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 Liberian Ghanaian 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 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.
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. 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 Van’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 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.
Personal life and other projects
Vicker is married with children. He owns and runs “Sky & Orange”, an advertising agency and event management company; “Babetown”, a unisex barber shop; and the Van Vicker Foundation, an outreach program for upcoming young artists.
Awards and nominations
Best Actor (African film category), Afro-Hollywood Award 2009
2008: African Movie Academy Award, Best Actor in a Leading Role – nomination
2008: African Movie Academy Award, Best Upcoming Actor – nomination
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
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