Ving Rhames’ mission possible: selling his Brentwood home


In an indelible award-show moment, best-actor winner Ving Rhames gave his Golden Globe to fellow nominee Jack Lemmon in 1998, saying: “I feel that being an artist is about giving, and I’d like to give this to you.” There was nary a dry eye in the house, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. later made a duplicate award for Rhames. (Sorry, Sally. While we may really, really like you, this guy is a class act.)

Home of the Week: The Home of the Week in Business on Sunday said the master bath of the Cheviot Hills home featured “Carrera marble floors.” The floors are from the Manhattan Marble line. Carrara marble —spelled that way -- is from the city in Italy of the same name. A number of Times articles have misspelled Carrara marble as Carrera.

Rhames has listed his home in Brentwood for $2,699,000. The two-story Tuscany-style house has five bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms in 4,700 square feet. There is a chef’s eat-in kitchen with Viking Professional appliances, granite counters and a direct entrance from the garage. One bedroom is on the ground floor. There are walnut floors, a formal dining room and a fireplace in the master bedroom suite.

Rhames, 49, played the merciless drug dealer Marsellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction” (1994). His Golden Globe award was for his performance in HBO’s “Don King: Only in America.” He also played the ace computer hacker Luther Stickell in all three “Mission Impossible” movies and was the deep-voiced Cobra Bubbles in “Lilo & Stitch” (2002). In 2005, he played the lead role in a new “Kojak” series on the USA Network.


The nickname “Ving” -- short for Irving -- was bestowed upon him by actor Stanley Tucci, who was his roommate at Juilliard.

Art and Kristina Korvel of Teles Properties Inc., Beverly Hills, have the listing.

Bull riding or singing tips? Ask

Singer-songwriter Jewel and her cowboy extraordinaire husband, Ty Murray, are hoping to lasso a buyer for their Hollywood Hills home, just listed at $1.75 million.

The home, with blow-you-away views of the city lights below, has two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 1,781 square feet. The kitchen has a center island, a Viking range and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. There’s a private deck off the master suite and a brick patio for entertaining. There is also an office and attached three-car garage. The home, built in 1938, was recently restored.

The couple also own a 2,200-acre ranch in central Texas. They met in 1999; Jewel’s father had been an Alaska rodeo champion.


Jewel, 34, has been nominated for Grammys three times and has sold more than 27 million albums worldwide. In June, she released her latest album, “Perfectly Clear.”

Murray, 39, a former champion rodeo cowboy, was featured in a Miller Lite commercial series. He is frequently an announcer on televised bull riding events and in 2007 starred in “Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge,” a TV show during which he tried to teach nine celebrities the art of bull riding. This would have been an only-in-L.A.-moment -- except it was in Texas.

Jordan Cohen of ReMax Olson & Associates, Westlake Village, is the listing agent.

Ah, the tunes this estate has heard

The Beverly Hills estate of three-time Oscar-winning songwriter Ray Evans is listed for sale at $9,995,000.

Evans, who with his composing and songwriting partner Jay Livingston penned “Que Sera, Sera,” “Silver Bells” and “Buttons and Bows,” died at age 92 in February 2007. He lived in this house for more than 50 years.

The midcentury modern house and separate guesthouse with a pool sit on almost 4 acres. The main house has 12-foot ceilings and views to the ocean. There are four bedrooms and five bathrooms. The square footage is 3,500, according to public records.

Susan Smith of Hilton & Hyland, Beverly Hills, has the listing.

Trio of Maloofs is on the move

Where are all the Maloofs going?

Joe Maloof, president of the fun-and-games Maloof Cos., just listed his Brentwood home at $4,995,000. His brother Phillip listed his Beverly Hills home at $16,995,000. And their mother, Colleen, put her Beverly Hills home on the market in May, where it is currently listed at $10,995,000.

The Maloof family runs a billion-dollar empire that includes the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, the ultra-hip Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and a huge liquor distributorship in New Mexico.

The house Joe Maloof just listed is a two-story traditional with five bedrooms and five bathrooms in 6,100 square feet. The master suite has his-and-her bathrooms, and the eat-in gourmet kitchen has Carrera marble countertops. There are hardwood floors and wainscoting throughout. There is a saltwater pool and a built-in barbecue.

Susan Stark of Gibson International, Brentwood, has the listing.

Phillip Maloof’s 11,679-square-foot house is a Tuscan-style retreat with all the bells and whistles you’d expect to find in a resort. There’s an infinity pool and spa with two waterfalls and a cabana; a putting green (complete with a sand trap); and a large gym with a steam shower and massage room.

The house, built in 2003, has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. The master bedroom suite continues the spa-resort theme, and the two-story guesthouse has a game room as well as two bedroom suites.

The 3-year-old house that Colleen Maloof wants to sell has about 11,000 square feet. The chef’s kitchen has two center islands, four ovens, four dishwashers and two Subzero refrigerators. There are five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

While Colleen Maloof keeps a relatively low profile, the family garners a fair amount of ink, especially her ultra-rich bachelor playboy sons.

In addition to Joe, who oversees the company’s 3,500 employees, there is Gavin, who runs the sports and entertainment franchises -- which include not only the Kings but also the WNBA Monarchs and Arco Arena. Son George heads the hotel and gaming industries and has been dubbed the next Hugh Hefner by Hef himself. Daughter Adrienne Maloof-Nassif handles marketing, fashion design and promotion. And son Phil is the point person for the newest music-business ventures and is perhaps the most public -- a former New Mexico state senator who appears in the NBC series “Las Vegas,” a show on which many Maloofs have made guest appearances.

Maloof Cos. is one of the largest single shareholders in Wells Fargo Bank, and the family has exclusive rights to the distribution of Coors, Miller, Corona, Heineken, Tecate and Guinness products in New Mexico. There’s a Maloof Television, a Maloof Music and a Maloof Motion Pictures, which is currently developing the Leonard Wise novel “The Big Biazarro” into a film starring Pierce Brosnan.

But their real story is one of immigrant roots, starting with Grandpa Maloof, who came from Lebanon and ran a mom-and-pop grocery in New Mexico. Sounds like a made-for-TV movie, no doubt starring a Maloof.