Wendell Pierce

Wendell Pierce

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1963-12-08 (57 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

58 Movies · 32 TV shows

Biography

Wendell Edward Pierce (born December 8, 1963) is an American actor and businessman. He is known for his roles in HBO dramas such as Detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire and trombonist Antoine Batiste in Treme, as well as portraying James Greer in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, as high-powered attorney Robert Zane in Suits, and additionally as Michael Davenport in Waiting to Exhale. Pierce also had roles in the films Malcolm X, Ray, and Selma. Pierce performed the lead role of Willy Loman in the 2019 production of Death of a Salesman on the West End in London at the Piccadilly Theatre. He has been thrice nominated for Independent Spirit Awards.

Personal Life

Pierce describes himself as "tri-coastal", splitting his time among Los Angeles, New York City, and New Orleans. He is a supporter of the New Orleans Saints, and locals have nicknamed him "Saints Wendell". He is also an avid supporter of St. Patrick's Athletic FC.Pierce attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention, was one of President Barack Obama's top campaign fundraisers in 2012, and once escorted Gwen Ifill to a White House State Dinner.When first cast in The Wire, Pierce and his castmates doubted the show would be a hit: "I remember the first time we all sat around and watched the pilot. We all turned to each other and said, 'Man, I don't think this shit is going anywhere.'"

Early Life

Pierce was born in New Orleans one of three sons of a teacher and a decorated World War II veteran who worked as a maintenance engineer. His father's segregated Army unit helped Marines win the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Pierce has said of his father's experience: "When the country wasn't loving my father, my father was loving his country. It's the ultimate act of patriotism."Pierce was raised in the black middle-class community of Pontchartrain Park, the first African-American post-war suburb. His father, along with many black veterans moved into the neighborhood after returning home from the war. The neighborhood was wiped out during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, including Pierce's family home which was flooded by 14 feet of water.Pierce graduated in 1981 from both Benjamin Franklin High School and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (most NOCCA students attend traditional secondary school in the mornings and the arts school in the afternoons). In 1981, Pierce was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts. As a young actor, he appeared in The Winter's Tale at the Tulane Shakespeare Festival. He produced and hosted Think About It, a youth-themed talk show, for the local NBC affiliate station, and also hosted a weekly jazz show on WYLD-FM Radio called Extensions from Congo Square.Next he attended the Juilliard School's Drama Division from 1981 to 1985 graduating as a member of Group 14 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Watch

The Watch

2021
A group of misfit cops rise up to save their corrupt city. The characters were created by Sir Terry Pratchett.
Some Old Black Man

Some Old Black Man

2021
Calvin Jones, a hip, coolly intellectual African American college professor, moves his ailing but independent father, Donald Jones, into his Harlem penthouse in the play. The play begins with an argum...

2020.

1 Movie
Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

2020
This special combines elements of the original Apollo Theater production, including powerful readings from the book, with documentary footage from the actors' home life, archival footage, and animatio...

2019.

2 Movies
Clemency

Clemency

6.5
2019
Death row executions have taken a toll on Bernadine Williams. Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates as she prepares to execute another person.
Burning Cane

Burning Cane

6
2019
Set among the cane fields of rural Louisiana, Burning Cane follows a deeply religious mother struggling to reconcile her convictions of faith with the love she has for her troubled son.

2018.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
One Last Thing

One Last Thing

2018
A lonely dentist in Florida is confronted by a figure from the past who brings him news that will change his life.
TV
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan

5.91
2018
When CIA analyst Jack Ryan stumbles upon a suspicious series of bank transfers his search for answers pulls him from the safety of his desk job and catapults him into a deadly game of cat and mouse th...
Piercing

Piercing

2018
In this twisted love story, a man seeks out a stranger to help him get over his past. He encounters a woman with a plan of her own.

2017.

2 Movies
Rodents of Unusual Size

Rodents of Unusual Size

2017
Giant swamp rats have invaded coastal Louisiana, and defiant people on the edge of the world are defending their communities, culture, and livelihoods from the onslaught of this curious and unexpected...
The Forever Tree

The Forever Tree

2017
A young African-American woman leaves for Africa in 1920 to find a tree that will live forever.

2016.

3 Movies
Grease Live

Grease Live

2016
After enjoying a holiday romance, high school students Danny and Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High, where she must contend with cynical Rizzo and the Pink Ladies.
Bad Moms

Bad Moms

5.64
2016
When three tired and under appreciated moms are pushed beyond their limits, they abandon their normal responsibilities for a chance to have fun.
Confirmation

Confirmation

6
2016
Clarence Thomas' nomination to the United States' Supreme Court was called into question when a former colleague testified that he had sexually harassed her.

