Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames

May. 12th, 1959
Born in
New York City, New York, USA.
6' 0"

Ving Rhames' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Monday Mornings TV Show
Monday Mornings
Gravity TV Show
Aquaman (2006) TV Show
Aquaman (2006)
American Gangster TV Show
American Gangster
Kojak TV Show
UC: Undercover TV Show
UC: Undercover

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
2014 - Jamesy Boy
2013 - Force of Execution
2012 - Piranha 3DD
2012 - Soldiers of Fortune
2012 - Won't Back Down
2011 - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
2010 - King of the Avenue
2009 - Surrogates
2009 - The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
2009 - Evil Angel
2009 - Echelon Conspiracy
2009 - The Tournament
2008 - Saving God
2007 - A Broken Life
2007 - I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
2006 - Idlewild
2006 - Mission: Impossible III
2005 - Back in the Day
2004 - Dawn of the Dead
2003 - Beef
2003 - Sin
2003 - Dark Blue
2002 - Lilo & Stitch
2002 - Undisputed
2001 - Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
2001 - Baby Boy
2000 - Mission: Impossible II
1999 - Entrapment
1998 - Out of Sight
1998 - Body Count
1997 - Dangerous Ground
1997 - Rosewood
1997 - Con Air
1996 - Mission: Impossible
1996 - Striptease
1995 - Kiss of Death
1994 - Pulp Fiction
1993 - Bound by Honor
1993 - Dave
1992 - Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot
1991 - Homicide
1991 - The People Under the Stairs
1991 - Flight of the Intruder
1990 - The Long Walk Home
1990 - Jacob's Ladder
1989 - Casualties of War

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Walter Robbins
Attorney General Troy Hatcher
Luther 'Million' Paxton
Max Villareal
Henry Brown
SP4 Tucker
Hector Lincoln
Cobra Bubbles (Voiced)
[Complete List]


Irving "Ving" Rhames was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in Harlem, New York. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied at the Julliard School of Drama, and began his career in New York theater. He 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 in Pulp Fiction (1994). Strikingly featured and muscular African American actor who was born and raised in Harlem, New York. Irving "Ving" Rhames had studied dramatic arts at the New York High School of Performing Arts and then at the Julliard School of Drama. After graduating from Julliard, Rhames went on to perform in Shakespeare in the Park productions. In 1984, he appeared in front of the camera's for the first time in the TV movie Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985) (TV), and was then quickly cast in minor roles in several popular TV shows including "Miami Vice" (1984), "Tour of Duty" (1987) and "Crime Story" (1986). In a remarkable turn of events, whilst filming The Saint of Fort Washington (1993) in New York, he was introduced to a homeless man, who turned out to be his long lost, older brother, Junior, who had lost contact with the family after serving in Vietnam. The thrilled Rhames immediately assisted his disheveled brother in getting proper food & clothing, and moving him into his own apartment.

His next big break came in 1994 when director Quentin Tarantino cast him as the merciless drug dealer Marsellus Wallace in the mega hit Pulp Fiction (1994). Not long after, director Brian De Palma cast Rhames alongside Tom Cruise as the ace computer hacker, Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible (1996). With solid performances in both these highly popular productions, his face was now well known to movie goers, and the work offers began rolling in more frequently.

The next career highlight was playing the lead role in the HBO production of Don King: Only in America (1997) (TV). Rhames' performance as the world's most infamous boxing promoter was nothing short of brilliant, and at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards he picked up the award for Best Actor in a MiniSeries. However, in an incredible display of compassion, he handed over the award to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon (I), as he felt Lemmon was a more deserving winner!

The talented actor then contributed attention grabbing performances in Bringing Out the Dead (1999), returned as Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible II (2000), contributed his deep bass voice for the character of Cobra Bubbles in Lilo & Stitch (2002), and played a burly cop fighting cannibal zombie hordes in Dawn of the Dead (2004). A keen fitness & weight lifting enthusiast, Rhames is also well known for his strong spiritual beliefs and benevolent attitude towards other people.

  • Raised on 126th Street in the Harlem area of New York City.
  • Is a huge fan of boxing and often goes to live major events.
  • Was named after retired NBC journalist Irving R. Levine.
  • Spent two years as part of the acting class of 1982 at the State University of New York at Purchase (SUNY Purchase) before returning to Julliard.
  • He credits his strong religious faith as a key to his success.
  • Won a Golden Globe in 1998 for best actor in a TV miniseries for his performance in HBO's _Don King: Only in America (1997) (TV)_ (qv). At the ceremony Rhames gave his award to 'Jack Lemmon (I)' (qv), 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.
  • Engaged to Deborah Reed (2000).
  • Daughter is named Reign Beau

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