Joseph van Vicker was born In August 1, 1977, he popularly known as Van Vicker, a Ghanaian actor. He received two nominations for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” and “Best Upcoming Actor” at the Africa 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.
Vicker started out in the entertainment world in radio as a presenter at Groove 106.3 fm (1999–2000) and Vibe 91.9fm (2001–2004) and as a television personality for TV3 Ghana (1997–1999) & Metro TV (2000–2004), 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.
Earlier, 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 Appiah 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 Appiah and Nadia Buari. He is often compared to fellow Ghanaian actor Majid Michel and Nigerian Ramsey Nouah.
Vicker has appeared in numerous Nollywood films alongside prominent Nollywood actors, including Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Johnson, Stephanie Okereke, Chika Ike and Jim Iyke. His Nollywood movies include; My Soul Mate, Heart of Fire, Popular King, Gambling with Marriage, Harvest of Love, Stolen Will, The Joy of a Prince, Discovered, The Kingdom and Against the law.
Vicker has directed, starred in, and produced five films under his Sky + Orange Productions since 2008. 2012 was the biggest year for his production house, earning him the NAFCA Best Actor and Director Awards for his comedy movie, Joni Waka.
Vicker has been nominated for and won numerous awards from Africa to the Caribbean. Awards include Ghana Movie Awards, ACRAG awards and the Nollywood Academy Films Critics’ Awards. In 2009, he won the Best African Caribbean Actor and Best Actor African American and in 2011, he won the Pan African creative actor. In 2013, he won the Best International Actor award at the Papyrus Magazine Screen Actors Awards (PAMSAA) 2013, which was held in Abuja, Nigeria.
Joseph Van Vicker is married to LaRika Van Vicker and they currently have five children, one daughter and son from their marriage and two daughters, and a son from Van Vicker’s previous marriage. He is the CEO of Sky + Orange Productions, a film production house.
Van Vicker Training facility is the latest entrepreneurship venture of Vicker, where students are trained in the field in acting by professionals. The Van Vicker Foundation is an outreach program for the youth.
According to Wealthy Genius, the Ghanaian actor has an estimated net worth of $4.5 million, making him one of the richest and most influential Ghanaian actors. He has earned this money from his various ventures such as acting, directing and film production.
Other Facts You Need to Know about Joseph Van Vicker
Many people actually do not know that Vicker’s Liberian, Ghanaian and Dutch descent. It is a normal assumption that most people starring in Nollywood Movies are Nigerians. Nevertheless, he has played more active roles in Nigerian movies than in Ghana movies, that is why he is presumed to be a Nigerian. He has been approached by many Nigerian producers who have contributed to his active life in Nigeria.
2. He would like to star in Hollywood
Van Vicker considers Hollywood to be the height of his career. Like every other actor, he has the same dream and believes it will come to pass as soon as time demands. His heightened appearance in Nollywood is a good reason to prove that he is moving quite quickly into the Hollywood industry.
3. Van Vicker has Directed and Produced a Movie
Friday Night’ is the first movie that has been directed and produced by the actor. The movie has Nana Ama McBrown co-starring in it. The movie talks about four married men who engage in funny activities whenever they go out on Friday nights. Apart from this production, he has a vision of producing about 7 to 8 more movies this year.
4. He has an Official Website
Many people do not actually know about Van Vicker’s website but he has an official website. The web address is vanvickerworld.com. The website contains all the information concerning his acting career as well as previews of upcoming movies. It also contains his travel plans and you can find out when he will be visiting your city. He also has an official facebook page with close to half a million followers
5. He has a Production House and a Marketing Company
Sky + Orange is the name of the company producing his movies. The marketing company is based in the United States and is referred to as Black Star Entertainment. These companies are open for other African distributors if they want their movies produced and distributed too. So far he has produced five films under sky + Orange Productions, since 2008 and earned two awards – NAFCA Best Actor and Director Awards for his comedy Joni Waka, in 2012, to mark the companies success.
6. He runs an Acting Foundation
His foundation is referred to as Van Vicker Foundation. It aims at reaching out to the upcoming actors and enriching them with skills that would make them future stars.
7. He owes his Success to Ghallywood
Ghana has played a big role in shaping his acting career since he was young. The fact that he does not work with Ghana producers does not mean that he is in bad terms with them.
8. His Family lives in Ghana.
He acts in Nigeria but his family lives in Ghana due to the busy schedule his wife runs in Ghana. The reason behind this decision is the fact that he might not work in Nigeria forever and Ghana will still remain his home. Two of his children have also enrolled in schools in Ghana.
9. Joseph Van Vicker has Never dated Nadia
Many people actually think that the actor has once dated Nadia due to the constant and close acting relationship, this is a speculation that arises from their regular acting in romantic characters.