2015.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple

5
2015
Oscar's life is almost perfect, he's divorced and his apartment is a mess, but he's the host of a well-known sports show, and is enjoying his bachelor lifestyle in New York City. Oscar's college frien...
The Gift

The Gift

4
2015
A husband and wife try to improve their relationship but their lives are threatened by a "friend" from the husband's past who holds a horrifying secret about him, sending their world into a tailspin.
The Runner

The Runner

2015
In the aftermath of the oil spill, an idealistic but imperfect New Orleans politician (Nicolas Cage) finds his plans of restoration unraveling as his own life becomes contaminated with corruption, sca...

2014.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
Runaway Hearts

Runaway Hearts

2014
Two kids on the run from a scary life come across two adults running away from their past.
Elsa & Fred

Elsa & Fred

2014
Aged, embittered widower, Fred learns to enjoy life thanks to his elderly neighbor. Fred took her to Rome in order to reenact her favorite scene from the movie, after learning that she was dying.
Foreclosure

Foreclosure

2014
The story of a broken family striving to stay together while a curse and the ghosts of a haunted house try to tear them apart.
TV
The Night Shift

The Night Shift

7
2014
The stories of the men and women who work at San Antonio Memorial Hospital. T.C is an irreverent and special breed. There is a person with that name.
Selma

Selma

6.33
2014
The place where segregation in the South was at its worst led to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. The Voting Rights Act was signed by Johnson.

2013.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Four

Four

8.2
2013
Adapted from a stage play by Christopher Shinn, the debut feature from Joshua Sanchez is a provocative rumination on race and sexuality set on a hot 4th of July evening.
Möbius

Möbius

2013
An American woman who works as a trader in a Russian bank falls in love with an officer of the FSB.
Parker

Parker

6.43
2013
A thief with a unique code of professional ethics is left for dead by his crew. Assuming a new disguise and forming an unlikely alliance with a woman on the inside, he looks to hijack the score of the...
TV
Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan

5.57
2013
Set in the mecca of the rich and famous, Ray Donovan does the dirty work for LA's top power players and makes their problems disappear. A chain of events begins when his father is released from prison...
TV
The Michael J. Fox Show

The Michael J. Fox Show

6
2013
Mike Henry is one of NY's most beloved news anchors. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's, Fox put his career on hold to spend more time with his family. With the kids busy growing up and Mike restl...

2012.

2 Movies
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

6
2012
The vampire clans gather to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.
Lay the Favorite

Lay the Favorite

2012
A former stripper is hired by a professional gambler.

2011.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Suits

Suits

6.54
2011
While running from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant young college-dropout, slips into a job interview with one of New York City's best legal closers, Harvey Specter. Mike was hired by Harv...
The Mortician

The Mortician

2011
TheMethod Man processes corpses with steely disregard. He is lonely. The morgue boss introduces him to his new employee, Noah. The notorious gangster, Carver, and his crew are brought to the mortuary ...
Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses

5.71
2011
For Nick, Kurt and Dale, the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-to...

2010.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Treme

Treme

2
2010
The name of the show is derived from a neighborhood in New Orleans. The residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, and other New Orleanians, struggle to rebuild their lives, their homes, an...
Love Ranch

Love Ranch

2010
A couple start the first legal brothel in Nevada and own a piece of a boxer.
Night Catches Us

Night Catches Us

2
2010
Marcus met Pat, the widow of a Panther leader, when he returned to Philadelphia in 1976. Marcus befriends Pat's young daughter to conquer his demons. Interfering with Marcus's good intentions are the ...

2009.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Something with Bite

Something with Bite

2009
An animal clinic has a strange creature in it. The beast can't be identified, but when it bites the vet, something changes within him.
TV
Archer

Archer

6.4
2009
The world's most daunting spy is sterling archer. His mother runs a spy agency. Between dealing with his boss and his co-workers, he manages to annoy or seduce everyone that crosses his path. At the e...
Beyond All Boundaries

Beyond All Boundaries

2009
A visual, 4-D experience of the battles of World War II featuring stories, archival footage and advanced special effects.
TV
Drop Dead Diva

Drop Dead Diva

6.3
2009
A shallow model dies in an accident and her soul comes back to her in the body of a brilliant, plus-sized attorney.

2008.

