Ving Rhames young
May 12, 1959
6 ft 0 in | 183 cm
105 kg | 230 lbs
Ving Rhames was born in Harlem, New York, United States, on May 12, 1959, is an American actor.
Young Ving Rhames first started acting during his years at the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan.
He began his professional acting career on the New York stage.
He landed his Broadway debut in a 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.
He got his television debut in NBC crime drama series Miami Vice (1985) in episode "The Maze", in role as Georges.
Ving's breakthrough performance came as Marsellus Wallace in drama crime movie Pulp Fiction (1994) directed by Quentin Tarantino.
Mission: Impossible 7 (2021) action spy in role as Luther Stickell
Con Man (2018) crime drama in role as Peanut, opposite Armand Assante, Justin Baldoni and Talia Shire
He played Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible film series:
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) uncredited cameo
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
He was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor – Action for his role as Aaron Thibadeaux in crime thriller movie Entrapment (1999), with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
He was nominated for the Black Reel Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in movies:
Baby Boy (2001) drama crime in role as Melvin
Dark Blue (2002) drama action in role as Arthur Holland
He was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Marcus in drama film Bringing Out the Dead (1999).
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
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
Jamesy Boy (2014) biographical crime drama opposite James Woods and Mary‑Louise Parker
Father Figures (2017) comedy opposite Owen Wilson and Ed Helms
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) superhero in cameo role as Charlie-27
He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Don King in HBO television movie Don King: Only in America (1998).
He was nominated for a Black Reel Awards for Best Actor for his roles in television movies:
Holiday Heart (2000) in role as Holiday Heart
Sins of the Father (2002) in role as Garrick Jones
He was nominated for a Black Reel Award for Best Actor for his role as Lt. Theo Kojak in television series Kojak (2005).
Men (1989) drama series in role as Charlie Hazard
ER (1994-1996) NBC medical drama series in role as Walter Robbins
UC: Undercover (2001) NBC procedural drama series in role as Quito Real
The District (2002-2003) CBS crime drama and police procedural series in role as Attorney General Troy Hatcher
Gravity (2010) Starz comedy drama series in role as Dogg McFee
Monday Mornings (2013) TNT medical drama series in role as Dr. Jorge Villanueva
He played Cecil Price in Lifetime television movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short (2014).
He portrayed Capt. Stark in television crime drama film Cagney and Lacey (2018).
Attended High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan, New York City.
Studied drama at SUNY Purchase.
Graduated from the Juilliard School of Drama (1983) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Huge fan of boxing.
He voiced Ryan Whittaker in animated science fiction movie Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) and Thaddeus in animated Christian comedy film The Star (2017).
Lives in Los Angeles, California.
He was married to Valerie Scott (1994-1999).
He married actress Deborah Reed in 2000, they have three children.
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.