Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames


5/12/1959, New York, New York, USA

Birth Name

Irving Rameses Rhames


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Ving Rhames is an American actor who has starred in a number of feature films, including Pulp Fiction, Mission: Impossible, and Zombie Apocalypse. He was born Irving Rhames, on May 12, 1959 in New York City. He enrolled in New York's School of the Performing Arts and discovered…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2000 Ving was nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Action for the movie "Entrapment".

    • Ving was the co-executive producer of the movie "Back in the Day".

    • Ving's role in the movie short "You're Still Not Fooling Anybody" was uncredited.

    • Ving did voice work for the following video games: "Driv3r" and "Mission: Impossible - Operation Surma".

    • Ving has done TV commercials for Radio Shack and E! Entertainment Television cable channel.

    • In 2008 Ving was nominated for a Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in "Don King: Only in America".

    • Ving packed on 30 pounds for the movie "Striptease" he did it to look more imposing.

    • Ving was up for the part of John Coffey in the movie "The Green Mile", however, it instead went to Michael Clarke Duncan.

    • Ving is a big boxing fan.

    • Ving has been nominated for the following Black Reel Awards:
      2001 Network/Cable - Best Actor for "Holiday Heart"
      2002 Theatrical - Best Supporting Actor for "Baby Boy"
      2003 Network/Cable - Best Actor for "Sins of the Father"
      2004 Film: Best Supporting Actor "Dark Blue"
      2006 Best Actor – Television "Kojak"

    • Ving won a Golden Globe Award in 1998 for his role in HBO's miniseries Don King: Only in America. Ving then called fellow nominee Jack Lemmon to the stage and tributed the award to him. He was later given a duplicate award to replace the one he gave away.

    • Actor Stanley Tucci gave Irving Rhames the nickname "Ving."

    • Ving's parents are Reatha, a homemaker, and Ernest Rhames,a mechanic. He has an older brother named Junior.

    • Irving Rhames (Ving) is the namesake of journalist Irving R. Levine.

    • Ving's theatrical talents have led him to work in several Broadway plays. His first play being "The Winter Boys" in 1984.

    • Ving has married twice. First to Valerie Scott from 1994 to 1999. He is currently married to Deborah Reed, since 2000. Ving has 2 children by Deborah; daughter Reignbeau, born 2000, son Freedom, born 2002 and a step-daughter Tiffany.

    • Ving attended New York High School of Performing Arts and later studied at the Juilliard School of Drama.

    • Ving's height is 6'(1.83m.)

    • Ving was a member of the cast of "The Untitled Aquaman Project". This pilot, a development of The CW network, was dropped.

  • Quotes

    • Ving Rhames: I must say that some things some men are born to do. I think I was born to kick ass.

    • Ving Rhames: The only difference between working on a huge-budget film and a lesser-budget film, is the quality of lunch and dinner.

    • Ving Rhames: 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.

    • Ving Rhames: Since God is the foundation of my life, anything that streams from that can only be positive.

    • Ving Rhames: ( about his role as Marsellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction) I'm not gay. I'm not homophobic. And I've never been raped. So it was acting. I look at it as the most powerful man in the movie being in one of the most vulnerable positions. And what that did was cause the audience to feel for him. It shows that no matter how hard-core you think you are, this could happen to you.

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    Ving Rhames is one of those greatly underrated actors in all of those action movies that you love. He always plays the tough guy. You really believe that he got into acting because he loves it for what it is. You'll never see him in any tabloids and you won't hear any gossip about him. In his roles, you sense more realism than many other actor's who are considered more talented than he. Of all of his roles in all of his movies, my favorite has to be "Pulp Fiction."moreless