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      Courtney B. Vance

      Courtney B. Vance

      Highest Rated: 100% Hamburger Hill (1987)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Mar 12, 1960

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      This no-nonsense, Ivy-educated, stage-trained player parlayed his success on the boards into increasingly substantial work in TV and films. A history major as a Harvard undergraduate, Vance began acting in college and joined Shakespeare and Company, a theater company in nearby Lenox, Massachusetts. He went on to further hone his thespian skills at the Yale School of Drama. While there, Vance originated the role of Cory, son of a formidable James Earl Jones, in the Yale Rep production of August Wilson's award-winning "Fences." In 1987, he made his Broadway debut reprising the role. Vance's performance garnered critical kudos, a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play. His other stage credits included the 1988 New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Romeo and Juliet," Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!" (1989), for which he won an OBIE Award and a starring role in the Broadway production of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation," which brought Vance yet another Tony nomination. When "Six Degrees of Separation" came to the big screen as a 1993 feature, Stockard Channing reprised her role from Broadway but Vance could not even get a meeting to read for the role of the charismatic liar Paul, the self-proclaimed son of Sidney Poitier. Though he had already had significant experience in film and TV, the producers opted for a "name" actor--the better known, if less trained, rapper-cum-sitcom star Will Smith. Vance responded by developing another strategy for Hollywood success. He networked with fellow Harvard alumni in the industry to land meaty TV roles in high-minded cable movies such as "The Tuskegee Airmen" and "The Affair" (both HBO, 1995) and "Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad" (Family Channel/BET, 1994) and classy network specials like the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" (CBS, 1995) and Tom Griffin's "The Boys Next Door" (CBS, 1996). These projects displayed Vance's range as he variously played a love-struck slave with aspirations to escape North ("Race to Freedom"), a sweet-natured dimwit ("The Piano Lesson"), an innocent black G.I. in love with a married white woman in WWII England ("The Affair") and a severely mentally challenged man in a group home ("The Boys Next Door"). In features, Vance has successfully cultivated an image of dignity and restraint. He was the outspoken medic Doc in the war drama "Hamburger Hill" (1987) and a submarine sonar specialist in "The Hunt for Red October" (1990). Vance gained attention with his interpretation of the role of Jim in a Disney retelling of Mark Twain's classic "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993). He strayed from the outdated renditions of the Jims of old, creating a more intelligent figure and bringing weight and sadness to a man whose only desire is to be free. He also convinced as a subdued Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, in Mario and Melvin Van Peebles' "Panther" and a soft-spoken traditionalist high school principal in "Dangerous Minds" (both 1995). Vance held his own against glamorous headliners Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston as he played the frustrated minister in Penny Marshall's romantic comedy fantasy "The Preacher's Wife" (1996). Vance married renowned actress Angela Bassett in 1997 and continued to win key roles in notable productions, including William Friedkin's acclaimed multiracial made-for-TV update of "12 Angry Men" (Showtime). He received accolades for his lead turn in the legal feature "Blind Faith" (1998), and appeared in Robert Altman's small-town dramedy "Cookie's Fortune" (1999), both films that co-starred Charles S. Dutton. After playing an astronaut in the Clint Eastwood movie "Space Cowboys" (2000), Vance portrayed the title character in Showtime's "Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story" (2002), a real-life tale of misplaced Texan justice. Gravitating more towards television, he joined the cast of the procedural drama spin-off "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC/USA, 2001-2011) as by-the-book assistant district attorney Ron Carver, a role that he held for five seasons. Following a recurring role on the medical drama series "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), Vance became a regular on the much-touted high-concept drama "FlashForward" (NBC, 2009-2010), but the show was cancelled after one season, giving him a window to appear on episodes of "The Closer" (TNT, 2005-2012). Returning more prominently to movies, Vance had supporting roles in the thoughtful drama "Extraordinary Measures" (2010), starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, and the tense thriller "The Divide" (2011), before playing a skeptical FBI agent in the hit horror sequel "Final Destination 5" (2011). Notably switching gears for the warm, folksy gospel movie "Joyful Noise" (2012), he also turned up briefly on the TV mystery series "Revenge." In 2013, Vance successfully returned to his theater roots, playing editor Hap Hairston in the tabloid-centric Nora Ephron play "Lucky Guy," a performance that won him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor. After appearing in "Terminator Genisys" (2015), a critically unsuccessful reboot of the action franchise, Vance returned to television as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in "American Crime Story" (FX 2016- ).

