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COURTNEY B. VANCE (Neal) has carefully cultivated an exceptional career that showcases his passion, talent and intellect. From studying history at Harvard to making history in Hollywood, Vance has shown his penchant for successfully finding the dignity and honor in each character exploration he undertakes, making this Tony Award- and Emmy-winning actor a powerful presence from the theatrical boards to the silver screen. For his stunning portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in the FX series "The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story," Vance won Best Actor honors at the Emmys, the Critics' Choice Awards and NAACP Image Awards. His critically acclaimed performance also earned SAG and Golden Globe nominations. In 2013 Vance won a Tony for his stellar performance as Hap Hairston in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Guy," a role that also garnered him a Drama League nomination.

This season Vance is in production on the new HBO series "Lovecraft Country" and the FX telefilms "Heist 88," directed by Anthony Hemingway, and "Compliance," with Mary-Louise Parker. Vance recently joined an all-star cast as the narrator in Wes Anderson's animated film Isle of Dogs. He also appeared opposite Tom Cruise in The Mummy and co-starred in Office Christmas Party alongside Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller and Jason Bateman. He also appeared with Oprah Winfrey in HBO's telefilm "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks."

Since his debut in the Vietnam War tale Hamburger Hill launched his prolific cinematic career, Vance has been seen in such films as The Hunt for Red October, The Preacher's Wife, Space Cowboys, The Adventures of Huck Finn, Cookie's Fortune, The Last Supper, Hurricane Season, Extraordinary Measures, Joyful Noise, Final Destination 5, The Divide and Terminator Genisys.

The actor's television credits include Showtime's "Twelve Angry Men" and "Masters of Sex"; NBC's "State of Affairs," "ER" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"; ABC's "Scandal," "Revenge" and "Flash Forward"; Hallmark's "The Piano Lesson"; HBO's "The Tuskegee Airmen" and TNT's "The Closer." His small-screen work has yielded a total of three NAACP Image Award nominations.

Vance walked into his first theater rehearsal while a student at Harvard University and found "home" for the first time. He began to hone his craft by appearing with the Boston Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare and Company. During his tenure at the Yale School of Drama, Vance appeared with Yale Repertory Theatre and the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center. He then headed to New York and quickly established himself on Broadway. The actor was honored with a Tony nomination and Theater World and Clarence Derwent awards for his debut performance in August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Fences," starring James Earl Jones.

Vance received his second Tony bid when he starred in John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation," with Stockard Channing. He received an Obie Award for his inspired work in South African playwright Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!" and starred in Vaclav Havel's "Temptation," with David Strathairn, before playing Mercutio in "Romeo and Juliet" at the Public Theater. Additionally, Vance performed to rave reviews with his wife, Angela Bassett, in John Guare's "His Girl Friday" at Minneapolis' renowned Guthrie Theater.

Vance and Bassett co-wrote the book Friends: A Love Story, an inspirational book that chronicles their personal story and delves into the nature of healthy relationships. A native of Detroit, Vance currently resides in Southern California with his wife and their twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah. He is a proud ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

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