Courtney B. Vance

Birth Place: Detroit, MI, USA

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Courtney was honored with a Tony Award nomination, the Theater World Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for his Broadway debut performance in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences, starring James Earl Jones and directed by the late Lloyd Richards. Courtney also starred in John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation with the luminous Stockard Channing, directed by Jerry Zaks, for which he received his second Tony Award nomination. He was also the recipient of an Obie Award for his work in Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! At the Public Theater, Courtney also starred in Vaclav Havel's Temptation with David Strathairn and Romeo & Juliet, in which he played Mercutio. He and his wife returned to the stage at Minneapolis' renowned Guthrie Theater to star in John Guare's U.S. premiere of the stage adaptation of His Girl Friday andThe Front Page. Courtney's film & TV work include: CBS' "Extraordinary Measures,"Hurricane Season, Final Destination 5, The Divide, The Preacher's Wife, Space Cowboys, Hamburger Hill, Huck Finn and The Hunt for Red October, ABC/Disney's "Flash Forward," Showtime's "Blind Faith" and "Twelve Angry Men" with the late George C. Scott & Jack Lemmon, August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" for Hallmark, HBO's Emmy-nominated "The Tuskegee Airmen," TNT's "The Closer," NBC's "ER" (playing husband to his real life wife Angela Bassett) and NBC's long-running "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," in which he played asst. DA Ron Carver.

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Courtney B. Vance STAGE CREDITS

Original Broadway Production, 2013
Hap Hairston

Original Broadway Production, 1990

Thami Mbikwarna



Courtney B. Vance Movies

[1983]First Affair Male Student #2

[1987]Hamburger Hill Spc. Abraham 'Doc' Johnson

[1990]The Hunt for Red October Seaman Jones

[1992]In the Line of Duty: Street War Justice Butler

[1993]Percy & Thunder Thunder

[1993]Beyond the Law Conroy Price

[1993]The Adventures of Huck Finn Jim

[1994]Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Thomas

[1994]Holy Matrimony Cooper

[1995]Dangerous Minds Mr. George Grandey

[1995]The Affair Travis Holloway

[1995]The Last Supper Luke

[1995]The Piano Lesson Lymon

[1995]The Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Glenn

[1995]Panther Bobby Seale

[1996]The Boys Next Door Lucien P. Singer

[1996]The Preacher's Wife Reverend Henry Biggs

[1997]12 Angry Men Foreman

[1998]Ambushed Jerry Robinson

[1998]Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Officer James Halloran

[1998]Naked City: A Killer Christmas Officer James Halloran

[1998]Blind Faith John Williams

[1999]Cookie's Fortune Otis Tucker

[1999]Love and Action in Chicago Eddie

[2000]The Acting Class

[2000]Space Cowboys Roger Hines

[2002]Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story Clarence Brandley

