C. C. H. Pounder

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CCH Pounder
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Pounder at the Revlon Run Walk, May 2007
Born Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder
(1952-12-25) December 25, 1952 (age 61)
Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1979–present
Spouse(s) Boubacar Kone (1970–present),
3 children

Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder (born December 25, 1952), known professionally as C. C. H. Pounder (styled "CCH Pounder"), is a Guyanese-born American film and television actress. She has appeared in numerous films, made-for-television films, television miniseries and plays, and has made guest appearances on notable television shows. From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX police drama The Shield. In 2009, she starred as Mo'at in James Cameron's film Avatar. She starred in recurring roles as Mrs. Irene Frederic on the TV series Warehouse 13 until its series finale on May 19, 2014 and DA Tyne Patterson on the FX TV series Sons of Anarchy. Currently she portrays medical examiner, Dr. Loretta Wade, on NCIS: New Orleans.

Early life[edit]

Pounder was born on December 25, 1952, in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), the daughter of Betsy Enid James Arnella and Ronald Urlington Pounder.[1] She was educated in England and moved to the U.S. in 1970, where she attended Ithaca College.[2] Pounder made her acting debut in the 1979 film All That Jazz.

Career[edit]

Pounder with Avatar co-star Laz Alonso in December 2009

Pounder starred in the film Bagdad Café,[3] and has made smaller appearances in many other successful films. She has focused primarily on her television career. In the early 1980s, Pounder first appeared in guest roles on Hill Street Blues, and then on several popular shows (The Cosby Show, RoboCop 3, L.A. Law, The X-Files, Living Single and Quantum Leap) before landing a long-running recurring role as Dr. Angela Hicks on ER from 1994 to 1997. In the midst of this she had a large co-starring role in the 1995 Tales From the Crypt feature film Demon Knight. She then returned to guest appearances on other shows, including The Practice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Millennium, The West Wing (where she was considered for the role of C. J. Cregg) and the short-lived sitcom Women in Prison.

From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX Networks police drama The Shield. For this role she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2005. She had previously been nominated for Emmys in 1995 (for guest starring in The X-Files) and in 1997 (for her supporting role on ER). She has also lent her voice to several video games and animated projects, including Aladdin and the King of Thieves, True Crime: Streets of LA, Gargoyles as Desdemona and Coldfire, and most recently Justice League Unlimited as government agent Amanda Waller, a role she reprised for the animated movie adaption of the comic book Superman/Batman: Public Enemies[4] as well as the video game Batman: Arkham Origins, its companion/sequel Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, and another animated film that takes place in continuity with the games, Batman: Assault on Arkham.Also, Pounder was one of the readers for the HBO film Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narrative that aired in 2003, directed by Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon.[5] She appeared on the Syfy series Warehouse 13 until its finale on May 19, 2014. Pounder also was one of the stars of the cancelled Fox sitcom Brothers. Pounder was nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her appearance in the BBC/HBO series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. She co-starred in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013).

Personal life[edit]

Pounder is married to Senegalese anthropologist Boubacar Kone. The couple were married in an African ceremony in Dakar, Senegal and remarried in Los Angeles, California six months later. Kone is the founder of the Musée Boribana in Dakar, Senegal, for the study of cultures of the African diaspora. They have three children, Nicole (b. 1971), Libya (b. 1973), and Matthew (b. 1982).

Pounder has 6 grandchildren: Elisa (born 1994), Michelle (born 1999), Kelly (born 2002), Libya (born 2005), Enid (born 2007), and Matthew (born 2010). Pounder used to own a jewelry shop called Banji Girls with her business partner Conni Marie Brazelton, but now sells jewelry through her website.

Advocacy[edit]

As one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa, Pounder has energized awareness of post-apartheid and HIV/AIDS issues.[6] In an interview, she said about the pandemic: "When it's this massive disease, and it's affecting things in five thousand different ways, it requires great strength and power—and there is power in numbers. So we need to involve as many people as we can, like we do with ANSA. I call it my little engine that could. It is a remarkable, tiny organization with a huge outreach. We use actors and artists with the biggest voices so they can use every opportunity to talk about AIDS."[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Coriolanus Valeria
1979 All That Jazz Nurse Blake
1980 Union City Mrs. Lewis
1982 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Anne
1985 Prizzi's Honor Peaches Altamont
1987 Bagdad Café Brenda
1990 Postcards from the Edge Julie Marsden
1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning Fran Ambrose
1992 The Importance of Being Earnest Miss Prism
1993 Benny & Joon Dr. Garvey
1993 Lifepod Mayvene Television movie
1993 Sliver Lt. Victoria Hendrix
1993 RoboCop 3 Bertha
1995 Demon Knight Irene
1995 White Dwarf Nurse Shabana Television movie
1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves The Oracle
1997 Face/Off Hollis Miller
1998 Race Lucinda Davis
1999 End of Days Detective Marge Francis
1999 Funny Valentines Ethel B.
1999 The Cell
2000 Cora Unashamed Ma Jenkins Television movie
2001 Things Behind the Sun Judge
2001 Boycott Jo Ann Robinson Television movie
Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie
2002 Baby of the Family Nurse Bloom
2002 Tét Grenné Sally
2003 Unchained Memories Reader
2004 Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story Winnie Mandela Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie
2008 Rain Ms. Adams
2009 Orphan Sister Abigail
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Amanda Waller Direct-to-video
2009 Avatar Mo'at
2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Madame Dorothea
2014 Batman: Assault on Arkham Amanda Waller Direct-to-video

