Wendell Pierce is an accomplished actor who has conquered all realms of media with critically acclaimed performances in theater, film, television and broadcast radio. The TONY, Emmy, Obie and Peabody winning actor has used his visibility to enlighten and educate his community as well as the nation on the prevalence of urban ‘food deserts’ and the advocacy of healthy eating.
Pierce has also been at the forefront of the reconstruction in his hometown of New Orleans, post-Hurricane Katrina – building solar-paneled, geothermal, homes in the historic African American neighborhood of Pontchartrain Park, a community developed during segregation to give access to affordable housing during the Civil Rights movement. For this work he received the Weiss Award from the New Orleans Conference for Community & Justice and the 2012 President’s Medal from Tulane University.
Pierce is most recognized for his portrayal of ‘Det. ‘Bunk’ Moreland’ on the critically acclaimed HBO series, “The Wire”. He most recently wrapped the Fourth and final season of another acclaimed HBO series, “Treme.” Pierce can next be seen in Paramount’s MLK bio pic, SELMA, as well as recurring roles on Showtime’s hit-drama “Ray Donovan” and USA’s “Suits and he has joined CBS’ comedy-pilot, “The Odd Couple” opposite Matthew Perry. He continues to host the Peabody Award winning National radio program, “Jazz at Lincoln Center.”
Pierce was a 1981 Presidential Scholar in the Arts and is a graduate of The Julliard School.