Courtney Bernard Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. He is notable for his roles in the feature films Hamburger Hill and The Hunt for Red October, the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which he played Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver, and The People v. O. J. Simpson, in which he played Johnnie Cochran. For the latter, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He guest starred on the TNT series The Closer as Chief Tommy Delk from 2010–11. In 2013, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Lucky Guy.
Vance was born on March 12, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Leslie Anita (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.
Vance has earned three Tony Award nominations. He won Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Hap Hairston in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy at the 67th Tony Awards (2013). He was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Cory in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award for Best Play-winning play Fences at the 41st Tony Awards (1987). He was nominated for Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Paul in John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation at the 45th Tony Awards (1991). In 1987, he won a Clarence Derwent Award for his role as Cory Maxson in Fences.
Prior to joining the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Vance appeared on the original Law & Order series twice: in a minor role in the first-season episode "By Hooker, By Crook", and in a major role in the fifth-season episode "Rage".
His early feature film credits include Hamburger Hill, The Hunt for Red October, The Last Supper, Dangerous Minds, and The Adventures of Huck Finn. More recently, he appeared in Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune, Penny Marshall's The Preacher's Wife, and in Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys. Vance also starred in Love and Action in Chicago, a romantic comedy which he also co-produced. Vance played Black Panther Bobby Seale in the Melvin and Mario Van Peebles docudrama Panther. In 2008 and 2009, he guest starred in the final season of ER, alongside his wife Angela Bassett. He was also in Hurricane Season.
On December 2, 2008, TV Guide reported that Vance has been cast as the Los Angeles bureau chief of the FBI in the new ABC pilot FlashForward, which is based on a Robert J. Sawyer novel, and is said to be a possible “companion show” to Lost. In 2011, he starred in the American horror film Final Destination 5. Vance is set for the lead in the German-American apocalypse thriller The Divide.
He also appeared in a Disney Channel Original Movie titled Let It Shine, where he played the Pastor Jacob Debarge, the main character's father. Vance co-starred with Tyler James Williams, Trevor Jackson, Coco Jones, Brandon Mychal Smith, and Dawnn Lewis. It was the third time Vance portrayed a pastor in a motion picture (the first being The Preacher's Wife and the second being Joyful Noise).
He appeared as Chief Tommy Delk on the TNT series, The Closer from 2010 to 2011 (Season 6–7). Vance also played the role of Attorney Benjamin Brooks on four episodes of ABC's Revenge. In 2015, he portrayed Miles Dyson in Terminator Genisys.
In 2016, he played the role of Johnnie Cochran in FX's American Crime Story, which tells the story of the O. J. Simpson murder case. The series premiered on February 2, 2016, and his performance was critically acclaimed by critics.
Vance is married to Angela Bassett, whom he first met in 1980. Together, they have twins, son Slater Josiah Vance and daughter Bronwyn Golden Vance; the twins were 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.
|1987||Hamburger Hill||Spc. Abraham 'Doc' Johnson|
|1990||The Hunt for Red October||Sonar Technician (Petty Officer 2nd Class) Jones|
|1993||The Adventures of Huck Finn||Jim|
|1993||Beyond the Law||Conroy Price|
|1995||Dangerous Minds||George Grandey|
|1995||The Last Supper||Luke|
|1996||The Preacher's Wife||Reverend Henry Biggs|
|1998||Blind Faith||John Williams||Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead|
|1999||Cookie's Fortune||Otis Tucker|
|1999||Love and Action in Chicago||Eddie Jones||Co-producer|
|2000||Space Cowboys||Roger Hines|
|2002||D-Tox||Reverend Jones||Also known as Eye See You|
|2008||Nothing but the Truth||Agent O'Hara|
|2009||Hurricane Season||Mr. Randolph|
|2010||Extraordinary Measures||Marcus Temple|
|2011||Final Destination 5||Agent Jim Block|
|2012||Joyful Noise||Pastor Dale|
|2015||Terminator Genisys||Miles Dyson|
|2016||Office Christmas Party||Walter|
|2017||The Mummy||Army Colonel Greenway|
|2018||Isle of Dogs||Narrator (voice)|
|TBA||Ben Is Back||Mr. Burns|
|1983||First Affair||Male student|
|1991||The Emperor's New Clothes||Scribe (voice)|
|1992||In the Line of Duty: Street War||Justice Butler|
|1993||Percy & Thunder||Thunder|
|1994||Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad||Thomas|
|1995||The Piano Lesson||Lymon|
|1995||The Tuskegee Airmen||Lt. Glenn|
|1995||The Affair||Travis Holloway||Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries|
|1996||The Boys Next Door||Lucien P. Singer|
|1997||12 Angry Men||Foreman|
|1998||Naked City: Justice with a Bullet||Officer James Halloran|
|1998||Naked City: A Killer Christmas||Officer James Halloran|
|2002||Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story||Clarence Brandley|
|2012||Let It Shine||Pastor Jacob DeBarge|
|2017||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield|
|1989||Thirtysomething||Curtis||Episode: "Trust Me"|
|1990||Law & Order||Mayor's Assistant||Episode: "By Hooker, by Crook"|
|1995||Law & Order||Benjamin 'Bud' Greer||Episode: "Rage"|
|1995||Picket Fences||Warren Grier||2 episodes|
|1998||Any Day Now||Mr. James Jackson||Episode: "Unfinished Symphony"|
|1998||The Wild Thornberrys||Makai (voice role)||Episode: "Naimina Enkiyio"|
|2000||Boston Public||Walter Harrelson||2 episodes|
|2001–06||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||A.D.A. Ron Carver||111 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
|2002||American Experience||Dr. Vivien Thomas||Episode: "Partners of the Heart"|
|2004||American Experience||Narrator||Episode: "The Fight"|
|2007||State of Mind||William Banks||3 episodes|
|2008–09||ER||Russell Banfield||8 episodes|
|2009||The Spectacular Spider-Man||Roderick Kingsley||Episode: "Accomplices"|
|2009–10||FlashForward||Stanford Wedeck||22 episodes|
|2010–11||The Closer||Chief Tommy Delk||3 episodes|
|2012||Revenge||Benjamin Brooks||4 episodes|
|2013||Graceland||Sam Campbell||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2014–15||State of Affairs||Marshall Payton||7 episodes|
|2014||Masters of Sex||Dr. Charles Hendricks||3 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
|2015||Scandal||Clarence Parker||Episode: "The Lawn Chair"|
|2016||The People v. O. J. Simpson:
American Crime Story
|Johnnie Cochran||10 episodes
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Limited Series
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie
Nominated—BET Award for Best Actor on Television
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nominated—Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
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