Courtney B. Vance


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From studying history at Harvard, and acting at Yale Drama School, to making history in Hollywood, Courtney B. Vance has carefully cultivated an exceptional career that showcases his passion, talent, and intellect. His penchant for successfully finding the dignity and honor in each character exploration has made this Tony and Emmy award-winning ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 13 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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(1990)
Space Cowboys Roger Hines
(2000)
Dangerous Minds Mr. George Grandey
(1995)
Office Christmas Party Walter Davis
(2016)

Filmography

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  Heist 88 (TV Movie) (pre-production)
Derek Sims / Talmadge Bradley
 2022 61st Street (TV Series)
Franklin Roberts
- Episode #2.4 (2022) ... Franklin Roberts
- Episode #1.1 (2022) ... Franklin Roberts
- Episode #2.8 ... Franklin Roberts
- Episode #2.7 ... Franklin Roberts
- Episode #2.6 ... Franklin Roberts
 2021 Genius (TV Series)
C.L. Franklin
- Aretha: No One Sleeps (2021) ... C.L. Franklin
- Aretha: Chain of Fools (2021) ... C.L. Franklin
- Aretha: Amazing Grace (2021) ... C.L. Franklin
- Aretha: Young, Gifted and Black (2021) ... C.L. Franklin
- Aretha: Unforgettable (2021) ... C.L. Franklin
 2020 Lovecraft Country (TV Series)
George Freeman
- I Am. (2020) ... George Freeman
- Whitey's on the Moon (2020) ... George Freeman
- Sundown (2020) ... George Freeman
 2020 Project Power
Captain Craine
 2020/I Uncorked
Louis
 2020/I The Photograph
Louis Morton
 2018 Compliance (TV Movie)
 2018 Ben Is Back
Neal Beeby
 2018 Isle of Dogs
The Narrator (voice)
 2017 Libby and Malcolm (TV Movie)
Malcolm Black
 2017 The Mummy
Colonel Greenway
 2017 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (TV Movie)
Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield
 2016 Civil (TV Movie)
John Thorne
 2016 Office Christmas Party
Walter Davis
 2016 American Crime Story (TV Series)
Johnnie Cochran
- The Verdict (2016) ... Johnnie Cochran
- Manna from Heaven (2016) ... Johnnie Cochran
- A Jury in Jail (2016) ... Johnnie Cochran
- Conspiracy Theories (2016) ... Johnnie Cochran
- Marcia, Marcia, Marcia (2016) ... Johnnie Cochran
 2015 Terminator Genisys
Miles Dyson
 2015 Scandal (TV Series)
Clarence Parker
- The Lawn Chair (2015) ... Clarence Parker
 2014-2015 State of Affairs (TV Series)
Marshall Payton
- Deadcheck (2015) ... Marshall Payton
- The War at Home (2015) ... Marshall Payton
- Cry Havoc (2015) ... Marshall Payton
- Ghosts (2015) ... Marshall Payton
- Ar Rissalah (2014) ... Marshall Payton (credit only)
 2014 Masters of Sex (TV Series)
Dr. Charles Hendricks
- Blackbird (2014) ... Dr. Charles Hendricks
- Giants (2014) ... Dr. Charles Hendricks
- Dirty Jobs (2014) ... Dr. Charles Hendricks
 2013 Graceland (TV Series)
Deputy Director Sam Campbell
- Pilot (2013) ... Deputy Director Sam Campbell
 2012 Let It Shine (TV Movie)
Jacob
 2012 Revenge (TV Series)
Benjamin Brooks
- Absolution (2012) ... Benjamin Brooks
- Justice (2012) ... Benjamin Brooks
- Doubt (2012) ... Benjamin Brooks
- Scandal (2012) ... Benjamin Brooks
 2012 Joyful Noise
Pastor Dale
 2011 Final Destination 5
Agent Block
 2010-2011 The Closer (TV Series)
Chief Tommy Delk
- Unknown Trouble (2011) ... Chief Tommy Delk
- High Crimes (2010) ... Chief Tommy Delk
- Executive Order (2010) ... Chief Tommy Delk
 2011 The Divide
Delvin
 2009-2010 Flashforward (TV Series)
Stanford Wedeck / Narrator
- Future Shock (2010) ... Stanford Wedeck
- Countdown (2010) ... Stanford Wedeck
- The Negotiation (2010) ... Stanford Wedeck
- Course Correction (2010) ... Stanford Wedeck
- Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (2010) ... Stanford Wedeck
