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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III

The prolific, multi-talented VING RHAMES (Luther) reprises his role of tech expert Luther Strickell after creating the role in the first two "Mission: Impossible” films.

Most recently seen in "Dawn of the Dead,” Rhames received an Emmy nomination and won a Golden Globe for his role as Don King in the telefilm "Don King: Only In America.” He was also awarded the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead,” in which he starred opposite Nicolas Cage, and received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Entrapment,” with Catherine Zeta Jones and Sean Connery.

Recent productions include "Back in the Day,” "Three-Fifths of a Man,” and headlining as the titular legendary boxer in "The Sonny Liston Story.” Having gone down in pop culture history for his role as Marsellus "we're gonna get medieval on your ass” Wallace in Quentin Tarantino's seminal "Pulp Fiction,” Rhames has continued to win fans with such performances as Shad in "Striptease,” Mann in "Rosewood” (for which he won an Image Award for Best Actor), Mel in "Baby Boy,” Nathan ‘Diamond Dog' Jones in "Con Air,” Buddy Bragg in "Out of Sight,” and Deputy Chief Arthur Holland in "Dark Blue.”

On the small screen, Rhames recently appeared in the title role of "Kojak,” on which he also served as executive producer. Rhames was nominated for a Best Actor Image Award for his role as Garrick Jones in the television movie, "Sins of the Father.” He also starred as John Morgan in "Little John” and Judge Jones in "RFK.” In the television series "UC: Undercover,” he starred as Quito Real and received his second Image Award. The actor also lent his voice (as narrator) to the television documentary "Robert F. Kennedy: A Memoir”. Starring as the voice of Cobra Bubbles in the animated film "Lilo & Stitch” has won Rhames a new set of fans among the younger generation. He was also the voice of Sergeant Ryan Whitaker in the computer-animated feature "Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.”

Ving Rhames was born in New York City, New York, and grew up in Harlem, New York. A good student, Ving entered the New York High School of Performing Arts, where he discovered his love of acting. He studied at the Juilliard School of Drama, and began his career in New York theater. He first appeared on Broadway in the play "The Winter Boys” in 1984. Ving continued his rise to fame through his work in soap operas. He found work as a supporting actor, and came to the attention of the general public in "Pulp Fiction.”

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