LaVan Davis

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LaVan Davis
Born (1966-09-21) September 21, 1966 (age 47)
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 2003–present

LaVan Davis (born September 21, 1966) is an American singer and actor best known for his starring role as Curtis Payne on the TBS comedy-drama Tyler Perry's House of Payne.[1] Davis has also played many roles in Tyler Perry's various productions.


Davis' acting career began in 2004 with his first role as Leroy in the film, Mindbenders.[1] In 2005, he made a guest appearance in a two episodes of Everybody Hates Chris as a preacher. The following year, Davis was cast as the cranky patriarch of the Payne family, Curtis Payne, in the TBS sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Davis worked with Perry again in two of his feature films including Daddy's Little Girls in 2007 and Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns in 2008.

In addition to his work in films and television, Davis has also appeared in the stage plays Why Did I Get Married? as Poppy, and Madea Goes to Jail as Leo.


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Malibooty! Beauty School Customer Credited as Le Van Davis
2004 Mindbenders Leroy
2005 Beach Demons Crazy Joe
2005 Voices Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./
The Buffalo Soldier
Short film
2005 Why Good girls like Bad boys! Father
2005–2007 Everybody Hates Chris Preacher/Minister 2 episodes
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass Otis Alternative title: Living High
2006 Why Did I Get Married? Poppy Direct-to-DVD release
2006 Madea Goes to Jail Leo Direct-to-DVD release
2006–2012 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Curtis Payne
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Lester
2008 Meet the Browns Henry


Year Award Category Title of work Result
2008 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Tyler Perry's House of Payne Won
2009 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series Tyler Perry's House of Payne Won


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