Fast Facts

  • Grew up in New Orleans and was very active in rebuilding the Ninth Ward following its destruction by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Lived with Wynton and Branford Marsalis while attending the Juilliard School in New York.
  • Wesley Snipes was the DJ for his 22nd birthday party.
  • Successful actor since 1985, but his big break came when cast in The Wire as Det. William "Bunk" Moreland in 2002.
  • Became the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2009.
  • Learned to play the trombone for his role on Treme.
  • Launched, with two business partners, the grocery-store chain Sterling Farms, which is designed to serve low-income areas of New Orleans.


  • 2007, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 2013, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee


  • The Juilliard School, New York, NY (BFA in Drama, 1985)

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  • Birth Name: Wendell Pierce
  • Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
  • Profession: Actor

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