Wendell Pierce

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Actor

Birth Date: December 8, 1963

Age: 60 years old

Birth Place: New Orleans, Louisiana

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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News aboutWendell Pierce

Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni and Wendell Pierce as Captain Wagner in 'Elsbeth' Season 1 Episode 9
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‘Elsbeth’ Star Wendell Pierce Says Wagner’s Major Decision Is Emotional & Strategic

Laura Benanti as Nadine Clay, Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni in the 'Elsbeth' Season 1 Finale
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Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni — 'Elsbeth' series premiere

‘Elsbeth’ Renewed for Season 2 at CBS

Gloria Reuben as Claudia Pace Wagner and Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni — 'Elsbeth' Episode 4
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Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni — 'Elsbeth' Episode 4
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Roush Review: ‘Elsbeth’ and the Art of the Light Mystery

Carrie Preston as Elsbeth and Wendell Pierce as Wagner in 'Elsbeth'
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‘Elsbeth’ Team on Mystery About Wagner & Elsbeth’s Tough Search for the Truth

Wendell Pierce as Robert Zane, Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane in 'Suits' Season 7

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‘Elsbeth’ Adds Gloria Reuben as Wendell Pierce’s Wife

Wendell Pierce and Erika Woods - Power Book III Raising Kanan

‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Season 3 Premiere Revealed With First Look at Wendell Pierce & New Cast

John Krasinski in 'Jack Ryan'
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Wendell Pierce on ‘Jack Ryan’ Season 4 Thrill Ride & ‘Good Wife’ Spinoff ‘Elsbeth’

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Wendell Pierce Shares His Defining ‘The Wire’ Memory With Michael K. Williams

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SUITS -- Episode 801 -- Pictured: (l-r) -- (Photo by: Ian Watson/USA Network)
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