CCH Pounder filmography and biography
Date of birth: 25 December 1952, Guyana
CCH Pounder biography
CCH Pounder (the CCH standing for Carol Christine Hilaria, her birth
name). As can be said of other similarly styled actresses such as
Alfre Woodard and Cicely Tyson, most of Pounder's
characters are enriched with these same positive attributes and it is a
testament to this actress' abilities that she continues on such a high
plane in a nearly three-decade career.
Born on Christmas Day 1952 in Guyana, she was raised on a sugar cane plantation. Her parents moved to the States while she was still a young girl, but she and her sister were sent to a convent boarding school in Britain where they were introduced to art and the classics. Following high school graduation, she arrived in New York and studied at Ithaca College, where her acting talents were discovered. Regional and classical repertory theater followed, earning roles in such productions as "The Mighty Gents" with Morgan Freeman (I) at the New York Shakespeare Festival and "Open Admissions," her Broadway debut. Her preference for a warmer climate led to her move to Hollywood in the late 1970s.
After bit roles in All That Jazz and Im Dancing as Fast as I Can, she found cult status in the art-house film Out of Rosenheim ("Bagdad CafÃ©" in the US) as the offbeat owner of a roadside cafÃ©, but Pounder's prominence came with television. Usually cast as a confident, strong-minded professional, she is known for her understated intensity and earned an Emmy nomination for her stint on the hospital drama ER. She has performed in a number of highly acclaimed topical dramas, including Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985) (TV), Common Ground (1990) (TV), Murder in Mississippi (1990) (TV), Funny Valentines (1999) (TV) and Boycott (2001) (TV), for which a number of kudos have come her way.
CCH Pounder trivia
- Carol, Christine, and Hilaria (CCH) are all names of female relatives.
- She appeared in the TV series ER, which is set in Chicago's Cook County Hospital - a name that's always shortened to CCH.
- Jamie Foxx thanked her in his Oscar acceptance speech when he won Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ray (2004/I).
- Was almost cast in the role of "C.J. Cregg" on The West Wing, until the part was finally given to Allison Janney.
- David Johnson (III) wrote the part of Sister Abigail in Orphan with her in mind.
- Lives in Los Angeles, California.
CCH Pounder quotes
- Applause is the most powerful thing... people talk about the sound of it, but what I hear is glee.
- With acting, I started very young, and I'd performed for a lot of children in boarding schools, late at night after the dormitory lights were out. I'd have a flashlight, and I'd be Count Dracula, or Shakespeare, or Yogi Bear, and leap from bunk to bunk. I loved the laughter; I liked the way it made people feel.