Ving Rhames by Steve Granitz/ Ving Rhames by Steve Granitz/

A 40-year-old caretaker was found mauled to death early Friday morning at the Los Angeles home of actor Ving Rhames. According to authorities, the victim had been attacked on the lawn of Rhames' Brentwood home by as many as four mastiffs, the actor's favorite breed. The dogs, which weighed close to 200 lbs. and were known to roam free on the property, were seen being taken away by Los Angeles animal services. The victim had been caring for the dogs for the past two years, and has yet to be identified. Rhames was not at home at the time of the attack - he's currently on location in Europe shooting a movie.

Rhames, who most recently appeared as a gay cop in the Adam Sandler comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, is best known for his roles in Pulp Fiction and the Mission: Impossible movies. He was quoted in a 1999 interview with the Los Angeles Times as saying the mastiff made an excellent guard dog, and were originally bred to guard slaves. "It could be around you every day, but if you tried to run away, it would deal with you like it never saw you before." - Reporting by Ken Fox