Irving Rameses "Ving" Rhames was born May 12, 1959 in New York City. He discovered a love of acting in High School, and got his start in the Broadway play The Winter Boys, and from there worked in a number of Soap Operas and supporting roles until his big break as crime boss Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction. He has since worked in the Mission Impossible movies, Dawn of the Dead 2004, and even Lilo and Stitch, among many other roles.
Tropes relating to Ving Rhames include:
- Bald of Awesome
- Guttural Growler: "Step aside, Butch," is absolutely hair-raising the way he says it.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: He got a Golden Globe for playing Don King (who is... not a nice guy), but gave the award to Jack Lemmon (nominated in the same category for 12 Angry Men), who said it was "one of the sweetest moments I've ever known in my life."
- Scary Black Man: In the movies, at least.