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From Harvard to Hollywood, award-winning actor COURTNEY B. VANCE has graced the stage and screen with a remarkable passion, talent, and intellect. Vance appears in ABC's new series "Flash Forward” based on the sci-fi novel by Robert J. Sawyer from creator David Goyer and Brannon Braga.

Vance was recently seen in the final season of NBC's landmark series "ER” playing successful financial executive "Russell Banfield.” This marked Vance's return to NBC, where, for five seasons, he starred on the hit series "Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Vance 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. He also starred with Forest Whitaker in 2009 as the overbearing father ("Mr. Randolph”) in the upcoming release of Tim Story's Hurricane Season, a true story about a basketball team assembled in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was also seen in last year's Toronto Film Festival selection Nothing But the Truth opposite Kate Beckinsale and Matt Dillon directed by Rod Lurie. Courtney is also now the voice of the NFL. Recognizing Courtney's distinct voice, the league hired Courtney to record numerous spots for this current NFL season and when you see a commercial for the NFL, you are hearing Mr. Vance's voice.

Drawing from his deep passion for great material and extensive experience, Vance and his wife 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 Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett's directorial debut and is nearing production.

A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale School of Drama, Courtney 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.” Vance received a Theater World Award and Clarence Derwent Award as a seductive con man passing himself off as Sidney Poitier's son in John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation.” Vance was also the recipient of an Obie Award for his inspired work in South African playwright Athol Fugard's "My Children! My Africa!” He 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.

Vance's talents have also translated well on the big screen in such films as Penny Marshall's The Preacher's Wife with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood's Space Cowboys with Tommy Lee Jones, James Garner, Donald Sutherland, Robert Altman's Cookie's Fortune, John McTiernan's The Hunt for Red October as well as Disney's The Adventures of Huck Finn.

Other distinguished performances include his portrayal of ‘John Williams' in Showtime network's "Blind Faith” in which he starred opposite Charles S. Dutton. His performance earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. He was also nominated for a Cable Ace Award for Best Actor in August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson” and co -starred opposite Laurence Fishburne and Andre Braugher in HBO's Emmy Nominated production of "The Tuskegee Airmen.” He also shared the screen alongside Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott in "Twelve Angry Men,” also for Showtime.

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

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