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CCH Pounder Biography

Birth Name:
Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder
Birth Place:
Georgetown, British Guiana, United Kingdom

Fast Facts

  • Grew up on a sugar plantation in British Guyana; attended boarding school in England before moving to Brooklyn, where her parents had settled
  • Married her husband, a Senegalese-born anthropologist, in Dakar, Senegal, where he founded a museum, the Musee Boribana
  • Received a Grammy nomination in 1996 for the spoken-word album Grow Old with Me: The Best Is Yet to Be (recorded with Edward Asner, Ellen Burstyn and Alfre Woodard), but lost to Hillary Rodham Clinton's It Takes a Village
  • Nominated for seven NAACP Image Awards (three times---in 2003, '04 and '06---for The Shield) but has never won
  • Narrated the 2003 PBS documentary series Race: The Power of an Illusion; other voice work includes the movie Aladdin and the King of Thieves and the video game True Crime: Streets of LA
  • Is active in the nonprofit organization Artists for a New South Africa, which battles AIDS and promotes development and democracy


  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: nominated


  • Ronald Pounder -- Father
  • Boubacar Kone -- Husband
  • Betsy Pounder -- Mother
  • Shelley Pounder -- Sister