Ving Rhames

Birthday: May 12, 1959
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
A burly, bald black actor of stage, screen, and television, Ving Rhames specializes in playing villains and, indeed, having grown up on Harlem's meanest streets, is no stranger to violence. His onscreen persona, however, is no match for his real-life reputation as a deeply compassionate man, seriously dedicated to his profession. The actor ably demonstrated his capacity for abundant generosity during the 1998 Golden Globes ceremony when he handed over the award he had just won for portraying the title character of the cable film Don King: Only in America to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon, simply because he felt Lemmon's contributions to film exceeded his own.Though his upbringing in Harlem was rife with many temptations to engage in easy money criminal ventures, the deeply religious Rhames separated himself from street riffraff at a young age and focused his energies on school. It was his ninth grade English teacher who steered the sensitive young man toward acting, in large part because Rhames was unusually well spoken, frequently earning praise for his clear elocution. Inspired by a poetry reading he had attended with schoolmates, Rhames successfully auditioned for entrance into New York's prestigious High School for the Performing Arts. Once enrolled, he immersed himself in his studies and fell in love with acting. Following graduation in 1978, he attended the Juilliard School of Drama on a scholarship and focused his studies there on classical theater. After graduating from Juilliard in 1983, he went on to perform in Shakespeare in the Park productions. In 1984, Rhames made his television debut in Go Tell It on the Mountain and, the following year, landed his first Broadway role starring opposite Matt Dillon in The Winter Boys. Thus began a steady, fruitful theater career augmented by recurring roles on such daily soap operas as Another World and Guiding Light, and guest-starring parts on such primetime series as Miami Vice. He entered films in Native Son (1986), following that up with appearances in a series of modest films and television movies. Rather than getting a single big break into stardom, he made a gradual ascent that began with his appearance in Brian De Palma's grim Vietnam War saga Casualties of War (1989). Rhames again worked with Matt Dillon in 1993 on The Saint of Fort Washington. While filming on location in New York, Dillon introduced him to a man who had approached him, asking about the actor's involvement with Rhames on Broadway. It turned out that the stranger was Rhames' long-estranged older brother, Junior, who had lost contact with the family while serving in Vietnam. Troubled and unable to reintegrate into mainstream society, he had been living in a nearby homeless shelter. The compassionate Rhames was thrilled to see his big brother and promptly moved him into his apartment, helped him get a job, and later bought a home for his brother and parents to share. In 1994, Rhames gained considerable acclaim for his disturbingly convincing portrayal of the sadistic Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. His performance paved the way for supporting roles opposite some of Hollywood's most popular stars in such big budget features as Mission Impossible (1996) (as well as John Woo's 2000 sequel to the film), Con Air (1997), Out of Sight (1998), and Entrapment (1999). In addition to his film credits, Rhames has also continued to appear frequently on such television shows as E.R. Rhames' performance as a former gangster turned honest, hardworking man proved a highlight of Boyz N the Hood director John Singleton's 2001 drama Baby Boy, and after lending his distinctive voice to the computer animated box-office disaster Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within the actor returned to the small screen for a pair of made-for-television features. If subsequent efforts such as Undisputed failed to make a sizable dent at the box office, Rhames continued to impress with contributions to such features as Lilo and Sti

