Joseph Van Vicker is one of the most recognized faces to come out of the African movie industry. Van Vicker was born August 1, 1977, and he is proud of his unique heritage; he is of Dutch, Liberian, and Ghanaian descent.
His father died when he was six years old. He has often cited in interviews that he considers himself a global citizen as he was raised all over the world by his mother. Due to the early death of his father Vicker has stated that he is very close to his mother and considers her his hero.
Vicker attended Mfantsipim School, along with fellow actor Majid Michel. Mfantsipim School is the alma mater of Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan.
Van Vicker became a household name in African movies quite by accident. He started out in the entertainment world in radio and as a television personality.
Van Vickerâ€™s Career
Vicker started out in the entertainment world in radio and as a television personality for Metropolitan Television (Metro TV). In 2003, Vicker appeared in the Ghanaian television series, Suncity, which depicted university life. He played the character of LeRoy King, Jr., a fine arts student born in the U.S. who arrives at Suncity to complete his education. The series ran for a total of 10 episodes.
Vicker was cast in his first film Divine Love as a supporting character. This film coincidentally was also the debut roles for fellow actors Jackie Aygemang and Majid Michel who were cast in the female and male lead respectively. The producer had insisted that Van be given a supporting role in Divine Love. That chance paid off, exposing Vicker to the movie industry.
Even though Vanâ€™s role in Divine Love was in
a supporting capacity, based on the strength of his performance,
Van has been consistently cast in leading romantic roles
thereafter. A role he has since become well known for playing.
Vicker is usually cast as the male romantic lead, often alongside
actresses Jackie Aygemang and Nadia Buari. He is often compared to
fellow Ghanaian actor Majid Michel and Nigerian Ramsey Nouah.
He has helped make the Ghanaian movie industry also known as Gollywood, a fierce competitor in the world of African movies.
Van Vickerâ€™s Personal Life &
Vicker is married with children. He owns and runs â€œSky & Orangeâ€, an advertising agency and event management company; â€œBabetownâ€, a unisex barber shop; and the Van Vicker Foundation, an outreach program for up coming young artists.
Van Vicker enjoys shooting pool, Soccer, Tennis, and Basketball. He was the first runner up in a Basketball Slam Dunk competition in 1997. He played College Basketball and Pro Basketball for the Shepherds. Family is very important to van.
The photo below shows Van Vicker family, which includes Van Vicker wife Ajoa, Van Vicker children (one boy and two girls). What a lovely family â™¥
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Van Vicker and Family
Van Vicker Awards
- Best Male Actor 2006 â€“ GMA (competitive) Ghana Ghana at 50
- Recognition in acting certificate 2007 (honoree) Best Male Actor, WA, 2007
- 5th Annual Movie Awards, NY (honoree) Best Male Actor, WA, 2007
- Screen Nation Film and TV Awards, UK (competitive),
- Best Male Actor 2007, Ohio (honoree)
- Best Male Actor 2007 1st DJ Awards, Bronx, NY (honoree).
- Best Actor for Feature Film by the Ghana Actors Guild in 2007.
- 2008: African Movie Academy Award, Best Actor in a Leading Role â€“ nomination
- 2008: African Movie Academy Award, Best Upcoming Actor â€“ nomination
Van Vicker Filmography
|2004||Divine Love||with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang|
|2006||Beyonce: The Presidentâ€™s Daughter||with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang|
|Darkness of Sorrow||with Nadia Buari|
|Mummyâ€™s Daughter||with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang|
|The Return of Beyonce||with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang|
|2007||American Boy||with Nadia Buari|
|I Hate Women||Rocky||with Jackie Aygemang|
|In the Eyes of My Husband||Leo||with Nadia Buari|
|Princess Tyra||with Jackie Aygemang|
|Royal Battle||with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang|
|Slave to Lust||with Nadia Buari, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Olu Jacobs|
|Wedlock of the Gods|
|2008||Agony of the Christ||with Nadia Buari â€“ this film received 7
nominations at the African Movie Academy
Awards in 2009, including
the nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Make-Up,Best Visual Effect, Best Costume & Best Soundtrack
|Broken Tears||with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal|
|River of Tears||Ben||with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal|
|Total Love||with Jackie Aygemang|
|Royal War||Uzodimma||with Ini Edo|
Van has recently added producer, writer, and director to his resume. His first movie he wrote, directed, produced, and acted in is called â€˜Friday Nightâ€™ and van promises that this is the first of many movies to come from his production company Sky & Orange.
When is Van Vicker birthday?
- August 1st is Van Vickerâ€™s birthday:Â August 1st of every year.