Actor Wendell Pierce, aka Detective William "Bunk" Moreland on HBO's series The Wire, takes a few minutes to chat with Brian Gruber on FlipVideo about The Wire, what he's working on now and why he is at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Wendell Pierce (born December 8, 1962) is an American actor.
Pierce was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and attended Benjamin Franklin High School. He starred in all five seasons of the HBO drama The Wire as Detective Bunk Moreland. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Support Actor in a Drama Series for the role in 2007.
He also played a crooked policeman on Third Watch named Conrad "Candyman" Jones. An interview with him is part of Spike Lee's 2006 HBO documentary When the Levees Broke, regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He also appeared in Spike Lee's 1996 movie, Get on the Bus, and Forrest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale a year earlier. Pierce also appeared with Forrest Whitaker as an undertaker's assistant in the 1991 film, A Rage In Harlem.
Pierce is also in the 2003 film The Fighting Temptations as Reverend Lewis, and 2006 horror movie Stay Alive. He played Slick in the 2007 film Life Support; Slick is the HIV positive husband of the main character Ana (played by Queen Latifah). The film was co-written by Jim McKay, who has directed for The Wire, and was distributed by HBO.
In addition Pierce played Secret Service Agent Richard Gill in the 1995 film Hackers.