Wendell Pierce is recognized by film audiences for his extensive work for directors including Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Barry Levinson, Sidney Lumet and Paul Schrader. Hailed for his portrayal of Det. Bunk Moreland on five critically acclaimed seasons of The Wire, his next series, Treme, reunited him with the same creative team: HBO, David Simon, and Eric Overmyer. Pierce is a native of New Orleans, and has worked to rebuild the neighborhood in which he was raised. He formed Ponchartrain Park Neighborhood Association, a non-profit corporation, to rebuild 350 affordable and environmentally friendly homes which will preserve the community character and help longtime residents come back to their neighborhood.
He has starred in Stay Alive for Disney, the award winning Ray, Wim Wenders' Angst & Alienation in America, and Hole in One. He has also appeared in The Fighting Temptations, 24 Hour Woman, Brown Sugar, Volcano, Abilene, Bullworth, and Spike Lee's Get on the Bus, and many others.
In addition to The Wire, Pierce has had regular roles on The Weber Show for NBC, CBS's Gregory Hines Show, Maloney, and The Brian Benben Show
Pierce includes among his Broadway stage credits roles in The Piano Lesson, Serious Money and The Boys of Winter. He received rave reviews for The Cherry Orchard at the Classical Theatre of Harlem (nominated for a VIV award in the lead actor category). He followed up with Waiting For Godot (set on a rooftop surrounded by water in a post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans).
Pierce is a three-time NAACP Image Award Nominee for Best Actor in a television drama for his work on The Wire, and won the 2008 Image Award for best actor in a television movie for HBO's Life Support as well as the Women's Image Network "WIN" Award.