College roommate Stanley Tucci suggested Rhames shorten his first name from Irving to Ving.
Was on the soap opera Another World.
In 1993, while filming The Saint of Fort Washington in a New York City shelter, he met a homeless man who turned out to be his long-lost brother Junior, a Vietnam veteran who had lost contact with the family. Rhames got his brother off the street and into a home.
Gave his 1998 Golden Globe award for Don King: Only in America to Jack Lemmon, who he felt was more deserving for his nominated performance in the cable remake of 12 Angry Men.
1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
1998, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
Valerie Scott — Ex-wife
Deborah Reed — Wife
Reignbeau Rhames — Daughter
Ernest Rhames — Father
Tiffany — Stepdaughter
Freedom Rhames — Son
Junior Rhames — Brother
Reatha Rhames — Mother
Attended State University of New York, Purchase, New York, United States; the Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (BFA, 1983)