Ving Rhames Biography (1959?-)

Full name, Irving Rhames; born May 12, 1959 (some sources cite 1961), in NewYork, NY; son of Ernest (an auto mechanic) and Reatha (some sources cite Reather; a homemaker) Rhames; married Valerie Scott, 1994 (divorced, 1999); married Deborah Reed, December 25, 2000; children: (second marriage) Tiffany (stepdaughter), Rainbow (daughter; some sources cite spelling as Reignbeau), Freedom (son). Addresses: Agent: Eddy Yablans, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211; Brandt Joel, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Manager: Peter Safran, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, 9150 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 350, BeverlyHills, CA 90212.

Birth Details
May 12, 1959?
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Jack, Native Son, 1986
  • Cinque, Patty Hearst (also known as Patty), Atlantic, 1988
  • Lieutenant Reilly, Casualties of War, Columbia, 1989
  • George, Jacob's Ladder (also known as Dante's Inferno), TriStar, 1990
  • Herbert Cotter, The Long Walk Home, Miramax, 1990
  • Chief petty officer Frank McRae, Flight of the Intruder, Paramount, 1991
  • LeRoy, The People under the Stairs (also known as Wes Craven'sThe People under the Stairs), Universal, 1991
  • Randolph, Homicide, Triumph Releasing, 1991
  • Mr. Stereo, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, Universal, 1992
  • Duane Stevenson, Dave, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Ivan, Bound by Honor (also known as Blood In, Blood Out ... Bound by Honor), Buena Vista, 1993
  • Little Leroy, The Saint of Fort Washington, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Garvey, DROP Squad, Gramercy, 1994
  • Marsellus "Big Man" Wallace, Pulp Fiction, Miramax, 1994
  • Omar, Kiss of Death, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Luther Stickell, Mission: Impossible, Paramount, 1996
  • Shad, Striptease, Columbia, 1996
  • Mann, Rosewood, Warner Bros., 1997
  • Marsellus "Big Man" Wallace (in archive footage), You're Still Not Fooling Anybody, 1997
  • Muki, Dangerous Ground, New Line Cinema, 1997
  • Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones, Con Air, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Buddy Bragg, Out of Sight, Universal, 1998
  • Aaron Thibadeaux, Entrapment (also known as Verlockende Falle), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1999
  • Marcus, Bringing Out the Dead, Paramount, 1999
  • Luther Stickell, Mission: Impossible II (also known as M:I-2), Paramount, 2000
  • Melvin, Baby Boy, Columbia, 2001
  • Voice of Sergeant Ryan Whitaker, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within(also known as Fainaru fantaji), Columbia/TriStar, 2001
  • Iceman Chambers, Undisputed (also known as Undisputed--Sieg ohne Ruhm), Miramax, 2002
  • Voice of Mr. Cobra Bubbles, Lilo & Stitch (animated; also known as Stitch! and Stitch! The Movie), Buena Vista, 2002
  • Deputy chief Arthur Holland, Dark Blue, United Artists, 2003
  • Voice of Mr. Cobra Bubbles, Stitch! The Movie (animated), Buena Vista Home Video, 2003
  • Envy, DreamWorks, 2003
  • Sin, Columbia/TriStar, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Czaja Carnek, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, beginning 1986
  • Charlie Hazard, Men, ABC, 1988-1989
  • Movies
  • Ed, Rising Son, TNT, 1990
  • Leon, When You Remember Me, ABC, 1990
  • Jellyroll, Terror on Track 9, CBS, 1992
  • Detective Artie Brown, Ed McBains's 87th Precinct: Lightning (alsoknown as 87th Precinct: Lightning), NBC, 1995
  • Detective Jackson, Deadly Whispers, CBS, 1995
  • Don King, Don King: Only in America, HBO, 1997
  • Pike, Body Count (also known as The Split), The Movie Channel, 1998
  • Title role, Holiday Heart, Showtime, 2000
  • Garrick Jones, Sins of the Father, F/X, 2002
  • Judge Thomas Jones, RFK, F/X, 2002
  • Miniseries
  • Charles Jones, Iran: Days of Crisis (also known as L'amerique en otage), TNT, 1991
  • Johnnie Cochran, American Tragedy, CBS, 2000
  • Specials
  • Young Gabriel Grimes, Go Tell It on the Mountain, PBS, 1984
  • Voice, The Way West, PBS, 1995
  • Narrator (with others), Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir, The DiscoveryChannel, 1998
