Actor Courtney B. Vance opens up about his family’s battle with mental health and suicide

For the past 30 years, Courtney B. Vance has graced our screens by playing some of the most iconic roles across film and television.

Now the Emmy-winning actor is opening up and revealing the personal pain he’s carried with him over the years.

When Vance was 30-years-old, his father took his life after suffering from depression, Vance said.

PHOTO: Courtney B. Vance speaks onstage at the 26th annual Screen Actors’ Guild awards at the Shrine Auditorium, Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images, FILE)

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“I was rocked,” Vance told “Good Morning America.” “My mother called in hysterics.”

Shortly after the funeral, his mother suggested that Vance and his sister seek professional therapy, which ultimately contributed to changing the course of Vance’s life.

“It saved our lives and saved each of our lives,”

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