From studying history at Harvard and acting at Yale Drama School to making history in Hollywood, Courtney B. Vance has carefully cultivated an exceptional career that showcases his passion, talent, and intellect. His penchant for successfully finding the dignity and honor in each character exploration has made this Tony® and Emmy® Award-winning and SAG Award®-nominated actor a powerful voice in the entertainment community. Whether appearing in a pivotal role in Lovecraft Country, playing Johnny Cochran in American Crime Story, or acting as Aretha Franklin’s Father in Genius, Courtney brings life and his experience to each role.
Courtney credits his parents for opening his eyes to the concept of giving back. He has a long history of philanthropic activities, including serving as a spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Since taking the helm at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Courtney has raised over $8 million for our COVID-19 Relief Fund, which has been, and continues to be, distributed to his fellow SAG-AFTRA performers in financial crisis.