Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1960-03-12 (61 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan, USA

51 Movies · 22 TV shows

Biography

Courtney Bernard Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. Vance started his career on the Broadway stage in Fences, Six Degrees of Separation, and Lucky Guy for which he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He is known for his roles in films such as Hamburger Hill (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Preacher's Wife (1996), Cookie's Fortune (1999), and Isle of Dogs (2018). Vance is also known for work on television on shows such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where he played Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver. He also guest-starred on the Law & Order, Picket Fences, The Closer, Revenge, Scandal, and Masters of Sex. Vance won great acclaim for his performance as Johnnie Cochran in the FX limited series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story where he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He recently appeared in the HBO television film, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) and HBO's Lovecraft Country (2020).

Personal Life

Vance is married to Angela Bassett, whom he first met in 1980. Together, they have twins, a son and a daughter, born on January 27, 2006. He and Bassett have authored a book, Friends: A Love Story, with Hilary Beard. The two also participate in the annual Christmas celebration, Candlelight Processional, at Epcot. The family lives in Los Angeles.Vance is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York City, and is an active supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is an alumnus of the Detroit Boys & Girls Club, and was recently inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.On the PBS program Finding Your Roots, Vance discovered that his father was born out of wedlock to 17-year-old Victoria Ardella Vance.

Early Life

Vance was born on March 12, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Leslie Anita (née Daniels), a librarian, and Conroy Vance, a grocery store manager and benefits administrator. He attended Detroit Country Day School and later graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While attending Harvard, Vance was already working as an actor at the Boston Shakespeare Company. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree later at Yale School of Drama where he met fellow student and future wife Angela Bassett.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 TV show
TV
Amend: The Fight for America

Amend: The Fight for America

2021
The ideals of freedom and equality did not apply to everyone when the United States of America was founded. The stories of the brave Americans who fought to right the nation's wrongs and codify the va...

2020.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country

5.5
2020
The anthology horror series follows 25-year-old Atticus, who joins up with his friend Letitia and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America to find his missing father. Th...
Uncorked

Uncorked

2020
The dream of becoming a master sommelier has to be balanced with his father's expectations that he carry on the family's Memphis BBQ joint.
Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

2020
This special combines elements of the original Apollo Theater production, including powerful readings from the book, with documentary footage from the actors' home life, archival footage, and animatio...
Project Power

Project Power

5.2
2020
An ex-soldier, a teen and a cop are in New Orleans looking for the source behind a dangerous new pill that grants users temporary powers.
The Photograph

The Photograph

6
2020
When renowned photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae, hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, ...

2018.

2 Movies
Ben Is Back

Ben Is Back

2018
On Christmas Eve, 19-year-old Ben Burns unexpectedly returns to his family's suburban home. Holly is relieved but wary of her son staying clean. New truths are revealed and a mother's love for her son...
Isle of Dogs

Isle of Dogs

6.18
2018
The mayor of a Japanese city will ban all dogs from an island that's a garbage dump because of an outbreak of canine flu. The misfits must embark on an epic journey when a boy arrives on the island to...

2017.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Genius

Genius

2017
The life stories of great minds. From their days as young adults to their final years, we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2017
The first immortal human cell line is created when an African-American woman's cells are used.
The Mummy

The Mummy

5.79
2017
An ancient queen whose fate was taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension, even though she was safely...

2016.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
American Crime Story

American Crime Story

5.92
2016
The anthology series focused on some of the history's most famous criminals.
Office Christmas Party

Office Christmas Party

6.22
2016
When Carol Vanstone, CEO of the technology company, expresses her intention to close the Chicago branch, her brother Clay and his co-workers organize a Christmas party in an effort to impress a potent...

2015.

1 Movie
Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

6.06
2015
The year is 2029 in 2029. The leader of the resistance is fighting against machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot...

2013.

1 TV show
TV
Graceland

Graceland

6.16
2013
In Southern California, a beachfront property was turned into a residence for undercover cops. The house they are living in is unofficially known as "Graceland". Coming of a new graduating at the top ...

2012.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
The Divide

The Divide

6
2012
The survivors of a nuclear attack are grouped together for days in the basement of their apartment building, where fear and dwindling supplies wear away at their dynamic.
TV
Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

2012
Henry Louis Gates was the son of Gates. He was a scholar at Harvard. People can look in the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper tra...
Let It Shine

Let It Shine

7.67
2012
The film follows a shy, talented musician who pens romantic hip-hop verse only to stand idly by as they are delivered to the girl of his dreams by his best friend. Disney Channel movie.
Joyful Noise

Joyful Noise

2012
G. Sparrow and her choir head into a national competition.

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Revenge

Revenge

6.55
2011
Everyone wonders about the new girl, but Emily knows everything about them, including what they did to her family. They took everything from her. She's going to make them pay.
Final Destination 5

Final Destination 5

5.36
2011
Death is inescapable and is unleashed after one man saves a group of coworkers from a bridge collapse. In a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to find a way to escape ...

