Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance

Highest Rated: 100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2005)

Lowest Rated: 16% The Mummy (2017)

Birthday: Mar 12, 1960

Birthplace: Not Available

Although he had been appearing in both film and television productions since the mid-'80s, it took nearly two decades for actor Courtney B. Vance to finally receive recognition. The Detroit native was bitten by the acting bug while a student at Harvard, and though he had originally intended to study history, he felt the lure of the stage and was soon appearing in productions at Harvard before eventually joining the Boston Shakespeare Company. After graduation, Vance continued his acting career at the Yale School of Drama, and it was there that he first gained notice for his role opposite James Earl Jones in the August Wilson drama Fences. In 1987, Vance made his film debut in the war drama Hamburger Hill, and though he remained true to his stage roots in the ensuing years, screen roles kept rolling in. The actor climbed the credits throughout the 1990s with a series of supporting roles in The Hunt for Red October (1990), Beyond the Law (1992), and The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993). 1995 proved something of a breakthrough year for the rising star, with roles in Panther, Dangerous Minds, and The Last Supper offering him more screen time than ever. In 1996, Vance held his own as a minister opposite Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston in The Preacher's Wife. Drawing from his own faith -- which had recently been reawakened by the suicide of his father -- for the role, Vance also had memorable performances in Cookie's Fortune in 1999 and Space Cowboys the following year. He portrayed Martin Luther King Jr. in the dramatic miniseries Parting the Waters (2000) and made another solid impression on television viewers the next year with a role in the popular series Law & Order: Criminal Intent.Vance would stick with the series for five years, concurrently appearing on the long-running medical drama ER. By the time he had finished his run on both programs, he was on to the science fictions series Flash Forward from 2009-2010, before signing on to appear alongside Michael Biehn in the post-apocalyptic horror flick The Divide in 2011.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Project Power Actor 2020
74% The Photograph Louis Morton 2020
82% Ben is Back Neal Beeby 2018
16% The Mummy Col. Greenway $80.1M 2017
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield 2017
41% Office Christmas Party Walter Davis $54.8M 2016
27% Terminator Genisys Miles Dyson $75.7M 2015
31% Joyful Noise Pastor Dale $29.1M 2012
25% The Divide Delvin $18.5K 2012
No Score Yet Let It Shine Jacob DeBarge 2012
62% Final Destination 5 Agent Block $42.6M 2011
No Score Yet Hurricane Season Mr. Randolph 2010
29% Extraordinary Measures Marcus Temple $11.9M 2010
82% Nothing But the Truth Agent O'Hara 2008
100% Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson Actor 2005
No Score Yet Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story Clarence Brandley 2002
19% D-Tox (Eye See You) Jones 2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Actor 2002
78% Space Cowboys Roger Hines 2000
86% Cookie's Fortune Otis Tucker 1999
No Score Yet Love and Action in Chicago Eddie Jones Producer 1999
No Score Yet Naked City Justice With A Bullet Officer Jimmy Halloran 1999
No Score Yet Ambushed Jerry Robinson 1998
No Score Yet Naked City: A Killer Christmas Det. Halloran 1998
No Score Yet Blind Faith John Williams 1998
92% 12 Angry Men Foreman 1997
60% The Preacher's Wife Rev. Henry Biggs 1996
63% The Last Supper Luke 1996
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door Lucien P. Singer 1996
No Score Yet The Affair Travis 1995
88% The Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Glenn 1995
28% Dangerous Minds George Grandey 1995
27% Panther Bobby Seale 1995
No Score Yet The Piano Lesson Lymon 1995
No Score Yet Race to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad Actor 1994
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony Cooper 1994
No Score Yet Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Thomas 1994
73% The Adventures of Huck Finn Jim 1993
No Score Yet Percy and Thunder Thunder 1993
No Score Yet Beyond the Law Conroy Price 1992
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Street War Justice Butler 1992
89% The Hunt for Red October Seaman Jones 1990
100% Hamburger Hill Doc 1987


No Score Yet Lovecraft Country
Uncle George 2020
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Ron Carver ADA Ron Carver 2019
No Score Yet The Chew
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Today
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Guest 2017
No Score Yet American Experience
Voice Narrator Narrator 2017
93% American Crime Story
Johnnie Cochran 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2016
93% Scandal
28% State of Affairs
Marshall 2015
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Guest Appearing 2014
86% Graceland
69% Revenge
Benjamin Brooks 2012
82% The Closer
Chief of Police Tommy Delk Chief Tommy Delk 2011
80% FlashForward
Stanford Wedeck Stanford "Stan" Wedeck 2010
No Score Yet ER
Russell Banfield 2009
No Score Yet NOVA
Narrator 2007
No Score Yet Jazz
Voice 2001
No Score Yet Boston Public
Walter Harrelson Mr. Harrelson 2000
82% Picket Fences
Warren Grier 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
Benjamin "Bud" Greer Wall Street Broker Mr. McKee 1995
No Score Yet Revenge
Benjamin Brooks


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