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VING RHAMES (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 Theater.

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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