Top 25 "The Wire" Characters

by The Notorious | created - 30 Jun 2014 | updated - 24 May 2015 | Public

1. 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...

No. 1

Russell 'Stringer' Bell

2. Michael Kenneth Williams

Actor | The Wire

Michael Kenneth Williams was born in Brooklyn, to an African-American father from South Carolina and a Bahamian mother from Nassau. He was raised in the Vandaveer housing projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School....

No. 2

Omar Little

3. 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).

No. 3

Det. William 'Bunk' Moreland

4. Dominic West

Actor | The Wire

Dominic West was born on October 15, 1969 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Dominic Gerard Fe West. He is an actor and director, 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 children.

No. 4

Det. James 'Jimmy' McNulty

5. 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), John Wick (2014) and Marley & Me (2008). He is married to Penny. They have one child.

No. 5

Det. Lester Freamon

6. 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 ...

No. 6

Howard 'Bunny' Colvin

7. Jamie Hector

Actor | Max Payne

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 ...

No. 7

Marlo Stanfield

8. J.D. Williams

Actor | Pootie Tang

J.D. Williams was born on May 22, 1978 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Darnell Williams. He is an actor, known for Pootie Tang (2001), Oz (1997) and The Kill Point (2007).

No. 8

Preston 'Bodie' Broadus

9. Michael Potts

Actor | The Wire

Michael Potts is an actor and assistant director, known for The Wire (2002) and True Detective (2014).

No. 9

Brother Mouzone

10. 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), Jamesy Boy (2014) and Homicide: Life on the Street (1993). He died on January 17, 2013 in Baltimore.

No. 10

Joseph 'Proposition Joe' Stewart

11. 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 (2000), John Boy in the RTÉ Television series ...

No. 11

Thomas 'Tommy' Carcetti

12. 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 Would You Rather (2012).

No. 12

Reginald 'Bubbles' Cousins

13. 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).

No. 13

Sgt. Ellis Carver

14. Chris Bauer

Actor | The Deuce

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

No.14

Frank Sobotka

15. 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 ...

No. 15

Dennis 'Cutty' Wise

16. 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, ...

No. 16

Avon Barksdale

17. Tristan Mack Wilds

Actor | Half Nelson

Tristan Wilds was born in Staten Island, New York. In 2005, at the age of 15, Tristan made his television debut as AJ in the mini-series Miracle Boys. After that, he took his talents to a different venue and tried his hand in theater. He worked with Phylicia Rashad and the Roundabout Theater ...

No. 17

Michael Lee

18. Felicia Pearson

Actress | The Wire

Felicia Pearson was born on May 18, 1980 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Guns and Grams (2016) and They Die by Dawn (2013).

No. 18

Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson

19. 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.

No. 19

D'Angelo Barksdale

20. Reg E. Cathey

Actor | Fantastic Four

Reg E. Cathey was born on August 18, 1958 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA as Reginald Eugene Cathey. He is known for his work on Fantastic Four (2015), Tank Girl (1995) and S.W.A.T. (2003).

No. 20

Norman Wilson

21. Gbenga Akinnagbe

Actor | The Taking of Pelham 123

Gbenga Akinnagbe was born on December 12, 1978 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009), Edge of Darkness (2010) and The Savages (2007).

No. 21

Chris Partlow

22. Clark Johnson

Actor | Homicide: Life on the Street

Clark Johnson was born on September 10, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Homicide: Life on the Street (1993), The Wire (2002) and Alpha House (2013). He was previously married to Heather Salmon.

No. 22

City Editor Augustus 'Gus' Haynes

23. Anwan Glover

Actor | The Wire

Anwan "Big G" Glover was not bit by the acting bug. He was born with the acting gene. From his days in elementary school, Anwan has been in front of audiences acting, playing instruments, performing and modeling. He credits his love of film to time spent with his sister watching classic Black ...

No. 23

Slim Charles

24. 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), Off the Map (2003) and Affliction (1997). He has been married to Cora Frost since June 5, 1999. They have two children.

No. 24

Det. Roland 'Prez' Pryzbylewski

25. Hassan Johnson

Actor | Brooklyn's Finest

Hassan Johnson is an actor and producer, known for Brooklyn's Finest (2009), The Devil's Own (1997) and Ovum (2015).

No. 25

Roland 'Wee-Bey' Brice