More Ving Rhames Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Undisputed)Ving Rhames plays a professional heavyweight boxer who's at the top of his game, when a felony conviction lands him in the same prison that has its own inmate champ.
Named 2000 ShoWest Supporting Actor of the Year, Rhames' recent films include Mission Impossible II, which was the top grossing film of the summer of 2000, Bringing Out the Dead with Nicolas Cage, and the thriller/love story Entrapment with Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He has also starred with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight and in HBO's highly acclaimed Don King: Only in America, earning Rhames a Golden Globe Award as well as an Emmy, SAG and Image Award nominations for his portrayal of the tenacious boxing promoter.
Rhames' other feature credits include the films Rosewood, Dangerous Ground and Con Air. His portrayal of shadowy drug dealer Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's critically lauded Pulp Fiction was pivotal in Rhames' career, leading to his role in Mission Impossible and soon after Striptease, in which he starred with Demi Moore. Other feature film credits include Dave, The Saint of Fort Washington, Jacob's Ladder, Drop Squad, Homicide: Blood In .. Blood Out, The Long Walk Home, Flight of the Intruder, Patty Hearst, Kiss of Death, Dark Blue with director Ron Shelton, Sins with Gary Oldman and John Singleton's Baby Boy. His recent television credits include UC: Undercover, Holiday Heart for Showtime Network and the CBS miniseries American Tragedy in which he portrayed attorney Johnnie Cochran.
Born and raised in Harlem, Rhames attended the High School of Music and Performing Arts in New York, and was graduated from the Drama Division of the Julliard School in 1983. His Broadway credits include The Boys of Winter, and off-Broadway he appeared in Map of the World, Short Eyes, Richard III and Ascension Day.
Rhames is currently developing Night Train, the highly anticipated story of boxer Sonny Liston's life, in which he will play Liston for Twentieth Century Fox. The film will be produced by Rhames and Cruise/Wagner Productions, and will be directed by Albert and Allen Hughes. It's been a busy year for Rhames, who starred in the recent Disney film, Lilo and Stitch and has just signed on for a reoccurring role on The District as a US Attorney General. Rhames is currently shooting Barry Levinson's new film Envy with Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Christopher Walken.
Bio courtesy Miramax for "Undisputed" (21-Feb-2003)