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      Vondie Curtis Hall

      Vondie Curtis Hall

      Highest Rated: 100% Passion Fish (1992)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Glitter (2001)

      Birthday: Sep 30, 1950

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      A versatile character actor, Vondie Curtis-Hall moved from the Broadway stage to features and television, including Emmy-nominated stints on "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and in films like "Romeo + Juliet" (1996), and later, as a director on several features and for episodic television. Born September 30, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan, Hall and his siblings - brother and future fashion designer Kevan Hall and sister Sherrie - attended elementary and high school in the city's educational system before Vondie pursued studies in performance at Julliard and Richmond College in London, England. He began his professional acting career in stage musicals, performing as a member of the ensemble in shows like "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" in 1981 before earning his breakout role as Marty, manager of soul singer James "Early" Thunder in the original Broadway production of "Dreamgirls" (1981). In the late 1980s, Hall began appearing in off-Broadway plays, which led to minor or supporting roles in features and on television, including "Coming to America" (1988), Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" (1989) and men of authority on both sides of the law in Ridley Scott's "Black Rain" (1989) and "Die Hard 2" (1990). He also parlayed his stage experience into various music-related projects, including a singing police commander on Steven Bochco's "Cop Rock" (ABC, 1990) and as the pianist Miguel Montoya in "The Mambo Kings" (1992). By the midpoint of the 1990s, Hall was in demand as a character actor in features and on episodic TV: the former included work with John Sayles in "Passion Fish" (1992), Spike Lee ("Crooklyn," 1994), John Woo ("Broken Arrow," 1996) and Baz Luhrmann, who cast him as the Captain of the Verona guard in "Romeo + Juliet" (1996), and "Eve's Bayou" (1997), directed by his wife, actress Kasi Lemmons. Notable work on the small screen included appearances on "ER" in two roles - he earned an Emmy nomination as a drag queen who commits suicide in a 1994 episode, and then in a recurring role as the husband of ill-fated Carla Reece (Lisa Nicole Carson) from 1996 to 2001- and series regular work on CBS's hospital series, "Chicago Hope" (1994-2000), which earned him three Screen Actors Guild nominations as part of an ensemble cast. But "ER" also served in part as the launching pad for Hall's successful second career as a director; Hall made his debut in this capacity with the cult drama "Gridlock'd" (1997), with Tupac Shakur and Tim Roth, and would move between features like a remake of "Glitter" (2001) with Mariah Carey, and numerous television episodes, including two turns behind the camera at "ER" and episodes of "The Shield" (FX, 2002-2006), among others. He continued to act during this period, including appearances and recurring turns on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007),  "Soul Food" (Showtime, 2000-2004), and in features like Lemmons' "Talk to Me" (2007) and "Black Nativity (2013).  In 2015, he enjoyed simultaneous recurring roles as tough journalist Ben Urich on Marvel's "Daredevil" (2015- ) and as Morris Chestnut's father on "Rosewood" (Fox, 2015- 2017), and returned to series work in 2018 as a district court judge on ABC's "For the People" (2018- ), produced by Shonda Rhimes. That same year, "Faith Under Fire" (2018), a drama starring singer Toni Braxton for Lifetime, was named the top original movie on cable in all key demographics.

      Highest rated movies

      Passion Fish
      The Night House
      Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
      Experimenter
      Eve's Bayou
      Crooklyn The Mambo Kings 18 1/2

