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Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder (born December 25,
1952) is an American film and television actress. She is usually
billed as CCH Pounder (or C.C.H. Pounder early in her career). She
has appeared in numerous films, made-for-television films, television
miniseries, and has made guest appearances on notable television
Pounder was born in Georgetown, Guyana to Betsy and Ronald Pounder.
She was educated in England and moved to the U.S. in 1970. Pounder
made her acting debut in the 1979 film All That Jazz.
Pounder starred in the film Bagdad Café (a role played by
Whoopi Goldberg in a short-lived television sitcom). Pounder 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 other popular shows (Miami Vice, L.A. Law, The X-Files,
and Quantum Leap) before landing a long-running recurring role on
ER from 1994 to 1997. 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 a
lead role) and the short-lived sitcom Women in Prison.
Since 2002, she has starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the
FX Networks police drama The Shield. For this role she was nominated
for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2005. She
had previously been nominated for Emmys 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, Gargoyles as Desdemona/Coldfire,
and most recently Justice League Unlimited as Amanda Waller.
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Pounder is married to Senegalese anthropologist Boubacar Kone. The
couple were married in an African ceremony in Dakar, Senegal and
were again remarried at a traditional Los Angeles, California event
six months later. Kone is the founder of The Boribana Museum in
Dakar, Senegal for the study of cultures of the African diaspora.
Pounder used to own a jewelry shop called Banji Girls with her
business partner Conni Marie Brazelton but now she sells jewelry
through requests via her website cchpounder.com.
All That Jazz (1979)
Union City (1980)
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982)
Prizzi's Honor (1985)
Bagdad Café (1987)
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
The Importance of Being Earnest (1992)
Benny & Joon (1993)
RoboCop 3 (1993)
Demon Knight (1995)
Melting Pot (1997)
Blossoms and Veils (1997)
End of Days (1999)
Things Behind the Sun (2001)
Baby of the Family (2002)
Tèt Grenné (2002)
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004) (as Winnie Mandela)
Justice League Unlimited: Amanda Waller (head of Cadmus)
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