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CCH Pounder

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' at the New York Shakespeare Festival and OpenAdmissions, 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 (1979) and I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982), she found cult status in the art-house film Out of Rosenheim (1987) (Bagdad Cafe in the US) as the offbeat owner of a roadside cafe, 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 (1994). She has performed in a number of highly acclaimed topical dramas, including Go Tell It on the Mountain (1985), Common Ground (1990), Murder in Mississippi(1990), Funny Valentines (1999) and Boycott (2001) (TV), for which a number of kudos have come her way.

Known For


Cast Credits

3 Body Problem (2024)
Guest starring as Secretary General Lilian Joseph (2 episodes)
Black Cake (2023)
Guest starring as Etta Pringle
  • Episode 1x08: Nine Night (Dec 6, 2023) [Special Guest Star]
Full Circle (2023)
Starring as Savitri Mahabir (6 episodes)
The Good Fight (2017)
Guest starring as Vinetta Clark (2 episodes)
NCIS: New Orleans (2014)
Starring as Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Loretta Wade (155 episodes)
Beware the Batman (2013)
Guest starring as Mayor Marion Grange (2 episodes)
  • Episode 1x18: Games (Sep 14, 2014) [Co-Star]
  • Episode 1x16: Nexus (Aug 24, 2014) [Co-Star]
Perception (2012)
Guest starring as FBI Psychiatrist
Revenge (2011)
Guest starring as Warden Sharon Stiles (2 episodes)
Brothers (2009)
Starring as Mrs. Trainor
Archer (2009)
Guest starring as Claudette Kane
Warehouse 13 (2009)
Guest starring as Mrs. Irene Frederic (32 episodes)
Sons of Anarchy (2008)
Guest starring as Tyne Patterson (14 episodes)
  • Episode 7x13: Papa's Goods (Dec 9, 2014) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 7x01: Black Widower (Sep 9, 2014) [Special Guest Star]
  • Episode 6x13: A Mother's Work (Dec 10, 2013) [Special Guest Star]
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Numb3rs (2005)
Guest starring as Lt. Lee Havercamp
  • Episode 1x03: Vector (Feb 4, 2005)
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Jefferson Parish Coroner Doctor Loretta Wade (2 episodes)
The Shield (2002)
Starring as Detective Claudette Wyms (89 episodes)
The West Wing (1999)
Guest starring as Deborah O'Leary
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Attorney Carolyn Maddox (5 episodes)
  • Episode 12x09: Gray (Nov 17, 2010)
  • Episode 10x03: Swing (Oct 14, 2008)
  • Episode 7x05: Strain (Oct 18, 2005)
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The Practice (1997)
Guest starring as Helene Washington (2 episodes)
Millennium (1996)
Guest starring as Cheryl Andrews (5 episodes)
The Outer Limits (1995)
Guest starring as The Stranger
ER (1994)
Guest starring as Dr. Angela Hicks (6 episodes)
Birdland (1994)
Starring as Nurse Lucy (7 episodes)
The X-Files (1993)
Guest starring as Agent Lucy Kazdin
Cop Rock (1990)
Guest starring as Willa Phelan (4 episodes)
Lifestories (1990)
Guest starring as Roxanne Tevis
Quantum Leap (1989)
Guest starring as Mama Harper
L.A. Law (1986)
Guest starring as Judge Roseann Robin (4 episodes)
The Hogan Family (1986)
Guest starring as Mrs. Davis
227 (1985)
Guest starring as Lucinda Merkle
Miami Vice (1984)
Guest starring as Yvonne
Cagney & Lacey (1982)
Guest starring as Timmons
Anansi Boys ()
Starring as Mrs. Higgler
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