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VING RHAMES (The Prophet) reunites with actor Bruce Willis for the first time since their appearance together in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 Oscar® winner, "Pulp Fiction.”

Rhames hails from Harlem, New York, where he began his career studies at the New York High School for Performing Arts and the Juilliard School of Drama. After earning his B.F.A. degree from Juilliard in 1983, Rhames made his professional debut in Joe Papp's acclaimed Shakespeare in the Park production of "King Richard III.”

In 1984, he made his screen debut in the PBS telefilm "Go Tell It on the Mountain,” which led to small guest spots on such TV series as "Miami Vice,” "Tour of Duty,” "Spencer: For Hire,” "The Equalizer” and "Crime Story.” In ensuing years, Rhames has had recurring roles on such popular TV series as "ER” (eight episodes between 1994-96), "UC: Undercover” and "The District” (as Attorney General Troy Hatcher on five episodes over two seasons).

On the motion picture screen, Rhames debuted in "Native Son” in 1986, then won attention and acclaim as S.L.A. leader Cinque whose gang of militants kidnaps the famous heiress in Paul Schrader's "Patty Hearst.” After supporting roles in such projects as Brian De Palma's "Casualties of War,” Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder,” David Mamet's "Homicide,” Ivan Reitman's "Dave” and John Milius' "Flight of the Intruder,” Rhames co-starred as the thug Little Leroy in the drama "The Saint of Fort Washington,” which vividly depicted the plight of homeless men on the streets of New York City.

In 1994, Rhames embodied the role of the merciless drug dealer, Marsellus "Big Man” Wallace, in Tarantino's acclaimed, award-winning "Pulp Fiction.” Not long after, he reteamed with director De Palma as the crafty computer hacker, Luther Stickell, in "Mission: Impossible,” a role he reprised in the franchise's two sequels, "M:I-2” and "M:I-3.”

His big screen credits also include Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight,” Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead,” the Jerry Bruckheimer production "Con Air,” John Singleton's "Rosewood” and "Envy,” "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry,” "Dawn of the Dead,” "Kiss of Death,” "Striptease,” "Entrapment,” and the voice of the animated character Cobra Bubbles in Disney's "Lilo & Stitch” (reprising the role in the video sequel, "Stitch: The Movie”).

His upcoming projects include "The Goods: Live Hard Sell Hard” and "Master Harold…and the Boys.”

Another career highlight for Rhames came in his performance as the world's most infamous boxing promoter in the HBO production "Don King: Only in America.” The actor was honored with the Golden Globe as Best Actor in a Miniseries (as well as SAG and Emmy nominations) for his work in the film. At the 1998 Globe ceremonies, he surprised audiences by giving his award to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon live on the stage, as a tribute to Lemmon, whom he felt was a more deserving winner.

During his career, Rhames has also been honored as the Showest Supporting Actor of the Year in 2000 by the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) and has earned seven NAACP Image Award nominations for his film and TV work over the years.


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