[2002]D-Tox Reverend Jones

[2008]Nothing But the Truth Agent O'Hara

[2009]Hurricane Season Mr. Randolph

[2010]Extraordinary Measures Marcus Temple

[2011]Final Destination 5 Agent Block

[2011]The Divide Delvin

[2012]Joyful Noise Pastor Dale

[2012]Let It Shine Jacob

[2015]Terminator Genisys Miles Dyson

[2016]Office Christmas Party Walter Davis

[2016]Civil John Thorne

[2017]The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield

[2017]The Mummy Colonel Greenway

[2017]Libby and Malcolm Malcolm Black

[2018]Isle of Dogs The Narrator - Voice


[2018]Ben Is Back Neal Beeby

[2020]Project Power Captain Craine

[2020]The Photograph Louis Morton

[2020]Uncorked Louis

Courtney B. Vance TV Shows

Thirtysomething Curtis

[ 1990-1995]Law & Order Benjamin 'Bud' Greer, Mayor's Assistant

Picket Fences Warren Grier

The Wild Thornberrys Makai

Any Day Now Mr. James Jackson

Boston Public Walter Harrelson

In the Cutz Guest

[ 2001-2006]Law & Order: Criminal Intent ADA Ronald 'Ron' Carver, ADA Ron Carver

State of Mind William Banks

[ 2008-2009]ER Russell Banfield

The Spectacular Spider-Man Kingsley

[ 2009-2010]Flashforward Stanford Wedeck, Narrator

[ 2010-2011]The Closer Chief Tommy Delk

Revenge Benjamin Brooks

Graceland Deputy Director Sam Campbell

Masters of Sex Dr. Charles Hendricks

Scandal Clarence Parker

[ 2014-2015]State of Affairs Marshall Payton

American Crime Story Johnnie Cochran

Lovecraft Country George Freeman

Genius C.L. Franklin

[ 2022-2023]61st Street Franklin Roberts

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Courtney B. Vance News

Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance To Host The Elizabeth Taylor Ball To End AIDS

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance will host The Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Find out more in the press release.

Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance to Host The Elizabeth Taylor Ball to End AIDS

This power couple’s company, Bassett Vance Productions is in partnership with MTVE Studios to create diverse and inclusive content for Paramount Global. Their first project, “One Thousand Years of Slavery,” aired in February 2022 on the Smithsonian Channel, and “Heist 88,” a feature film starring Vance, will air on Paramount+.

Video: Showtime Debuts HEIST 88 Trailer Starring Courtney B. Vance

It reunites Vance with Keesha Sharp, who was in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and Bentley Green, who starred alongside Vance in the drama series 61st Street. HEIST 88 also stars Keith David (The Nice Things), Xavier Clyde (City on Fire), Nican Robinson (Beef) and Precious Way (Days of our Lives). Watch the video!

Showtime Sets Premiere for HEIST 88 Starring Courtney B. Vance

The series reunites Vance with Keesha Sharp, who portrayed Dale Cochran in The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, and Bentley Green, who starred alongside Vance in the drama series 61st Street. HEIST 88 also stars Keith David (The Nice Things), Xavier Clyde (City on Fire), Nican Robinson (Beef) and Precious Way (Days of our Lives).

Deborah Cox, Peppermint, Cheyenne Jackson & More Join Center Theatre Group's 2023 Gala

Additional performers have joined the lineup for the 2023 Gala, “Light Up Los Angeles,” which is planned for April 15, 2023 at The Music Center. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: Rita Moreno, Angela Bassett & More Attend TIME's Second Annual Women of the Year Gala

The star-studded gala attendees included Rita Moreno, Anita Hill, Tiffany Haddish, Yvonne Orji, Courtney B. Vance, Li Jun Li, Olivia Culpo, Brooke Shields, Kat Graham, Rickey Thompson, Rupi Kaur, Crime Junkie host Ashley Flowers, Nicole Avant, Higher Ground Head of Film and TV Tonia Davis, and Essence CEO Carolina Wanga. Check out photos!

Photos: Bette Midler Honored at the 25th Costume Designers Guild Awards

Last night, Tituss Burgess hosted the 25th CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles, CA. The annual CDGA gala celebrated excellence in film, television, and short form costume design. Check out photos of Bette Midler, Billy Crystal, Ashley Park, and more at the event!

Angela Bassett to be Honored at 10th Annual MUAHS Awards

ANGELA BASSETT is an actress, director, and executive producer known for captivating, emotionally tinged performances full of dignity in treasured films such as Waiting To Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, for which she received an Academy Award nomination.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of AIN'T TOO PROUD in Los Angeles

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations opened at Center Theatre Group at the Ahmanson Theater on Thursday, December 15th and runs through January 1st. Check out photos from the opening here!

THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER AND PROUDER to Return to Disney+ in February

A season two guest cast featurette spotlighting guest stars Gabrielle Union, Chance the Rapper, Leslie Odom, Jr., Holly Robinson Peete, Normani and more, is now available. The series recently won 'Outstanding Casting for An Animated Program' at the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards. Watch the video featurette now!

