Courtney B. Vance

American actor

Courtney Bernard Vance[1] (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. He was known for his roles in the movies Hamburger Hill and The Hunt for Red October, the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which he played Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, in which he played Johnnie Cochran.

Courtney B. Vance
Courtney Bernard Vance

(1960-03-12) March 12, 1960 (age 64)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active1983–present
Angela Bassett (m. 1997)

He won a Tony Award in 2013 and an Emmy Award in 2016.


Year Title Role Notes
1983 First Affair Male student TV Movie
1987 Hamburger Hill Spc. Abraham 'Doc' Johnson
1990 The Hunt for Red October Seaman Jones
1991 The Emperor's New Clothes Scribe (voice) TV Short
1992 In the Line of Duty: Street War Justice Butler TV Movie
1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn Jim
1993 Beyond the Law Conroy Price
1993 Percy & Thunder Thunder TV Movie
1994 Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Thomas TV Movie
1994 Holy Matrimony Cooper
1995 The Piano Lesson Lymon TV Movie
1995 Panther Bobby Seale
1995 Dangerous Minds George Grandey
1995 The Tuskegee Airmen Lt. Glenn TV Movie
1995 The Last Supper Luke
1995 The Affair Travis Holloway
1996 The Boys Next Door Lucien P. Singer TV Movie
1996 The Preacher's Wife Reverend Henry Biggs
1997 12 Angry Men Foreman TV Movie
1998 Blind Faith John Williams
1998 Ambushed Jerry Robinson
1998 Naked City: Justice with a Bullet Officer James Halloran TV Movie
1998 Naked City: A Killer Christmas Officer James Halloran TV Movie
1999 Cookie's Fortune Otis Tucker
1999 Love and Action in Chicago Eddie Jones co-producer
2000 Space Cowboys Roger Hines
2002 Eye See You Reverend Jones
2002 Whitewash: The Clarence Brandley Story Clarence Brandley TV Movie
2008 Nothing But the Truth Agent O'Hara
2009 Hurricane Season Mr. Randolph
2010 Extraordinary Measures Marcus Temple
2011 The Divide Delvin
2011 Final Destination 5 Agent Jim Block
2012 Joyful Noise Pastor Dale
2012 Let It Shine Pastor Jacob DeBarge TV Movie
2013 Book of the Year producer, pre-production
2014 The Farm The Sheriff (rumored) pre-production


TV Series
Year Title Role Notes
1987 The 41st Annual Tony Awards Himself Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actor in a Play
1990-1995 Law & Order Benjamin 'Bud' Greer / Mayor's Assistant Episode: By Hooker, by Crook (1990), Rage (1995)
1995 The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Himself
1995 Picket Fences Warren Grier Episode: Final Judgement, Without Mercy
1998 Any Day Now Mr. James Jackson Episode: Unfinished Symphony
1998 The Wild Thornberrys Makai (voice role) Episode: Naimina Enkiyio
2000 Boston Public Walter Harrelson
2002-2004 The American Experience Dr. Vivien Thomas / Narrator Episode: Partners of the Heart, The Fight TV series/documentary
2001-2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent A.D.A. Ron Carver
2007 State of Mind William Banks
2008-2009 ER Russell Banfield
2009-2010 FlashForward Stanford Wedeck / Narrator
2010-2011 The Closer Chief Tommy Delk
2012 Revenge Benjamin Brooks
2013 Graceland Sam Campbell post-production


  1. "Courtney Vance Biography (1960–)". Film Reference. 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.