Vondie Curtis-Hall

Highest Rated: 100% Passion Fish (1992)
Lowest Rated: 7% Glitter (2001)
Birthday: Sep 30, 1956
Birthplace: Not Available
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Harriet Actor 2019
No Score Yet Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story: Special Edition Director 2018
No Score Yet Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story Director 2018
No Score Yet Breaking Brooklyn Greg Bryant 2017
No Score Yet Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart Director 2016
84% Experimenter Curtis $0.2M 2015
31% Cymbeline Caius Lucius 2015
51% Black Nativity Pawnbroker $4.9M 2013
No Score Yet Abducted: The Carlina White Story Director 2012
85% 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
28% 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
53% Broken Arrow Lt. Col. Sam Rhodes 1996
No Score Yet Zooman Davis 1995
14% Drop Squad Rocky Seavers 1994
80% Clear and Present Danger Voice-Print Analyst 1994
76% Crooklyn Uncle Brown 1994
20% Sugar Hill Mark Doby 1994
No Score Yet There Was a Little Boy Danforth 1993
73% Falling Down Not Economically Viable Man 1993
No Score Yet Dead Man's Revenge Jessup Bush 1993
100% Passion Fish Sugar 1992
81% 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
68% Die Hard 2 Miller 1990
88% Mystery Train Ed 1989
52% Black Rain Detective 1989
67% Coming to America Basketball Game Vendor 1988
63% Shakedown Speaker's Voice 1988
No Score Yet Deceit Hal Kazan 1976

TV

CREDIT
69% For the People
2018
Judge Nicholas Byrne
  • 2019
  • 2018
92% Marvel's Daredevil
2015-2018
Ben Urich
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
9% Rosewood
2015-2017
Beaumont Rosewood Sr.
  • 2017
  • 2015
66% A Gifted Man
2011-2012
Dennis Jones
  • 2011
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Stanley Usher
  • 2009
87% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Director
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Dr. Andrew Copelan
  • 2006
76% Sleeper Cell
2005-2006
Director
  • 2006
88% The Shield
2002-2008
Director
  • 2005
85% Firefly
2002-2003
Director
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Director Roger Henry Colton Transvestite
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 1994
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Dr. Dennis Hancock
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Angel Street
1992
Ramsey
53% Cop Rock
1990
Cdr. Warren Osborne
84% Gossip Girl
2007-2012
Director

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