  • Presenter, World Stunt Awards, ABC, 2001
  • John Morgan, "Little John," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 2002
  • Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute,TNT, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Georges, "The Maze," Miami Vice, NBC, 1985
  • Hector Lincoln, "Abrams for the Defense," Crime Story, NBC, 1986
  • Tucker, "Burn Baby, Burn," Tour of Duty, CBS, 1987
  • Walker Monroe, "Child's Play," Miami Vice, NBC, 1987
  • Henry Brown, "McAllister," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1988
  • Luther "Million" Paxton, "Suicide Squad," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988
  • Walter "Walt" Robbins, "Hit and Run," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1994
  • Walter "Walt" Robbins, "9 ½ Hours," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1994
  • Max Villareal, "Old Thyme Religion," New York Undercover, Fox, 1995
  • Walter "Walt" Robbins, "The Birthday Party," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995
  • Walter "Walt" Robbins, "Love among the Ruins," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995
  • Walter "Walt" Robbins, "Luck of the Draw," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995
  • Walter "Walt" Robbins, "Sleepless in Chicago," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1995
  • Himself, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1996
  • Walter "Walt" Robbins, "Doctor Carter, I Presume," ER (also knownas Emergency Room), NBC, 1996
  • Walter "Walt" Robbins, "The Right Thing," ER (also known as Emergency Room), NBC, 1996
  • Himself, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1997
  • Quito Real, "Honor among Thieves," UC: Undercover, NBC, 2001
  • Quito Real, "Nobody Rides for Free (a.k.a. Blowback)," UC: Undercover, NBC, 2001
  • Quito Real, "Once upon a Time ... in the Hood (a.k.a. Amerikaz Most Wanted, a.k.a. This Thug's Life)," UC: Undercover, NBC, 2001
  • Attorney general Troy Hatcher, "Explicit Activities," The District, CBS, 2002
  • Attorney general Troy Hatcher, "Oil and Water," The District, CBS,2002
  • Attorney general Troy Hatcher, "Resurrection," The District, CBS,2002
  • Attorney general Troy Hatcher, "The Second Man," The District, CBS, 2002
  • Garrett Krebs, "A Hero for Halloween," The Proud Family (animated), The Disney Channel, 2002
  • Voice of Cobra Bubbles, "Lilo and Stitch," Stitch! (animated; alsoknown as The Adventures of Lilo & Stitch), 2002
  • Attorney general Troy Hatcher, "Rage," The District, CBS, 2003
  • Buddy Bragg, "Out of Sight," Karen Sisco, 2003
  • Also appeared in Guiding Light, CBS.
  • Pilots
  • DeWitt Wardlaw, Philly Heat, ABC, 1995
  • Hulan, Mother County, CBS, 1995
  • Stage Appearances
  • Hastings Persuivant and Herbert, King Richard III, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Omar, Short Eyes, Second Stage Theatre Company, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • The Road, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, 1984
  • Wait until Dark, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1984
  • Doc, The Winter Boys (also cited as The Winter Boys), Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • M'Bengue, A Map of the World, New York Shakespeare Festival, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, Public Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Carlyle, Streamers, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1986
  • Hark/Executioner, Ascension Day, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1992
  • Major Tours
  • Ajax, European cities, 1980
  • Videos
  • Behind the Mission: The Making of "M:I-2" (documentary short), Paramount Home Video, 2000
  • Pulp Fiction: The Facts (documentary short), Miramax, 2002

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 14, Gale, 1997
    • Ebony, August, 2002, pp. 146-52
    • Entertainment Weekly, December 10, 1993, p. 52; June 14, 1996, pp.32-35
    • Esquire, August, 1998, pp. 119-24
    • Jet, February 9, 1998, p. 36
    • Parade, April 4, 1999, pp. 4-6
    • People Weekly, June 24, 1996, pp. 77-78

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