Pierce, Wendell 1962-

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Pierce, Wendell 1962-


Born December 8, 1962, in New Orleans, LA. Education: Attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts; the Juilliard School, B.F.A., drama, 1985.


Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Manager—Essential Talent Management, 6565 Sunset Blvd., Suite 415, Los Angeles, CA 90028.


Actor. Worked as a disc jockey and teacher.

Awards, Honors:

Image Award nominations, outstanding actor in a drama series, 2004, and outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, 2007, both from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, both for The Wire; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best play, and Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding play, both with others, 2007, for Radio Golf.


Film Appearances:

Paramedic, The Money Pit (also known as A Penznyeloe, Casa dolce casa?, Esta casa es una ruina, Geschenkt ist noch zu teuer, Hem dyra hem, La foire aux malheurs, Rahareikae, Um dia a casa cai, Um dia a casa vem abaixo, and Une baraque a tout casser), Universal, 1986.

MacIntire, Casualties of War (also known as Outrages, A Haboru aldozatai, Apoleies polemou, Coracoes de aco, Corazones de hierro, Die Verdammten des Krieges, Obeti valky, Ofiary wojny, Ororile razboiului, Pecados de guerra, Sodan arvet, Uppgoerelsen, Victimes du Vietnam, and Vittime di guerra), Columbia, 1989.

Prosecutor, Family Business (also known as Affaire de familia, Csaladi uegy, Det Bli'r i familien, Ehrbare Ganoven, Negocios de familia, Oikogeneiaki ypothessi, Perheyritys, Rodzinny interes, and Sono affari di famiglia), TriStar, 1989.

Wells, A Matter of Degrees, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.

Louis, A Rage in Harlem (also known as Harlem Action, Ei armoa Harlemissa, Harlem Action—Eine schwarze Komoedie, Ont blod i Harlem, Rabbia ad Harlem, A Rage in Harlem—La reine des pommes, and Redada en Harlem), Miramax, 1991.

Ben Thomas, Malcolm X (also known as X), Warner Bros., 1992.

Police officer, Manhattan Murder Mystery, Columbia/TriStar, 1993.

Bo Williams, It Could Happen to You (also known as Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip and Cop Tips Waitress $2 Million), TriStar, 1994.

Agent Dick Gill, Hackers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1995.

Hector, Bye Bye Love (also known as Au revoir mon amour, Mariti imperfetti, Tervemenoa, rakas, and Tres padres solteros), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.

Michael, Waiting to Exhale, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.

Little Caesar, Sleepers (also known as Kardes gibiydiler, Katuvarpuset, La correction, Los hijos de la calle, Pokoli lecke, Sentimento de revolta, and Sleepers—A vinganca adormecida), Warner Bros., 1996.

Wendell, Get on the Bus, Columbia, 1996.

Fred, Bulworth (also known as Tribulations, Bulworth—Candidato em perigo, Bulworth—Il senatore, El senador Bulworth, Koko kansan Bulworth, and Politicamente incorreto), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Reverend Tillis, Abilene, Independent Artists, 1999.

Roy Labelle, The 24 Hour Woman (also known as 24 Hour Woman, Mujer las 24 horas, Nainen kaiken aikaa, and 24 ore donna), Shooting Gallery Pictures/Artisan Entertainment, 1999.

Wings against the Wind, 1999.

Simon, Brown Sugar (also known as I Used to Love Her, Seven Days, Codigo de amor, and No embalo do amor), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002.

Reverend Lewis, The Fighting Temptations (also known as Lucha de tentaciones, Resistindo as tentacoes, and Taivaallinen viettelys), Paramount, 2003.

Dan, A Hole in One, Beech Hill Films, 2004.

Henry, Land of Plenty, IFC Films, 2004.

Wilbur Brassfield, Ray (also known as Unchain My Heart: The Ray Charles Story), Universal, 2004.

Detective Thibodeaux, Stay Alive (also known as Death Game and Sobreviviendo), Buena Vista, 2006.

Arthur, Pariah (short film), 2007.

Sean, I Think I Love My Wife (also known as Ich glaub, ich lieb meine Frau and Manuale d'infedelta per uomini sposati), Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2007.

Bartley, Bolden!, 2008.

Film Work:

Associate producer, Biro, Cinema Libre Studio, 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Conrad White, Capital News, ABC, 1990.

District attorney Calvin Patterson, Moloney, CBS, 1996-97.

Carl Stevenson (Ben's brother), The Gregory Hines Show (also known as Gregory Hines, Gregory Hines Show, Square One, and Tal pai! Tal filho!), CBS, 1997-98.

Kevin La Rue, The Brian Benben Show (also known as Benben, The Benben Show, and Uutispuuroa), CBS, 1998.

Office Conrad "Candyman" Jones, Third Watch, NBC, 2000.

Wendell Simms, Cursed (also known as The Steven Weber Show, The Weber Show, El gafe, Kirottua, and Mon ex, mon coloc et moi), NBC, 2000-2001.

