Sixty episodes in seven years in five dramatic seasons has led The Wire fans to proclaim it one of the greatest TV shows of all time.
Nowhere on the planet is there a Top TV countdown that doesn’t include Baltimore crime drama in the upper echelons of power.
It’s been twenty years a week since it first aired on HBO in the US, and two decades later, it still holds its own, unlike several other shows from “the time” that haven’t aged either.
Of course, some quotes have already become legendary… “Omar is coming”, “you come to the king, you better not miss” and “a person must have a code”, and some plot twists and dramatic scenes are studied from films. students around the world.
But it’s the main characters and the actors behind them that ultimately made The Wire the hit it is. Characters such as Omar, Bank, Stringer, McNulty, Avion, Kimi, Herc, Carcetti, Clay and Bubbles have made television history. But where are the actors now?
Dominic West as Jimmy McNulty
The original protagonist of The David Simon Show, McNulty was a clichéd, alcoholic, self-sabotaging cop with deep-seated personal problems. But nothing in his character and impeccable game turned out to be a cliché.
Critical acclaim won over the 52-year-old Englishman, earning him roles in major films and another acclaimed drama, The Lovers, for which he received a second Golden Globe nomination. He is set to appear as Prince Charles in seasons 5 and 6 of the Netflix hit The Crown.
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Wendell Pierce as Bank Moreland
As Detective “Bank” Moreland, Pierce quickly became one of The Wire’s most frequent scene stealers, sharing a certain self-destructive tendencies with his best friend McNulty but finding ways to better hide it so he could keep his place as a gifted resident. a curmudgeon from the Baltimore Police Department.
In 2010, he reunited with The Wire creator David Simon for a drama series set in his New Orleans home, Tremes. More recently, he’s been seen in films like Selma and TV series like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and as Meghan Markle’s father in Suits and is set to take on some lucrative voice work on Disney’s Eureka.
Sonya Son as Kima Greggs
Before The Wire, Son starred in films such as Perfume, The Mine, and Bringing Out the Dead, but like many of her colleagues, her role in The Wire proved to be a life-changing one.
After working on The Wire for all five seasons, Son continued to work regularly, often landing recurring and starring roles on high-profile series such as Brothers and Sisters, Solved Case, Body Proof, Burn Notice, Good wife”, “The Originals”. and close your eyes. More recently, she has been featured in the acclaimed Showtime series Chi, the Amazon series Utopia, and the CBS All Access sci-fi drama Star Trek: Discovery.
Domenick Lombardozzi as Thomas “Herck” Hauk
As part of a duo that included Ellis Carver, Herc was a key player in the original wiretap group that formed in the first season. The Wire helped launch Lombardozzi’s career, and starring roles soon followed, including The Handsome, Bored to Death, and the downright brilliant Boardwalk Empire. More recently, he has appeared in Billions, Deuce, and Mrs. Fletcher, as well as King of Staten Island.
Michael K. Williams as Omar Little
Small roles in “Bringing Out the Dead” and “The Sopranos” didn’t help us understand how good Williams is as an actor. But Omar’s performance here made him a legend. It was supposed to be a cop show, but David Simon soon realized he had a gem, so Omar’s point of view as a burglar with a very strict moral code and a rich personal life made him both a fan favorite and key. part of the emotional core of the show.
Then he became the star of the show “Boardwalk Empire”, “When They See Us” and played a brilliant role in “Night”. On September 6, 2021, the 54-year-old legend was found dead in his apartment, ending his illustrious career. TEAR
Idris Elba as Stringer Bell
It wasn’t his first acting job, but with The Wire and the role of Stringer, Bella Elba was arguably the show’s most prominent antagonist, and in the years since the series ended, he’s become the biggest star to appear on the entire series. .
After The Wire, the 50-year-old Londoner landed roles in films such as American Gangster and 28 Weeks Later, and then flexed his comedic muscle for a while, starring in the American version of The Office. Blockbusters poured in from there as he landed a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Heimdall in Thor, Janek in Prometheus, and Stucker Pentecost in Pacific Rim.
He also leads the cast in the BBC series Luther and is regularly called the next James Bond.
Aidan Gillen as Tommy Carcetti
When Gillen eventually joined the series, he appeared in the third season as Tommy Carcetti, a key player in the Baltimore political machine who soon became an important part of the series’ final seasons.
Following The Wire, Dubliner has been followed by more high-profile works, including Littlefinger Baelish in Game of Thrones, The Maze Runner franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Bohemian Rhapsody “. On TV, he was everywhere, including Love/Hate, Quantum Break and Peaky Blinders.
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Lance Reddick played Cedric Daniels long before he became the concierge at John Wick’s favorite hotel, The Continental.
Deidra Lovejoy played Rhonda Perlman on and off the show for five seasons and has since starred in The West Wing, Without a Trace, Fair Amy, NYPD Blue, Cold Case, Lie me”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Bones”, “Bones”. Body of Proof and orange is the new black.
Playing Ellis Carver, Seth Gilliam went from arresting crooks to fighting zombies in The Walking Dead horror film as Father Gabriel Stokes. He also had roles in Law & Order, Miami Crime Scene, In Sight, Criminal Minds, The Good Wife, and Teen Wolf.
Michael B. Jordan left us all devastated with his turn as Wallace, but he has since gone on to become the lead actor in Black Panther, Creed and Friday Night Lights.
As for Wood Harris, he came across as drug lord Avon Barksdale and has since appeared in Empire, Breakups and Ryan Hansen Solve Crimes on TV, but he is also well known for his detective role in The Man ant.”