Ving Rhames Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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Ving Rhames Quick Info
Height6 ft
Weight88 kg
Date of BirthMay 12, 1959
Zodiac SignTaurus
SpouseDeborah Reed

Ving Rhames is an American actor known for his imposing hulk like presence. But, to those who know him personally, he is known for his benevolent acts towards other people much like a tender hero. His burst to fame came with his creepy role as Marsellus Wallace in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. He has done endorsement work for numerous brands like ADT Home Security, Buick, Arby’s, and Motorola. A keen fitness enthusiast, Ving is known for his strong spiritual beliefs.

Born Name

Irving Rameses Rhames

Nick Name

Ving

Ving Rhames in a still from an interview as seen in December 2017
Ving Rhames in a still from an interview as seen in December 2017 (Flickering Myth / YouTube)

Sun Sign

Taurus

Born Place

Harlem, New York City, New York, United States

Residence

Los Angeles, California, United States

Nationality

American

Education

Ving Rhames studied at the New York’s High School of Performing Arts. Later, he joined the State University of New York, Purchase to study drama. He took a transfer to the Juilliard School‘s Drama Division, from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts in 1983.

Occupation

Actor, Producer

Family

  • Father – Ernest Rhames (Auto Mechanic)
  • Mother – Reather Rhames (Homemaker)
  • Siblings – Junior Rhames (Older Brother) (Vietnam Veteran)

Manager

Ving Rhames is managed by Innovative Artists, Talent Agency, Santa Monica, California, United States.

Build

Bodybuilder

Height

6 ft or 183 cm

Weight

88 kg or 194 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Ving Rhames has dated –

  1. Valerie Scott (1994-1999) – In July 1994, Ving married publicist and screenwriter Valerie Scott. However, after 5 years of marriage, they divorced in 1999.
  2. Deborah Reed (1999-Present) – Ving soon found love and in December 2000, he got married to actress, Deborah Reed. They have a daughter named Reign Beau Rhames (b. 2000), a son named Freedom Rhames (b. 2002), and a step-daughter named Tiffany Reed. Their marriage seems to be going strong still after all these years.
Ving Rhames as seen in June 2010
Ving Rhames as seen in June 2010 (Chris Yarzab / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Race / Ethnicity

Black

He has African-American ancestry.

Hair Color

Bald

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Strong stern face
  • Deep voice

Brand Endorsements

Ving Rhames has done endorsement work for brands like –

  • ADT Home Security (2015)
  • Buick (2012)
  • Arby’s (Voiceover)
  • Motorola
  • E! Entertainment Television cable channel (2002)
  • Radio Shack (2001)

Religion

Christianity

He states that the key to his successful career is the result of his strong religious belief.

Ving Rhames (Right) and Mike Tomlin as seen in 2018
Ving Rhames (Right) and Mike Tomlin as seen in 2018 (Ving Rhames / Instagram)

Best Known For

  • His role as sneaky cyberspy Luther Stickell in the Mission: Impossible film series. He has also appeared in various other popular films like Jacob’s Ladder (1990), Pulp Fiction (1994), Don King: Only in America (1997), Rosewood (1997), Con Air (1997), Bringing Out the Dead (1999), Dawn of the Dead (2004), Piranha 3D (2010), and Father Figures (2017).
  • Lending his voice in animated films for numerous characters like Cobra Bubbles in Lilo & Stitch (2002), Stitch! The Movie (2003), and Leroy & Stitch (2006); and as Thaddeus in The Star (2017)
  • Producing films including King of the Avenue (2010), Phantom Punch (2008), and Ascension Day (2007)

First Film

In 1986, he made his theatrical film debut in the drama film Native Son as Jack.

First TV Show

In January 1985, he made his first TV show appearance on American Playhouse.

Personal Trainer

Ving Rhames works out 4 to 5 times a week. He has a black belt in martial arts. He likes to lift weights and do a lot of running and boxing exercises to stay in shape.

Ving Rhames Favorite Things

His favorite things are not known.

Ving Rhames during an interview in July 2018
Ving Rhames during an interview in July 2018 (Flicks And The City Clips / YouTube)

Ving Rhames Facts

  1. He grew up on the 126th Street around the Harlem area in New York City.
  2. His name “Irving” is actually named after Irving R. Levine, who is a retired NBC journalist.
  3. Stanley Tucci, his fellow acting classmate at the State University of New York, Purchase gave him the nickname “Ving”.
  4. In 1998, he won the Golden Globe Award under the “Best Actor in Mini-Series or Motion Picture” category for the film Don King: Only in America. He graciously gave his Golden Globe Award to fellow actor Jack Lemmon at the award ceremony, stating that he deserved it more than him. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association later gave a duplicate award to Ving.
  5. In 1993, while filming at The Saint of Fort Washington in New York City, Ving was reunited with his estranged homeless older brother Junior, who was a Vietnam War veteran.
  6. He loves watching live major boxing events.
  7. Besides Tom Cruise, he is the only actor to have appeared in all the Mission Impossible films from 1996 to 2018.
  8. In 2008, Ving appeared in the music video of Ludacris‘s song “Southern Gangsta”, from the album Theater of the Mind.
  9. Ving has also lent his voice as one of the narrators during the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the past.
  10. He is not active on any social media website.

Featured Image by Flickering Myth / YouTube

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