2 TV shows
TV
In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight

5.27
2008
Mary Shannon is a deputy United States marshal attached to the Albuquerque, NM office of the Federal Witness Security Program. Shannon needs to find ways to balance her professional life with her prob...
TV
Fear Itself

Fear Itself

2008
There are thirteen films from premiere horror writers and directors in the television series.

2007.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
The Wire: The Last Word

The Wire: The Last Word

2007
A documentary exploring the role of the media in relation to the acclaimed series The Wire.
I Think I Love My Wife

I Think I Love My Wife

2007
Richard Cooper is a married man and father of two who is bored. Not getting any sex from his wife, he resorts to looking at random women on the street and taking lunch late to look at them. When she g...
TV
Women's Murder Club

Women's Murder Club

5.39
2007
Women's Murder Club ran on ABC from October 12, 2007, to May 13, 2008, and was a police procedural and legal drama. The 'Women's Murder Club' series of novels is set in San Francisco, California. The ...
The Wire Odyssey

The Wire Odyssey

2007
A retrospective documentary of the first four seasons of the acclaimed series The Wire.
Life Support

Life Support

2007
The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and AIDS activist in the black community.

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Stay Alive

Stay Alive

6
2006
After the mysterious, brutal death of an old friend, a group of teenagers find themselves in possession of "Stay Alive," an ultra-realistic 3-D videogame based on the spine-chilling true story of a 17...
TV
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts

6
2006
Spike Lee's award-winning documentary follows the events that preceded and followed Hurricane Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans in 2005.

2005.

3 TV shows
TV
Numb3rs

Numb3rs

5.8
2005
Based on actual cases and experiences, Numb3rs depicts the confluence of police work and mathematics in solving crime as an FBI agent recruits his mathematical genius brother to help solve a wide rang...
TV
Close to Home

Close to Home

2005
Warner Bros co-produced Close to Home. CBS has television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The series was called American Crime in pre-production. It aired from October 4, 2005 to May 11, 2007. The s...
TV
Law & Order: Trial by Jury

Law & Order: Trial by Jury

2005
"Law & Order: Trial by Jury" shows the inner workings of the judicial system, beginning with the arraignment, and continuing through the prosecutors' complicated process of building a case, investigat...

2004.

3 Movies
Land of Plenty

Land of Plenty

2004
Lana returned to the United States and found that her uncle had psychic wounds from the Vietnam War.
Ray

Ray

6.12
2004
Ray Charles went blind when he was seven. He was inspired by a fiercely independent mom who insisted he make his own way. After touring across the Southern musical circuit, the singer gained a reputat...
A Hole in One

A Hole in One

2004
Anna's parents don't acknowledge her brother's existence when he comes back from World War II. After his death, Anna begins to question her sanity. She believes Billy's actions pushed her further and ...

2003.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Real Time with Bill Maher

Real Time with Bill Maher

6
2003
A panel of guests, including politicians, actors, comedians, musicians and the like, discuss what's going on in the world each week on Bill Maher's show.
The Fighting Temptations

The Fighting Temptations

2003
The down-on-his-luck NYC advertising exec is going back to his hometown in Georgia to claim the inheritance his aunt left him. He must fulfill his aunt's final wish to create a local choir before he c...

2002.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar

8.5
2002
A magazine editor and a hip-hop record executive are dating.
TV
The Wire

The Wire

6.84
2002
The series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.

2001.

1 TV show
TV
My Wife and Kids

My Wife and Kids

7.13
2001
My Wife and Kids ran on ABC from March 28, 2001 to May 17, 2005. The show was produced by Touchstone Television and stars both Tisha Campbell-Martin and Damon Wayans as Michael Kyle, a loving husband ...

2000.

2 TV shows
TV
Girlfriends

Girlfriends

2000
Girlfriends is an American comedy-drama sitcom that premiered on September 11, 2000, on UPN and aired on UPN's successor network, The CW, before being cancelled in 2008. The final episode aired on Feb...
TV
The Weber Show

The Weber Show

2000
The Weber Show was an American sitcom that ran on NBC from 2000 to 2001. The show had a title change in the middle of its first season. The initial idea was that the main character had been cursed by ...

1999.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Judging Amy

Judging Amy

5.74
1999
Judging Amy is an American television drama that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through May 3, 2005, on CBS-TV. This TV series starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly. Its main character is a judge...
TV
Third Watch

Third Watch

1999
The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics, all working the same fictional 55th precinct during the 3pm to 11pm shift.
Abilene

Abilene

1999
When he finds out that his estranged brother is dying, a proud but stubborn old man decides to drive in his lawnmower all the way to the far away hospital. Local sheriff keeps helping him along the wa...
The 24 Hour Woman

The 24 Hour Woman

1999
Grace wants to be 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 as a mother and 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 800-273-3217 as a TV producer.

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Brian Benben Show

The Brian Benben Show

1998
The Brian Benben Show aired on CBS in 1998. Brian Benben is a long time news anchor at KYLA-TV in Los Angeles who is replaced by a younger person when the ratings begin to decline. The series only air...
Bulworth

Bulworth

6.17
1998
A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and cul...

