Wendell Pierce

Biography

Wendell Pierce (born December 8, 1962) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO drama The Wire. Pierce was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Benjamin Franklin High School. He starred in all five seasons of the HBO drama The Wire as Detective Bunk Moreland. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Support Actor in a Drama Series for the role in 2007. He also played a crooked policeman on Third Watch named Conrad "Candyman" Jones. An interview with him is part of Spike Lee's 2006 HBO documentary When the Levees Broke, regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He also appeared in Spike Lee's 1996 movie, Get on the Bus, and Forrest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale a year earlier. Pierce also appeared with Forrest Whitaker as an undertaker's assistant in the 1991 film, "A Rage In Harlem" and had a small role in the 1998 film Bulworth. Pierce is also in the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations as Reverend Lewis, and 2006 horror movie Stay Alive. He played Slick in the 2007 film Life Support; Slick is the HIV positive husband of the main character Ana (played by Queen Latifah). The film was co-written by Jim McKay, who has directed for The Wire, and was distributed by HBO. Pierce also had a role in the 1996 film Sleepers, playing Rizzo's older brother Little Caesar. In addition Pierce played Secret Service Agent Richard Gill in the 1995 film Hackers and co-starred with Arye Gross in the film A Matter of Degrees released in 1990; Filmography Actor (partial list!): 2012 B.B. King and I (in production) .....B.B. King 2012 Bolden! (in production) ..........Bartley 2013 Parker (post-production) 2013 Möbius (post-production) ....Bob 2012 Foreclosure (completed) 2012 Four ....Joe 2011 Horrible Bosses ..........Detective Hagan 2011/I The Mortician ...........Clinger 2010 Love Ranch ........Naasih Mohammed 2010 Night Catches Us ....David Gordon 2009 Drop Dead Diva (TV series) – Grayson's Anatomy (2009) … Neal David 2008 Women's Murder Club (TV series) – Father's Day (2008) … Bill Schroeder 2002-2008 The Wire (TV series) ....Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland / Det. Bunk Moreland - 60 episodes 2007 The Wire: The Chronicles (TV series) – 2000: Bunk and McNulty (2007) … Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland 2007 I Think I Love My Wife .....Sean 2006 Stay Alive ......Detective Thibodeaux 2005-2006 Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV series) ......Dr. Richard Link 1992-2004 Law & Order (TV series) ......Chief Ola-Gimju Nwaka / Jerome Bryant / Mr. Wade / … 2004/I Ray .........Wilbur Brassfield 2004 Land of Plenty .........Henry 2004 A Hole in One ........Dan 2004 Judging Amy (TV series) – Sins of the Father (2004) … Harry Benton 2003 The Fighting Temptations .......Reverend Lewis 2002 Brown Sugar ..........Simon 2000-2001 Cursed (TV series) ...........Wendell Simms - 17 episodes 2000 City of Angels (TV series) – Straight Flush (2000) … Norbert Grimly 1999 Abilene ..........Reverend Tillis 1998 Bulworth ..................Fred 1997 The Advocate's Devil (TV movie) ..........Justin 1996 Sleepers ..............Little Caesar 1995 Waiting to Exhale ......Michael Davenport 1995 Hackers .........S.S. Agent Richard Gill 1995 Bye Bye Love ..............Hector 1994 It Could Happen to You ............Bo Williams 1993 Manhattan Murder Mystery ........Policeman 1992 Malcolm X ......... Ben Thomas 1991 A Rage in Harlem ........ Louis 1991 The 10 Million Dollar Getaway (TV movie) .......Parnell "Stacks" Edwards 1991 The General Motors Playwrights Theater (TV series) – Avenue Z Afternoon … Sergeant Kelly 1990 Capital News (TV series) ....... Conrad White - 13 episodes 1990 A Matter of Degrees ..................Wells Dennard 1989 Family Business ........Prosecutor 1989 Casualties of War ..........MacIntire 1988-1989 The Equalizer (TV series) – Starfire (1989) … Dr. Wolff – The Last Campaign (1988) … Dr. Wolff 1989 A Man Called Hawk (TV series) – Never My Love (1989) … Derrick West 1987 Vietnam War Story (TV series) – The Pass (1987) … French 1986 The Money Pit ......... Paramedic Other works/ (9/06) Stage: Appeared (as "Jim Bono") in "Fences" by August Wilson, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA. Active on Broadway in the following productions: The Boys of Winter (1985). Written by John Pielmeier. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Biltmore Theatre: 1 Dec 1985- 8 Dec 1985 (9 performances + 31 previews that began on 5 Nov 1985). Cast: Matt Dillon (as "Monsoon") [Broadway debut], Doug Hara (as "Henry"), Thomas Ikeda (as "Ho") [Broadway debut], Andrew McCarthy (as "Flem") [Broadway debut], D.W. Moffett (as "Bonney"), Mariye Onouye (as "Radio Voice"), Wendell Pierce (as "Radio Voice"), Tony Plana (as "Sarge"), Grant Raider (as "Billy"), Ving Rhames (as "Doc"), Wesley Snipes (as "L. B.") [Broadway debut], Brian Tarantina (as "Prick"). Understudies: Alvin Lum (as "Ho"), Rob Morrow (as "Flem/Prick") [Broadway debut], Wendell Pierce (as "Doc/L.B.") [Broadway debut], Nestor Serrano (as "Bonney/Sarge"), Grant Show (as "Monsoon") [Broadway debut]. Produced by Ivan Bloch, Alan Levin and Bernie Sofronski. Produced in association with Elle Shushan. Serious Money (1988). Satire. Written by Caryl Churchill. Choral Director: Allan Corduner [earliest Broadway credit]. Directed by Max Stafford-Clark. Royale Theatre: 9 Feb 1988- 20 Feb 1988 (15 performances + 21 previews that began on 20 Jan 1988). Cast: Valerie Bahakel, Alec Baldwin (as "Grimes"), Allan Corduner (as "Durkfeld/Greville Todd/ Duckett/Soat/Gleason/Christine Dunford") [Broadway debut], Cordelia González, Gregory Jbara (as "LIFFE Member and Trader"), Melinda Mullins, 'Olivia Negrón' (as "LIFFE Member and Trader"), Kate Nelligan (as "Marilou Baines"), John Pankow, Liann Pattison, Wendell Pierce (as "Marrison/T.K., Nigel Aiibala"), Stephen Rowe, Michael Rudko (as "LIFFE Member and Trader") [Broadway debut], Harold Surratt, Michael Wincott (as "Jake Todd/Frosby/Grevett") [Broadway debut]. Produced by Joseph Papp. Produced in association with The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman. Bernard B. Jacobs: President). Associate Producer: Jason Steven Cohen. Radio Golf (2007). Drama.