 2010 Extraordinary Measures
Marcus Temple
 2009 Hurricane Season
Mr. Randolph
 2008-2009 ER (TV Series)
Russell Banfield
- I Feel Good (2009) ... Russell Banfield
- T-Minus-6 (2009) ... Russell Banfield
- The Beginning of the End (2009) ... Russell Banfield
- Love Is a Battlefield (2009) ... Russell Banfield
- Separation Anxiety (2009) ... Russell Banfield
 2009 The Spectacular Spider-Man (TV Series)
Kingsley
- Accomplices (2009) ... Kingsley (voice)
 2008/I Nothing But the Truth
Agent O'Hara
 2007 State of Mind (TV Series)
William Banks
- Lost & Found (2007) ... William Banks
- In Bocca Al Lupo (2007) ... William Banks
- Passion Fishing (2007) ... William Banks
 2007 Nova (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Forgotten Genius (2007) ... Narrator
 2001-2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Ron Carver
- The Good (2006) ... Ron Carver
- On Fire (2006) ... Ron Carver
- To the Bone (2006) ... Ron Carver
- Cruise to Nowhere (2006) ... Ron Carver
- The Healer (2006) ... Ron Carver
 2002-2004 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
Narrator / Voice of Vivien Thomas
- The Fight (2004) ... Narrator
- Partners of the Heart (2002) ... Voice of Vivien Thomas (voice)
 2002 Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (TV Movie)
Clarence Brandley
 2002 Eye See You
Reverend Jones
 2000 Boston Public (TV Series)
Walter Harrelson
- Chapter Five (2000) ... Walter Harrelson
- Chapter One (2000) ... Walter Harrelson
 2000 Space Cowboys
Roger Hines
 1999 Cookie's Fortune
Otis Tucker
 1998 Naked City: A Killer Christmas (TV Movie)
Officer James Halloran
 1998 The Wild Thornberrys (TV Series)
Makai
- Naimina Enkiyio (1998) ... Makai (voice)
 1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet (TV Movie)
Officer James Halloran
 1998 Any Day Now (TV Series)
Mr. James Jackson
- Unfinished Symphony (1998) ... Mr. James Jackson (as Courtney Vance)
 1998 Ambushed
Jerry Robinson
 1998 Blind Faith
John Williams
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Foreman
 1996 The Preacher's Wife
Reverend Henry Biggs
 1996 The Boys Next Door (TV Movie)
Lucien P. Singer
 1995 The Affair (TV Movie)
Travis Holloway
 1995 The Last Supper
Luke
 1995 The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Movie)
Lt. Glenn (as Courtney Vance)
 1995 Dangerous Minds
Mr. George Grandey
 1995/I Panther
Bobby Seale
 1995 Picket Fences (TV Series)
Warren Grier
- Final Judgement (1995) ... Warren Grier
- Without Mercy (1995) ... Warren Grier
 1995 The Piano Lesson (TV Movie)
Lymon
 1990-1995 Law & Order (TV Series)
Benjamin 'Bud' Greer / Mayor's Assistant
- Rage (1995) ... Benjamin 'Bud' Greer
- By Hooker, by Crook (1990) ... Mayor's Assistant (uncredited)
 1994 Holy Matrimony
Cooper
 1993 Percy & Thunder (TV Movie)
Thunder
 1993 Beyond the Law
Conroy Price
 1992 In the Line of Duty: Street War (TV Movie)
Justice Butler
 1991 The Emperor's New Clothes (TV Movie)
Scribe (voice, as Courtney Vance)
 1990 The Hunt for Red October
Seaman Jones
 1989 Thirtysomething (TV Series)
Curtis
- Trust Me (1989) ... Curtis
 1987 Hamburger Hill
Spc. Abraham 'Doc' Johnson
 1983 First Affair (TV Movie)
Male Student #2 (as Courtney Vance)
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Alternate Names:

Courtney Vance

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse:

Angela Bassett  (2 children)

Parents:

Conroy Vance | Leslie Vance
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Personal Quote:

When I got out of Yale Drama School, I was completely broke. See more »

Trivia:

He and his wife, Angela Bassett, became the parents of twins a daughter Bronwyn Golden and son Slater Josiah, who were born on January 27, 2006, in California through a surrogate. See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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