Courtney B. Vance stars in "Final Destination 5" as Agent Block. Vance will next be seen in Todd Graff's uplifting, music-driven comedy "Joyful Noise," in which he stars with Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah. In early 2011, Vance starred in the indie thriller "The Divide," which has screened at several film festivals.

On the small screen, Vance recently starred as Stan Wedeck on ABC's drama "FlashForward."

From Harvard to Hollywood, award-winning actor Courtney B. Vance has graced the stage and screen with a remarkable passion, talent and intellect that continually make him a force to be reckoned with. In 2010, Vance co-starred opposite Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser in the dramatic film, "Extraordinary Measures." In 2009, Vance starred with Forest Whitaker in Tim Story's "Hurricane Season," a true story about a basketball team assembled in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Vance was also seen in the Toronto Film Festival selection, "Nothing but the Truth," opposite Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon, which was directed by Rod Lurie.

Additional feature film credits include Penny Marshall's "The Preacher's Wife," with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington; Clint Eastwood's "Space Cowboys," with Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner and Donald Sutherland; Robert Altman's "Cookie's Fortune," John McTiernan's "The Hunt for Red October" and Disney's "The Adventures of Huck Finn."

On television Vance was recently seen in the final season of "ER" playing successful financial executive Russell Banfield. This marked his return to NBC, where for five seasons he starred on the hit series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." He was the recipient of an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama series for his portrayal of Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver on the show. Other distinguished performances include his portrayal of John Williams in Showtime's "Blind Faith," opposite Charles S. Dutton, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He was also nominated for a Cable Ace Award for Best Actor for his role in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson," co-starred opposite Laurence Fishburne and Andre Braugher in HBO's Emmy-nominated production of "The Tuskegee Airmen," and shared the screen alongside Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott in Showtime's "Twelve Angry Men."

Drawing from his deep passion for great material and extensive experience, Vance and his wife, Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett, have formed Bassett/Vance Productions. As their first venture, the two have partnered in optioning the novel "Erasure," by Percival Everett, and brought on Dwayne Johnson-Cochran to write the adaptation of the dramatic comedy, now entitled "United States." The film will mark Bassett's directorial debut.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, Vance headed to New York upon graduation and quickly established himself on the New York stage, being honored with a Tony Award nomination for his performance in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Fences." He received a Theater World Award and Clarence Derwent Award for his role as a seductive con man passing himself off as Sidney Poitier's son in John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation." He was also the recipient of an Obie Award for his inspired work in South African playwright Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!," which received accolades for its chronicling of both sides of the country's apartheid struggle. Vance returned to the stage in 2005 for a well-received run as Walter Burns in John Guare's stage adaptation of "His Girl Friday" at Minneapolis' renowned Guthrie Theater.

A native of Detroit, Michigan and a man who believes firmly in giving back to the community, Vance is the Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. He and his wife are also U.S. Ambassadors for UNICEF. They currently reside in Southern California with their twin son and daughter, and recently completed their first book, "Friends: A Love Story," chronicling their story about healthy relationships.




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Age: 57 years old
Birthday: March 12, 1960
Height: 5' 11"
Full Name / Real Name: Courtney Bernard Vance
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Wife: Angela Bassett (10/12/1997, 2 children)


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