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LaVan Davis
Born September 21, 1966 (1966-09-21) (age 43)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2004–present

LaVan Davis (born September 21, 1966) is an American singer and actor best known for his role as Curtis Payne in Tyler Perry's House of Payne.[1] Davis has also played many roles in Tyler Perry's various productions.



Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Davis' acting career began in 2004 with his first role as Leroy in the film, Mindbenders.[1] In 2005, he made a guest appearance on one episode of Everybody Hates Chris as Preacher. The following year, Davis was cast as the cranky patriarch of the Payne family, Curtis Payne, in the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Davis worked with Perry again in two of his feature films including Daddy's Little Girls in 2007 and Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns in 2008.

In addition to his work in films and television, Davis has also appeared in the stage plays Why Did I Get Married? as Poppy, and Madea Goes to Jail as Leo.


Year Film Role Notes
2004 Mindbenders Leroy
2005 Beach Demons Crazy Joe
Voices Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./The Buffalo Soldier Short film
Bad Girls Capture Good Business Women! Father
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Otis Alternative title: Living High
Why Did I Get Married? Poppy Direct-to-DVD release
Madea Goes to Jail Leo Direct-to-DVD release
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Lester
2008 Meet the Browns Henry
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Everybody Hates Chris Preacher Episode: "Everybody Hates Basketball"
2006-present Tyler Perry's House of Payne Curtis Payne 76 episodes


Year Award Result Category Series
2008 NAACP Image Awards Won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Tyler Perry's House of Payne
2009 NAACP Image Awards Won Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Tyler Perry's House of Payne


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