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Courtney B. Vance Biography

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

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


  • 1999Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated


  • Bronwyn Golden Vance -- Daughter
  • Conroy Vance -- Father
  • Leslie Vance -- Mother
  • Cecilie Vance -- Sister
  • Slater Josiah Vance -- Son