Vondie Curtis-Hall is an American actor, director and screenwriter. He is known for starring as Dr. Dennis Hancock in CBS’ medical drama series ‘Chicago Hope’ and as Ben Urich in Netflix’s series ‘Marvel's Daredevil’. He is also popular for writing, directing and starring in the black comedy crime movie ‘Gridlock'd’. Born in Detroit, Michigan, to a nurse and a construction company owner, Hall grew up alongside his sister Sherrie and brother, the renowned fashion designer Kevan Hall. He studied at Presentation Our Lady of Victory School. He kicked off his career as a stage actor and appeared in a number of plays including the Broadway musical ‘Dreamgirls’ before signing for film and television roles. An extremely talented actor, Hall has won a number of award nominations for his performances in television dramas, including an Emmy nomination in 1995 along with three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. On a personal note, he is married to director cum actress Kasi Lemmons. The couple has a son and three daughters.
Vondie Curtis-Hall made his big screen debut with a role in the 1988 romantic comedy ‘Coming to America’. Two years later, he was cast as Cmdr. Warren Osborne in the police drama ‘Cop Rock’. Then following a role in the crime drama flick ‘One Good Cop’, he was cast in the sitcom ‘I'll Fly Away’ as Joe Clay, a role he played from 1992 to 1993.
During this time, Hall also did the films ‘Passion Fish’, ‘Falling Down’ and ‘Sugar Hill’. He starred as Uncle Brown in the semi-autobiographical ‘Crooklyn’ and also as Rocky Seavers in ‘Drop Squad’. In 1995, he joined the main cast of the medical drama ‘Chicago Hope’ as Dr. Dennis Hancock. Two years later, the actor starred as D-Reper in ‘Gridlock'd’, a crime film that paid tribute to rapper Tupac Shakur who got murdered four months prior to the movie’s release.
Hall started the new millennium with his appearance in the action flick ‘Turn It Up’. In 2001, he starred in seven episodes of ‘ER’ and also directed one episode of the show. Three years later, he featured in the drama ‘Soul Food’. That year, he also served as the director of the TV Movie ‘Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story’. In the ensuing years, the American actor made guest appearances in several shows including ‘Law & Order’, ‘Fear Itself’ and ‘Criminal Minds’ and also directed a few episodes of ‘Boston Legal’ and ‘Gossip Girl’.
Following a role in three episodes of the TV drama ‘Chasing Life’, Hall played Ben Urich in the 2015 sitcom ‘Marvel's Daredevil’. The same year, he also began portraying the character of Beaumont Rosewood Sr. in the police procedural drama series ‘Rosewood’. In 2018, he joined the cast of the legal drama ‘For the People’ as Chief Judge Nicholas Byrne.
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Family & Personal Life
Vondie Curtis-Hall was born on September 30, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, to Curtis, a construction company owner, and Angeline, a nurse. He has two siblings: a sister named Sherrie and a brother, Kevan, who is a renowned fashion designer.
Since 1995, the actor has been married to actress Kasi Lemmons. They have a son and three daughters.