Courtney B. Vance

Courtney B. Vance, one of the most respected actors in the business, has carefully cultivated an extraordinary career that showcases his passion, talent, and intellect. Known for successfully finding the dignity and honor in each character he explores, the Harvard scholar and actor trained at the Yale School of Drama is a powerful presence from the theatrical boards to the silver screen.

Now, he has authored the dynamic and critical book, The Invisible Ache: Black Men Identifying Their Pain and Reclaiming Their Power. Early in his career, Courtney lost his father to suicide. Recently, he lost his godson to the same fate. Still, as mental health discourse hits the mainstream, it leaves the most vulnerable out of the conversation: Black men.
The Emmy and Tony award-winning actor will be honored at the 2024 National Book Club Conference with the Walter Mosley Author of Distinction Award. His book is lauded as a “thoughtful, wise, empathetic book that has the capacity to save lives.”
“For men of all ages and the women who love them,” Magic Johnson said of the book.

In his book, Courtney seeks to change the trajectory. He explores issues of grief, relationships, identity and race through telling his own most formative experiences. The pages provide a guide for Black men to navigate life’s turmoil, reclaim mental well-being and examine broken pieces to find whole, full-hearted living.

As an actor, Courtney’s stunning portrayal of Johnnie Cochran in FX’s The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story earned him Emmy, Critics Choice, and NAACP Image awards, as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations.

His role as the beloved and pivotal character, “Uncle George,” in HBO’s critically acclaimed drama horror series Lovecraft Country, earned Courtney a second Emmy Award, this one for Outstanding Guest Actor Drama Series.

He also starred in NatGeo’s Genius: Aretha in which he portrayed Aretha Franklin’s father, Rev. C.L. Franklin. Courtney was recognized for his performance with the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Movie/Miniseries/Dramatic Special, with nominations from the Hollywood Critics Association, Critics Choice Awards, and Black Reel TV Awards.