CCH Pounder in 2010
Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder
December 25, 1952
(m. 1991; died 2016)
Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder (born December 25, 1952), known professionally as CCH Pounder, is a Guyanese American actress. She has appeared in numerous plays, films, made-for-television films and television miniseries, and has made appearances on notable television series.
Pounder is known for her role as Dr. Angela Hicks in the medical drama series ER (1994–97) and Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX police drama series The Shield (2002–08). Since 2014,[update] she has portrayed medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade on the police drama series NCIS: New Orleans.
In film, she appeared in All That Jazz (1979), Prizzi's Honor (1985), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Benny & Joon (1993), Demon Knight (1995), Face/Off (1997), Orphan (2009), Avatar (2009), The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019).
Pounder was born in Georgetown, British Guiana (now Guyana), daughter of Ronald Urlington Pounder and of Betsy Enid Arnella (née James). 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). She continued 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. She 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 Justice League Unlimited as government agent Amanda Waller, which 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 sequel Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, and another animated film that takes place in continuity with the games, Batman: Assault on Arkham.
Pounder was also 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 had a recurring role as DA Thyne Patterson on the FX crime drama series Sons of Anarchy (2013–14). She co-starred in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013). In Disney's The Lion Guard she voices Kongwe, the wise old turtle. In October 2018, she made an appearance in the London production of Wicked.
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|
|1992||The Importance of Being Earnest||Miss Prism|
|1993||Benny & Joon||Dr. Garvey|
|Sliver||Lt. Victoria Hendrix|
|1996||Aladdin and the King of Thieves||The Oracle (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||NetForce||FBI Director Sandra Knight|
|End of Days||Detective Marge Francis|
|Funny Valentines||Ethel B.|
|2001||Things Behind the Sun||Judge|
|2002||Baby of the Family||Nurse Bloom|
|Breaking the Maya Code||Narrator||Documentary|
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||Amanda Waller (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2013||The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones||Madame Dorothea|
|2014||Batman: Assault on Arkham||Amanda Waller (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2019||Godzilla: King of the Monsters||Senator Williams|
|1981–1986||Hill Street Blues||Jasmine / Wilna Tucker / Ms. Jones||3 episodes|
|1985||American Playhouse||Deborah||Episode: "Go Tell It on the Mountain"|
|The Atlanta Child Murders||Venus Taylor||Miniseries|
|If Tomorrow Comes||Ernestine Littlechap|
|1986||Resting Place||Ada Johnson||Television movie|
|As Summers Die||Priscilla|
|Valerie||Mrs. Davis||Episode: "Full Moon"|
|Cagney & Lacey||Timmons||Episode: "Disenfranchised"|
|1986–1992||L.A. Law||Judge Roseann Robin||4 episodes|
|1987||The Line||Anna Mae Demesy||Television movie|
|1987–1988||Women in Prison||Dawn Murphy||13 episodes|
|1988||Run Till You Fall||Janice||Television movie|
|Leap of Faith||Roberta|
|1989||227||Lucinda Markle||Episode: "Babes in the Woods"|
|Third Degree Burn||Julie Cartwright||Television movie|
|No Place Like Home||Prue|
|Miami Vice||Yvonne||Episode: "Too Much, Too Late"|
|1990||Murder in Mississippi||Fannie Lee Chaney||Television movie|
|Common Ground||Rachel Twymon||Miniseries|
|Quantum Leap||Mama Harper||Episode: "Black on White on Fire"|
|Cop Rock||Willa Phelan||4 episodes|
|Psycho IV: The Beginning||Fran Ambrose||Television movie|
|1991||Lifestories||Roxanne Tevis||Episode: "Darryl Devis"|
|1992||The Cosby Show||Clair's friend||Episode: "Clair's Reunion"|
|1993||The Ernest Green Story||Daisy Bates||Television movie|
|Return to Lonesome Dove||Sara||3 episodes|
|1994||Birdland||Nurse Lucy||7 episodes|
|Biker Mice from Mars||Stonecutter||Episode: "Stone Broke"|
|The X-Files||Agent Lucy Kazdin||Episode: "Duane Barry"|
|1994–1997||ER||Dr. Angela Hicks||24 episodes|
|1995||Living Single||Nina Shaw||Episode: "Mommy Not Dearest"|
|White Dwarf||Nurse Shabana||Television movie|
|1995–96||Gargoyles||Desdemona / Coldfire (voice)||3 episodes|
|1996||If These Walls Could Talk||Nurse Mrs. Ford||Television movie|
|1996–1998||Millennium||Dr. Cheryl Andrews||5 episodes|
|1997||House of Frankenstein||Dr. Shauna Kendall||Miniseries|
|1998||Histeria!||Harriet Tubman (voice)||Episode: "General Sherman's Campsite"|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Anchor Woman / Passenger (voice)||Episode: "Rebirth"|
|2000||The West Wing||Deborah O'Leary||Episode: "Celestial Navigation"|
|The Outer Limits||Stranger||Episode: "Decompression"|
|Cora Unashamed||Ma Jenkins||Television movie|
|2001||The Practice||Elaine Washington||2 episodes|
|Boycott||Jo Ann Robinson||Television movie|
|2001–2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Carolyn Maddox||5 episodes|
|2002–2008||The Shield||Claudette Wyms||89 episodes|
|2004||Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story||Winnie Mandela||Television movie|
|2004–2006||Justice League Unlimited||Amanda Waller (voice)||9 episodes|
|2005||Numb3rs||Lt. Havercamp||Episode: "Vector"|
|2006||W.I.T.C.H.||Queen Kadma (voice)||3 episodes|
|2009||The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency||Mrs. Curtin||Episode: "The Boy with an African Heart"|
|Brothers||Adele Trainor||13 episodes|
|2009–2014||Warehouse 13||Mrs. Irene Frederic||22 episodes|
|2011||Revenge||Warden Sharon Stiles||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Sons of Anarchy||Thyne Patterson||14 episodes|
|Beware the Batman||Marion Grange (voice)||5 episodes|
|2014||NCIS||Dr. Loretta Wade||2 episodes|
|2014–present||NCIS: New Orleans||122 episodes|
|2015||Archer||Claudette Kane (voice)||Episode: "The Kanes"|
|2018||The Lion Guard||Kongwe (voice)||Episode: "The Wisdom of Kongwe"|
|1997||Fallout||Head Scribe Vree|
|2004||True Crime: Streets of LA||Chief Wanda Parks|
|2013||Batman: Arkham Origins||Amanda Waller||Cameo|
|Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate|
|2014||Skylanders: Trap Team||Golden Queen|
Awards and nominations
In 1997, CCH Pounder was winner of the prestigious Caribbean American Heritage Award for Excellence in the Arts, presented by leading Caribbean American advocacy organization Institute of Caribbean Studies based in Washington, DC.
|1995||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||The X-Files||Nominated|||
|1996||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||ER||Nominated|
|1997||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|1998||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2002||Black Reel Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie||Boycott||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nominated|
|2003||Satellite Award||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||The Shield||Won|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2004||Satellitte Award||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Won|
|Black Reel Award||Best Supporting Actress in a Television Movie||Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story||Won|
|2004||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||The Shield||Nominated|
|2005||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2006||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency||Nominated|
|2010||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series||Brothers||Nominated|
|2017||NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||NCIS: New Orleans||Nominated|
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