Wendell Pierce


Highest Rated:   99% Selma (2015)
Lowest Rated:   9% Stay Alive (2006)
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Birthplace:   New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Actor Wendell Pierce spent the first 20 years or so of his career predominantly essaying character roles as authority figures, with many bit parts as cops, attorneys, government agents, and ministers to his credit. Pierce devoted the majority of his first decade to big-screen work (including such projects as The Money Pit, Family Business, and Get on the Bus); by 1995, he began to accept occasional bit parts on television, and indeed, this venue ultimately brought Pierce higher billing, when he was tapped to play two roles: Conrad "Candyman" Jones on Third Watch and Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on HBO's police drama The Wire. Pierce remained most active on-stage, however, where his powerhouse presence illuminated an impressive array of classical dramas, among them Cymbeline (1989), Antigone (1993), and Tartuffe (1999). Over the coming years, Pierce would find additional success on a series about his hometown, Treme.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% Piercing
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Clemency
  • Actor
2019
96% Rodents of Unusual Size
  • Narrator
2018
No Score Yet One Last Thing - A Chicken Soup for the Soul Event
  • Dylan Derringer
2018
58% Bad Moms
  • Principal Burr
$113.3M 2016
81% Confirmation
  • Clarence Thomas
2016
25% The Runner
  • Frank Legrand
2015
92% The Gift
  • Detective Mills
$33.1M 2015
99% Selma
  • Reverend Hosea Williams
2015
No Score Yet Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Runaway Hearts
  • Actor
2015
31% Elsa & Fred
  • Armande
2014
40% Parker
  • Carlson
$17.7M 2013
No Score Yet Möbius
  • Bob
2013
18% Lay the Favorite
  • Dave the Rave
$21.5k 2012
49% The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
  • J. Jenks
$292.3M 2012
No Score Yet Foreclosure
  • Actor
2012
94% Pariah
  • Arthur
$0.8M 2011
69% Horrible Bosses
  • Suspicious Cop
$117M 2011
No Score Yet The Mortician
  • Actor
2011
80% Night Catches Us
  • David Gordon
$75.8k 2010
13% Love Ranch
  • Naasih Mohammed
$0.2M 2010
No Score Yet Renaissance Village
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Morgan Lacrosse Story
  • Actor
2008
19% I Think I Love My Wife
  • Sean
$12.5M 2007
No Score Yet Life Support
  • Slick
2006
9% Stay Alive
  • Detective Thibodeaux
$23M 2006
80% Ray
  • Wilbur Brassfield
$75M 2004
17% A Hole in One
  • Dan
2004
62% Land of Plenty
  • Henry
2004
43% The Fighting Temptations
  • Reverend Lewis
$30.3M 2003
66% Brown Sugar
  • Simom
$27.2M 2002
47% Twenty-Four Hour Woman
  • Roy Labelle
1999
76% Bulworth
  • Fred
1998
No Score Yet The Advocate's Devil
  • Justin
1997
73% Sleepers
  • Little Caesar
1996
88% Get on the Bus
  • Wendell
1996
56% Waiting to Exhale
  • Michael
1995
33% Hackers
  • Agent Dick Gill
1995
71% It Could Happen to You
  • Bo Williams
1994
19% Bye Bye, Love
  • Hector
1994
93% Manhattan Murder Mystery
  • Policeman
1993
88% Malcolm X
  • Ben Thomas
1992
No Score Yet A Matter Of Degrees
  • Wells Dennard
1991
65% A Rage in Harlem
  • Louis
1991
No Score Yet The 10 Million Dollar Getaway
  • Actor
1991
38% Family Business
  • Prosecutor
1989
84% Casualties of War
  • MacIntire
1989
No Score Yet Vietnam War Story 1
  • Actor
1988
47% The Money Pit
  • Paramedic
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
74% Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan
2018
  • Actor
  • 2018
72% Unsolved
2018
  • Actor
  • 2018
91% Suits
2011
  • Robert Zane
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
  • Actor
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
2015-2017
  • Teddy
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • Panelist
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
70% The Michael J. Fox Show
2013-2014
  • Harris Green
  • 2014
  • 2013
96% Treme
2010-2013
  • Antoine Batiste
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
2005-2012
  • Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet Meet the Press
1947
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Reports
2010-2013
  • Appearing
  • 2010
95% Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job!
2007-2010
  • Performer
  • 2010
No Score Yet Hawthorne
2009-2011
  • Michael Schilling
  • 2009
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Actor
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Women's Murder Club
2007-2008
  • Captain Bill Schroeder
  • 2008
No Score Yet Numb3rs
2005-2010
  • William Bradford
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • William "Bunk" Moreland Bunk Moreland Det. William `Bunk' Moreland
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Wade Tribal Chief Roger Porter Chief Ola-Gimju Nwaka Jerome Bryant
  • 2004
  • 1999
  • 1995
  • 1992
No Score Yet My Wife and Kids
2001-2005
  • Dr. Boucher
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
  • Dr. Wolff
  • 1989
No Score Yet Treme
  • Antoine Batiste

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