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Also Known As: C.C.H. Pounder, Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder Died:
Born: December 25, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Guyana Profession: actress, jewelry designer

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Though she was a busy performer in a variety of film and television roles for decades, actress CCH Pounder finally found her defining role when she was cast as the morally upright Detective Claudette Wyms on the dark, gritty cop show, "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Prior to that role, Pounder spent her illustrious career playing quiet, yet tough-as-nails women usually in positions of authority, as she did in a recurring capacity on television shows like "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). But it was her seven years playing Wyms, whose determination to take down crooked cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) reaches near obsessive proportions that earned Pounder the long-sought recognition and respect she deserved. Though she continued to give sterling performances over the years, particularly as real life politician and activist Winnie Mandela in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" (FX, 2004), Pounder was forever connected to Wyms, the true role of a lifetime.

Though she was a busy performer in a variety of film and television roles for decades, actress CCH Pounder finally found her defining role when she was cast as the morally upright Detective Claudette Wyms on the dark, gritty cop show, "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Prior to that role, Pounder spent her illustrious career playing quiet, yet tough-as-nails women usually in positions of authority, as she did in a recurring capacity on television shows like "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). But it was her seven years playing Wyms, whose determination to take down crooked cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) reaches near obsessive proportions that earned Pounder the long-sought recognition and respect she deserved. Though she continued to give sterling performances over the years, particularly as real life politician and activist Winnie Mandela in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" (FX, 2004), Pounder was forever connected to Wyms, the true role of a lifetime.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Home Again (2013)
4.
5.
 Avatar (2009)
6.
 Orphan (2009)
7.
 Rain (2008)
8.
 Things Behind The Sun (2001) Judge
9.
 We Met on the Vineyard (2001) Pearl
10.
 Boycott (2001) Joann Robinson
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Milestones close milestones

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Born in Guyana
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Sent to England by parents to be educated
1970:
Moved to America
1979:
First acted on the stage in "The Mighty Gents" at the New York Shakespeare Festival
1979:
Made feature film debut as a nurse in Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz"
1981:
Moved to Los Angeles
1985:
Had small role in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor"
1985:
First TV role, the CBS miniseries "The Atlanta Child Murders"
1986:
Had a recurring role as Judge Roseann Robin NBC's "L.A. Law"
1987:
First starring role in a feature, "Bagdad Cafe"
1987:
Cast as a regular on the FOX series "Women in Prison"
1990:
Had a supporting role in Mike Nichols' "Postcards from the Edge"
1993:
Played a psychiatrist, opposite Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, in "Benny & Joon"
1994:
Guest-starred as an FBI agent on an episode of the FOX drama "The X Files"; received an Emmy nomination in 1995
1994:
Played the recurring role of Dr. Angela Hicks on NBC's medical drama "ER"; earned an Emmy nomination in 1997 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
1995:
Co-starred in "Demon Knight," presented by the HBO series "Tales from the Crypt"
1997:
Appeared in John Woo's "Face/Off"
1999:
Played a dying matriarch in "Funny Valentines" (aired on Starz!)
1999:
Cast as a police detective in "End of Days," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
2001:
Co-starred with Jeffrey Wright and Terrence Howard in the HBO drama "Boycott"
2001:
Played the recurring role of defense attorney Carolyn Maddox on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)
2002:
Cast on the FX drama series "The Shield" as Detective Claudette Wyms; earned an Emmy nomination in 2005 for Outstanding Supporting Actress
2004:
Voiced Amanda Waller on the animated series "Justice League Unlimited" for the Cartoon Network
2004:
Cast in opposite Jamie Foxx in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story"; debut at The Sundance Film Festival (also aired on FX)
2009:
Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" (HBO)
2009:
Cast as Mo┬┐at, the queen of the Omaticaya tribe, in James Cameron's 3-D science fiction epic film, "Avatar"
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Education

Ithaca College: Ithaca , New York - 1975

Notes

Pounder makes jewelry which she sells through her company Banji Face Jewelry

"Wells places [Pounder] among a breed of actors who . . . are 'extremely intelligent and empathetic: You can give them a line, and their life experiences come through. You can see it in their faces." --John Wells, executive producer of "ER", quoted in People September 4, 1995

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
Boubacar Kone. Anthropologist. Married in 1991 in Senegal; born c. 1942.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Ronald Pounder. Real estate agent. Educated at Cornell University; died of cancer in 1984.
mother:
Betsy Pounder.
sister:
Shelley Pounder. Oldest.

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