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Horrible Bosses

Detective Hagan

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It Could Happen to You

Bo Williams

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Land of Plenty

Henry

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Confirmation

Clarence Thomas

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Clemency

Jonathan Williams

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Night Catches Us (Prime)

David Gordon

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One Last Thing

Dylan

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Life Support

Slick

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Burning Cane

Reverend Tillman

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The Advocate's Devil

Justin

Starring In
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Between the World and Me

Self

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Clemency

Jonathan Williams

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Burning Cane

Reverend Tillman

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Piercing

Doctor

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One Last Thing

Dylan

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Grease Live!

Coach Calhoun

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Bad Moms

Principal Burr

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Confirmation

Clarence Thomas

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The Gift

Detective Mills

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The Runner

Frank Legrand

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Elsa and Fred

Armande

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Selma

Reverend Hosea Williams

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Möbius

Bob

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Parker

Carlson

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Lay The Favorite

Dave The Rave

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2

J. Jenks

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Horrible Bosses

Detective Hagan

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The Mortician

Clinger

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Love Ranch

Naasih Mohammed

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Night Catches Us (Prime)

David Gordon

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Third Watch

Officer Conrad 'Candyman' Jones (5 episodes, 2000)

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I Think I Love My Wife

Sean

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Life Support

Slick

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Stay Alive

Detective Thibodeaux

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Ray

Wilbur Brassfield

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Land of Plenty

Henry

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The Fighting Temptations

Reverend Lewis

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Brown Sugar

Simon

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The 24 Hour Woman

Roy Labelle

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Bulworth

Fred

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The Advocate's Devil

Justin

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Sleepers

Little Caesar

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Get on the Bus

Wendell

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Waiting to Exhale

Michael Davenport

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Hackers

Agent Dick Gill

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Bye Bye Love

Hector

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It Could Happen to You

Bo Williams

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Manhattan Murder Mystery

Policeman

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Strapped

District Attorney

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Malcolm X

Ben Thomas

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A Rage in Harlem

Louis

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Family Business

Prosecutor

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Casualties of War

MacIntire

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The Money Pit

Paramedic

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