Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield
Played by Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
From studying history at Harvard 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 actor a powerful presence from the theatrical boards to the silver screen.
Vance was awarded the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series; the Critics Choice Award for Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series; and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special for his stunning portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in the FX series The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story. He also earned SAG and Golden Globe nominations for his critically acclaimed performance.
Vance co-starred in DreamWorks Pictures’ ensemble comedy Office Christmas Party alongside Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Kate McKinnon, T.J. Miller, and Jason Bateman; and appears opposite Tom Cruise in Universal Pictures’ highly anticipated reboot of The Mummy.
His talents have extended to many notable TV series and movies including The Lawn Chair, a pivotal episode on ABC’s Scandal that mirrored recent police shooting headlines; Dr. Charles Hendricks on Showtime’s Masters of Sex; First Gentleman Marshall Payton on NBC’s State of Affairs; Manhattan defense attorney Benjamin Barnes on ABC’s Revenge; Stanford Wedeck on ABC/Disney’s Flashforward; Showtime’s Twelve Angry Men and Blind Faith; August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson for Hallmark; HBO’s The Tuskegee Airmen; TNT’s The Closer; NBC’s ER; and NBC’s long-running hit series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which he played A.D.A. Ron Carver. Vance was the recipient of an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of this role and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Masters of Sex.
Vance walked into his first theater rehearsal while a student at Harvard University and found “home” for the first time. There he began to hone his craft by appearing with the Boston Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare and Company. During his tenure at the Yale School of Drama, he appeared with Yale Repertory Theatre and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. Soon, he headed to New York and quickly established himself on Broadway by being honored with a Tony Award nomination, the Theater World Award and Clarence Derwent Award for his debut performance in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences starring James Earl Jones and directed by the late Lloyd Richards. He then received his second Tony Award nomination when he starred in John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation with Stockard Channing and directed by Jerry Zaks. He received an Obie Award for his inspired work in South African playwright Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa!, starred in Vaclav Havel’s Temptation with David Strathairn and as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at the Public Theater, and performed to rave reviews with his wife, Angela Bassett, in John Guare’s U.S. premiere of the stage adaptation of His Girl Friday and The Front Page at Minneapolis’ renowned Guthrie Theater.
2013 saw Vance as the winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his stellar performance as Hap Hairston in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy, and also garnered him a Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination.
He easily transferred his talents from the stage to the silver screen. His film debut as Spc. Abraham ‘Doc’ Johnson in Hamburger Hill launched his prolific cinematic career that currently includes noteworthy films such 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.
Vance and his wife, actress Angela Bassett co-wrote the book, Friends: A Love Story. The inspirational book is their personal love story, and chronicles their story about healthy relationships.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, he is a proud Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Currently, he resides in Southern California with his wife Angela and their twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah.