Rhames' next big break came in 1994 when director Quentin Tarantino cast him as the merciless drug dealer Marsellus Wallace in the mega hit Pulp Fiction. Not long after, director Brian De Palma cast Rhames alongside Tom Cruise as the ace computer hacker, Luther Stickell, in Mission: Impossible. With solid performances in both these highly popular productions, his face was now well known to moviegoers, and the work offers began rolling in more frequently.
The next career highlight for Rhames was playing the lead role in the HBO production Don King: Only in America. Rhames' performance as the world's most infamous boxing promoter was nothing short of brilliant, and at the 1998 Golden Globe Awards, he picked up the award for Best Actor in a Miniseries. However, in an incredible display of compassion, he handed over the award to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon, as he felt Lemmon was a more deserving winner.
The talented actor then contributed attention-grabbing performances in Idlewild, Bringing out the Dead, and returned as Luther Stickell in Mission: Impossible II and III. He contributed his deep bass voice for the character of Cobra Bubbles in Lilo & Stitch and played a burly cop fighting cannibal zombie hordes in Dawn of the Dead. A keen fitness and weight-lifting enthusiast, Rhames is also well known for his strong spiritual beliefs and benevolent attitude toward others.
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Ving Rhames Facts
|Birth Name||Irving Rhames|
|Birthday||May 12, 1959 (59)|
|Birthplace||New York, New York, USA|
|Height||6' (1m83) How tall is Ving Rhames compared to you?|
|Awards||1998 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Don King: Only in America)|