(Thibadeaux) received a Golden Globe Award for his stellar performance
as fight promoter Don King in HBO's Don King: Only In America.
He also starred in Out of Sight, opposite George Clooney,
and in the action-thriller Con Air. Prior to that, he starred
as a drifter-turned-reluctant-savior in Rosewood, directed
by John Singleton, and as a South African drug lord in Dangerous
Ground, opposite Ice Cube and Elizabeth Hurley.
Rhames first gained prominence as the shadowy drug dealer Marcellus
Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's critically lauded Pulp Fiction.
He subsequently starred in Mission: Impossible as a
no-nonsense computer whiz and then as the bouncer/confidant to
Demi Moore's character in Striptease.
Born in Harlem, Rhames attended New York High School of the Performing
Arts the only student from his junior high to be accepted into
the prestigious school. He went on to graduate from the Julliard
School of Drama in 1983. His classical training led him to perform
many works by Shakespeare, Ibsen, Moliere and Chekhov. He appeared
on Broadway in The Boys of Winter, and off-Broadway in
Map of the World, Short Eyes, Richard Ill and Ascension
Day. He also starred in Ajax, directed by Peter Sellars,
and The Road, directed by Wole Soyinka at Chicago's Goodman
Rhames' diverse film credits include Homicide, Dave, The Saint
of Fort Washington, Jacob 's Ladder, Drop Squad, Bound by Honor,
The Long Walk Home, Flight of the Intruder, Patty Hearst, Kiss
of Death, Bodycount and Duets.
He is currently in production on Mission: Impossible 2, again
starring opposite Tom Cruise. John Woo directs the new installment.
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