Played by Wendell Pierce
Wendell is recognized by film audiences for his work with directors including Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet, Wim Wenders and Taylor Hackford, and is universally hailed for his portrayal of Det. Bunk Moreland on five critically-acclaimed seasons of HBO’s The Wire.
Wendell Pierce starred as Coach Calhoun in Fox’s hit musical special event Grease Live!, and with Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon on the hit CBS comedy The Odd Couple, while concurrently appearing opposite Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight on Showtime’s Ray Donovan.
Wendell is recognized by film audiences for his work with directors including Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet, Wim Wenders and Taylor Hackford, and is universally hailed for his portrayal of Det. Bunk Moreland on five critically-acclaimed seasons of HBO’s The Wire. He starred as Antoine Baptiste on the HBO series Treme, reuniting him with The Wire’s core creative team and HBO.
Previously, Pierce starred in the television series’ The Weber Show opposite Steven Weber, CBS's Gregory Hines Show, Maloney, and The Brian Benben Show, and has had recurring roles on shows including Numb3rs, Suits, 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 Life Support and the BBC miniseries With Two Lumps of Ice. He appeared as himself in Spike Leeʼs documentary When the Levees Broke, telling his familyʼs story of loss during Hurricane Katrina.
Wendell co-starred in Paramount’s multi-award winning feature Selma for director Ava Duvernay; co-starred in Sony's hit comedy Horrible Bosses; in Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part Two; in Parker with Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham; opposite Bruce Willis in Stephen Frears’ Lay the Favorite; in Mobius opposite Jean DuJardin; and co-starred with Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine in Elsa & Fred.
He was nominated in 2013 for Best Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards for the intense drama Four, having already won the Acting Award at the L.A. Film Festival 2012. Wendell starred in the award-winning Ray; Love Ranch for director Taylor Hackford; Wim Wendersʼ Angst & Alienation in America; and Hole in One opposite Michelle Williams.
Other films in Wendell's extensive body of work include Fighting Temptations, 24 Hour Woman, Brown Sugar, Volcano, Bulworth, Spike Lee's Get On The Bus, Sleepers, Waiting to Exhale, 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.
A 2010 Obie Award winner, Wendell starred in the world premiere of Queenie Pie at the Kennedy Center and includes among his Broadway stage credits The Piano Lesson, Serious Money and The Boys of Winter. He has appeared in off-Broadway productions including The Good Times are Killing Me and Tis a Pity She's A Whore; Cymbeline and Two Gentlemen of Verona for the New York Shakespeare Festival; and received rave reviews for The Cherry Orchard at the Classical Theatre of Harlem (and was 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- 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, D.C. Shakespeare Theatre. In the fall 0f 2009, he starred in the New York premiere of the award-winning play Broke-ology at Lincoln Center.
Wendell is a four-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Best Actor in a television drama for his work on The Wire and Treme, and won the 2008 Image Award for best actor in a television movie for HBOʼs Life Support (opposite Queen Latifah) as well as the Womenʼs Image Network WIN Award. Wendell has won five Emmy Awards for his narration of Golden Days, Purple Knights: 50 Years of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Wendell is a native of New Orleans and strives to rebuild the neighborhood in which he was raised. Pontchartrain Park Development Corp, a nonprofit corporation he created to build 500 affordable and environmentally friendly homes, is committed to honoring the community’s character and help longtime residents come back to their neighborhood. His work was featured on CNN in the documentary film New Orleans Rising with Soledad OʼBrien. He has also been a featured guest on CBS Morning News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and Money Matters, as well as a host of other national outlets. His memoir The Wind in the Reeds was published to rave reviews in 2015, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.