      Highest rated movies

      Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
      Hamburger Hill
      12 Angry Men
      Uncorked The Hunt for Red October
      Cookie's Fortune
      The Tuskegee Airmen
      Ben Is Back

      Photos

      Courtney B. Vance THE MUMMY, FROM LEFT: TOM CRUISE, COURTNEY B. VANCE, JAKE JOHNSON, 2017. PH: CHIABELLA JAMES/© UNIVERSAL PICTURES EYE SEE YOU (aka D-TOX), from left: Sylvester Stallone, Christopher Fulford, Robert Patrick, Courtney B. Vance, Jeffrey Wright, Robert Prosky, 2002, ©DEJ Productions Masters of Sex, Courtney B. Vance, 'Giants', Season 2, Ep. #5, 08/10/2014, ©SHO Masters of Sex, Courtney B. Vance, 'Giants', Season 2, Ep. #5, 08/10/2014, ©SHO THE DIVIDE, l-r: Courtney B. Vance, Michael Biehn, Lauren German, Ashton Holmes, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Eklund, 2011, ©Anchor Bay Films OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, l-r: Courtney B. Vance, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, 2016. ph: Glen Wilson/©Paramount Pictures OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, l-r: T.J. Miller, Courtney B. Vance, 2016. ph: Glen Wilson/©Paramount Pictures OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, from left: T.J. Miller, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Corddry, 2016. ph: Glen Wilson/©Paramount Pictures State Of Affairs, Courtney B. Vance, 'Ghosts', Season 1, Ep. #8, 01/12/2015, ©NBC EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES, from left: Brendan Fraser, Courtney B. Vance, Ayanna Berkshire, 2010. ph: Merie Wesimiller Wallace/©CBS Films JOYFUL NOISE, from left: Dexter Darden, Courtney B. Vance, 2012. ph: Van Redin/©Warner Bros. Pictures OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, l-r: Courtney B. Vance, T.J. Miller, 2016. ph: Glen Wilson/©Paramount Pictures State Of Affairs, Courtney B. Vance (L), David Harbour (R), 'Ghosts', Season 1, Ep. #8, 01/12/2015, ©NBC TERMINATOR GENISYS, from left: Courtney B. Vance, Jason Clarke, Dayo Okeniyi, 2015. ph: Melinda Sue Gordon/©Paramount Pictures OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, from left: Courtney B. Vance, T.J. Miller, 2016. ph: Glen Wilson/©Paramount Pictures State Of Affairs, Rex Linn (L), Courtney B. Vance (C), David Harbour (R), 'Cry Havoc', Season 1, Ep. #9, 01/19/2015, ©NBC State Of Affairs, Courtney B. Vance, 'Ghosts', Season 1, Ep. #8, 01/12/2015, ©NBC OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY, Courtney B. Vance, 2016. ph: Glen Wilson/©Paramount Pictures BEN IS BACK, FROM LEFT: COURTNEY B. VANCE, LUCAS HEDGES, JULIA ROBERTS, 2018. PH: MARK SCHAFER/© ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      33% 42% Heist 88 Jeremy Horne (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2023
      61% 46% Project Power Captain Crane (Character) - 2020
      92% 63% Uncorked Louis (Character) - 2020
      75% 81% The Photograph Louis (Character) $20.6M 2020
      82% 69% Ben Is Back Neal Beeby (Character) $3.7M 2018
      90% 87% Isle of Dogs The Narrator (Voice) $31.9M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Orgasmo con mamá Unknown (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perfect Unknown (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cógete a mi esposa Unknown (Character) - 2018
      15% 35% The Mummy Col. Greenway (Character) $80.1M 2017
      69% 54% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield (Character) - 2017
      40% 41% Office Christmas Party Walter Davis (Character) $54.1M 2016
      26% 52% Terminator Genisys Miles Dyson (Character) $89.8M 2015
      No Score Yet 84% Let It Shine Preacher Jacob DeBarge (Character) - 2012
      32% 65% Joyful Noise Pastor Dale (Character) $30.9M 2012
      26% 38% The Divide Delvin (Character) $19.2K 2011
      63% 53% Final Destination 5 Courtney B. Vance (Character) $42.6M 2011
      29% 53% Extraordinary Measures Marcus Temple (Character) $11.9M 2010