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      4130_D021_00320_RC Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman and Vondie Curtis-Hall as Reverend Green in HARRIET, a Focus Features release. Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features Rosewood, Morris Chestnut (L), Vondie Curtis Hall (R), 'Policies and Ponies', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/04/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, Vondie Curtis Hall (L), Lorraine Toussaint (C), Morris Chestnut (R), 'Quadriplegia And Quality Time', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/11/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, Vondie Curtis Hall (L), Morris Chestnut (R), 'Quadriplegia And Quality Time', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/11/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, Vondie Curtis Hall, 'Policies and Ponies', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/04/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, Morris Chestnut, 'Quadriplegia And Quality Time', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/11/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, from left: Lorraine Toussaint, Vondie Curtis Hall, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle, 'Policies and Ponies', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/04/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, from left: Vondie Curtis Hall, Gabrielle Dennis, Anna Konkle, Lorraine Toussaint, 'Policies and Ponies', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/04/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, Lorraine Toussaint (L), Vondie Curtis Hall (R), 'Quadriplegia And Quality Time', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/11/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, Vondie Curtis Hall, 'Quadriplegia And Quality Time', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/11/2015, ©FOX Marvel's Daredevil, Vondie Curtis Hall (L), Charlie Cox (R), 'Speak of the Devil', Season 1, Ep. #9, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX BREAKING BROOKLYN, FROM LEFT: LOUIS GOSSETT JR., VONDIE CURTIS-HALL, 2018. © LIONSGATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT DROP SQUAD, Ving Rhames, Vondie Curtis-Hall, 1994. (c)Gramercy Pictures Marvel's Daredevil, Vondie Curtis Hall (L), Deborah Ann Woll (R), 'The Path of the Righteous', Season 1, Ep. #11, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX Marvel's Daredevil, Vondie Curtis Hall, 'Rabbit in a Snow Storm', Season 1, Ep. #3, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX Marvel's Daredevil, Vondie Curtis Hall, 'In the Blood', Season 1, Ep. #4, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX Marvel's Daredevil, Vondie Curtis Hall, 'Rabbit in a Snow Storm', Season 1, Ep. #3, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX Marvel's Daredevil, Vondie Curtis Hall, 'Rabbit in a Snow Storm', Season 1, Ep. #3, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Vondie Curtis Hall, 'Reparations', Season 12, Ep. #21, 04/06/2011, ©NBC Marvel's Daredevil, Vondie Curtis Hall, 'In the Blood', Season 1, Ep. #4, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      48% 54% Raymond & Ray Unknown (Character) - 2022
      78% 64% 18 1/2 Samuel (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Bayou Parker Nguyen (Character) - 2021
      88% 69% The Night House Mel (Character) $7.1M 2020
      74% 97% Harriet Reverend Green (Character) $43.0M 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story Director - 2018
      No Score Yet 75% Breaking Brooklyn Greg Bryant (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 57% Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart Director - 2016
      85% 61% Experimenter Curtis (Character) $155.1K 2015
      32% 16% Cymbeline Caius Lucius (Character) - 2014
      51% 51% Black Nativity Pawnbroker (Character) $7.0M 2013
      No Score Yet 69% Abducted: The Carlina White Story Director - 2012
      86% 57% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Capt. James Brasser (Character) $1.7M 2009
      50% 54% Life Is Hot in Cracktown Dixon (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crenshaw Nights Frank "Jupiter" Johnson (Character) - 2008
      69% 57% Honeydripper Slick (Character) $267.9K 2007
      28% 76% Waist Deep Director,
      Writer
      $21.3M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deceit Detective Hal Kazin (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 83% Redemption Director - 2004
      6% 48% Glitter Director $4.3M 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ali: An American Hero Drew "Bundini" Brown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 62% Freedom Song Daniel Wall (Character) - 2000
      10% 25% Turn It Up Cliff (Character) $1.2M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sirens Vincent Morgan (Character) - 1999
      88% 79% Gridlock'd Director,
      Writer
      $5.5M 1997
      No Score Yet 78% Don King: Only in America Lloyd Price (Character) - 1997
      83% 89% Eve's Bayou Julian Grayraven (Character) $14.8M 1997
      16% 31% Heaven's Prisoners Minos P. Dautrieve (Character) $5.0M 1996
      54% 44% Broken Arrow Lt. Col. Sam Rhodes (Character) $70.6M 1996
      74% 77% William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Captain Prince (Character) $46.4M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stories From the Edge Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tuesday Morning Ride Carver (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Man's Revenge Jessup Bush (Character) - 1994
      14% 45% Drop Squad Rocky Seavers (Character) $595.7K 1994
      79% 90% Crooklyn Uncle Brown (Character) $12.8M 1994
      20% 69% Sugar Hill Mark Doby (Character) $18.3M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet There Was a Little Boy Danforth (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story C. Yernon Mason (Character) - 1992
      79% 68% The Mambo Kings Miguel Montoya (Character) $6.5M 1992
      100% 82% Passion Fish Sugar LeDoux (Character) $2.4M 1992
      No Score Yet 60% ... And Then She Was Gone Det. Gary Hopkins (Character) - 1991
      70% 40% Shakedown Speaker Voice (Voice) $9.3M 1988

      TV

      Credit
      91% 46% Justified: City Primeval Marcus "Sweety" Sweeton (Character) 2023
      68% 84% The Recruit Walter Nyland (Character) 2022
      95% 84% Evil Leon Acosta (Guest Star) 2019
      69% 90% For the People Judge Nicholas Byrne (Character) 2018-2019
      9% 75% Rosewood Beaumont Rosewood Sr. (Guest Star) 2015 2017
      92% 89% Marvel's Daredevil Ben Urich (Character) 2015
      75% 86% Chasing Life Lawrence (Guest Star) 2014
      43% No Score Yet NYC 22 Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      66% 75% A Gifted Man Dennis Jones (Guest Star) 2011
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dwight Talcott (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear Itself Walter Markham (Character) 2009
      84% 79% Gossip Girl Director 2008
      86% 94% Boston Legal Director 2008
      77% 83% Sleeper Cell Director 2006
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      47% No Score Yet Fastlane Unknown (Guest Star) 2002-2003
      92% 96% The Sopranos Maurice Tiffen (Guest Star) 2002
      25% No Score Yet MDs Director 2002
      No Score Yet 85% ER Roger McGrath (Guest Star) 1994 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Dr. Dennis Hancock (Character) 1995-1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallen Angels David O'Connor (Character) 1993
      53% No Score Yet Cop Rock Cdr. Warren Osborne (Character) 1990