Courtney Vance

Courtney Vance

American television actor
Date of Birth: 12.03.1960
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Courtney Vance
  2. Education and Early Career
  3. Achievements and Notable Roles
  4. Personal Life and Recent Work

Biography of Courtney Vance

Courtney Bernard Vance, born on March 12, 1960, is an American television actor. He is best known for his role as Ron Carver in the TV series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." Vance was born in Detroit, Michigan. His mother, Leslie, was a librarian, and his father, Conroy Vance, worked as a manager in a grocery store and as a benefits agent. Courtney attended the Detroit Public Day School, a specialized institution with an enhanced university preparation program.

Courtney Vance

Education and Early Career

Vance later graduated from Harvard University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in the arts. It was at Harvard that he first tried his hand at acting with the Boston Shakespeare Company. He then went on to attend Yale University, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in dramatic arts.

Courtney Vance

Achievements and Notable Roles

Vance has been nominated for the Tony Award twice, both times for projects that themselves received the award. His first nomination was for his role in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Fences," and his second was for his lead role in John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation." Before joining "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Vance had already made two appearances in the original "Law & Order" series, with a minor role in the first season and a significant role in the fifth season.

Vance quickly gained recognition for his distinctive roles. He had notable performances in films such as "Hamburger Hill," "The Hunt for Red October," and "The Last Supper." His more recent works include Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune," Penny Marshall's "The Preacher's Wife," and Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys." He also participated in the independent project "Love and Action in Chicago," a romantic comedy which Vance himself produced. In the documentary drama "Panther" by Melvin and Mario Van Peebles, Courtney portrayed Bobby "Black Panther" Seale.

Personal Life and Recent Work

From 2008 to 2009, Vance had a recurring role in the final season of the television series "ER," alongside his wife, Angela Bassett. Vance and Bassett have two children, twins named Slater Josiah and Bronwyn Golden, who were born via a surrogate mother. Courtney and Angela co-authored a book about their relationship titled "Friends: A Love Story."