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Vondie Curtis-Hall

Highest Rated:   100% Passion Fish (1992)
Lowest Rated:   7% Glitter (2001)
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A longtime actor turned director whose memorable turn as a suicidal drag queen endeared him to viewers of ER in the mid-'90s, Vondie Curtis-Hall would subsequently essay a role on the other side of the doctor-patient relationship as Dr. Dennis Hancock on ER rival series Chicago Hope. Though he would later step behind the camera, Curtis-Hall remained a recognizable fixture on both film and television with appearances in such high-profile films as Die Hard 2 (1990) and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996). A native of Detroit, Curtis-Hall made his television debut in the short-lived Spenser: For Hire spin-off A Man Called Hawk. Though he had only a vocal role in the 1988 actioner Shakedown, his proper film debut came with a minor role in 1988's Coming to America, followed shortly thereafter with an appearance in director Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train (1989). A series of minor film roles, as well as an appearance in the short-lived television police musical Cop Rock followed, and through the mid-'90s Curtis-Hall's film roles were mostly of supporting status. Shortly after his sympathetic turn as troubled transvestite Roger McGrath on ER, he embarked on a four-year stint as a doctor on Chicago Hope. Simultaneously appearing in supporting roles in Broken Arrow and Heaven's Prisoners (both 1996), his eagerness to get on the other side of the camera would soon get the best of the struggling actor. Though Curtis-Hall had warmed to the role of director by helming an episode of ER, he was soon putting pen to paper to write a gritty addiction comedy drama about two addicts attempting to kick heroin. A scathing attack on America's healthcare system, Gridlock'd (1997) offered solid performances by Tim Roth and Tupac Shakur and a smart script, but the film was ultimately relegated to obscurity due largely to the fact that its innovative story line proved extremely difficult to market. Though Gridlock'd didn't fare well at the box office, it would prove nowhere near as disastrous as Curtis-Hall's sophomore effort, the Mariah Carey vanity project Glitter (2001). Tanking immediately as it took unrelenting blows from critics and audiences alike, the film's flogging did little to help singer Carey's fragile mental state, let alone boost Curtis-Hall's fledgling directorial career. Undaunted by the failure of Glitter, he nevertheless soldiered on to helm an episode of the short-lived sci-fi television series Firefly the following year.Back in front of the cameras, the tireless actor/director was in very high demand, and in addition to directing a pair of ER episodes in 2001, Hall made a notable impression as sympathetic transvestite on the long-running medical series. Additional roles on such shows as The Sopranos, Soul Food, LAX, and Law & Order proved that even when his directorial career was on shaky ground, he could always find firm footing on the small screen. In the years that followed it wouldn't appear that Curtis-Hall would be having too many concerns about either aspect of his career though, and after directing Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx in the role of Crips founding father Stan "Tookie" Williams in Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams story in 2004, the increasingly strong director turned his lens towards the action genre with Waist Deep two short years later. An urban Bonnie and Clyde tale for the gangster set, Waist Deep told the tale of an ex-con who, along with his girlfriend, sets out to get his kidnapped son back from a vicious gangster while simultaneously sparking a street war that will seriously diminish the ranks of the ruthless kingpin.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Breaking Brooklyn
  • Greg Bryant
2017
No Score Yet Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart
  • Director
2016
86% Experimenter
  • Curtis
$0.2M 2015
32% Cymbeline
  • Caius Lucius
2015
51% Black Nativity
  • Pawnbroker
$4.9M 2013
No Score Yet Abducted: The Carlina White Story
  • Director
2012
86% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Captain James Brasser
$1.7M 2009
50% Life Is Hot in Cracktown
  • Dixon
2009
68% Honeydripper
  • Slick
2007
82% Talk to Me
  • Sunny Jim Kelsey
$4.5M 2007
27% Waist Deep
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$21.4M 2006
No Score Yet Redemption
  • Director
2004
7% Glitter
  • Director
$3.9M 2001
8% Turn It Up
  • Cliff
$0.8M 2000
No Score Yet Freedom Song
  • Daniel Wall
2000
No Score Yet Ali: An American Hero
  • Drew `Bundini' Brown
2000
No Score Yet Sirens
  • Edward Morgan
1999
88% Gridlock'd
  • D-Reper
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1997
72% Romeo + Juliet
  • Captain Prince
1996
81% Eve's Bayou
  • Julian Grayraven
1996
16% Heaven's Prisoners
  • Minos P. Dautrieve
1996
55% Broken Arrow
  • Lt. Col. Sam Rhodes
1996
No Score Yet Zooman
  • Davis
1995
14% Drop Squad
  • Rocky Seavers
1994
82% Clear and Present Danger
  • Voice-Print Analyst
1994
76% Crooklyn
  • Uncle Brown
1994
20% Sugar Hill
  • Mark Doby
1994
72% Falling Down
  • Not Economically Viable Man
1993
No Score Yet Dead Man's Revenge
  • Jessup Bush
1993
100% Passion Fish
  • Sugar
1992
83% The Mambo Kings
  • Miguel
1992
No Score Yet What She Doesn't Know (Shades of Gray)
  • Vinnie
1992
No Score Yet Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story
  • Actor
1992
15% One Good Cop
  • Father Wills
1991
No Score Yet ...And Then She Was Gone
  • Det. Gary Hopkins
1991
No Score Yet Heat Wave
  • Clifford Turpin
1990
69% Die Hard 2
  • Miller
1990
88% Mystery Train
  • Ed
1989
52% Black Rain
  • Detective
1989
68% Coming to America
  • Basketball Game Vendor
1988
63% Shakedown
  • Speaker's Voice
1988
No Score Yet Deceit
  • Hal Kazan
1976

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
9% Rosewood
2015
  • Beaumont Rosewood Sr.
  • 2017
  • 2015
86% Marvel's Daredevil
2015-2016
  • Ben Urich
  • 2016
  • 2015
73% A Gifted Man
2011-2012
  • Dennis Jones
  • 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Stanley Usher
  • 2009
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Dr. Andrew Copelan
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Shield
2002-2008
  • Director
  • 2005
84% Firefly
2002-2003
  • Director
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Director
  • Roger Henry Colton Transvestite
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1994
No Score Yet For the People
2017
  • Judge Nicholas Byrne
0% Gossip Girl
2007-2012
  • Director

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