2010.

1 Movie
Extraordinary Measures

Extraordinary Measures

4
2010
A working-class father is on the fast track to corporate success when his two young children are diagnosed with Pompe disease, a condition that prevents the body from breaking down sugar. John ditches...

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

2009
One basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana will not give up despite the chaos and destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. Coach Al Collins gathers other players from hard-hit schools and builds a tea...
TV
FlashForward

FlashForward

5.29
2009
Everyone sees a flash of their own future when the world blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds. For some, the future is positive, while for others it is not. It doesn't seem to exist for a ...

2008.

1 Movie
Nothing But the Truth

Nothing But the Truth

5
2008
The government demands that Rachel reveal her source when she writes a story about a covert CIA officer. She was thrown in jail for disobeying the special prosecutor. Albert Burnside argued her case a...

2006.

1 Movie
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays

The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays

2006
The Great White Way comes into your living room via this disc of rare performances from some of Broadway's brightest luminaries. Culled from clips from the Tony Awards shows, this unique collection fe...

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Fight

The Fight

2005
Documentary on the boxing match between American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling, which captured the world's attention on June 22, 1938.
TV
The Closer

The Closer

7
2005
A deputy police chief transfers from Atlanta to LA to head up a special unit that handles high-profile murder cases. Johnson's quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the ...

2004.

1 Movie
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

2004
Jack Johnson was the first African American to win a boxing title.

2003.

1 Movie
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives

2003
More than four million slaves were freed after the Civil War ended. The memories of some 2,000 slave-era survivors were transcribed and preserved by the Library of Congress. The on-camera voices of ov...

2002.

3 Movies
Partners of the Heart

Partners of the Heart

2002
Recounts the extraordinary segregation-era partnership between two surgeons--one black and one white--who defied the medical establishment and changed the course of cardiac surgery.
D-Tox

D-Tox

1
2002
A disgraced FBI agent with a drinking problem joins nine other troubled law enforcement officers at an isolated detox clinic in the wilds of Wyoming. The sanctuary becomes a nightmare when the clinic ...
Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story

Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story

2002
Clarence Brandley is a black man wrongly accused in 1980 of the murder of a white high school girl named Cheryl Ferguson. Brandley worked at the high school where Ferguson was a member of the volleyba...

2001.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Law & Order: Criminal Intent

6.25
2001
The third iteration of the "Law & Order" franchise takes viewers deep into the minds of its criminals while following the intense psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve its crimes...

2000.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Boston Public

Boston Public

3.5
2000
StevenHarper runs the school as best he can while dealing with the demands of the faculty, students and their parents.
The Acting Class

The Acting Class

2000
A comedy about an acting class. When playing college students, Liz andJill set off to find the most influential acting teacher of the decade, and soon discover a guru named Kenneth LaPoubelle. After a...
The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story

The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story

2000
Documents the race riot of 1921 and the destruction of the African-American community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With testimony by eyewitnesses and background accounts by historians.
Space Cowboys

Space Cowboys

6
2000
The formation of NASA and the use of trained Chimpanzees dashed the hopes of hotdog members of Project Daedalus, the Air Force's test program for space travel. When Russia's mysterious Ikon communicat...

1999.

2 Movies
Love and Action in Chicago

Love and Action in Chicago

1999
Just when covert assassin Eddie Jones. After quitting his dangerous job to marry his girlfriend, his superiors convince him to kill a hit man for the drug traffickers. Eddie's vow of celibacy and the ...
Cookie's Fortune

Cookie's Fortune

1999
Conflict arises in the small town of Holly Springs when an old woman's death causes a variety of reactions among family and friends.

1998.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
Naked City: Justice with a Bullet

Naked City: Justice with a Bullet

1998
The case of tourists who are robbed of their money and luggage by a shady limo driver is taken up by a pair of taxi-driving NYC detectives. The tourists accidentally get mixed up in a drug dealer's mu...
Ambushed

Ambushed

1998
The leader of a violent Klux Klan lodge is dead. Eric Natter was taken into police custody for his protection after he was found nearby. Four cops drive him to a safe-house. Jerry Robinson is accused ...
TV
The Wild Thornberrys

The Wild Thornberrys

6.2
1998
The Wild Thornberrys was an American animated television series. It was aired in the United States on Nicktoons. The show returned to The '90s Are All That on March 21st. In the United Kingdom, the sh...
TV
Any Day Now

Any Day Now

1998
The Lifetime network aired Any Day Now from 1998 to 2002. The show is about best friends of different races who grew up in Alabama in the 1960s during the peak of the Civil Rights movement. A storylin...
Naked City: A Killer Christmas

Naked City: A Killer Christmas

1998
An ambitious reporter gets in their way of two cops assigned to investigate a serial killer who became active around Christmas time.
Blind Faith

Blind Faith

1998
A criminal lawyer was black in 1957. A white boy was killed by the nephew. Charles S is his own person. Several people costared the drama of racial and social tensions.

