ActorDate of birth
12th May 1959
Place of birth
New York City, New York, USA
Year of debut
First feature film
Harlem-born Ving Rhames went to a performing arts high school in New York City. He won a scholarship to study at Julliard's School of Drama. He found work two days after graduating in New York’s Shakespeare In The Park. In 1984 he made his Broadway debut in Winter Boys. He starred in several US TV series such as Miami Vice. In 1994, he got attention for his performance in Pulp Fiction. He has demonstrated his versatility in movies from Mission: Impossible II to Dawn Of The Dead.
While filming The Saint Of Fort Washington he was unexpectedly reunited with his long-lost brother, a Vietnam veteran. During a scene shot in a homeless shelter in New York, Ving instantly recognised his brother. He let him stay at his apartment and got him a job.
When he won a Golden Globe for playing the title role in US TV production Don King: Only In America, he gave his award to his fellow nominee Jack Lemmon because he believed that Jack deserved the award over him.
He voiced the character of Cobra Bubbles in Lilo & Stitch.
He is a big fan of boxing. He spent two years training for a boxing biopic movie role. However, when the movie fell through he discovered the script for Undisputed. He resumed his boxing training and went on to star in the prison boxing drama opposite Wesley Snipes.