Elton John Performs Final North American Tour Date at Dodger Stadium

The three-hour concert event, from Disney Branded Television and produced by Fulwell 73 Productions and Rocket Entertainment, gave Disney+ audiences a front-row seat to his electrifying and legendary performance, which included performances by Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee and Brandi Carlile. Watch videos from the concert now!

Rosario Dawson Reads for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Storyline Online

Acclaimed actor, activist and philanthropist Rosario Dawson is the newest reader for the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s children’s literacy program Storyline Online. Dawson reads her personal favorite Julius, the Baby of the World, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes, and published by HarperCollins Publishers.

Audra McDonald, Sheryl Lee Ralph & More SAG-AFTRA Members Urge Congress to End Hair Discrimination & Pass CROWN Act

Among the members who signed the statement of support for the CROWN Act are Audra McDonald, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kerry Washington, and dozens of other performers. In the letter, members assert, “Discrimination based on hair style or texture is a destructive practice that has alienated and caused irreparable harm to Black Americans.” 

Photos: Stars Turn Out For DEATH OF A SALESMAN Opening Night!

The Hudson Theatre was the place to be as stars of stage and screen came out to celebrate opening night of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. This vibrant and timely production is directed by Miranda Cromwell, who co-directed the London production alongside Marianne Elliott. See photos from opening night!

Photos: Stars Turn Out for the 'James Earl Jones Theater' Dedication!

The Cort Theatre was officially renamed the James Earl Jones Theatre in honor of the iconic multi-award-winning American actor! Check out photos from inside the ceremony, which included special guests Brian Stokes Mitchell, Norm Lewis, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Danielle Brooks, cast members from the Tony-winning Best Musical, A Strange Loop and more!


Actress Lea Michele, who will star in Funny Girl on Broadway beginning September 6, recently offered her talents to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Storyline Online for its newest read-aloud of Rosie Revere, Engineer the beloved New York Times bestselling children's book about a young girl pursuing her passion of becoming an engineer.

THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER AND PROUDER Begins Production on Season Two

'The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder' picks up the story of its central character, Penny Proud, and includes her madcap family: parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings BeBe and CeCe, and grandmother Suga Mama (and Puff!). Of course, it would not be 'The Proud Family' without Penny's loyal crew Dijonay Jones, LaCienega Boulevardez and more.

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Apple TV+ Celebrate World Premiere of THEY CALL ME MAGIC

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and Apple TV+ celebrateD the world premiere of the highly anticipated documentary event series, “They Call Me Magic,” ahead of its April 22 global debut. The star-studded event brought out global superstars from entertainment, sports and music, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Stevie Wonder, Stephen A. Smith, and more, along with Magic’s wife Cookie and children EJ, Elisa and Andre. 

AMC to Debut Original Drama Series, 61ST STREET

AMC's upcoming original drama series 61st Street is set for an April 10th premiere. The two-season event from BAFTA-winner Peter Moffat is a raw, thrilling drama series about a promising Chicago high school athlete wrongfully swept up into the criminal justice system. 61st Street will debut Sunday, April 10 at 10pm ET/PT on AMC, with the first two episodes streaming on AMC+ and ALLBLK. New episodes of the eight-episode first season will roll out weekly, on Sundays, and will be available one week early on AMC+ and ALLBLK. 

Hollywood Beauty Awards Hosts 7th Annual Awards Show

The 7th annual Hollywood Beauty Awards (HBAs), founded by CEO Michele Elyzabeth, took place on Saturday, March 19 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles. The HBAs honor the architects of beauty, recognizing talent in hair, makeup, photography and styling for film, TV, music, the red carpet and editorial. 


Courtney B. Vance has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Courtney B. Vance has not appeared in the West End

Courtney B. Vance has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for his performance in "Lucky Guy," a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Lucky Guy," a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for "Six Degrees of Separation," and a nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Fences."

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