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 American Playhouse Deborah "Go Tell It on the Mountain"
1985 The Atlanta Child Murders Venus Taylor Miniseries
1985 If Tomorrow Comes Ernestine Littlechap Miniseries
1986 Resting Place Ada Johnson TV movie
1986 As Summers Die Priscilla TV movie
1986 Valerie Mrs. Davis "Full Moon"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Timmons "Disenfranchised"
1986–1992 L.A. Law Judge Roseann Robin 4 episodes
1981 Hill Street Blues Jasmine "The Second Oldest Profession"
1982 Hill Street Blues Wilma Tucker "Little Boil Blue"
1986 Hill Street Blues "Amazing Grace"
1987 The Line Anna Mae Demesy TV movie
1987–1988 Women in Prison Dawn Murphy 13 episodes
1988 Run Till You Fall Janice TV movie
1988 Leap of Faith Roberta TV movie
1989 227 Lucinda Markle "Babes in the Woods"
1989 Third Degree Burn Julie Cartwright TV movie
1989 No Place Like Home Prue TV movie
1989 Miami Vice Yvonne "Too Much, Too Late"
1990 Murder in Mississippi Fannie Lee Chaney TV movie
1990 Quantum Leap Mama Harper "Black on White on Fire"
1990 Cop Rock Unknown 3 episodes
1991 Lifestories Roxanne Tevis "Darryl Devis"
1992 The Cosby Show Clair's friend "Clair's Reunion"
1993 The Ernest Green Story Daisy Bates TV movie
1993 Return to Lonesome Dove Sara 3 episodes
1994 Birdland Nurse Lucy 7 episodes
1994 The X-Files Agent Lucy Kazdin Episode 2.5: "Duane Barry"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1994–1997 ER Dr. Angela Hicks 24 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (1996, 1998)
1995 Living Single Nina Shaw
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Nurse Mrs. Ford TV movie
1996–1998 Millennium Cheryl Andrews 5 episodes
2000 The West Wing Deborah O'Leary "Celestial Navigation"
2000 Outer Limits Stranger Episode 6.13: "Decompression"
2001 The Practice Elaine Washington Episodes: "The Day After" and "Awakenings"
2001–2010 Law and Order: SVU Defense Attorney Carolyn Maddox 5 episodes
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2002–2008 The Shield Claudette Wyms 89 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (2003–2004)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2003–2009)
2004–2006 Justice League Unlimited Amanda Waller 9 episodes
2005 Numb3rs Lt. Havercamp "Vector"
2006 W.I.T.C.H. Queen Kadma 3 episodes
2009 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Mrs. Curtin "The Boy with an African Heart"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2009–2014 Warehouse 13 Mrs. Irene Frederic 22 episodes
2009 Brothers Adele Trainor 13 episodes
Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
2011 Revenge Warden Sharon Stiles 2 episodes
2013 Sons of Anarchy Tyne Patterson 13 episodes[8]
2013–2014 Beware the Batman Marion Grange 5 episodes
2014 NCIS (TV series) Dr. Loretta Wade[9] Episode 11.18: "Crescent City (Part I)"
Episode 11.19: "Crescent City (Part II)"
2014 NCIS: New Orleans Dr. Loretta Wade Series regular

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Fallout Vree
2004 True Crime: Streets of LA Chief Wanda Parks
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins Amanda Waller[10] Cameo
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate Amanda Waller
2014 Skylanders: Trap Team Golden Queen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "C. C. H. Pounder Biography (1952–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "CCH Pounder Biography – Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Pounder's role was later played by Whoopi Goldberg in a short-lived television sitcom
  4. ^ "Superman: The Animated Series DVD news: Announcement for Superman/Batman: Public Enemies". TVShowsonDVD.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Jalea (1 January 2003). "Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003) – IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "ANSA". Ansaafrica.org. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "A&U:America's AIDS Magazine". Aumag.org. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "CCH Pounder". IMDb. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Mitovich, Matt (February 3, 2014). "Scoop: NCIS: New Orleans Pilot Adds Sons of Anarchy's CCH Pounder, JAG Alum". Tvline.com. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Batman: Arkham Origins (Video Game 2013)". IMDb. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 

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