Fast Facts

  • Was captain of his high-school football, basketball and track teams.
  • While at Yale School of Drama, landed a role in August Wilson's Fences, and later reprised it on Broadway.
  • Met future wife Angela Bassett at Yale.
  • Made his film debut in 1987's Hamburger Hill.
  • Coauthored with his wife Friends: A Love Story, about their relationship and struggle to become parents.
  • Made guest appearances on the final season of ER, acting alongside his wife.
  • Supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


  • 1999, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 1987, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 1991, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Winner
  • 2017, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Winner
  • 2013, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Nominee


  • Bronwyn Golden Vance — Daughter
  • Conroy Vance — Father
  • Leslie Vance — Mother
  • Angela Bassett — Wife
  • Cecilie Vance — Sister
  • Slater Josiah Vance — Son


  • Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (BA in History, 1982); Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (MFA in Drama, 1986)

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  • Birth Name: Courtney Bernard Vance
  • Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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