Mar. 12th, 1960
Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Courtney Bernard Vance is an American actor, best known as Assistant DA Ron Carver on the NBC series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He was also a series regular on the ABC series FlashForward, and on TNT series The Closer as Chief Tommy Delk.
Vance attended Detroit Country Day School, a fee-paying university-preparatory 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 future wife and fellow student Angela Bassett.
Vance was first nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Fences, and later for his lead role in Six Degrees of Separation. In 1987 he won a Clarence Derwent Award for his appearance as Cory Maxson in Fences.
Vance made his first feature film appearance in Hamburger Hill in 1987. Vance's feature film roles have won him steady praise. His early credits include The Hunt for Red October, The Last Supper, and The Adventures of Huck Finn. More recently, he appeared in Cookie's Fortune, The Preacher's Wife, and Space Cowboys. Vance also starred in the independent film 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.
Prior to joining the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Vance appeared on the original Law & Order series, PIcket Fences, The Wild Thornberrys, and Boston Public. His long list of credits also include State of Mind, ER and Revenge, Masters of Sex, State of Affairs, American Crime Story, Genius. His most recent role is the character of George Black in Lovecraft Country.
Vance's television credits include movies Blind Faith, 12 Angry Men, The Boys Next Door, The Tuskegee Airmen, The Piano Lesson, The Affair, Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story
Vance is set for the lead in the German-American apocalypse thriller The Divide.
Vance is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York City, ans is also an active supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
- He and his wife, 'Angela Bassett' (qv), became the parents of twins a daughter Bronwyn Golden and son Josiah Slater, who were born on January 27, 2006, in California through a surrogate.
- It was at Harvard that he first became interested in theater, appearing in several college productions and becoming a member of the Boston Shakespeare Company.
- Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award: in 1987 as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for 'August Wilson' (qv)'s "Fences;" and in 1991 as Best Actor (Play) for 'John Guare' (qv)'s "Six Degrees of Separation."
- Won an off-Broadway Obie award in 1990 for his theater work in "My Children! My Africa!"
- A 1986 graduate of Yale Drama school.
- Attended Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Michigan; graduated 1978.
- Graduated from Harvard University.