Detective William "Bunk" Moreland, The Wire (also known as A escuta, Drot, Langalla, Oi dioktes tou eglimatos, and Sur ecoute), HBO, beginning 2002.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Himself, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (also known as When the Levees Broke), HBO, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Stacks Edwards, The 10 Million Dollar Getaway, USA Network, 1991.

District attorney, Strapped, HBO, 1993.

John Saunders, Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story, CBS, 1996.

Justin, The Advocate's Devil (also known as Adveracion satanica, Advokatens djaevul, Der Advokat des Teufels, Diabel adwokata, Djaevulens advokat, En busca de justicia, Grzech zaniechania, L'avocat du demon, Manipulacao mortal, O advogado do diabo, and Petollinen asiakas), ABC, 1997.

Naive man, The Date (short), Cinemax and HBO, 2002.

Demarcus Johnson, Mitchellville, 2004.

Slick, Life Support, HBO, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

French, "The Pass," Vietnam War Story, HBO, 1987.

Sergeant Kelly, Avenue Z Afternoon, Arts and Entertainment, 1992.

Stereo Toupee, Battle in the Erogenous Zone, Showtime, 1992.

The Gilded Six Bits, Showtime, 2001.

Himself, The Wire: It's All Connected, HBO, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The Last Campaign," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988.

Derrick West, "Never My Love," A Man Called Hawk, ABC, 1989.

"Starfire," The Equalizer, CBS, 1989.

Charles, "Coming Home," I'll Fly Away, NBC, 1991.

Chief Ola-Gimju Nwaka, "Consultation," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1992.

Jerome Bryant, "Rage," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1995.

Snarley Doggy Do, The Great Defender, Fox, 1995.

Dr. Anthony Fisher, "Bad Blood," New York Undercover (also known as Uptown Undercover), Fox, 1996.

"Scrubs," Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal, Nickelodeon, c. 1998.

Mr. Wade, "Disciple," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 1999.

Norbert Grimley, "Straight Flush," City of Angels (also known as Aenglarnas stad, Englenes by, Enkelten kaupunki, and Orasul ingerilor), CBS, 2000.

Voice, "Date from Hell," God, the Devil and Bob (animated; also known as Dieu, le diable et Bob), NBC, 2000.

Anthony Jackson, "Childs in Charge," Girlfriends, UPN, 2002.

Harry Benton, "Sins of the Father," Judging Amy, CBS, 2004.

Roger Porter, "Gunplay," Law & Order (also known as Law & Order Prime), NBC, 2004.

Dr. Richard Link, "The Line," Law & Order: Trial by Jury, NBC, 2005.

Dr. Richard Link, "Eros in the Upper Eighties," Law & Order: Trial by Jury, NBC, 2006.

Sam Carter, "Prodigal Son," Close to Home, CBS, 2006.

William Bradford, "Money for Nothing," Numb3rs (also known as Numbers and Num3ers), CBS, 2007.

William Bradford, "One Hour," Numb3rs (also known as Numbers and Num3ers), CBS, 2007.

William Bradford, "Take Out," Numb3rs (also known as Numbers and Num3ers), CBS, 2007.

Appeared in "The Using Game," an unaired episode of New York News (also known as New York News—Jagd auf die Titelseite), CBS.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Sergeant Henry Brewer, Hollywood Division, CBS, 1995.

Walter, The Last Days of Russell, ABC, 1995.

Taffy, 413 Hope Street, Fox, 1997.

The Expert, HBO, 1999.

Voice of Mike, "In the Beginning," God, the Devil and Bob (animated; also known as Dieu, le diable et Bob), NBC, 2000.

Dr. Boucher, My Wife and Kids (also known as Wife and Kids), ABC, 2001.

Television Work; Movies:

Producer, The Date (short), Cinemax and HBO, 2002.

Stage Appearances:

Radio voice and understudies for the roles of Doc and L. B., The Boys of Winter, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Outlaw, Two Gentlemen of Verona, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, New York City, 1987.

Merrison, T. K., and Nigel Ajibala, Serious Money, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Cloten, Cymbeline, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Newman Theater, New York City, 1989.

Boysie, "Believing" and Psychocompany, "Phantasies," Young Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1990.

Mr. Willis, The Good Times Are Killing Me, McGinnCazale Theatre, then Minetta Lane Theatre, both New York City, 1991.

Friar Bonaventure, Tis a Pity She's a Whore, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Newman Theater, 1992.

Cleante, Tartuffe, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1999.

Jim Bono, Fences, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 2006.

Vladimir, Waiting for Godot, HSA Theatre, Classical Theatre of Harlem, New York City, 2006.

Stage Work:

Fight captain, The Boys of Winter, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Associate producer, Jitney, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 2000.

Producer, Biro, National Theatre, Kampala, Uganda, c. 2003.

Producer, Radio Golf, Cort Theatre, New York City, 2007.

Some sources cite Pierce as the producer of Dirty Laundry, beginning 2007.