Wendell Pierce

Actor, Disc jockey, Teacher
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/08/1963 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (87)

The Odd Couple 2014 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Moms 2016 (Movie)

Principal Burr (Actor)

Confirmation 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease Live 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Suits 2013 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ray Donovan 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Gift 2015 (Movie)

Detective Mills (Actor)

The Night Shift 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Runner 2015 (Movie)

Frank Legrand (Actor)

Elsa & Fred 2014 (Movie)

Armande (Actor)

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Rev. Hosea Williams (Actor)

The Michael J. Fox Show 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Tremé 2009 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Foreclosure 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Four 2013 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Parker 2013 (Movie)

Carlson (Actor)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part Two 2012 (Movie)

J. Jenks (Actor)

Horrible Bosses 2011 (Movie)

Detective Hagan (Actor)

Tyler Perry's House of Payne 2008, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Ranch 2010 (Movie)

Naasih Mohammed (Actor)

Night Catches Us 2010 (Movie)

Detective David Gordon (Actor)

The Big Uneasy 2010 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Mortician 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

HawthoRNe 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1998 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fear Itself 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'll Fly Away 1991 - 1992, 1998 - 2001, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Plain Sight 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1992, 1995, 1998 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Expert 1999 - 2000, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wire 2001 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wire Odyssey 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wire: The Last Word 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Women's Murder Club 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

Sean (Actor)

Close to Home 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pariah 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stay Alive 2006 (Movie)

Detective Thibodeaux (Actor)

A Hole in One 2005 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Land of Plenty 2005 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Judging Amy 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ray 2004 (Movie)

Wilbur Brassfield (Actor)

The Fighting Temptations 2003 (Movie)

Reverend Lewis (Actor)

Brown Sugar 2002 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

My Wife and Kids 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Gilded Six Bits 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Weber Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

God, the Devil and Bob 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Third Watch 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Abilene 1999 (Movie)

Reverend Tillis (Actor)

Sports Theater With Shaquille O'Neal 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24 Hour Woman 1999 (Movie)

Roy Labelle (Actor)

The Brian Benben Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

413 Hope Street 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

The Gregory Hines Show 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Moloney 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

Wendell (Actor)

Never Give Up: The Jimmmy V Story 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Little Caesar (Actor)

Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

Hector (Actor)

Hackers 1995 (Movie)

Agent Dick Gill (Actor)

The Last Days of Russell 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

Bo Williams (Actor)

Battle in the Erogenous Zone 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhattan Murder Mystery 1993 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Avenue Z Afternoon 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Ben Thomas (Actor)

A Matter of Degrees 1991 (Movie)

Wells (Actor)

A Rage in Harlem 1991 (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Casualties of War 1989 (Movie)

MacIntire (Actor)

Family Business 1989 (Movie)

Prosecutor (Actor)

Vietnam War Story 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

Parmedic (Actor)

Capital News (TV Show)

Actor

Life Support (TV Show)

Actor

Strapped (TV Show)

Actor

The Advocate's Devil (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Defender (TV Show)

Actor

The Morgan LaCrosse Story (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

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.

EDUCATION

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

New Orleans , Louisiana
Graduated as a Presidential Scholar

The Juilliard School

New York , New York 1985

Benjamin Franklin High School

New Orleans , Louisiana

Milestones

2013

Cast opposite Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "Parker"

2012

Starred in indie drama "Four"

2012

Played minor role in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2"

2011

Appeared in the comedy "Horrible Bosses"

2010

Starred as Antoine Batiste, an accomplished trombonist on HBO series "Treme"

2007

Had a recurring role on the CBS series "Numb3rs" as William Bradford

2007

Co-starred with Queen Latifah in the HBO movie "Life Support"

2004

Portrayed manager Wilbur Brassfield in the biopic "Ray"

2003

Appeared in the film "The Fighting Temptations" as Reverend Lewis

2002

Played Detective William 'Bunk' Moreland on HBO's police drama "The Wire"

2000

Had a recurring role as the crooked policeman Conrad 'Candyman' Jones on NBC's "Third Watch"

1999

Cast in the off-Broadway play "Tartuffe"

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"

1997

Cast as Carl Stevenson on the short-lived CBS series "The Gregory Hines Show"

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"

1995

Had supporting role in Forest Whitaker's "Waiting to Exhale"

1993

Acted in a stage production of "Antigone"

1992

Landed small role in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"

1991

Played an undertaker's assistant in the film "A Rage In Harlem"

1990

Made debut as a series regular on the short-lived ABC series "Capital News"

1989

Appeared on the stage in "Cymbeline" at New York's Public Theater

1988

Appeared on two episodes of "The Equalizer" (CBS)

1986

Made film debut in "The Money Pit"

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