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Ving Rhames



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 t

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Bastards
  • Rod Hamilton
2017
No Score Yet Operator
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet A Sunday Horse
  • Herra Valentine
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
No Score Yet Percentage
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Force of Execution
  • Ice Man
2013
50% Death Race 3: Inferno
  • Weyland
2013
33% Won't Back Down
  • Principal Thompson
2012
No Score Yet Art Of Submission
  • Sensei Gene
2012
14% Soldiers of Fortune
  • Grimaud Torneur
2012
14% Piranha 3DD
  • Deputy Fallon (uncredited)
2012
No Score Yet Seven Below
  • Jack
2012
94% Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
  • Luther Stickell
2011
No Score Yet Zombie Apocalypse
  • Henry
2011
No Score Yet Julia X 3D
  • The Man
2011
No Score Yet Black Jack
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet The River Murders
  • Capt. Langley
2011
No Score Yet Mafia
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet King of the Avenue
  • Norman
  • Executive Producer
2010
73% Piranha 3-D
  • Deputy Fallon
2010
40% Operation: Endgame
  • Judgement
2010
No Score Yet The Red Canvas
  • Sensei Gene
2010
No Score Yet Give 'em Hell Malone
  • Boulder
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 Caged Animal
  • Miles "Cain" Skinner
2010
No Score Yet Evil Angel
  • Carruthers
2009
39% Surrogates
  • The Prophet
2009
No Score Yet The Bridge to Nowhere
  • Nate
2009
27% The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
  • Jibby Newsome
2009
No Score Yet The Tournament
  • Joshua Harlow
2009
0% Echelon Conspiracy
  • Agent Dave Grant
2009
No Score Yet Rogue's Gallery
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Saving God
  • Executive Producer
  • Armstrong Cane
2008
No Score Yet A Broken Life
  • The Vet
2008
14% Day of the Dead
  • Capt. Rhodes
2008
No Score Yet Phantom Punch
  • Sonny Liston
  • Producer
2008
14% I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
  • Duncan
2007
No Score Yet Animal 2
  • James `Animal' Allen
  • Executive Producer
2007
48% Idlewild
  • Spats
2006
40% Leroy & Stitch
  • Actor
2006
70% Mission: Impossible III
  • Luther
2006
No Score Yet Aquaman
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Shooting Gallery
  • Cue Ball Carl
2005
No Score Yet Animal
  • Executive Producer
  • Animal
  • Producer
2005
8% Envy
  • Actor
2004
75% Dawn of the Dead
  • Kenneth
2004
No Score Yet Back in the Day
  • J-Bone
2004
20% Stitch! The Movie
  • Cobra Bubbles
2003
58% Dark Blue
  • Arthur Holland
2003
No Score Yet Beef
  • Narrator
2003
No Score Yet Sin
  • Eddie Burns
2003
No Score Yet RFK
  • Judge Thomas R. Jones
2002
48% Undisputed
  • George `Iceman' Chambers
2002
86% Lilo & Stitch
  • Cobra Bubbles
2002
No Score Yet Sins of the Father
  • Garrick Jones
2002
No Score Yet Little John
  • John Morgan
2002
No Score Yet Lilo and Stitch: DVD Read-Along
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War
  • Narrator
2002
44% Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • Ryan Whittaker
2001
71% Baby Boy
  • Melvin
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
71% Bringing Out the Dead
  • Marcus
1999
38% Entrapment
  • Thibadeaux
1999
93% Out of Sight
  • Buddy Bragg
1998
No Score Yet Body Count
  • Pike
1998
54% Con Air
  • Diamond Dog
1997
85% Rosewood
  • Mann
1997
8% Dangerous Ground
  • Muki
1997
12% Striptease
  • Shad
1996
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
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Marsellus
1994
78% The Saint of Fort Washington
  • Leroy
1993
94% Dave
  • Duane Stevensen
1993
55% Blood In, Blood Out (Bound by Honor)
  • Ivan
1993
4% Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
  • Bad Guy
1992
61% The People Under The Stairs
  • Leroy
1991
No Score Yet Homocide
  • Randolph
1991
25% The Flight of the Intruder
  • C.P.O. Frank McRae
1991
86% The Long Walk Home
  • Herbert Cotter
1990
69% 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
38% Patty Hearst
  • Cinque
1988
56% Native Son
  • Jack
1986
No Score Yet Go Tell It on the Mountain
  • Young Gabriel
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Walt Robbins Walt
45% Gravity
2010
  • Dogg McFee
52% Monday Mornings
2013
  • Jorge "El Gato" Villanueva
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest

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