|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|
Vondie Curtis-Hall (born September 30, 1956) is an American actor and film director and television director.
As an actor, he is best known for his role as Dr. Dennis Hancock on the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope created by David E. Kelley.
Curtis-Hall was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Curtis, a construction company owner, and Angeline, a nurse. Initially a stage actor, Curtis-Hall was a member of the original cast of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. He originated the role of Marty, James "Thunder" Early's original manager.
The designer, Kevan Hall is the brother of Vondie. They also have a sister, Sherrie. All of them attended Presentation Our Lady of Victory grade school in Detroit where they were taught by the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the only all African American order of nuns in the United States.
Curtis-Hall has appeared in numerous films including One Good Cop, Passion Fish, Sugar Hill, Crooklyn, Drop Squad, Eve's Bayou, and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. His credits as a director include the films Gridlock'd, Glitter, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, Waist Deep, as well as episodes of television shows The Shield, Firefly, Chicago Hope, and MDs. In 2000, Vondie Curtis-Hall and [Danny Glover (who portrayed Marty in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls) both appeared in the Turner Network Television made-for-television movie Freedom Song.
He has had recurring roles on TV series such as Soul Food, I'll Fly Away, and ER. His recurring role as Roger McGrath on ER earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
His most prominent role as an actor to date is as supporting character Dennis Hancock on the medical drama Chicago Hope.
He is married to actress/director Kasi Lemmons, and they have a son, Henry Hunter, and a daughter, Zora.