Ving Rhames young
May 12, 1959
6 ft 0 in | 183 cm
105 kg | 230 lbs
Ving Rhames was born in Harlem, New York City, New York, United States on May 12, 1959, is an American actor. Young Ving Rhames began his acting career on the stage in New York. He made his Broadway debut in play The Boys of Winter (1984). He made his big screen debut in movie Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984) in role as Young Gabriel. Ving's breakthrough performance came as Marsellus Wallace in the drama crime film Pulp Fiction (1994) directed by Quentin Tarantino.
He portrayed Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible film series:
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
He won a Golden Globe Award for his rols as Don King in HBO's film Don King: Only in America (1998).
Dawn of the Dead (2004) action horror directed by Zack Snyder
Jacob's Ladder (1990) psychological horror opposite Tim Robbins and Danny Aiello
Con Air (1997) action thriller with Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and John Cusack
Out of Sight (1998) crime comedy with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez
Baby Boy (2001) drama crime with Snoop Dogg
Dark Blue (2002) drama action opposite Kurt Russell
Piranha 3D (2010) comedy horror opposite Elisabeth Shue
Dave (1993) comedy romance with Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Casualties of War (1989) war drama with Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox
Homicide (1991) thriller drama with Joe Mantegna and William H. Macy
Kiss of Death (1995) thriller drama with Nicolas Cage and Samuel L. Jackson
Entrapment (1999) crime thriller with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Jamesy Boy (2014) biographical crime drama opposite James Woods and Mary‑Louise Parker
Father Figures (2017) comedy opposite Owen Wilson and Ed Helms
He played Lt. Theo Kojak in TV series Kojak (2005).
He is huge fan of boxing.
He studied at the Juilliard School of Drama.
He voiced Ryan Whittaker in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) and Thaddeus in The Star (2017).
He was married to Valerie Scott (1994-1999).
He married actress Deborah Reed in 2000, they have three children.
Lives in Los Angeles, California.
I must say that some things some men are born to do. I think I was born to kick ass.
My approach to the work is the same, whether I had the lead or a supporting role. I consider myself a character actor in the true sense of the word. Unless I'm doing my autobiography, I'm playing a character.
The only difference between working on a huge-budget film and a lesser-budget film is the quality of lunch and dinner.
For me, acting was a way of releasing all of this stuff that I had inside - and a way for me to tell the stories of the people I knew, so that their spirit could live through me.
You don't have to make, you know, $3 Million dollars a movie, or $20 Million dollars a movie, but if you make a living doing what you love doing, then that's success to me.
God has blessed me with a certain amount of presence and a certain amount of charisma.
In this industry, very few actors can control their career.
All I want and all I even ask of people in Hollywood is look, just be honest with me. Please don't lie to me. Whatever the situation is, be honest with me.