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Also Known As: Irving Rameses Rhames Died:
Born: May 12, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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While actor Ving Rhames won a Golden Globe Award for his starring role as the infamous boxing promoter in "Don King: Only in America" (HBO, 1997), he was generally known as a supporting player on the big screen. Rhames' breakout role as crime kingpin Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's unexpected cult hit, "Pulp Fiction" (1994), brought the actor his first major attention, while independent film fans had a taste of his imposing physicality and brooding air in earlier films, including "The Saint of Fort Washington" (1993) and David Mamet's "Homicide" (1991). The actor went on to enjoy a steady screen career and continuous acclaim for his multi-dimensional sidekicks, supporting Tom Cruise in the "Mission Impossible" franchise (1996, 2000, 2006), and giving strong performances in films like "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Con Air" (1997), where, among his strengths, was lending a philosophical bent to career criminals and imbuing figures of authority with realistic flaws.

While actor Ving Rhames won a Golden Globe Award for his starring role as the infamous boxing promoter in "Don King: Only in America" (HBO, 1997), he was generally known as a supporting player on the big screen. Rhames' breakout role as crime kingpin Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's unexpected cult hit, "Pulp Fiction" (1994), brought the actor his first major attention, while independent film fans had a taste of his imposing physicality and brooding air in earlier films, including "The Saint of Fort Washington" (1993) and David Mamet's "Homicide" (1991). The actor went on to enjoy a steady screen career and continuous acclaim for his multi-dimensional sidekicks, supporting Tom Cruise in the "Mission Impossible" franchise (1996, 2000, 2006), and giving strong performances in films like "Out of Sight" (1998) and "Con Air" (1997), where, among his strengths, was lending a philosophical bent to career criminals and imbuing figures of authority with realistic flaws.

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 In Security (2014)
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 Percentage (2013)
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 Death Race 3 (2012)
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 Seven Below (2012)
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 Won't Back Down (2012)
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1984:
First major acting role, "Go Tell It On the Mountain" (broadcast on PBS after festival screenings)
1985:
Made Broadway debut in "The Boys of Winter"
1986:
Notable TV guest spot, NBC's "Crime Story"
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Played Hasting Persuivant in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "Richard II"
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Portrayed the antagonistic general in director Peter Sellars' tour of Sophocles' "Ajax"
1988:
Had breakthrough film role in Paul Schrader's "Patty Hearst"
1989:
Debuted as a series regular on the short-lived ABC drama "Men"
1990:
TV-movie debut, "Rising Son" (TNT)
1994:
Cast as gangster boss Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"
1994:
Had a recurring role as Peter Benton's brother on NBC's medical drama "ER"
1996:
Co-starred with Tom Cruise, as the ace computer hacker Luther Stickell, in Brian de Palma's "Mission: Impossible"
1996:
Played the wisecracking bodyguard Shad, opposite Demi Moore, in "Striptease"
1997:
Portrayed the famous fight promoter in "Don King: Only in America" on HBO; earned SAG and Emmy nominations for Lead Actor in a Miniseries
1997:
Played Nathan 'Diamond Dog' Jones in "Con Air"
1998:
Played George Clooney's right-hand man Buddy in Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight"
1999:
Co-starred in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead"
2000:
Reprised role of Luther Stickell for "Mission: Impossible II"; directed by John Woo
2000:
Played the late defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in the two-part CBS miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial "American Tragedy"
2001:
Had recurring role as a drug dealer on the short-lived NBC series "UC: Undercover"
2002:
Played an officer in the L.A.P.D. during the 1992 riots in "Dark Blue"
2003:
Voiced the character of Cobra Bubbles in the animated film "Lilo & Stitch"
2004:
Starred with Mekhi Phifer in the remake of the 1978 horror film "Dawn of the Dead"
2005:
Starred in the USA Network series "Kojak" as Lieutenant Theo Kojak, a remake of the original 1970s series, which starred Telly Savalas
2006:
Reprised the role of Luther in "Mission: Impossible III"
2006:
Cast in "Idlewild," a musical set in the 1930's
2007:
Played a firefighter who comes out of the closet in "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"
2008:
Starred in the horror film remake "Day of the Dead"
2009:
Co-starred with Jeremy Piven in "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard"
2009:
Played a cult figure who disdains surrogates opposite Bruce Willis in the film "Surrogates"
2010:
Acted opposite Elisabeth Shue in the action thriller "Piranha 3-D"
2011:
Made a cameo in "Mission Impossible ¿ Ghost Protocol," directed by Brad Bird
2012:
Played a school principal opposite Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal in inner city school drama "Won¿t Back Down"
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Education

State University of New York at Purchase: Purchase , New York -
The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1983

Notes

"...When I leave this planet, films and DVD's will still be here, and being a fairly new father, [I realize] that this is my legacy"-Rhames Ebony November 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Valerie Rhames. She filed for divorce in February 1999; divorced.
wife:
Deborah Reed. Mother of Rhames's daughter; married in August 2002.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Ernest Rhames. Retired auto mechanic.
mother:
Reatha Rhames.
daughter:
Reignbeau Rhames. Born in September 2000; mother, Deborah.
daughter:
Freedom Rhames. Born in 2002; mother Deborah.
step-daughter:
Tiffany. Mother Deborah.
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