Courtney B. Vance stars as Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Vance was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Detroit Country Day School, a fee-paying university-preparatory school, and later graduated from Harvard with a bachelor of arts degree and the Yale School of Drama with a Master of Fine Arts degree. While attending Harvard, Vance was already working as an actor at the Boston Shakespeare Company. He went on to earn two Tony Award nominations, each in Tony Award-winning productions. He was first nominated for his role in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences and later for his lead role in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation.
Vance’s feature-film roles have won him steady praise. His early credits include Hamburger Hill, The Hunt for Red October, and The Last Supper. More recently, he appeared in Robert Altman’s Cookie’s Fortune, Penny Marshall’s The Preacher’s Wife, and in Clint Eastwood’s Space Cowboys. Vance also starred in the independent film Love and Action in Chicago, a romantic comedy which he also coproduced. Vance played Black Panther Bobby Seale in the Melvin and Mario Van Peebles docudrama Panther.
Courtney B. Vance is married to actress Angela Bassett. The couple’s first children were twins, son Slater Josiah and daughter Bronwyn Golden, born in 2006. He coauthored a book Friends: A Love Story with his wife.