Courtney B. Vance On Playing Rev. C.L. Franklin & Johnnie Cochran : Fresh Air Courtney B. Vance got his start in the theater, with a breakout role in the August Wilson play 'Fences' on Broadway. We talk about his origin story and his recent roles as Aretha Franklin's father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, in 'Genius: Aretha,' and as the show-stopping attorney Johnnie Cochran, in 'The People v. O.J. Simpson.' Vance attributes much of his career success to the dean of the Yale Drama School when he was there, Lloyd Richards, who lifted up Black performers.
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Courtney B. Vance On Playing Rev. C.L. Franklin & Johnnie Cochran

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Courtney B. Vance On Playing Rev. C.L. Franklin & Johnnie Cochran

Courtney B. Vance On Playing Rev. C.L. Franklin & Johnnie Cochran

Courtney B. Vance On Playing Rev. C.L. Franklin & Johnnie Cochran

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Courtney B. Vance got his start in the theater, with a breakout role in the August Wilson play 'Fences' on Broadway. We talk about his origin story and his recent roles as Aretha Franklin's father, Rev. C.L. Franklin, in 'Genius: Aretha,' and as the show-stopping attorney Johnnie Cochran, in 'The People v. O.J. Simpson.' Vance attributes much of his career success to the dean of the Yale Drama School when he was there, Lloyd Richards, who lifted up Black performers.