BEN IS BACK
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.
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
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
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
Since his debut in the Vietnam War tale Hamburger Hill launched his prolific
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
Sex"; NBC's "State of Affairs," "ER" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"; ABC's
"Revenge" and "Flash Forward"; Hallmark's "The Piano Lesson"; HBO's "The
and TNT's "The Closer." His small-screen work has yielded a total of three NAACP
Vance walked into his first theater rehearsal while a student at Harvard
found "home" for the first time. He began to hone his craft by appearing with
Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare and Company. During his tenure at the Yale
Drama, Vance appeared with Yale Repertory Theatre and the Eugene O'Neill Theatre
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
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
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
"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
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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