Promotional picture of Pounder
|Date of Birth||December 25, 1952|
Pounder was born in Guyana and raised on a sugar cane plantation. When she was a young girl, her parents moved to the United States, and later sent to a boarding school in Great Britain. After graduating, she went to study at the Ithaca College in New York where she discovered acting. She worked in several theater plays, including The Mighty Gents with Morgan Freeman, and her debut in Broadway in Open Admissions.
She has recently garnered critical acclaim for her performances in "ER" and "The Shield", both of which got her several Emmy nominations.
Pounder married Senegalese anthropologist Boubacar Kone on 1991. They married in an African ceremony in Senegal, and then remarried in Los Angeles.
Role on The Shield Edit
The character of Claudette Wyms was originally supposed to be a man, but Pounder's agent called creator Shawn Ryan and convinced him to change the detective to a woman. However, Pounder still requested that none of the original dialogue was changed so her character would be able to "hold her own" alongside other male detectives.
Selected filmography Edit
- Orphan (2009)
- End of Days (1999)
- Face/Off (1997)
- Robocop 3 (1993)
- Sliver (1993)
- Postcards from the Edge (1990)
- Prizzi's Honor (1985)
- All That Jazz (1979)
Television appearances Edit
- "The Shield" (2002-2008)
- "Justice League" (2004-2006)
- "ER" (1994-1997)
- "L.A. Law" (1986-1992)
- Pounder provided DVD audio commentary for the following episodes:
- Season 1: "The Spread" (with Clark Johnson, Shawn Ryan and Glen Mazzara)
- Season 1: "Cupid & Psycho" (with Glen Mazzara, Michael Chiklis, Walton Goggins and Jay Karnes)
- Season 3: "Cracking Ice" (with Charles H. Eglee, Guy Ferland, Matt Gerald and Gareth Williams)
- Season 3: "Fire in the Hole" (with Catherine Dent, Nicki Micheaux and Cathy Cahlin Ryan)
- Season 3: "All In" (with Michael Chiklis, Kenneth Johnson, Jay Karnes and Scott Rosenbaum)
- Season 4: "The Cure" (with Benito Martinez, Glen Mazzara and Shawn Ryan)
- Season 4: "Ain't That a Shame" (with Glenn Close, Catherine Dent, Stephen Kay and Shawn Ryan)
- Season 5: "Trophy" (with Catherine Dent, Laura Harring and Benito Martinez)
- Season 5: "Of Mice and Lem" (with Anthony Anderson, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Michael Jace, Kenneth Johnson and Benito Martinez)