CCH (Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder was born in British Guyana and grew up on a sugar plantation. When she was still a little girl her family migrated to America but her and her sister were sent to boarding school in England. After graduation she joined her family in New York, attended Ithaca College and discovered acting. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Ithaca College, in 2010.
She started acting professionally in the New York Theater, appearing opposite Morgan Freeman in “The Mighty Gents” at the New York Shakespeare Festival and making her Broadway debut in “Open Admissions”. In 1979 she landed her first feature film role in “All That Jazz” with Robert Fosse.
Since then Ms. Pounder has built an impressive career with over 100 film and TV credits to her name. She is known for portraying strong, authoritative, impressive characters.
She is most well known for her role in the film “Baghdad Café” in 1987, a recurring role on “ER” from 1994 to 1997 and her starring turn as Detective Claudette Wyms on “The Shield” from 2002 to 2008. CCH is also known for her distinctive voice, which she lent to several video games and animated films; her unique voice is often recognized as the matriarch in the blockbuster film “Avatar”.
Pounder has been nominated four times for an Emmy and for an NAACP Image Award. She has most recently starred in the TV drama, “NCIS New Orleans” since 2014 and the animated series “Archer” starting in 2015.
CCH Pounder is one of the founders of Artists for a New South Africa, or ANSA, an organization that is reenergizing awareness of post-apartheid and HIV/AIDS issues.
Source: Institute of Caribbean Studies newsletter
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