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Wendell Pierce Biography

Birth Name:
Wendell Edward Pierce
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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


  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-John Cassavetes Award: nominated
  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Male: nominated
  • 2013Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated