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    • CCH Pounder was one of the passengers on the bus in the 1994 movie "Speed" with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

    • In 1997 CCH and her husband founded The Musee Borindar in Senegal, just outside of Dakar.

    • CCH is one of the founders of ANSA (Artists for a New South Africa).

    • CCH enjoys painting, gardening and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry, which she sells on her website.

    • CCH attended Hastings College of Arts in Sussex and later Ithaca College in upstate New York.

    • In 2004 & 2005 CCH won a Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Drama for The Shield.

    • CCH has released a CD called smoke; it is a blend of pop, soul and spoken word.

    • CCH and her husband operate Pounder-Koné Artspace in Los Angeles, CA. It is an art salon for visual artists, writers, and musicians.

    • In 1998 CCH was in Theatre League of Southern California's production of The Old Settler.

    • In 2007 CCH was nominated for a NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communication) Vision award for Best Actress – Drama for The Shield.

    • CCH has one sister, Shelley Pounder. Her parents are Ronald and Betsy Pounder.

    • In 2002 CCH was nominated for a Black Reel Award Network/Cable - Best Supporting Actress for Boycott. In 2005 she won for Best Supporting Actress, Network/Cable Television for Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story.

    • The role of Detective Wyms, on The Shield was originally written to be male, series creator Shawn Ryan changed the character after a call from CCH Pounder's agent. One thing they didn't change was the dialog, at her request, to keep the character holding her own against her male counterparts.

    • CCH was considered for the role of C.J. Cregg on The West Wing, however the part was given to Allison Janey.

    • CCH was named after 3 female relatives; Carol, Christine, and Hilaria.

    • CCH has been nominated for the following Image Awards:
      Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for The Shield in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008.
      Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for ER in 1996 and 1998.
      Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2002.
      Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series for Zooman in 1996.

    • CCH married Boubacar Kone, a Senegalese-born anthropologist, in 1991.

    • CCH is 5' 6 1/2" (1.69m tall).

    • CCH starred in a pilot for the proposed sci-fi series "White Dwarf" with Paul Winfield in 1995, but the show was never picked up.

    • CCH played Dr. Shauna Kendall in the 1997 version of House of Frankenstein, produced as a television mini-series. She had not yet been born when the original House of Frankenstein film was released in 1944.

    • CCH provides the voice of Chief on the video game "True Crimes: Streets of L.A" and to Vree on the video game "Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game".

    • CCH has received three Emmy Award nominations over her career: in 1995 she was nominated in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Agent Lucy Kazdin in an episode of The X-Files, in 1997 she was nominated in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Dr. Angela Hicks on ER, and in 2005 she was nominated in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Detective Claudette Wyms on The Shield.

  • Quotes

    • CCH Pounder: (answering what would you be doing if acting hadn't panned out?) A gardener. ... I grew up in England, and gardening was sort of part of my growing up. ... It's very peaceful, and I think it's as entertaining as acting in terms of a final product. If you came and saw my yard, you would know what I mean.

    • CCH Pounder: When it's this massive disease, and it's affecting things in five thousand different ways, it requires great strength and power--and there is power in numbers. So we need to involve as many people as we can, like we do with ANSA. I call it my little engine that could. It is a remarkable, tiny organization with a huge outreach. We use actors and artists with the biggest voices so they can use every opportunity to talk about AIDS.

    • CCH Pounder: Characters are like putting on a coat. You put the coat on while you work, you take the coat off after it's over.

    • CCH Pounder: 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.

    • CCH Pounder: Applause is the most powerful thing... people talk about the sound of it, but what I hear is glee.

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