Wendell Pierce

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WENDELL PIERCE is recognized by film audiences for his extensive work for directors including Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet and Taylor Hackford. Hailed for his portrayal of Det. Bunk Moreland on five critically acclaimed seasons of The Wire. His present series Treme reunites him with the same creative team: HBO, David Simon, and Eric Overmyer. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, it chronicles the rebuilding of the city through the eyes of local musicians.

Wendell is a native of New Orleans and has worked to rebuild the the neighborhood in which he was raised. He formed Ponchartrain Park Comunity Development Corp, a non-profit corporation to rebuild 500 affordable and environmentally friendly homes which will preserve the community character and help longtime residents come back to their neighborhood. It was featured on CNN in the documentary film “New Orleans Rising” with Soledad OʼBrien.

Wendell most recently starred in Sony’s hit summer comedy Horrible Bosses and will be featured in Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn for November release. Wendell is currently filming Parker directed by Taylor Hackford. Upcoming for 2012 release is the independent film Bolden co-starring Anthony Mackie. Wendell starred in Life Support for HBO opposite Queen Latifah, which garnered him an NAACP Image Award. He appeared as himself in Spike Leeʼs documentary When The Levees Broke telling his familyʼs story of loss.

Wendell starred in Stay Alive for Disney, the award winning Ray (based on the life of Ray Charles) and Love Ranch for director Taylor Hackford, Wim Wendersʼ Angst & Alienation In America, and Hole In One which had its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. These films contribute to Wendell’s large body of work which includes Fighting Temptations, 24 Hour Woman, Brown Sugar, Volcano, Abilene, Bullworth, and Spike Lee’s Get On The Bus. His filmography also includes Sleepers, Waiting to Exhale, Hackers, Bye Bye Love, It Could Happen To You, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Malcolm X, Husbands and Wives, A Rage in Harlem, Bonfire of the Vanities, Casualties of War, Family Business, Ishtar, Patty Hearst and The Money Pit.

In addition to The Wire, Pierce has had regular roles on The Weber Show for NBC, CBS’s Gregory Hines Show, Maloney, and The Brian Benben Show and has had recurring roles on shows including Numb3rs, Law and Order, Third Watch, New York Undercover, and I’ll Fly Away. Pierce’s credits also include the mini-series Advocate’s Devil, the CBS telefilm Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story, the HBO projects Strapped and Vietnam War Story and the BBC miniseries With Two Lumps Of Ice.

Heralded for his work in the world premiere of Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center, Pierce includes among his Broadway stage credits roles in The Piano Lesson, Serious Money and The Boys of Winter. He has appeared in such off-Broadway productions as The Good Times are Killing Me, Psychneurotic Phantasies for Playwrights Horizons, and Tis a Pity She’s A Whore, Cymbeline and Two Gentleman of Verona for the New York Shakespeare Festival. He received rave reviews for ”The Cherry Orchard” at the Classical Theatre of Harlem (nominated for a VIV award in the lead actor category). He followed up with Waiting For Godot set on a rooftop surrounded by water in a post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

In 2006 he co-starred with Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett in August Wilsonʼs Fences at the Pasadena Playhouse. Earlier he performed the Oedipus Plays in the ancient Herod Atticus Theatre at the Acropolis in Athens, Greece in association with the Washington DC Shakespeare Theatre. In the fall 0f 2009 he starred in Broke-ology at Lincoln Center Theater Wendell is a three-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Best Actor in a television drama for his work on The Wire and won the 2008 Image Award for best actor in a television movie for HBOʼs Life Support as well as the Womenʼs Image Network “WIN” Award. In 2010 he received an Obie Award. Wendell has won five Los Angeles Emmy Awards for his narration of Golden Days, Purple Kinights: 50 Years of the Los Angeles Lakers.