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Ving Rhames

Actor Date of birth 12th May 1959
Place of birth New York City, New York, USA
Year of debut 1986
First feature film Native Son
Biography

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.

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Ving Rhames's films

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Packshot for the film Mission: Impossible
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
105 Mins
Released
1996

Tom Cruise plays an expert spy who is forced to go undercover when he is accused of betraying his country. Contains occasional mild language and violence.

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Packshot for the film Mission: Impossible II
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
119 Mins
Released
2000

Directed by John Woo. IMF agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) tries to stop a rogue agent (Dougray Scott). Strong violence and infrequent mild language.

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Packshot for the film Mission: Impossible III
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
120 Mins
Released
2006

Super-spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) comes up against a ruthless weapons dealer (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Contains moderate action violence.

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Packshot for the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
111 Mins
Released
2007

Two straight friends (Adam Sandler and Kevin James) pretend to be gay in order to claim benefits. Mild language, mild male nudity and humorous references to male gay sex.

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Packshot for the film Surrogates
Certificate
12 Certificate
Duration
85 Mins
Released
2009

Bruce Willis stars in this action-packed sci-fi about a world where humans live through surrogate robots. Contains moderate action violence.

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Packshot for the film Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
Certificate
PG Certificate
Duration
102 Mins
Released
2001

Futuristic animated adventure starring Steve Buscemi, James Woods, Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland. Mild language and violence.

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Did you know?

  • Ving Rhames was born Irving Rameses Rhames.
  • 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.