Vondie Curtis-Hall
Curtis-Hall in 2019
Occupation(s)Actor, director
(m. 1995)
Children4, including Henry Hunter Hall
RelativesKevan Hall (brother)

Vondie Curtis-Hall is an American actor, film director, and television director.[1] As an actor, he is known for his role as Dr. Dennis Hancock on the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope created by David E. Kelley and as Ben Urich in the Netflix TV series Daredevil. He wrote and directed the cult film Gridlock'd.

Early life

Curtis-Hall was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Angeline, a nurse, and Curtis Hall, a construction company owner.[citation needed]

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 black order of nuns in the United States.[citation needed]


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. Curtis-Hall has appeared in numerous films including One Good Cop, Passion Fish, Sugar Hill, Coming To America, Crooklyn, Drop Squad, Eve's Bayou, Turn It Up and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. His credits as a director include the films Gridlock'd, Glitter, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story,[2] 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 later portrayed Marty in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls) both appeared in the TNT made-for-television movie Freedom Song. In 2019 Curtis-Hall appeared in the film Harriet, where, according to one reviewer, "Vondie Curtis-Hall gives one of the finest performances of his long career as Reverend Green."[3]

He has had recurring roles on TV series such as Soul Food, I'll Fly Away, and ER. His one-time role as a suicide patient on ER earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series; later in that series he appeared in a recurring role as Roger McGrath.

His most prominent television role as an actor to date is as supporting character Dennis Hancock on the medical drama Chicago Hope. Curtis-Hall portrayed Ben Urich in the Netflix series Daredevil.[4] He also appeared in an episode of The Sopranos.

Personal life

Curtis-Hall is married to actress/director Kasi Lemmons, and they have a son and three daughters. He is also a full-time arts professor at New York University Tisch School of the Arts.[citation needed]