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

1997
During the trial of a man accused of his father's murder, a lone juror takes a stand against the guilty verdict handed down by the others as a result of their preconceptions and prejudices.

1996.

2 Movies
The Preacher's Wife

The Preacher's Wife

6
1996
Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is faltering due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. His church is under threat...
The Boys Next Door

The Boys Next Door

1996
Jack Palmer is a social worker whose job has taken precedence over his personal life. Mainly, his job is to help four mentally challenged men live regular lives in a home. They consist of: Norman, who...

1995.

6 Movies
Panther

Panther

1995
The film is about the beginnings of The Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The Black Panther's history in Oakland is chronicled in the movie. The historical footage is used to emphasize some points...
The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen

1995
The US Army Air Corps began to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program during the Second World War. The men were known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the air base wh...
The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson

1995
In 1930's Pittsburgh, a brother comes home to claim his half of the piano, but his sister doesn't want to part with it. The conditions for African-Americans as well as some of the attitudes and influe...
Dangerous Minds

Dangerous Minds

1995
Louanne Johnson, a former Marine, was hired to teach at a notorious inner-city high school. She decided to throw decorum to the wind after a bad first day. When Johnson returns to the classroom, she i...
The Last Supper

The Last Supper

6
1995
liberals are tempted to murder rightwing pundits for their political beliefs
The Affair

The Affair

1995
A black soldier in World War II England begins an affair with a white woman whose husband is a soldier currently overseas in battle and in doubts of her relationship with him as she discovered he had ...

1994.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
ER

ER

5.68
1994
Critical issues faced by the dedicated physicians and staff of the overburdened emergency room were explored in the inner workings of an urban teaching hospital.
Holy Matrimony

Holy Matrimony

1994
A young boy is going to marry his brother's wife.
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad

1994
A number of slaves risk their lives to escape their masters with their only help coming from the famous secret slave escape network.

1993.

2 Movies
Beyond the Law

Beyond the Law

1993
Dan Saxon is an undercover cop who infiltrates a biker gang to nail the scum behind a drug-smuggling operation. To maintain the trust of the gang's leader, he must commit more dangerous and heinous cr...
The Adventures of Huck Finn

The Adventures of Huck Finn

1993
Disney will present Mark Twain's sweeping adventure. Stephen Sommers directed a film about a child and a runaway slave.

1992.

1 Movie
In the Line of Duty: Street War

In the Line of Duty: Street War

1992
Two detectives hunt a gang leader suspected of murdering a New York cop. The dead cop's partner is also the brother of the mobster. The war has two brothers fighting each other. The strong cast includ...

1991.

1 Movie
Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers

Memorial: Letters from American Soldiers

1991
Oscar nominated documentary short from 1991

1990.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
From two different vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court, follows a crime.
The Hunt for Red October

The Hunt for Red October

6.13
1990
The Hunt For Red October was directed by John McTiernan and starred Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin. The Red October is a new Soviet nuclear sub. The coast is under the command of Captain Ramius. The Am...

1988.

1 TV show
TV
American Experience

American Experience

6
1988
The compelling stories from our past inform our understanding of the world today.

1987.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
thirtysomething

thirtysomething

1
1987
Thirtysomething is an American television drama about a group of baby boomers in their late thirties. It was created by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick for MGM/UA Television Group and The Bedford...
Hamburger Hill

Hamburger Hill

1987
The company's men are facing an uphill battle. Fourteen war-weary soldiers are fighting for a mud-covered mound of earth so named because it chews up soldiers like chopped meat. They are fighting for ...

1974.

1 TV show
TV
NOVA

NOVA

6
1974
The science behind the headlines is explored in PBS' premier science series. NOVA shows the people involved in science and technology.

1951.

1 TV show
TV
Hallmark Hall of Fame

Hallmark Hall of Fame

8.33
1951
Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history of tel...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
61st Street

61st Street

A high-school athlete with a bright future is accused of murdering a police officer during a drug bust. Franklin Roberts, a public defender, sees this as his chance to finally challenge the institutio...
Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Uncovering America

Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Uncovering America

B is an actor. This is a special celebrating Dr. The five quintessential documentary series about American, African and African American history was the focus of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s work.
TV
State of Mind

State of Mind

State of Mind is an American show. Lili Taylor is one of the stars. The premiere of the series was on Lifetime. The last episode of the show was on September 9, 2007.
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