Ving Rhames

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.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2017

Bastards

Rod Hamilton2017-01-27
2016

A Sunday Horse

Mr. Valentine2016-02-15
2015

Operator

Caller2015-08-21
2015
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Luther Stickell2015-07-23
2014
In Security
Officer Hall2014-04-28
2014

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Cecil2014-04-19
2014

Jamesy Boy

Conrad2014-01-03
2013

Force of Execution

Ice Man2013-12-31
2013
Percentage
Porter2013-04-24
2013
Death Race: Inferno
Weyland2013-01-04
2012
Won't Back Down
Principal Thompson2012-09-28
2012
Soldiers of Fortune
Grimaud2012-06-07
2012
Piranha 3DD
Deputy Fallon (uncredited)2012-05-11
2012
7 Below
Jack2012-04-16
2011
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Luther Stickell2011-12-07
2011
Zombie Apocalypse
Henry2011-10-29
2011
Julia X
The Man2011-09-24
2011
La rivière du crime
Capitaine Langley2011-07-01
2011
Pimp Bullies
2011-06-30
2011
The River Murders
Captain Langley2011-06-30
2011
Mafia
Renzo Wes2011-01-01
2010
The Wrath of Cain
Cain2010-11-16
2010
Death Race 2
Weyland2010-11-12
2010
King of the Avenue
Norman / De'Sha2010-09-17
2010
Piranha 3D
Deputy Fallon2010-08-20
2010
Operation: Endgame
Judgement2010-07-20
2010
Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed
2010-07-12
2010
Master Harold... and the Boys
Sam2010-03-17
2009
Surrogates
Prophet2009-09-24
2009
The Bridge to Nowhere
Drug Dealer2009-08-17
2009
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Jibby Newsome2009-08-14
2009
The Tournament
Joshua Harlow2009-05-01
2009
Echelon Conspiracy
Agent Dave Grant2009-02-27
2009
Evil Angel
Carruthers2009-02-05
2009
Art of Submission
Gene2009-01-15
2009
Give 'em Hell, Malone
Boulder2009-01-01
2009
Phantom Punch
Sonny Liston2009-01-01
2008
Saving God
Pastor Armstrong Cane2008-10-14
2008
A Broken Life
The Vet2008-09-23
2008
Day of the Dead
Captain Rhodes2008-04-08
2007
Animal 2
James 'Animal' Allen2007-09-04
2007
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Fred G. Duncan2007-07-12
2007
Ascension Day
2007-02-02
2006
Idlewild
Spats2006-08-25
2006
Aquaman
McCaffery2006-07-24
2006
Mission: Impossible III
Luther Stickell2006-05-03
2005
Shooting Gallery
Cue Ball Carl Bridgers2005-12-26
2005
Back in the Day
J-Bone2005-05-24
2005
Animal
Animal2005-05-01
2004
Dawn of the Dead
Kenneth2004-03-19
2003
Beef
Narrator2003-08-03
2003
Sin
Eddie Burns2003-01-01
2002
Dark Blue
Arthur Holland2002-12-14
2002
Undisputed
George 'Iceman' Chambers2002-08-23
2002
Lilo & Stitch
Cobra Bubbles (voice)2002-06-21
2002
Little John
John Morgan2002-05-05
2002
RFK
Judge Jones2002-01-01
2001
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Sgt. Ryan Whitaker (voice)2001-07-02
2001
Baby Boy
Melvin 'Mel'2001-06-27
2000
Holiday Heart
Holiday Heart2000-12-10
2000
American Tragedy
Johnnie Cochran2000-11-12
2000
Mission: Impossible II
Luther Stickell2000-05-24
1999
Bringing Out the Dead
Marcus1999-10-22
1999
Entrapment
Aaron Thibadeaux1999-04-30
1998
Out of Sight
Buddy Bragg1998-06-26
1998
Body Count
Pike1998-04-28
1997
Don King: Only in America
Don King1997-11-15
1997
Con Air
Nathan Jones1997-06-01
1997
Rosewood
Mann1997-02-21
1997
Dangerous Ground
Muki1997-02-12
1996
Striptease
Shad1996-06-28
1996
Mission: Impossible
Luther Stickell1996-05-21
1995
Deadly Whispers
Det. Jackson1995-05-10
1995
Kiss of Death
Omar1995-04-21
1995
Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning
Detective Artie Brown1995-03-19
1994
Drop Squad
Garvey1994-10-28
1994
Pulp Fiction
Marsellus Wallace1994-10-13
1993
The Saint of Fort Washington
Little Leroy1993-11-03
1993
Dave
Duane Stevenson1993-05-07
1991
The People Under the Stairs
Leroy1991-11-01
1991
Homicide
Robert Randolph1991-05-28
1990
The Long Walk Home
Herbert Cotter1990-12-21
1990
Jacob's Ladder
George1990-11-02
1990
When You Remember Me
1990-10-07
1990
Rising Son
Ed1990-07-23
1989
Casualties of War
Lt. Reilly1989-08-18
1988
Patty Hearst
Cinque1988-09-23
1986
Native Son
Jack1986-12-24
1984
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Young Gabriel1984-01-01