The best characters on The Wire

by deni_scola | created - 24 Nov 2013 | updated - 24 Nov 2013 | Public

1. Clarke Peters

Actor | The Wire

Clarke Peters was born on April 7, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Peter Clarke. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) and John Wick (2014). He is married to Penny. They have one child.

Lester Freamon

2. Michael Kenneth Williams

Actor | The Wire

Emmy nominated actor and producer, Michael Kenneth Williams is one of this generation's most respected and acclaimed talents. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life-often with surprising tenderness-Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a ...

Omar Little

3. Idris Elba

Actor | Beasts of No Nation

An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...

Russell "Stringer" Bell

4. Dominic West

Actor | The Wire

Dominic West was born on October 15, 1969 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Dominic Gerard Francis Eagleton West. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Chicago (2002) and Punisher: War Zone (2008). He has been married to Catherine Fitzgerald since June 26, 2010. They have four ...

James "Jimmy" McNulty

5. Robert F. Chew

Actor | The Wire

Robert F. Chew was born on December 28, 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Robert Francell Chew. He was an actor, known for The Wire (2002), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and Jamesy Boy (2014). He died on January 17, 2013 in Baltimore.

Joseph "Proposition Joe" Stewart

6. Wendell Pierce

Actor | The Wire

Wendell Pierce was born on December 8, 1963 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He is an actor, known for The Wire (2002), Selma (2014) and Horrible Bosses (2011).

William "Bunk" Moreland

7. Michael Potts

Actor | Show Me a Hero

Michael Potts is an actor and assistant director, known for Show Me a Hero (2015), True Detective (2014) and Damages (2007).

Brother Mouzone

He was great, shame he was only on few episodes

8. Lance Reddick

Actor | John Wick

Lance Reddick was born in 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for John Wick (2014), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and White House Down (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Day since June 2011.

Cedric Daniels

9. Andre Royo

Actor | The Spectacular Now

Andre Royo was born on July 18, 1968 in Bronx, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Spectacular Now (2013), Super (2010) and The Collection (2012). He has been married to Jane Choi since November 21, 1997. They have one child.

Reginald "Bubbles" Cousins

10. Robert Wisdom

Actor | The Dark Knight Rises

Robert Wisdom graces each of his diverse screen roles with a powerful, profound and cool presence-- from his commercial hits to his bold and proactive performances in a variety of new features. He starred on HBO's The Wire, generating wide critical praise. Wisdom appeared in The Hawk is Dying at ...

Howard "Bunny" Colvin

11. Reg E. Cathey

Actor | Fantastic Four

Born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama -- his father was an army vet who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, while his mother held a somewhat mysterious job in the Department of Defence -- Reg E. Cathey spent much of his early childhood living on a rural farmhouse in Germany....

Norman Wilson

12. S. Robert Morgan

Actor | The Wire

S. Robert Morgan is an actor, known for The Wire (2002), Luke Cage (2016) and Literary Visions (1992).

Butchie

13. Chad L. Coleman

Actor | Left 4 Dead 2

Delivered a fantastic performance of a reformed street 'hitter' on the HBO show 'The Wire' from Series 3 to Series 5 with varied screen time. The character reflected the possibility of reformed criminals into positive characters of society; as with Coleman's character starting a boxing gym for the ...

Dennis "Cutty" Wise

14. Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

Actor | Walk of Shame

Lawrence Gilliard Jr. was born on September 22, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Walk of Shame (2014), The Waterboy (1998) and Gangs of New York (2002). He is married to Michelle Paress.

D`Angelo Barksdale

15. Chris Bauer

Actor | The Wire

Chris Bauer was born on October 28, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Mark Christopher Bauer. He is an actor, known for The Wire (2002), True Blood (2008) and The Deuce (2017). He has been married to Laura Bauer since May 12, 1997. They have two children.

Frank Sobotka

16. Amy Ryan

Actress | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Amy Ryan was born on May 3, 1969 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski. She is an actress, known for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), Gone Baby Gone (2007) and Escape Plan (2013). She has been married to Eric Slovin since August 23, 2011. They ...

Beatrice "Beadie" Russell

17. Seth Gilliam

Actor | Starship Troopers

Seth Gilliam was born on November 5, 1968 in New York, USA. He is known for his work on Starship Troopers (1997), Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009) and Courage Under Fire (1996). He is married to Leah Gardiner. They have one child.

Ellis Carver

18. Corey Parker Robinson

Actor | Unstoppable

Corey Parker Robinson was born on February 9, 1975 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Unstoppable (2010), The Wire (2002) and Guiding Light (1952).

Leander Sydnor

19. Delaney Williams

Actor | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Delaney Williams is an American actor whose credits include his well known recurring roles as John Buchanan on NBC's Law & Order:SVU, Jay Landsman on HBO's The Wire, O'Connor on the Netflix Original: Marvel's The Punisher, & as Dennis Egan on CBS' Blue Bloods. He is set to recur in the upcoming 6th...

Jay Landsman

20. Jim True-Frost

Actor | The Hudsucker Proxy

Jim True-Frost was born on July 31, 1966 in Greenwich, Connecticut, USA as James True. He is an actor, known for The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Singles (1992) and Off the Map (2003). He has been married to Cora Frost since June 5, 1999. They have two children.

Roland "Prez" Pry...

21. Clark Johnson

Actor | S.W.A.T.

Clark Johnson was born on September 10, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and director, known for S.W.A.T. (2003), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and The Sentinel (2006). He was previously married to Heather Salmon.

Augustus "Gus" Haynes

22. Deirdre Lovejoy

Actress | The Wire

Deirdre Lovejoy was born on June 30, 1962 in Abilene, Texas, USA as Deirdre Helen Lovejoy. She is an actress, known for The Wire (2002), The Blacklist (2013) and Bones (2005).

Rhonda Pearlman

23. Wood Harris

Actor | Remember the Titans

Harris was born Sherwin David Harris in Chicago, Illinois, to John and Mattie Harris. However, he works under his nickname, "Wood". Attended New York University Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School. Has performed in many films and various stage productions including plays by August Wilson, ...

Avon Barksdale

24. Sonja Sohn

Actress | Slam

Sonja Sohn was born as Sonja Williams. She is an actress and director, known for Slam (1998), The Wire (2002) and Baltimore Rising (2017). She was previously married to Adam Plack.

Shakima "Kima" Greggs

25. Aidan Gillen

Actor | Game of Thrones

Aidan Gillen is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011), CIA operative Bill Wilson in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk (1999), John Boy in the RTÉ Television series ...

Thomas "Tommy" Carcetti

26. Jamie Hector

Actor | Bosch

Jamie Hector (born October 7, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.) is an American actor of Haitian descent who is known for his portrayal of Marlo Stanfield on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire. Jamie Hector began acting immediately after high school when he auditioned for a community ...

Marlo Stanfield

27. Bill Raymond

Actor | Twelve Monkeys

Bill Raymond was born on September 9, 1938 in San Francisco, California, USA as William Joseph Raymond. He is known for his work on Twelve Monkeys (1995), Lincoln (2012) and Michael Clayton (2007). He has been married to Linda Ruth Hartinian since 1991. He was previously married to Peggy A ...

The Greek



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