Vondie Curtis-Hall biography
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Date of Birth: September 30, 1956
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Curtis-Hall trained at Juilliard and London's
After completing his education, he began performing
on stage in such musicals and plays as Dreamgirls , It's So Nice
To Be Civilized, The War Party and Williams & Walker,
for which he won the 1987 Audelco Award for Best Actor.
By the late '80s, Curtis-Hall was landing roles in both television and film.
Beginning with small parts in films like Coming to America and
Die Hard 2, he finally began to get noticed with his performance
in 1992's Passion Fish as Sugar LeDoux, romancing Alfre Woodard's
More big roles followed, including supporting parts in Sugar
Hill, Crooklyn , Broken Arrow and Romeo + Juliet .
In 1997 he decided to add a different talent to his resume and directed a
script he had written called Gridlock'd. The story of two out of
control poets who on New Year's Day decide to enter drug "rehab" was a
solid debut for Curtis-Hall, who also played a part in the film.
be a few years before he tried his luck behind camera again, though.
dry spell ended in 2001 with the release of singer Mariah Carey's starring
debut film, Glitter .
His television credits include a recurring role on the critically-acclaimed
series I'll Fly Away, South Central and the acclaimed drama
Fallen Angels , with Gary Oldman.
Although Curtis-Hall plays a doctor
on Chicago Hope, ironically, he garnered an Emmy nomination for
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of a suicidal
transsexual on a rival ensemble drama, ER.
Curtis-Hall is married to writer/director Kasi Lemmons of Eve's Bayou