CCH Pounder

Actress, Jewelry designer
Though she was a busy performer in a variety of film and television roles for decades, actress CCH Pounder finally found her defining role when she was cast as the morally upright Detective Claudette Wyms on the dark ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1952 in Guyana

Filmography

Actor (103)

NCIS: New Orleans 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby of the Family 2014 (Movie)

Nurse Bloom (Actor)

Batman: Assault on Arkham 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

NCIS 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sons of Anarchy 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Warehouse 13 2008 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perception 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 2013 (Movie)

Dorothea (Actor)

Birdland 1993 - 1994, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 1993 - 1998, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

L.A. Law 1990 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living Single 1993 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Millennium 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1993 - 1998, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Again 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Revenge 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brothers 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

Moat (Actor)

Orphan 2009 (Movie)

Sister Abigail (Actor)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Shield 2001 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Novel Reflections on the American Dream 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

Rain 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

9th Annual Prism Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Girlfriends 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Redemption 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Race: The Power of an Illusion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

For the People 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cora Unashamed 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Detention 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Disappearing Acts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

End of Days 1999 (Movie)

Detective Marge Francis (Actor)

Tom Clancy's NetForce 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

We Met on the Vineyard 1998 (Movie)

Pearl (Actor)

Face/Off 1997 (Movie)

Hollis Miller (Actor)

Race 1997 (Movie)

Lucinda Davis (Actor)

Things That Go Bump 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Aladdin and the King of Thieves 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

Jack Reed: A Killer Amongst Us 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight 1995 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

South Central 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Benny & Joon 1993 (Movie)

Dr Garvey (Actor)

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

Bertha (Actor)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

Lieutenant Victoria Hendrix (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Importance of Being Earnest 1992 (Movie)

Miss Prism (Actor)

Darryl Tevis 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Julie Marsden (Actor)

Leap of Faith 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Bagdad Cafe 1988 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

On the Edge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Line 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

If Tomorrow Comes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Prizzi's Honor 1985 (Movie)

Peaches Altamont (Actor)

The Atlanta Child Murders 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Go Tell It on the Mountain 1983 (Movie)

Deborah (Actor)

I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can 1982 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

All That Jazz 1979 (Movie)

Nurse Gibbons (Actor)

Union City 1979 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

A Touch of Hope (TV Show)

Actor

All She Ever Wanted (TV Show)

Actor

As Summers Die (TV Show)

Actor

Boycott (TV Show)

Actor

Common Ground (TV Show)

Actor

Final Justice (TV Show)

Actor

For Their Own Good (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Valentines (TV Show)

Actor

House of Frankenstein 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Actor

Lifepod (TV Show)

Actor

Little Girl Fly Away (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Mississippi (TV Show)

Actor

My Past Is My Own (TV Show)

Actor

New Year (TV Show)

Actor

No Place Like Home (TV Show)

Actor

Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Show)

Actor

Redemption (Movie)

Winnie Mandela (Actor)

Resting Place (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor

Run Till You Fall (TV Show)

Actor

The Ernest Green Story (TV Show)

Actor

Things Behind The Sun (TV Show)

Actor

Third Degree Burn (TV Show)

Actor

To Serve and Protect (TV Show)

Actor

White Dwarf (TV Show)

Actor

Women in Prison (TV Show)

Actor

Zooman (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though she was a busy performer in a variety of film and television roles for decades, actress CCH Pounder finally found her defining role when she was cast as the morally upright Detective Claudette Wyms on the dark, gritty cop show, "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Prior to that role, Pounder spent her illustrious career playing quiet, yet tough-as-nails women usually in positions of authority, as she did in a recurring capacity on television shows like "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). But it was her seven years playing Wyms, whose determination to take down crooked cop Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) reaches near obsessive proportions that earned Pounder the long-sought recognition and respect she deserved. Though she continued to give sterling performances over the years, particularly as real life politician and activist Winnie Mandela in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story" (FX, 2004), Pounder was forever connected to Wyms, the true role of a lifetime.

Relationships

Betsy Pounder

Mother

Boubacar Kone

Husband
Senegalese founder of The Boribana Museum in Dakar, Senegal for the study of cultures of the African diaspora married in an African ceremony in Dakar, Senegal in 1991

Ronald Pounder

Father
Educated at Cornell University died of cancer in 1984

Shelley Pounder

Sister
Older

EDUCATION

Ithaca College

Ithaca , New York 1975

Milestones

2009

Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" (HBO)

2009

Cast as Mo’at, the queen of the Omaticaya tribe, in James Cameron's 3-D science fiction epic film, "Avatar"

2004

Voiced Amanda Waller on the animated series "Justice League Unlimited" for the Cartoon Network

2004

Cast in opposite Jamie Foxx in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story"; debut at The Sundance Film Festival (also aired on FX)

2002

Cast on the FX drama series "The Shield" as Detective Claudette Wyms; earned an Emmy nomination in 2005 for Outstanding Supporting Actress

2001

Co-starred with Jeffrey Wright and Terrence Howard in the HBO drama "Boycott"

2001

Played the recurring role of defense attorney Carolyn Maddox on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC)

1999

Played a dying matriarch in "Funny Valentines" (aired on Starz!)

1999

Cast as a police detective in "End of Days," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger

1997

Appeared in John Woo's "Face/Off"

1995

Co-starred in "Demon Knight," presented by the HBO series "Tales from the Crypt"

1994

Guest-starred as an FBI agent on an episode of the FOX drama "The X Files"; received an Emmy nomination in 1995

1994

Played the recurring role of Dr. Angela Hicks on NBC's medical drama "ER"; earned an Emmy nomination in 1997 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

1993

Played a psychiatrist, opposite Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson, in "Benny & Joon"

1990

Had a supporting role in Mike Nichols' "Postcards from the Edge"

1987

Cast as a regular on the FOX series "Women in Prison"

1987

First starring role in a feature, "Bagdad Cafe"

1986

Had a recurring role as Judge Roseann Robin NBC's "L.A. Law"

1985

First TV role, the CBS miniseries "The Atlanta Child Murders"

1985

Had small role in John Huston's "Prizzi's Honor"

1981

Moved to Los Angeles

1979

First acted on the stage in "The Mighty Gents" at the New York Shakespeare Festival

1979

Made feature film debut as a nurse in Bob Fosse's "All That Jazz"

1969

Moved to America

Sent to England by parents to be educated

Born in Guyana

Bonus Trivia

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Pounder used to own a jewelry shop called Banji Girls, but now sells her line through requests via her website cchpounder.com.

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