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Also Known As: Vondie Curtis-Hall Died:
Born: September 30, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, assistant editor, assistant director, photography assistant

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His ruddy complexion suggests menace, yet Vondie Curtis Hall, while playing his share of thugs, has also appeared on TV as Dr. Dennis Hancock on the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope" (from 1995 to 1999) and as a poignant drag queen who commits suicide in an episode of NBC's "ER" during the 1994-95 season. Classically trained at Juilliard, the Los Angeles-raised Curtis Hall made it to Broadway in 1985 with "Dreamgirls" and also scored critical praise for his work in the off-Broadway production of "Williams and Walker" (1986). After bit roles in "Shakedown" and "Coming to America" (both 1988), Curtis Hall earned larger roles in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" and "Black Rain" (both 1989). But it was not until 1992 that he made an impact in John Sayles' "Passion Fish." In 1994, Curtis Hall graduated to a leading role in "DROP Squad," which co-starred his wife Kasi Lemmons, and played supporting parts in "Sugar Hill" and Spike Lee's "Crooklyn." He next supported John Travolta and Christian Slater in "Broken Arrow," Alec Baldwin in "Heaven's Prisoners" and Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" (all 1996). Also in 1996, Curtis Hall wrote and directed his first...

His ruddy complexion suggests menace, yet Vondie Curtis Hall, while playing his share of thugs, has also appeared on TV as Dr. Dennis Hancock on the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope" (from 1995 to 1999) and as a poignant drag queen who commits suicide in an episode of NBC's "ER" during the 1994-95 season. Classically trained at Juilliard, the Los Angeles-raised Curtis Hall made it to Broadway in 1985 with "Dreamgirls" and also scored critical praise for his work in the off-Broadway production of "Williams and Walker" (1986).

After bit roles in "Shakedown" and "Coming to America" (both 1988), Curtis Hall earned larger roles in Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" and "Black Rain" (both 1989). But it was not until 1992 that he made an impact in John Sayles' "Passion Fish." In 1994, Curtis Hall graduated to a leading role in "DROP Squad," which co-starred his wife Kasi Lemmons, and played supporting parts in "Sugar Hill" and Spike Lee's "Crooklyn." He next supported John Travolta and Christian Slater in "Broken Arrow," Alec Baldwin in "Heaven's Prisoners" and Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet" (all 1996). Also in 1996, Curtis Hall wrote and directed his first feature, the dark "GRIDLOCK'd" (released in 1997), which co-starred Tim Roth and the late Tupac Shakur as junkies.

Curtis Hall began working in TV around 1989 on the premiere episode of "A Man Called Hawk" (ABC) and went on to co-star in the short-lived "Cop Rock" (ABC, 1990), play a recurring role as a train porter who was courting Lilly (Regina Taylor) on the acclaimed NBC drama "I'll Fly Away" (1991) and earned an Emmy nomination as a drag queen who commits suicide on an early episode of "ER" (NBC). In January 1995, he joined CBS' "Chicago Hope" as Dr. Dennis Hancock, the voice of racial conscience.

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DIRECTOR:

3.
  Waist Deep (2006)
4.
  Glitter (2001) Director
5.
  Gridlock'd (1997) Director
6.
  Redemption (2004) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cymbeline (2015)
3.
 Black Nativity (2013)
6.
 Honeydripper (2007)
7.
 Talk to Me (2007)
8.
 DECEIT (2004)
9.
 Turn It Up (2000) Cliff
10.
 Freedom Song (2000) Daniel Wall
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Became a heroin addict while in high school; eventually licked addiction before graduation
2002:
Directed the ABC medical drama, "MDs"
2004:
Had a recuring role on the Showtime series, "Soul Food" in its final season
1995:
Joined cast of the CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope" as Dr. Dennis Hancock
2004:
Directed Jamie Foxx in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" (HBO)
1988:
Film debut, bits in "Shakedown", "Coming to America"
2006:
Helmed the feature "Waist Deep" starring Tyrese Gibson
1981:
Broadway debut, "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music"
2007:
Cast in "Talk To Me" starring Don Cheadle
1990:
Co-starred in "Heat Wave" (TNT)
2001:
Had recurring role on the NBC series "ER" as Roger, the new husband of Carla (Lisa Nicole Carson)
1991:
Had recurring role on the NBC series "I'll Fly Away"
1994:
Played a suicidal transsexual on "ER"; earned Emmy nomination
1987:
Served as assistant editor, photography assistant, assistant editor and narrator on documentary "Fall From Grace"
1989:
Early TV credit, premiere episode of "A Man Called Hawk"
1996:
Feature film dedut as director and screenwriter, "GRIDLOCK'd"; also played featured role
1986:
First starring role on stage, American Place Theatre's "Williams and Walker"
:
Formed Motor City Film Corporation
2001:
Helmed "Glitter", a feature that marked singer Mariah Carey's first leading role in films
1999:
Left "Chicago Hope"
1990:
TV series debut as regular, "Cop Rock"
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Education

Richmond College: -
The Juilliard School: New York, New York -

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wife:
Kasi Lemmons. Actor, director screenwriter. Together since 1980; co-starred together in "DROP Squad"; married in 1995.

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father:
Curtis Hall. Businessman. Owned construction company.
mother:
Angeline Hall. Nurse.
son:
Che Hall. Born c. 1979.
son:
Henry Hunter Hall. Born in 1996; mother, Kasi Lemmons.
daughter:
Zora Hall. Born c. 1999; mother, Kasi Lemmons.
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