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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 8, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Profession: actor, disc jockey, teacher

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A fluid and protean character actor of the first order, Wendell Pierce brought palpable charm and presence to his vast array of film and television roles, which were capped by his five seasons as the cagey Detective Bunk Moreland on "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-07). A powerfully built man who could generate laughs and tension with equal ease, Pierce began his career in theater before moving into features and television in the late 1980s. His versatility earned him roles in films by such significant directors as Spike Lee with "Get on the Bus" (1996), Woody Allen with "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993) and Barry Levinson with "Sleepers" (1997), but it was his turn as a sweet if inept lover in Forest Whitaker's "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) that put him on the map. "The Wire" became one of his greatest showcases, with Bunk becoming an audience favorite by virtue of his old-school police principles and profane quips. The critically acclaimed series led to greater exposure for Pierce, who used some of his newfound fame to bring attention to his hometown of New Orleans after its devastation by Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Pierce finally earned top billing in "Treme" (HBO, 2010- ), a drama series set in New Orleans...

A fluid and protean character actor of the first order, Wendell Pierce brought palpable charm and presence to his vast array of film and television roles, which were capped by his five seasons as the cagey Detective Bunk Moreland on "The Wire" (HBO, 2002-07). A powerfully built man who could generate laughs and tension with equal ease, Pierce began his career in theater before moving into features and television in the late 1980s. His versatility earned him roles in films by such significant directors as Spike Lee with "Get on the Bus" (1996), Woody Allen with "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993) and Barry Levinson with "Sleepers" (1997), but it was his turn as a sweet if inept lover in Forest Whitaker's "Waiting to Exhale" (1995) that put him on the map. "The Wire" became one of his greatest showcases, with Bunk becoming an audience favorite by virtue of his old-school police principles and profane quips. The critically acclaimed series led to greater exposure for Pierce, who used some of his newfound fame to bring attention to his hometown of New Orleans after its devastation by Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Pierce finally earned top billing in "Treme" (HBO, 2010- ), a drama series set in New Orleans that showed a new audience what Pierce's fans had been saying for over two decades: that he was among the best actors in the business, bar none.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Runner, The (2015)
2.
 Elsa and Fred (2014)
3.
 Parker (2013)
4.
 B.B. King and I (2012)
6.
 Horrible Bosses (2011)
7.
 Big Uneasy, The (2010)
8.
 Love Ranch (2010)
9.
 Night Catches Us (2010)
10.
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1986:
Made film debut in "The Money Pit"
1988:
Appeared on two episodes of "The Equalizer" (CBS)
1989:
Appeared on the stage in "Cymbeline" at New York's Public Theater
1990:
Made debut as a series regular on the short-lived ABC series "Capital News"
1991:
Played an undertaker's assistant in the film "A Rage In Harlem"
1992:
Landed small role in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"
1993:
Acted in a stage production of "Antigone"
1995:
Had supporting role in Forest Whitaker's "Waiting to Exhale"
1996:
Re-teamed with director Spike Lee to appear in "Get on the Bus"
1996:
Cast as D.A. Cal Patterson on the CBS series "Moloney"
1997:
Cast as Carl Stevenson on the short-lived CBS series "The Gregory Hines Show"
1998:
Had a small role in Warren Beatty's "Bulworth"
1998:
Played Kevin La Rue on the short-lived CBS series "The Brian Benben Show"
1999:
Cast in the off-Broadway play "Tartuffe"
2000:
Had a recurring role as the crooked policeman Conrad 'Candyman' Jones on NBC's "Third Watch"
2002:
Played Detective William 'Bunk' Moreland on HBO's police drama "The Wire"
2003:
Appeared in the film "The Fighting Temptations" as Reverend Lewis
2004:
Portrayed manager Wilbur Brassfield in the biopic "Ray"
2007:
Co-starred with Queen Latifah in the HBO movie "Life Support"
2007:
Had a recurring role on the CBS series "Numb3rs" as William Bradford
2010:
Starred as Antoine Batiste, an accomplished trombonist on HBO series "Treme"
2011:
Appeared in the comedy "Horrible Bosses"
2012:
Starred in indie drama "Four"
2012:
Played minor role in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ¿ Part 2"
2013:
Cast opposite Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "Parker"
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Education

Benjamin Franklin High School: New Orleans , Louisiana -
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts: New Orleans , Louisiana -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1985

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