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Also Known As: Courtney Vance, Courtney Bernard Vance Died:
Born: March 12, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor

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This no-nonsense, Ivy-educated, stage-trained player has parlayed his success on the boards into increasingly substantial work in TV and films. A history major as a Harvard undergraduate, Vance began acting in college and joined Shakespeare and Company, a theater company in nearby Lenox, Massachusetts. He went on to further hone his thespian skills at the Yale School of Drama. While there, Vance originated the role of Cory, son of a formidable James Earl Jones, in the Yale Rep production of August Wilson's award-winning "Fences." In 1987, he made his Broadway debut reprising the role. Vance's performance garnered critical kudos, a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play. His other stage credits have included the 1988 New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Romeo and Juliet," Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!" (1989), for which he won an OBIE Award and a starring role in the Broadway production of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation," which brought Vance yet another Tony nomination.

This no-nonsense, Ivy-educated, stage-trained player has parlayed his success on the boards into increasingly substantial work in TV and films. A history major as a Harvard undergraduate, Vance began acting in college and joined Shakespeare and Company, a theater company in nearby Lenox, Massachusetts. He went on to further hone his thespian skills at the Yale School of Drama. While there, Vance originated the role of Cory, son of a formidable James Earl Jones, in the Yale Rep production of August Wilson's award-winning "Fences." In 1987, he made his Broadway debut reprising the role. Vance's performance garnered critical kudos, a Theatre World Award and a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play. His other stage credits have included the 1988 New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Romeo and Juliet," Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!" (1989), for which he won an OBIE Award and a starring role in the Broadway production of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation," which brought Vance yet another Tony nomination.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Joyful Noise (2012)
2.
 Let It Shine (2012)
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 Divide, The (2011)
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 Fight, The (2004) Narrator
8.
 Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story (2002) Clarence Brandley
9.
 Detox (2002) Willie Jones
10.
 Space Cowboys (2000) Roger Hines
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Milestones close milestones

1983:
Made TV acting debut in the CBS movie "First Affair"
1986:
Originated the role of Cory in August Wilson's "Fences" at the Yale Repertory Theater
1987:
Made feature acting debut in "Hamburger Hill"
1987:
Made his Broadway debut reprising the role of Cory in "Fences"
1991:
Appeared in the Broadway production of "Six Degrees of Separation"
1993:
First leading role in a feature, "The Adventures of Huck Finn" opposite Elijah Wood
1995:
Co-starred as Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale in the feature "Panther"
1995:
Starred in the HBO movie "The Affair" as a black GI who falls in love with a married white woman in WWII England
1996:
Co-starred with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston in Penny Marshall's "The Preacher's Wife"
1999:
Joined an ensemble cast for Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune"
2000:
Landed a small role in Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys"
2001:
Played a regular on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as Ron Carver
2008:
Appeared in the final season of NBC's "ER"
2009:
Cast as Stanford Wedeck, the head of the FBI Los Angeles office on ABC's "FlashForward"
2012:
Appeared alongside Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah in the musical comedy "Joyful Noise"
2013:
Featured in the Broadway play "Lucky Guy," leading to a Tony win
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Education

Detroit Country Day School: Detroit , Michigan - 1978
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 1982
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1986

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