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Courtney B. Vance

Vance in March 2007
Born Courtney Bernard Vance
March 12, 1960 (1960-03-12) (age 49)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Angela Bassett (1997–present)

Courtney Bernard Vance[1] (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. He formerly starred as a regular in the NBC/USA television series and Law & Order spinoff Law & Order: Criminal Intent as ADA Ron Carver. He now appears on the ABC series FlashForward.


Early life

Vance was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Leslie, a librarian, and Conroy Vance, a grocery store manager and benefits administrator.[1] He 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.


Vance has earned two Tony Award nominations, each in Tony Award-winning productions. He was first nominated for his role in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences and later for his lead role in John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation.

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".

Vance's feature film roles have won him steady praise. His early credits include Hamburger Hill, The Hunt for Red October, and The Last Supper. 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 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. In 2008 and 2009 he guest starred in the final season of ER alongside his wife, Angela Bassett.

Vance's television credits include such cable movies as:

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.[2]

He and his wife participate in the annual Christmas celebration, Candlelight Processional, at Epcot.

Vance with wife Angela Bassett

Personal life

Vance is married to actress Angela Bassett. The couple's first children were twins, son Slater Josiah and daughter Bronwyn Golden, born on January 27, 2006. He and Bassett authored a book, Friends: A Love Story.

Vance is on the Board of Directors for The Actors Center in New York City. Vance is a big 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 all of Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


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