Joseph van Vicker (born August 1, 1977), better known as Van Vicker, is a Ghanaian actor. He received two nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Best Upcoming Actor at the African Movie Academy Awards in 2008.
Vicker was born to a Ghanaian Liberian mother and a Dutch father. 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.
Vicker started out in the entertainment world in radio as a presenter at Groove 106.3 fm (1999 - 2000) & Vibe 91.9fm (2001 - 2004) and as a television personality for TV3 (1997 - 1999) & Metro TV (2000 - 2004), van 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.
Soon, 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.
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.
van Vicker is one of the renowned African actor Worldwide. Van has directed, starred and produced 5 films under his sky + Orange Productions since 2008. 2012 has being his brightest year for his production house earning him best actor and director for his smash comedy 'Joni waka'.
Personal life and other projects
Vicker is married with 4 children. He is the CEO of "Sky + Orange Productions", a film production house; Van Vicker Training facility is the latest entrepreneurship of van Vicker where students are trained in the filed in acting by professionals. The Van Vicker Foundation is an outreach program for the youth.
Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Result
2009 Afro-Hollywood Award Best Actor (African film category) Won
2008 African Movie Academy Award Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
2008 African Movie Academy Award Best Upcoming Actor Nominated
2012 Ghana Movie Awards Best Director (Local Film)
2012 Ghana Movie Award Best Actor in a leading role
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Divine Love with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
2006 Beyonce: The President's Daughter with Nadia Buari & Jackie Aygemang
Darkness of Sorrow with Nadia Buari
Mummy'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, Yvonne Nelson
Royal Battle with Majid Michel & Jackie Aygemang
Slave to Lust with Nadia Buari, Ini Edo, Mike Ezuruonye & Olu Jacobs
Wedlock of the Gods
2008 Broken Tears with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Corporate Maid Desmond
Jealous Princess Sam
River of Tears Ben with Genevieve Nnaji & Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Total Love with Jackie Aygemang
2009 Twilight Sisters
Royal War Uzodimma with Ini Edo
2011 Paparazzi Eye In The Dark Rich
2013 One Night In Vegas Tony with Jimmy Jean-Louis, Michael Blackson, Sarodj Bertin