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout Luther 2018
17% Father Figures Rod Hamilton $16.8M 2017
42% The Star Thaddeus the dog $40.5M 2017
93% Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Luther Strickell $155M 2015
No Score Yet A Sunday Horse Herra Valentine 2015
No Score Yet Operator Actor 2015
No Score Yet A Day Late and a Dollar Short Cecil Price 2014
26% Jamesy Boy Conrad 2014
No Score Yet Vengeance Actor 2013
No Score Yet Armed Response (In Security) Officer Hall 2013
50% Death Race 3: Inferno Weyland 2013
No Score Yet Percentage Actor 2013
No Score Yet Force of Execution Ice Man 2013
35% Won't Back Down Principal Thompson $5.4M 2012
No Score Yet Art Of Submission Sensei Gene 2012
14% Soldiers of Fortune Grimaud Torneur $39.3K 2012
13% Piranha 3DD Deputy Fallon (uncredited) $0.4M 2012
No Score Yet Seven Below Jack 2012
93% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Luther Stickell $209.4M 2011
No Score Yet Zombie Apocalypse Henry 2011
No Score Yet Julia X 3D The Man 2011
No Score Yet Mafia Actor Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet Black Jack Actor 2011
No Score Yet The River Murders Capt. Langley 2011
No Score Yet King of the Avenue Executive Producer Norman 2010
74% Piranha 3-D Deputy Fallon $25M 2010
40% Operation: Endgame (Rogue's Gallery) Judgement 2010
No Score Yet The Red Canvas Sensei Gene 2010
No Score Yet Give 'em Hell Malone Boulder 2010
No Score Yet Caged Animal Miles "Cain" Skinner 2010
17% Death Race 2 Weyland 2010
No Score Yet Master Harold...and the Boys Sam 2010
No Score Yet Love Chronicles: Secrets Revealed Mike 2010
No Score Yet Evil Angel Carruthers 2009
37% Surrogates The Prophet $38.6M 2009
No Score Yet The Bridge to Nowhere Nate 2009
27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Jibby Newsome $15.1M 2009
No Score Yet The Tournament Joshua Harlow 2009
0% Echelon Conspiracy Agent Dave Grant $0.6M 2009
No Score Yet Saving God Armstrong Cane Executive Producer 2008
No Score Yet A Broken Life The Vet 2008
14% Day of the Dead Capt. Rhodes 2008
No Score Yet Phantom Punch Producer Sonny Liston 2008
14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Duncan $119.8M 2007
No Score Yet Animal 2 Executive Producer James `Animal' Allen 2007
47% Idlewild Spats $12.6M 2006
40% Leroy & Stitch Actor 2006
70% Mission: Impossible III Luther $133.5M 2006
No Score Yet Aquaman Actor 2006
No Score Yet Shooting Gallery Cue Ball Carl 2005
No Score Yet Animal Executive Producer Producer Animal 2005
8% Envy Actor $12.2M 2004
75% Dawn of the Dead Kenneth $58.9M 2004
No Score Yet Back in the Day J-Bone 2004
20% Stitch! The Movie Cobra Bubbles 2003
58% Dark Blue Arthur Holland $9.1M 2003
No Score Yet Sin Eddie Burns 2003
No Score Yet Beef Narrator 2003
No Score Yet RFK Judge Thomas R. Jones 2002
48% Undisputed George `Iceman' Chambers 2002
86% Lilo & Stitch Cobra Bubbles $145.8M 2002
50% Sins of the Father Garrick Jones 2002
No Score Yet Little John John Morgan 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Lilo and Stitch: DVD Read-Along Actor 2002
45% Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Ryan Whittaker 2001
71% Baby Boy Melvin $27.9M 2001
57% Mission: Impossible 2 Luther 2000
No Score Yet Holiday Heart Holiday Heart 2000
No Score Yet Behind the Mission: The Making of 'M:I-2' Actor 2000
No Score Yet American Tragedy Actor 2000
72% Bringing Out the Dead Marcus 1999
38% Entrapment Thibadeaux 1999
93% Out of Sight Buddy Bragg 1998
No Score Yet Body Count Pike 1998
55% Con Air Diamond Dog 1997
85% Rosewood Mann 1997
8% Dangerous Ground Muki 1997
63% Mission: Impossible Luther 1996
68% Kiss of Death Omar 1995
No Score Yet Deadly Whispers Det. Jackson 1995
No Score Yet Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning Actor 1995
14% Drop Squad Garvey 1994
92% Pulp Fiction Marsellus 1994
80% The Saint of Fort Washington Leroy 1993
95% Dave Duane Stevensen 1993
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor) Ivan 1993
8% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Bad Guy 1992
63% The People Under The Stairs Leroy 1991
91% Homicide Randolph 1991
25% The Flight of the Intruder C.P.O. Frank McRae $14.6M 1991
87% The Long Walk Home Herbert Cotter 1990
71% Jacob's Ladder George 1990
No Score Yet When You Remember Me Actor 1990
No Score Yet Rising Son Ed 1990
No Score Yet ER Walt 1990
84% Casualties of War Lt. Reilly 1989
50% Patty Hearst Cinque 1988
56% Native Son Jack 1986
No Score Yet Go Tell It on the Mountain Young Gabriel 1985

TV

CREDIT
45% Gravity
2010
Dogg McFee
  • 2019
  • 2010
52% Monday Mornings
2013
Jorge "El Gato" Villanueva
  • 2013
33% Kojak
2005
Lt. Theo Kojak
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
2002-2006
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Proud Family
2001-2005
Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet UC: Undercover
2001-2002
Quito Real
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Walt Robbins Walt
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Drug Dealer
  • 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Young Gabriel

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