      82% 73% Nothing but the Truth Agent O'Hara (Character) $3.0K 2008
      100% 94% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Unknown (Character) - 2004
      17% 28% Eye See You Willie Jones (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 57% Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story Clarence Brandley (Character) - 2002
      78% 53% Space Cowboys Roger Hines (Character) $90.4M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Unknown (Character) - 2000
      86% 66% Cookie's Fortune Otis Tuker (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 54% Love and Action in Chicago Eddie Jones (Character),
      Co-Producer
      - 1999
      No Score Yet 86% Ambushed Jerry Robinson (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 80% Blind Faith John Williams (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Naked City: Justice With a Bullet Sgt. Daniel Muldoon (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Naked City: A Killer Christmas Officer James Halloran (Character) - 1998
      93% 87% 12 Angry Men Foreman (Character) - 1997
      62% 43% The Preacher's Wife Reverend Henry Biggs (Character) $48.1M 1996
      No Score Yet 88% The Boys Next Door Lucien P. Singer (Character) - 1996
      86% 79% The Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Glenn (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 55% The Affair Travis Holloway (Character) - 1995
      33% 64% Dangerous Minds Mr. George Grandey (Character) $84.9M 1995
      61% 70% The Last Supper Luke (Character) $189.5K 1995
      No Score Yet 76% The Piano Lesson Lymon (Character) - 1995
      25% 75% Panther Bobby Seale (Character) $6.3M 1995
      No Score Yet 64% Race to Freedom: The Story of The Underground Railroad Thomas (Character) - 1994
      0% 24% Holy Matrimony Cooper (Character) $616.9K 1994
      75% 50% The Adventures of Huck Finn Jim (Character) $23.8M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Percy and Thunder Thunder (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 72% Beyond the Law Conroy Price (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Street War Justice Butler (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Emperor's New Clothes Scribe (Voice) - 1991
      88% 88% The Hunt for Red October Petty Officer 2nd Class Jones (Character) $119.1M 1990
      100% 72% Hamburger Hill Spc. Abraham `'Doc'` Johnson (Character) $11.4M 1987

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2016 2022-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet OWN Spotlight Guest 2023
      71% 73% 61st Street Franklin Roberts (Character) 2022-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Thousand Years of Slavery Executive Producer,
      Narrator
      2022
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2016 2021
      No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017 2021
      88% 64% Lovecraft Country George Black (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Experience Unknown (Voice) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2016
      84% 90% American Crime Story Johnnie Cochran (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black America Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016
      93% 72% Scandal Clarence Parker (Guest Star) 2015
      28% 66% State of Affairs Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2014
      84% 85% Masters of Sex Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      86% 84% Graceland Sam Campbell (Guest Star) 2013
      69% 78% Revenge Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      83% 85% The Closer Chief Tommy Delk (Guest Star) 2010-2011
      80% 77% FlashForward Stanford Wedeck (Character) 2009-2010
      No Score Yet 85% ER Russell Banfield (Guest Star) 2008-2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Character) 2001-2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Public Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Curtis (Guest Star) 1989