1997.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Advocate's Devil

The Advocate's Devil

1997
After successfully defending his client, a lawyer knows his client is guilty of rape.
TV
The Gregory Hines Show

The Gregory Hines Show

1997
The Gregory Hines Show aired on CBS. The series aired on September 19, 1997 as part of the network's Block Party Friday night lineup. It was the only show on the Block Party lineup that was not produc...

1996.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Moloney

Moloney

1996
Sometimes Nick Moloney is torn between his duty to uphold the law and his doctor-patient confidentiality.
Sleepers

Sleepers

5.67
1996
The state jail worker who sexually abused the two gangsters while they were in a youth prison is wanted for revenge. A court hearing takes place to charge him.
Get on the Bus

Get on the Bus

1996
Several black men on a cross-country bus trip attended the Million Man March in Washington, DC A laid-off aircraft worker, a black Republican, a former gangsta, a Hollywood actor, and a white bus driv...

1995.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Hackers

Hackers

5.67
1995
Along with his new friends, a teenager who was arrested by the US Secret Service and banned from using a computer for writing a computer virus discovers a plot by a nefarious hacker, but they must use...
Bye Bye Love

Bye Bye Love

1995
With varying degrees of success, recently divorced friends Dave, Vic and Donny are trying to move on with their lives. Vic feels vilified by his ex-wife's parents, while Donny has a shaky relationship...
Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

6
1995
Cheated on, mistreated and stepped on, the women are waiting for the elusive "good man" to break a string of less-than-stellar lovers. Vannah,Bernie,Glo and Robin are determined to find a better way t...
TV
New York News

New York News

1995
New York News was broadcast in the United States by CBS as part of its 1995 fall lineup.

1994.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
It Could Happen to You

It Could Happen to You

4
1994
Charlie Lang is a New York City cop. Lang offered Yvonne Biasi half of the winnings of his lottery ticket when he realized he had no money to tip her. The ticket is worth $4 million. Lang proceeds to ...
TV
New York Undercover

New York Undercover

1994
Detective J.C is the star of New York Undercover. Two undercover detectives in New York City's Fourth Precinct were assigned to investigate various crimes and gang-related cases.

1993.

1 Movie
Manhattan Murder Mystery

Manhattan Murder Mystery

10
1993
A middle-aged couple is suspicious of the death of their neighbor's wife.

1992.

1 Movie
Malcolm X

Malcolm X

6
1992
A tribute to the controversial black activist and leader of the struggle for black liberation. He hit bottom during his imprisonment in the '50s, he became a Black Muslim and then a leader in the Nati...

1991.

2 Movies
A Rage in Harlem

A Rage in Harlem

1991
A beautiful black gangster's moll flees to Harlem with a trunkload of gold, unaware that the rest of the gang, and a few other unsavoury characters, are on her trail. A pudgy momma's boy becomes the o...
The 10 Million Dollar Getaway

The 10 Million Dollar Getaway

1991
Jimmy Burke and his friends stole 10 million dollars from a New York office. The FBI doesn't know who the thieves are until Burke gives them a clue. A Mafia boss puts a killer on the trail when word g...

1990.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
A Matter of Degrees

A Matter of Degrees

1990
A college student does not want to go to law school. The graduation ceremonies are disrupted when a corporation takes over the radio station.
TV
Capital News

Capital News

1990
Capital News aired on ABC in 1990. Capital News was created by David and Christian Williams.
TV
Law & Order

Law & Order

5.83
1990
From two different vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court, follows a crime.

1989.

2 Movies
Casualties of War

Casualties of War

6
1989
During the Vietnam War, a soldier finds himself the outsider of his own squad when they unnecessarily kidnap a female villager. The 1966 incident on Hill 192 is based on actual events.
Family Business

Family Business

1989
Jessie is an older career criminal who has been in more jails, fights, schemes, and lineups than anyone else. His son, who is currently on the straight and narrow, has had a shady past and is no stran...

1986.

1 Movie
The Money Pit

The Money Pit

9
1986
After being evicted from their Manhattan apartment, a couple buy what looks like the home of their dreams, only to find themselves saddled with a bank-account-draining nightmare. Struggling to keep th...

1985.

1 TV show
TV
The Equalizer

The Equalizer

7.33
1985
Robert McCall is a former agent of a secret government agency who is now running his own private crime fighting operation where he fashions himself as "The Equalizer." It is a service for victims of t...

Unknown Year.

2 Movies
King of the South

King of the South

Master P is a hip-hop mogul and founder of No Limit Records.
The Thrill Is On

The Thrill Is On

The friendship between B.B King and Michael Zanetis was the subject of the drama.
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