C. C. H. Pounder
|C. C. H. Pounder|
Pounder in May 2007
|Born||Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder
December 25, 1952
Georgetown, British Guiana
|Spouse(s)||Boubacar Kone (m. 1970)|
Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder (born December 25, 1952) is a Guyanese-born American 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 appeared as Mo'at in James Cameron's film Avatar. She starred in recurring roles as Mrs. Irene Frederic on the series Warehouse 13 until its series finale on May 19, 2014 and DA Tyne Patterson on the FX series Sons of Anarchy. Currently she portrays medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on NCIS: New Orleans.
Pounder was born in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), the daughter of Ronald Urlington Pounder. She was educated in England and moved to the U.S. in 1970, where she attended Ithaca College.
Pounder made her acting debut in the film All That Jazz (1979).
Pounder started her professional career in New York City theater, where she appeared in The Mighty Gents, by playwright Richard Wesley, and Open Admissions on Broadway. She moved to Los Angeles in 1982. Pounder starred in the film Bagdad Café, 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 co-starred in the Tales From the Crypt feature film Demon Knight (1995). 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 police drama The Shield. For this role she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2005 and an NAACP Image Award. She had previously been nominated for an Emmy 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 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 (2003), directed by Ed Bell and Thomas Lennon. She appeared on the Syfy series Warehouse 13 until its finale on May 19, 2014. Pounder also was one of the stars of Fox's cancelled 2009 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).
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Pounder is married to Senegalese anthropologist Boubacar Kone. They 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 for the study of cultures of the African diaspora. They have three children: Nicole (born 1971), Libya (born 1973), and Matthew Kone (born 1982). They also have six grandchildren: Elisa (born 1994), Michelle (born 1999), Kelly (born 2002), Libya (born 2005), Enid (born 2007), and Matthew (born 2010).
Pounder once owned a jewelry shop called Banji Girls with her business partner Conni Marie Brazelton, but she now sells jewelry through her website.
As one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa, Pounder has energized awareness of post-apartheid and HIV/AIDS issues. 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."
|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|
|1990||Postcards from the Edge||Julie Marsden|
|Psycho IV: The Beginning||Fran Ambrose||Television movie|
|1992||The Importance of Being Earnest||Miss Prism|
|1993||Benny & Joon||Dr. Garvey|
|Sliver||Lt. Victoria Hendrix|
|White Dwarf||Nurse Shabana||Television movie|
|1996||Aladdin and the King of Thieves||The Oracle||Direct-to-video|
|1999||End of Days||Detective Marge Francis|
|Funny Valentines||Ethel B.|
|2000||Cora Unashamed||Ma Jenkins||Television movie|
|2001||Things Behind the Sun||Judge|
|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|
|2004||Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story||Winnie Mandela||Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie|
|Breaking the Maya Code||Narrator||Documentary|
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||Amanda Waller||Direct-to-video|
|2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Madame Dorothea|
|2014||Batman: Assault on Arkham||Amanda Waller||Direct-to-video