie)

Joshua Harlow (Actor)

UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Day of the Dead (Remake) 2008 (Movie)

Captain Rhodes (Actor)

Phantom Punch 2008 (Movie)

Sonny Liston (Actor)

BET Awards '07 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 (Movie)

Duncan (Actor)

Idlewild 2006 (Movie)

Spats (Actor)

Mission: Impossible III 2006 (Movie)

Luther Stickel (Actor)

Back in the Day 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Kojak (USA) 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Animal 2004 (Movie)

Animal (Actor)

Dawn of the Dead 2004 (Movie)

Kenneth (Actor)

Shooting Gallery 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dark Blue 2003 (Movie)

Deputy Chief Arthur Holland (Actor)

Sin 2003 (Movie)

Eddie Burns (Actor)

The District 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lilo and Stitch 2002 (Movie)

of Cobra Bubbles (Voice)

Sins Of The Father 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Stitch! The Movie 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Cobra Bubbles (Actor)

Undisputed 2002 (Movie)

Iceman Chambers (Actor)

American Tragedy 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Boy 2001 (Movie)

Melvin (Actor)

Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within 2001 (Movie)

of Ryan Wittaker (Voice)

World Stunt Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission: Impossible 2 2000 (Movie)

Luther Strickell (Actor)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Entrapment 1999 (Movie)

Thibadeaux (Actor)

Out of Sight 1998 (Movie)

Buddy Bragg (Actor)

Robert F Kennedy: A Memoir 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Diamond Dog (Actor)

Dangerous Ground 1997 (Movie)

Muki (Actor)

Rosewood 1997 (Movie)

Mann (Actor)

ER 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mission: Impossible 1996 (Movie)

Luther (Actor)

Striptease 1996 (Movie)

Shad (Actor)

Kiss of Death 1995 (Movie)

Omar (Actor)

Philly Heat 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Way West 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Marsellus Wallace (Actor)

The D.R.O.P. Squad 1994 (Movie)

Garvey (Actor)

Bound By Honor 1993 (Movie)

Ivan (Actor)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Duane Stevenson (Actor)

The Saint of Fort Washington 1993 (Movie)

Little Leroy (Actor)

Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot 1992 (Movie)

Bab Guy (Actor)

Flight of the Intruder 1991 (Movie)

Chief Petty Officer Frank McRae (Actor)

Homicide 1991 (Movie)

Randolph (Actor)

The People Under the Stairs 1991 (Movie)

LeRoy (Actor)

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Long Walk Home 1990 (Movie)

Herbert Cotter (Actor)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

Lieutenant Reilly (Actor)

Men 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Crime Story 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Patty Hearst 1988 (Movie)

Cinque (Actor)

Go Tell It on the Mountain 1983 (Movie)

Young Gabriel (Actor)

Body Count (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Whispers (TV Show)

Actor

Don King: Only in America (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Iran: Days of Crisis (TV Show)

Actor

Little John (TV Show)

Actor

RFK (TV Show)

Actor

Rising Son (TV Show)

Actor

Sins of the Father (Movie)

(Actor)

Terror on Track 9 (TV Show)

Actor

The N-Word (TV Show)

Actor

When You Remember Me (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

King of the Avenue 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Animal 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

While actor Ving Rhames won a Golden Globe Award for his starring role as the infamous boxing promoter in "Don King: Only in America" (HBO, 1997), he was generally known as a supporting player on the big screen. Rhames' breakout role as crime kingpin Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's unexpected cult hit, "Pulp Fiction" (1994), brought the actor his first major attention, while independent film fans had a taste of his imposing physicality and brooding air in earlier films, including "The Saint of Fort Washington" (1993) and David Mamet's "Homicide" (1991). The actor went on to enjoy a steady screen career and continuous acclaim for his multi-dimensional sidekicks, supporting Tom Cruise in the "Mission Impossible" franchise (1996, 2000, 2006), and giving strong performances in films like "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Con Air" (1997), where, among his strengths, was lending a philosophical bent to career criminals and imbuing figures of authority with realistic flaws.

Relationships

Deborah Reed

Wife
Married Dec. 25, 2000

Ernest Rhames

Father

Reatha Rhames

Mother

Freedom Rhames

Daughter
Born February 2002; mother, Deborah Reed

Reignbeau Rhames

Daughter
Born September 2000; mother, Deborah Reed mother, Deborah Reed

Valerie Scott Production Consultant

Wife
Married July 4, 1994 Divorced Feb. 9, 1999

EDUCATION

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York

State University of New York at Purchase

Purchase , New York
Met fellow actor Stanley Tucci

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1983

Milestones

2012

Played a school principal opposite Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in inner city school drama "Won’t Back Down"

2011

Made a cameo in "Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol," directed by Brad Bird

2010

Acted opposite Elisabeth Shue in the action thriller "Piranha 3-D"

2009

Played a cult figure who disdains surrogates opposite Bruce Willis in the film "Surrogates"

2009

Co-starred with Jeremy Piven in "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard"

2008

Starred in the horror film remake "Day of the Dead"

2007

Played a firefighter who comes out of the closet in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"

2006

Reprised the role of Luther in "Mission: Impossible III"

2006

Cast in "Idlewild," a musical set in the 1930's

2005

Starred in the USA Network series "Kojak" as Lieutenant Theo Kojak, a remake of the original 1970s series, which starred Telly Savalas

2004

Starred with Mekhi Phifer in the remake of the 1978 horror film "Dawn of the Dead"

2003

Voiced the character of Cobra Bubbles in the animated film "Lilo & Stitch"

2002

Played an officer in the L.A.P.D. during the 1992 riots in "Dark Blue"

2001

Had recurring role as a drug dealer on the short-lived NBC series "UC: Undercover"

2000

Reprised role of Luther Stickell for "Mission: Impossible II"; directed by John Woo

2000

Played the late defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in the two-part CBS miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial "American Tragedy"

1999

Co-starred in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead"

1998

Played George Clooney's right-hand man Buddy in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"

1997

Portrayed the famous fight promoter in "Don King: Only in America" on HBO; earned SAG and Emmy nominations for Lead Actor in a Miniseries

1997

Played Nathan 'Diamond Dog' Jones in "Con Air"

1996

Played the wisecracking bodyguard Shad, opposite Demi Moore, in "Striptease"

1996

Co-starred with Tom Cruise, as the ace computer hacker Luther Stickell, in Brian de Palma's "Mission: Impossible"

1994

Cast as gangster boss Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"

1994

Had a recurring role as Peter Benton's brother on NBC's medical drama "ER"

1990

TV-movie debut, "Rising Son" (TNT)

1989

Debuted as a series regular on the short-lived ABC drama "Men"

1988

Had breakthrough film role in Paul Schrader's "Patty Hearst"

1986

Notable TV guest spot, NBC's "Crime Story"

1985

Made Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter"

1984

First major acting role, "Go Tell It On the Mountain" (broadcast on PBS after festival screenings)

Played Hasting Persuivant in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "Richard II"

Portrayed the antagonistic general in director Peter Sellars' tour of Sophocles' "Ajax"

Bonus Trivia

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"When I leave this planet, films and DVD's will still be here, and being a fairly new father, [I realize] that this is my legacy" – Rhames quoted in Ebony magazine, November 2002

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