Year Title Role Notes
1988 Shakedown Speaker (voice)
1988 Coming to America Basketball Game Vendor
1989 Mystery Train Ed Segment: "Lost in Space"
1989 Black Rain Detective
1990 Die Hard 2 Miller
1991 One Good Cop Father Wills
1991 Healing Hurts
1992 The Mambo Kings Miguel Montoya
1992 Passion Fish Sugar LeDoux
1993 Falling Down Not Economically Viable Man
1993 Sugar Hill Mark Doby
1994 Crooklyn Uncle Brown
1994 Clear and Present Danger Voice-Print Analyst
1994 Drop Squad Rocky Seavers
1995 Tuesday Morning Ride Carver Short film
1996 Broken Arrow Chief Sam Rhodes
1996 Heaven's Prisoners Minos P. Dautrieve
1996 Romeo + Juliet Captain Prince
1996 Dr. Hugo Dr. Hugo Short film
1997 Gridlock'd D-Reper
1997 Eve's Bayou Julian Grayraven
2000 Turn It Up Cliff
2007 Talk to Me Sunny Jim Kelsey
2007 Honeydripper Slick
2008 Crenshaw Nights Frank "Jupiter" Johnson Short film
2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown Dixon
2009 Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans James Brasser
2013 Black Nativity Pawnbroker
2015 Cymbeline Caius Lucius
2015 Experimenter Thomas Shine
2018 Come Sunday J.D. Ellis
2018 The Row Short film
2018 Breaking Brooklyn Greg Bryant
2019 Harriet Reverend Green
2020 The Night House Mel
2021 Residue Reverend Washington
2021 Blue Bayou Barry Boucher
2021 18½ Samuel
2022 Raymond & Ray Reverend West
TBA The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat TBA Post-production[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 A Man Called Hawk Tracton Episode: "The Master's Mirror"
1990 Heat Wave Clifford Turpin TV movie
1990 Cop Rock Cmdr. Warren Osborne Main cast
1991 China Beach Bill Episode: "Through and Through"
1991 ...And Then She Was Gone Det. Gary Hopkins TV movie
1991 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Dr. Varrick Episode: "For Love or Money"
1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story C. Yernon Mason TV movie
1992 What She Doesn't Know Vinnie TV movie
1992 Nightmare Cafe Thomas Episode: "Sanctuary for a Child"
1992 Civil Wars Jack Turrentine Episode: "The Old Man and the 'C'"
1992–1993 I'll Fly Away Joe Clay 6 episodes
1993 There Was a Little Boy Danforth TV movie
1993 Fallen Angels David O'Connor Episode: "Dead-End for Delia"
1994 L.A. Law Eugene Clay Episode: "Three on a Patch"
1994 Dead Man's Revenge Jessup Bush TV movie
1994 South Central James Mosely Episode: "Dad"
1994 Keys Louche Amarant TV movie
1994 Zooman Davis TV movie
1994 ER Henry Colton / Rena Episode: "ER Confidential"
1995–1999 Chicago Hope Dr. Dennis Hancock Main cast
1997 Don King: Only in America Lloyd Price TV movie
1999 Sirens Vincent Morgan TV movie
2000 Freedom Song Daniel Wall TV movie
2000 Ali: An American Hero Drew "Bundini" Brown TV movie
2001 ER Roger McGrath 7 episodes
2002 The Sopranos Maurice Tiffen Episode: "Watching Too Much Television"
2002–2003 Fastlane Andre Hayes 2 episodes
2003 1-800-Missing Agent Vic Martinsen Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Deceit Detective Hal Kazin TV movie
2004 Dense Ross TV short
2004 Soul Food Charles Miller 6 episodes
2005 LAX Dele Ekoku Episode: "Cease & Assist"
2006 Law & Order Dr. Andrew Copelan Episode: "Positive"
2007 Medium Scanlon's Friend Episode: "Second Opinion"
2009 Fear Itself Walter Markham Episode: "Chance"
2009 Criminal Minds Stanley Usher Episode: "Cold Comfort"
2010 Lens on Talent Episode: "Taking on Different Hats"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dwight Talcott Episode: "Reparations"
2011 A Gifted Man Dennis Jones Episode: "In Case of Missed Communication"
2012 NYC 22 Fred Wheeler Episode: "Self Cleaning Oven"
2014 Chasing Life Lawrence 3 episodes
2014 Tin Man Jack Garrison TV movie
2015 Daredevil Ben Urich Main cast
2015–2017 Rosewood Beaumont Rosewood Sr. 3 episodes
2016 Spark Philippe Lavelle 1 episode
2018–2019 For the People Chief Judge Nicholas Byrne Main cast
2019 Evil Leon Acosta Episode: "2 Fathers"
2022 The Recruit Walter Nyland Main cast
2023 Justified: City Primeval Marcus "Sweety" Sweeton Main cast[6]


Year Title Notes
1997 Gridlock'd
2001 "Never Too Far" Music video; Mariah Carey
2001 Glitter
2001 ER Episode: "Start All Over Again"
2002 ER Episode: "It's All in Your Head"
2002 Firefly Episode: "Our Mrs. Reynolds"
2002 MDs Episode: "Cruel and Unusual"
2004 Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story TV movie
2005 The Shield Episode: "Insurgents"
2006 Waist Deep
2006 Sleeper Cell Episode: "Torture"
2008 Boston Legal Episode: "Glow in the Dark"
2008 Gossip Girl Episode: "Pret-a-Poor-J"
2008 The Starter Wife Episode: "Das Booty Call"
2012 Abducted: The Carlina White Story TV movie
2016 Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart TV movie
2018 Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story TV movie


  1. ^ Vondie Curtis-Hall Movies & TV, The New York Times
  2. ^ Redemption overview, The New York Times
  3. ^ Historically Rich Harriet a Haunting Tale of an American Legend, MovieFreak.com
  4. ^ Netflix's "Daredevil"
  5. ^ Grobar, Matt (November 22, 2022). "'The Supremes At Earl's All-You-Can-Eat' Adds Four As Searchlight Film Wraps Production". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  6. ^ Rice, Lynette (July 22, 2022). "Justified: City Primeval Production Halted After Outsiders Engaged In Gun Battle Drive Through Barricades In Chicago; PD Releases Statement". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 22, 2022.